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Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor: Building Connections Workshop (Christchurch)

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Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Workshop: Connecting Researchers and Policymakers

Date:          Wednesday 27 September
Time:          2:00-6:30pm
Location:    Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury

Creating pathways between evidence and policy:  Building strong connections

Navigating the connections between evidence and policy can often be a formidable challenge, marked by complexity and constant evolution. Whether you're a policymaker keen on embracing evidence-based policy or a researcher seeking to catalyse impact through policy avenues, we invite you to be part of this workshop.

Workshop focus:

This interactive OPMCSA Workshop brings together CSAs and policymakers to exchange insights on:

  • The power of relationships in evidence-based policy: Discover how the world of evidence-based policy is intricately woven with relationships and connections.
  • Crafting effective researcher-policymaker relationships: Explore strategies to foster meaningful partnerships between researchers and policymakers.
  • Navigating complex territories: Understand how these relationships endure tests, especially during emergencies and in contested arenas.
  • Opportunities and challenges: Delve into the prospects and potential hurdles that emerge within these collaborations.

Featured CSAs include:

  • Juliet Gerrard (PMCSA)
  • Ken Hughey (formerly CSA, Te Papa Atawhai Department of Conservation)
  • Simon Kingham (CSA, Te Manatū Waka Ministry of Transport)
  • Emily Parker (Departmental Science Advisor, Hīkina Whakatutuki Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment)
  • Tom Wilson (CSA, Te Rākau Whakamarumaru National Emergency Management Agency)

Who should attend:

Early and mid-career researchers, research managers, and policymakers keen to build connections and enhance engagement between the evidence and the public sectors are encouraged to participate.

Agenda preview:

A draft agenda is available here.

Limited seats available:

Participation is complimentary, but spaces are limited. Secure your spot by registering. Registrations will conclude at 9am on 19 September or when capacity is reached.


Feel free to reach out to us at info@pmcsa.ac.nz if you have any queries.


We gratefully acknowledge the Australasian Research Managers Society (ARMS) and the Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury for their support in making this workshop possible.

Join us to bridge the gap between evidence and policy, and shape the future of impactful collaborations.

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