NZ and US benefiting from science cooperation

On: 21 March 2017

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) last week welcomed a delegation from the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to Wellington as part of a long standing bilateral science and innovation agreement.

The United States is one of New Zealand’s most important science partners and both countries have benefited from strong cooperation across a range of research areas.

The bilateral relationship is shaped by two formal agreements – a broad Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement with the Department of State and the 2010 NZ-US Science and Technology with the DHS S&T which focuses on areas of mutual importance.

International connectivity is essential for bringing new knowledge, ideas, people, technology and sources of funding into New Zealand’s science and innovation systems. It’s also crucial for the export of the unique research and innovation generated in New Zealand.

MBIE, and other relevant New Zealand agencies and science organisations, meet annually with DHS S&T to review bilateral collaborative activities and to explore new areas of mutual interest.

This year, key discussion topics included science and technology in areas including biosecurity, first responders and civil defence, and maritime, aviation and cyber-security. DHS S&T’s strong experience in the science of wildfires was particularly relevant given the recent fires in Christchurch.

The DHS S&T delegation also visited Christchurch following the bilateral meeting.

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