Independent Science Panel

The Independent Science Panel provides the Board with independent science advice and input into the challenge's science strategy and priorities. It also helps with assessments of science quality and performance.

The panel is also available to the Science Leadership Team for independent advice and review.


Independent Science Panel members

  • Dr. David Wratt (Chair)
  • Dr. Bruce Mapstone 
  • Dr. Nathan Bindoff 
  • Prof. Bryan Lawrence 
  • Dr. Francis Zwiers 
  • Prof. Linda Tuhiwai Smith 
  • Assoc. Prof. Max Boykoff
  • Prof. Kathy Jacobs

Latest news and updates

road underwater

DSC Seminar #6 | Counting the cost of climate change: Treasury seminar redux

With Dave Frame, Belinda Storey and David Fleming

Climate change is already making day-to-day life more precarious and more expensive, both for ordinary New Zealanders and for our local and central governments. New Zealanders are increasingly interested in climate adaptation strategies. Conversations about the cost of early adaptation versus the risk of delayed action are growing in volume.

The Wharewaka on Wellington's waterfront

Deep South Challenge symposium created opportunities for researchers to hear directly from end-users 

Remember our September symposium at Te Wharewaka ō Pōneke? Well, results are in from the surveys of participants we carried out to find out how well our aims for the symposium had been met.

Wendy Saunders

“Never wrestle with a pig”

An interview with our new Science Lead in the Engagement Programme, GNS social scientist Wendy Saunders