Expert advice papers

Using the expertise of our Fellows, members, and the wider research community, we are able to produce information papers on emerging issues where policy will benefit from being informed by research. Expert advice papers are designed to contribute scientific advice to help policy-makers and to inform the public debate.

See the expert advice and practice framework which sets out the Royal Society of New Zealand’s approach to developing and publishing expert advice on important public issues to the government and the community.

Latest expert advice:

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View full list of expert advice papers.

Expert advice currently in development:

  • Science Technicians Workforce Panel
  • Gene editing panel:The Society has convened a multidisciplinary panel of New Zealand’s leading experts to consider the implications of gene-editing technologies for New Zealand, including the research, ethical, social, legal, regulatory, environmental and economic considerations.  This panel will also consider New Zealand’s unique cultural perspectives.The intention of the panel will be to raise public awareness of the technologies and their uses, and provide insight and advice on the future implications associated with the application of these new technologies for New Zealand.
  • Antimicrobial resistance and health – implications for New Zealand: The Society is developing a review summary of current evidence around antimicrobial resistance and health. The review is directed towards raising public understanding of antimicrobial resistance and its implications for health to enable individuals to make more informed choices. The aim is also to provide a picture of the consensus of scientific opinion on factors leading to an increase in anti-microbial resistance, globally and in New Zealand, and to describe risks and opportunities for the future.
  • Health impacts of climate change: The Society is developing a review summary of current evidence around the impacts of climate change on health in New Zealand. The review will outline the evidence for potential health impacts in New Zealand as a result of climate change.

Speaker’s Science Forum

In collaboration with the Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament, we organise research presentations for Members of Parliament.

Topics are chosen in collaboration with the Forum partners – Science New Zealand, Universities New Zealand, and the Independent Research Association of New Zealand. The topics presented in 2017 will be:

  • Understanding New Zealand’s freshwater
  • Transport in growing cities
  • Big data: big value
  • Has New Zealand’s exposure to earthquake risks and hazards changed?
  • Production, protection and adding value
  • New Zealand’s space science
  • Learnings from long-term population studies


The Royal Society of New Zealand periodically runs workshops which bring together scientists, policy makers and other interested parties to share their knowledge and expertise.

Examples of topics of past workshops include: 

  • ecosystem services
  • geoengineering
  • ocean acidification.

View full list of workshops.

Discipline-based Forums and Committees

The Royal Society of New Zealand has established Disciplined-based Forums and Committees to enable Council and Management to respond to rapidly changing concerns or emerging issues.

Evaluation reports

We regard evaluation as an important basis for policy, as a means to assess our impact on New Zealand and as a way to determine how our services could be improved.

See full list of evaluation reports.