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2012 Workshop – Wellington

In conjunction with Science for Policy and Policy for Science : The Inaugural Asia Pacific Science Policy Studies (SPS) Research Conference – Constructing National Wellbeing through Science and Innovation 

Constructing National Wellbeing through Science and Innovation
Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
8-10 February 2012

What is the relationship between science and policy decision-making?
How do nations make decisions to invest in science and technology – and how are citizens involved?

The aim of this conference was to showcase the latest international thinking in the field of Science Policy Studies and to support emerging SPS scholarship in the Asia Pacific region. This conference was for those who are concerned about the future of science and technology, and who have ideas about how science policy systems work best.

This event was a very successful, unique and stimulating discussion between science policy researchers, government officials, industry and professional associations, as well as scientists from a broad range of disciplines, Māori scientists and indigenous knowledge holders. More than 140 delegates participated over the three and a half days.

Six Asia-Pacific Science Technology and Society Network (APSTSN) members’ attendance at the conference had been generously supported with travel awards – each receiving NZ$1500. APSTSN and the conference organisers are very grateful to the Society for the Social Studies of Sciences (4S), New Initiatives Committee, for a grant to support the conference through the travel awards (along with three paper prizes worth NZ$750 each). These awards supported registered postgraduate students at institutions in the region, indigenous participants in the region, early career researchers in full-time employment at an institution in the region, and regional speakers presenting papers on developments of STS in the Asia Pacific region.

Travel award winners:  Mahina-a-rangi Baker, Oscar A. Forero, Lin Chia-Yin, Yih-Ren Lin, Koichi Mikami, Yu-Juin Wang

Paper prize winners:
Yih-Ren Lin, Ai-Ching Yen, Da-Wei Kuan, Yin-An Chen & Hsin-Han Wang (indigenious studies) – Contesting the state natural resources management policy in Taiwan: a perspective from indigenous people’s ecological knowledge
Dianne Sika-Paotonu (indigenous studies) – Designing vaccines to combat cancer: a pacific journey through the New Zealand science, health and research communities
Meghan J. Collins (student paper) – What is the relationship between science and democracy? New Zealand aquaculture, environmental controversy, and science