Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Biotech sector sets high standard in engagement

Biotech sector sets high standard in public engagement

New Zealand's biotechnology sector is setting high standards in its work to improve public engagement and consultation around science, Research, Science and Technology Minister Steve Maharey said today.

Speaking at the Talking Biotechnology conference at Te Papa, Steve Maharey said the Biotechnology sector had responded to recommendations from the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification and was pioneering new ways to engage the public in the development of biotechnologies.

"It is vital that New Zealanders are involved and engaged in dialogue around science, particularly contentious areas of science such as stem cell research, nanotechnology and reproductive technologies."

"The biotech sector is showing considerable leadership in this regard and has developed new and innovative approaches to public engagement in science. "

Steve Maharey said the government was supporting the biotech sector to carry out research into ethical and socio-economic aspects of biotechnology, and to pilot new ways to engage New Zealanders in scientific dialogue.

Examples of community engagement around biotech include:

The bio-tech learning hub, (www.biotechlearn.org.nz), which features examples of biotechnology in practice and supporting classroom resources, and

the Constructive Conversations project, which aims to involve the public in decision-making about new health biotechnologies such as genetic testing

the development of Biotechnologies to 2025, a futurewatch document to alert New Zealanders to potential developments in science, and the ethical, regulatory and social issues such developments could create

The Navigator Network, which will bring together individuals and organisations with insight into emerging technologies, and their social challenges, to help government prepare for future innovations.

Steve Maharey said the experience of the Royal Commission in 2001 had reinforced that New Zealanders have a strong interest in the application of science and are far from passive bystanders.

"The Royal Commission signalled a need for more constructive communication that helps build public values into science and innovation. The biotech sector is to be commended for the way it is responding to this challenge."

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Australia's Superior Ways Of Communicating About Its Vaccine Rollout

It isn’t only on the cricket field that Australia performs better. The clarity and degree of detail in Australia’s published schedule of the priorities for its vaccine rollout has been very impressive. Here for instance, is their initial “1a” top priority category: Quarantine and border workers, including: staff at entry points to the country (such as sea ports and land borders)... More>>


 

Joint Press Release: Dirty PR Exposed In Whale Oil Defamation Trial

Three public health advocates are relieved that their long-standing Whale Oil defamation trial against Cameron Slater, Carrick Graham, Katherine Rich and the Food and Grocery Council has finally concluded and they are pleased that the truth has come out... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Next Stage Of COVID-19 Support For Business And Workers

The Government has confirmed details of COVID-19 support for business and workers following the increased alert levels due to a resurgence of the virus over the weekend... More>>

ALSO:




Government: PHARMAC Review Announced

The Government is following through on an election promise to conduct an independent review into PHARMAC, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little announced today... More>>

ALSO:



Government: Balanced Economic Approach Reflected In Crown Accounts

New Zealand’s economic recovery has again been reflected in the Government’s books, which are in better shape than expected.
The Crown accounts for the seven months to the end of January 2021 were better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU)... More>>


Covid-19: Auckland Back To Alert Level Three After One New Community Case Revealed

Auckland will move to alert level three for a week at 6am tomorrow morning after two new Covid-19 community cases announced this evening could not be directly linked to earlier cases, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
The rest of the country will move to level two.... More>>

NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>

Parliament: Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World”

New analysis of MP qualifications reveals New Zealand’s Parliament is one of the most educated and highest qualified in the world, and significantly more educated than Australia’s. The research, by Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR and Geoffrey Miller ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels