INSPIRATION: Engendering passion for science and innovation across society

Objectives

Benefits of Science & Innovation

Stimulating nationwide discussion on the benefits of science and innovation to our society

Implementation

  • Develop a media management plan, including media training for staff
  • Hold public forums connecting science with society to address major societal issues of the day, in partnership with relevant organisations
  • Conduct a national survey of societal perceptions of science, in partnership with relevant organisations

Identify and support our best communicators to express the benefits of science and innovation to our society

Outcomes (6 years)

  • 50% of our Investigators have completed formal media training
  • New Zealand public’s perceptions of value of physical science for New Zealand are improved

Participants’ perception of the value of our activities is enhanced

Objectives

Role of Science & Innovation

Engaging directly with the New Zealand public, private sector and Government, sharing our vision of the role of science and innovation in New Zealand’s future

Implementation

  • Publicise the MacDiarmid Institute’s contribution to the economy
  • Provide a variety of professional development programmes and resources for early childhood and primary school teachers including Kōrero with scientists and 100 of the Best
  • Identify key contacts and develop and grow active networks within government, industry, media and schools
  • Work with our Industry Advisory Board to identify opportunities to connect science, innovation and society

Participate in national strategic advisory groups and grow active networks within government to ensure the national science enterprise gives maximum value for investment

Outcomes (6 years)

  • One major public outreach event annually
  • One major forum event triennially (with partner networks)
  • Demand for outreach programmes outstrips capacity
  • School teacher programmes have 100% uptake and teachers demonstrably value the programmes.
  • Teacher professional development programmes grown via strategic partnerships
  • Contributions to Government policy development in five areas of importance within the science and education sectors

Our web resources and stories are visited regularly in strong numbers

Objectives

Showcase

Showcasing our own and other science stories to New Zealanders of all ages

Implementation

  • Tell our stories through Update, our website, social media, Interface, and our Annual Report
  • Provide communications training and public-engagement opportunities for our Investigators, students and postdoctoral fellows
  • Undertake targeted and impactful outreach activities

Track high school student outreach alumni (Nanocamp, Discovery Awards)

Outcomes (6 years)

  • Annual number of website hits from each stakeholder community is increased
  • Five MacDiarmid Institute stories are picked up by national media each year
  • Ten MacDiarmid Institute outreach alumni study physical sciences because of participating in our programmes
  • Thirty MacDiarmid Institute outreach alumni complete science related degrees and 5% go on to postgraduate studies

One MacDiarmid Institute alumni recognised formally via a communicators award

Objectives

Māori and Pasifika

Engaging directly with Māori and Pasifika communities, generating opportunities and lifting ambitions

Implementation

  • Develop, grow and formalise relationships with Māori communities founded on mutual exploration of education and business opportunities supported by a science foundation

Provide targeted professional development programmes in science for Māori teachers and Pasifika Teachers, Kōrero ki te Kaipūtaiao

Outcomes (6 years)

  • Sixty Māori and 20 Pasifika MacDiarmid Institute Discovery Awards alumni
  • Thirty Māori and 10 Pasifika MacDiarmid Institute outreach alumni complete or are enrolled in tertiary education programmes
  • Continuity of formal relationships and activity between the institute and a Māori community(ies)

Kōrero ki te Kaipūtaiao is well supported and demand outstrips capacity, teachers demonstrably value the programme