More action is needed to halt a brain drain involving early
to mid-career researchers, Dr Sian Halcrow says.
Dr Halcrow is a University of Otago senior lecturer in
anatomy and is co-convener of the university's O-Zone group.
This group comprises leading early to mid-career Otago
researchers, and it advocates for research, both within the
university, and also in broader Government and industry
Dr Halcrow said some positive steps had been taken, including
establishing Rutherford Discovery Fellowships for top early
to mid-career researchers.
But more needed to be done, because of the looming retirement
of many researchers, given New Zealand's ageing workforce.
If New Zealand was to continue to develop its scientific
capacity, it needed to have a plan for the whole
developmental path from recruiting graduate research students
through to job opportunities for them in industry, CRIs and
More postdoctoral fellowships and research grant
opportunities were needed to enable more excellent early
career researchers to be attracted and retained in this
country, she said.
Dr Halcrow accompanied five Otago researchers who last month
made presentations about their research at Parliament.
Among those researchers were three based in Dunedin: law
senior lecturer Jessica Palmer, tourism lecturer Dr Tara
Duncan, and anatomy and psychology Research Fellow Dr Andrew