University of Auckland professor announced as new Chief Science Advisor

12 June 2018

Professor Juliet Gerrard, School of Biological Sciences
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with new Chief Science Advisor Professor Juliet Gerrard

Professor Juliet Gerrard of the University of Auckland says she is honoured and delighted to take up the role of Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.

She replaces outgoing Chief Science Advisor and University of Auckland Distinguished Professor Sir Peter Gluckman.

In the first weeks of her appointment, Professor Gerrard says she will connect with the Departmental Science Advisor network and key stakeholders.

She will also visit scientists around the country and listen to a range of views on the opportunities that science, in its broadest sense, offers New Zealand.

“I am very much looking forward to connecting with a cross section of scientists from all types of institutions, especially emerging scientists,” Professor Gerrard says. She is enthusiastic to hear views on the difference science can make for New Zealand, and on promoting science to young people.

“New Zealanders owe Sir Peter Gluckman a great debt of gratitude for his tireless work as the country’s first PM Chief Science Advisor and he will continue to make a contribution through his highly respected international and academic roles.”

Professor Gerrard trained at Oxford University where she completed both Honours and Doctorate degrees in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry. A scientist at Crop & Food Research, she was appointed Lecturer in Biochemistry at the University of Canterbury in 1998 where she became Professor and Director of the Biomolecular Interaction Centre until 2014.

She is a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Auckland where her research interests cut across biochemistry, health, agriculture, food science and biomaterial design. Her interdisciplinary and collaborative research incorporates both fundamental and applied research.  In order to maintain independence, she will not be applying for research funding in New Zealand during her term, and has resigned her board roles.
 

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Left to right: Leigh Gerrard, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Professor Juliet Gerrard and Vice Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon
Left to right: Leigh Gerrard, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Professor Juliet Gerrard and Vice Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon
Vice Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon
Vice Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Left to right: Sir Peter Gluckman, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Professor Juliet Gerrard
Left to right: Sir Peter Gluckman, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Professor Juliet Gerrard