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Scholarship for New Zealand Science Writer

Media Statement 12 February 2003

Scholarship for New Zealand Science Writer

The Foundation for Research, Science and Technology and the British Council New Zealand are proud to offer a major scholarship for a New Zealand journalist to attend Britain's biggest science festival later this year.

The British Association's (BA) Festival of Science attracts 400 of the best scientists and science communicators in the world. This year the festival runs from 8 - 12 September at the University of Salford with the theme of 'Sustainable Science'. The programme will encompass all aspects of how and whether science is sustainable, how science is working towards sustainability in all its forms and how science and technology can help us gain and maintain a high standard of living.

The scholarship will enable a New Zealand journalist to attend the festival, as well as spending time with key UK science writers and commentators at either the BBC or the Guardian.

The scholarship is open to any working journalist in New Zealand and will: * support the Government's goal of global connectedness * encourage New Zealand journalists to produce the many successful/positive stories available in the areas of research, science and technology (RS&T) * give New Zealand journalists an international perspective of RS&T * obtain greater coverage of RS&T in the New Zealand media * reward good reporting of RS&T in New Zealand * create dialogue between New Zealand and overseas RS&T journalists * raise the overall profile of RS&T in the media

Announcing the scholarship, the Chief Executive of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, Gowan Pickering and the Director of the British Council New Zealand, Paul Atkins said their decision to offer this opportunity to a New Zealand journalist came at a time when there was an increasing emphasis for both the science and commercial sectors in New Zealand to develop global linkages in the RS&T sector.

"We hope this scholarship will result in a public that is better informed about science and technology and will play a constructive role in any debates on issues affecting science and society. The BA Festival of Science is a world-class event and we believe the New Zealand journalist who attends this festival will be impressed by the presentations and information available at the event. The individual will also benefit from working alongside other science journalists and gain a truly international perspective of science communication," says Pickering and Atkins.

Applications for the scholarship will be available in April and the winner will be announced in June. The scholarship is worth $7,000.


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