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New Zealand institutes bring in fresh faces

A spate of appointments have been announced at New Zealand's science organisations, including an incoming president at the Royal Society.

On 1 July, the Royal Society of New Zealand announced that Richard Bedford would be taking over from the epidemiologist David Skegg for a three-year term. A social scientist by training, Bedford is a part-time professor of migration studies at the Auckland University of Technology.

“I think there is an increasing interest in government circles and more widely about what the social sciences can contribute to developing policy, which means that the opportunity to be president is an exciting and timely one,” Bedford said in a statement, adding that he would focus on raising the profile of the humanities and technology studies in particular.

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