Some of the PNG NRI Researchers who will be presenting their papers tomorrow Picture by Georgina Tapineng Communications Manager


PNG NRI researchers dominate 2017 PNG Update Conference

The 2017 UPNG Update Conference, commencing Thursday 10 August) will be dominated by researchers from the PNG National Research Institute.

Institute researchers will present at 11 of the 16 Update sessions, and will deliver one of the Keynote addresses. In all, PNG NRI will provide 13 presentations, including papers by all of the Institute’s Research Program Leaders.

PNG NRI Acting Director Dr David Ayres said PNG NRI is proud to have its researchers heavily represented at this year’s conference.
“This year PNG NRI clearly dominates the agenda, which is entirely appropriate for PNG’s leading public policy think tank. Particularly pleasing is that all of our program leaders are presenting, including our Building Safer Communities Program Leader Dr Fiona Hukula as a Keynote speaker.”

Dr Ayres noted that PNG NRI is committed to developing PNG’s next generation of policy leaders. “We have 8 research cadets and project officers presenting at the Update. These are recent university graduates that are successfully moving through our researcher pathways program.”

“The NRI mission is to provide quality research which contributes to evidence-based policy-making in PNG. The Update helps us to achieve that. It provides a channel for the Institute to showcase some of its important research, and an opportunity to continue to develop the skills of our talented young staff.”

Dr Ayres acknowledged the important role the Australian government has played in supporting PNG NRI’s 2017 research program.


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