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Helping New Zealanders to make decisions informed by climate science, and to inform Deep South Challenge research.

Successful public engagement in science is not only about communicating information, but involves understanding what the public know, need to know, and their different values and attitudes. In the case of the Deep South Challenge, this also means communicating these needs back into the scientific process. In order to do this we need to develop the appropriate knowledge, skills, and capacity for all those involved, both inside and outside the Challenge.

The Engagement programme will focus on working with Māori, communities, industry sectors and central and local government. These conversations will unify all three core interconnected research programmes (Processes and Observations, Earth System Modelling and Prediction, and Impacts and Implications), and work alongside the Vision Mātauranga programme to facilitate collaboration between our society and our scientists.


The Engagement programme will be delivered through six objectives:

  • Ensuring research responds to New Zealanders’ needs
  • Public engagement to inform climate-related decisions
  • Working with key sectors to enable more informed decision-making
  • Evaluation and research
  • Providing training and support in climate change engagement
  • Providing Challenge updates and information.

Funding opportunities for Engagement

The Engagement programme has an “Expression of Intent” process whereby applicants can apply for small amounts of funding (e.g. $1-10k). Information on how to submit an Expression of Intent (EOI) can be found below. In addition, it is possible to apply for larger grants through the 2017 Contestable Funding round.

Engagement Strategy and Executive Summary

The Engagement Strategy for the Deep South Challenge (DSC) outlines the goal and objectives of the Engagement Programme and describes background research, practical workstreams and example activities for delivery of these objectives. 

Engagement Strategy and Executive Summary


Funded projects

Contact and Programme lead

The Engagement team is made up of Dr Rhian Salmon, Science Lead, Susan Livengood, Director of Partnerships, Dr Joanna Goven, Evaluation Lead and Lorraine Taylor, Engagement Coordinator.  

Please email us DSC-engagement@vuw.ac.nz and will forward your email to the right person.

Engagement Team - About Us

Latest news and updates

DSC Seminar #2: Dr Jonny Williams and the NZ earth system model

In the second of the Deep South Challenge seminar series, Jonny will introduce us to climate and earth system modelling, show how the NZESM fits within the Deep South Challenge and discuss how the NZESM contributes to understanding our climate future.

Deep South proud to support new science journalism fund

The Deep South Challenge is proud to be supporting the new Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund - the first independent journalism fund dedicated to furthering coverage of the science-related issues that impact New Zealanders.

New $5 million support fund for quake-affected farmers

 Includes funding for projects and advice related to climate change impacts and opportunities.