Science reviews

Periodic, independent review of the NZAGRC’s science programmes helps ensure their goals and direction remain relevant and good progress is being made.


From time to time, independent reviews of the NZAGRC’s various science programmes are organised. The purpose of these reviews is to:

  • Provide feedback to the Governance Group and NZAGRC Director on strengths and weaknesses in science quality, direction and achievement
  • Provide guidance to the Governance Group, NZAGRC Director and lead scientists on areas of concern, and recommend steps to address those concerns
  • Report confidentially to the Governance Group, AgResearch Board and Chief Executive and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) summarising review conclusions and recommending any actions that those bodies should take as a result.

Membership of panels assembled to review NZAGRC’s science programmes varies, depending on the programme under review. Suitable independent technical experts are identified and engaged, including internationally.

Terms of Reference for each review are agreed by the NZAGRC Governance Group, the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

A minimum of two science reviews will be conducted between 2019 and 2025.

Governance Group SR
Diagram showing the governance and advisory structure of the NZAGRC.