Lack of young scientists seen as risk to NZ
Updated at 2:27 pm on 14 October 2012
Better Border Biosecurity director Stephen Goldson says a lack of young people wanting to work in science threatens New Zealand's fight against biosecurity risks.
Dr Goldson says more investment is needed to promote science as a career option.
Better Border Biosecurity is a collaboration between Crown Research Institutes and Lincoln University.
Dr Goldson said on Insight that the number of graduates and undergraduates training in pest management and biosecurity is very low and below the level needed to replace baby boomers who will be retiring in the next few years.
He said New Zealand will face a very serious biosecurity problem if it cannot maintain adequate science research.
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