The New Zealand Science Media Centre is an independent, not-for-profit resource for the media that promotes evidence based science and up-to-date research to inform public debate on the major issues of the day.

The SMC works proactively with journalists to help them cover science as well as identify the science angles in everyday news stories and works with the scientific community to help them interact more effectively with the media and ensure that their voices are heard on issues of national importance.

The SMC has made an impressive impact since opening in 2008, having injected evidence-based comment into more than 12,000 news reports and informed more than 250 mainstream issues including natural disasters, food safety, climate change and immunisation.

The New Zealand Science Media Centre is an independent unit of the Royal Society of New Zealand, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment .