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Royal Society Welcomes New Zealand Fast Forward

From the President of the Royal Society of New Zealand

11 March 2008

Royal Society Welcomes New Zealand Fast Forward

The Royal Society of New Zealand is very pleased to see the government's $700M
new investment in scientific research, spanning the continuum of fundamental science through to market access.

Says President, Neville Jordan, "This will be a tremendous boost to the science community, which has become increasingly concerned about our relatively low level of investment in science and technology. The Royal Society very much supports this and the several initiatives taking place.

"Our outstanding record of achievement in food and agricultural science should leave no doubt about the potential for future gain in this area. What is new, and most significant, is the emphasis on sustainability, one of the two main aims of New Zealand Fast Forward. This is absolutely vital and well-informed consumers are now keenly aware of this dimension of food production, as well as food safety issues. As Hon Pete Hodgson said at the launch, 'sustainability and prosperity go hand in hand'."

Agricultural scientist and Companion of the Royal Society, Professor Jacqueline Rowarth, who spoke at the announcement at Parliament, commented that her work in schools promoting science as a career had just been made "very much easier". This money offers stable career opportunities for many scientists and technologists in an area that directly contributes to the economy.


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