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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.

See Engagement Programme - Opportunities for funding for more details.


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


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Latest news and updates

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ANTARCTICA – while you were sleeping which is showing at Auckland Museum as part of the 2017 Auckland Arts Festival.

Preparing New Zealand for climate change

Jamie Morton - NZ Herald 14th February 2017

Preparing New Zealand's water stores for a warmer climate is a major focus of new research projects just awarded more than $2 million.

TedX Scott Base 2017

This week, as part of its 60-year-anniversary, Scott Base will host an independent TedX event #TedxScottBase - the remotest venue for a TedX event ever.  TVOne News ran a full three minute segment highlighting the event in Antarctica and the connection to climate change. As the issues around climate change gain momentum in the kiwi psyche and conversation, it becomes more important for projects such as the Deep South Challenge to be part of the conversation to ensure that it’s not a doomsday story, but focusses on how New Zealand will adapt in a changing climate.