Society Meetings and Publications
PSNZ meets once a year. Its annual conference and AGM currently occur in early December. The abstracts, together with occasional review articles or invited “perspectives”, have been published in the Proceedings of the Physiological Society of New Zealand since 1981. From 2008, the Proceedings will be published on line.
PSNZ has a combined meeting with the Australian Physiological and Pharmacological Society(APPS) about every five years. The two Societies last joined forces in December 2012 in Sydney.
Aims of the PSNZ
- to enhance the quality of physiological and related research in New Zealand by providing an annual conference to optimise exchange of information between scientists and nurture the research abilities of postgraduates — the research scientists of the future;
- to establish links with similar research societies throughout the world;
- to enhance the effectiveness of tertiary education in the physiological and related sciences by the sharing of teaching aids and strategies at a national level and by advocating responsible attitudes to ethical issues related to the acquisition of biomedical and animal-based physiological knowledge and skills;
- to maintain and encourage the responsible teaching of biological sciences in secondary and primary education by acting as source of information for current school teachers and by providing effective tertiary training of science graduates likely to become school teachers of the future;
- to provide advice on career opportunities for those with graduate qualifications and to advertise, promote and foster career opportunities for those with postgraduate qualifications in physiology and related disciplines;
- to be a national body active in the provision to the government and the community of advice and information in areas of deliberation relevant to the physiological sciences.