28 June, 2018
University of Auckland biochemist Professor Juliet Gerrard is about to start her new role as Prime Minister's chief science adviser, taking over from long-serving Professor Sir Peter Gluckman. She talked to science reporter Jamie Morton about her hopes and aims.
You've worked across Crown Research Institutes (CRIs), universities and the Government as chairwoman of the Marsden Fund Council. How do you think that cross-sector experience will help you in the role?
Scientists across all subjects agree that you can test ideas and answer questions by carefully examining evidence.
But different disciplines ask their questions in different ways.
The time I spent observing all the panel meetings when I chaired the Marsden Council helped me understand these differences, and also how researchers from different disciplines judge what is "excellent" in somewhat different ways...