Sir Peter Gluckman

Peter Gluckman

The role of evidence- based science in a post COVID world

In his address, Prof Gluckman will highlight the role of scientific evidence in healthcare delivery, disease prevention and public health. Drawing on his contribution to the Water Fluoridation debate through the Royal Society of New Zealand’s seminal report, Prof Gluckman will share his insights into the role of the healthcare professional in communicating evidence-based knowledge about the COVID-19 vaccines.


Professor Sir Peter GluckmanONZ KNZM FRSNZ FRS is Director of Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures – an independent and apolitical think tank and research centre based at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

He is also chair of the International Network of Government Science Advice (INGSA) and president-elect of the International Science Council (ISC). From 2009-2018 he was first Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. He was also Science Envoy for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and coordinated the secretariat of the Small Advanced Economies Initiative. He has written and spoken extensively on science-policy and science-diplomacy and science-society interactions.

Trained as a paediatrician and biomedical scientist, Sir Peter holds a Distinguished University Professorship at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland. He also holds honorary chairs in University College London, University of Southampton and National University of Singapore (where he acts as chief science advisor to the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences). He has published over 700 scientific papers in perinatal and developmental physiology, neuroscience and endocrinology, evolutionary biology and medicine. He has authored both technical and popular science books. He chaired the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (2014-2017).

Sir Peter has received the highest scientific and civilian honours in New Zealand and numerous international scientific awards. In 2016 he received the AAAS award in Science Diplomacy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and the Royal Society of New Zealand, a member of the National Academy of Medicine (USA) and a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK).