Still Curious S2E1 - Maxine Bryant
Introduction
Maxine Bryant

Building relationships with Māori organizations takes a long time, it's that classic thing where scientists think I need to engage with Māori. Can I ring them up? Who can I talk to it's due next week? Can we sort it out? That's not a successful approach they will work with you when they know you and they trust you and they like you, and they want to see that real relationship.

Once that's in place, you're sorted and the rest will happen and they will fix it for you and you will be family. That's probably very similar to the way that I am.

Danu Poyner

You're listening to the Still Curious Podcast with me, Danu Poyner. My guest today is Maxine Bryant, an experienced team leader, project manager and research management professional, with 15 years experience in the tertiary sector, who is currently the Associate Research Director of Investments at AgResearch, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute that uses science to serve the agriculture and biotechnology sectors of New Zealand industry. Maxine is trained in biological science and holds a PhD in molecular genetics. In this episode, we discuss the business of science and what's involved in balancing stakeholders and priorities while staying on mission.

Maxine Bryant

That is a very difficult balancing act for us. We work very closely with industry the scientists are very passionate about , the stakeholders they support. but we also need to be thinking about the future and the things that our partners might not realize they need yet.

Danu Poyner

We talk about following your interests and taking a conscientious approach to going with the flow.

Maxine Bryant

I've never had a very planned career, I just find things interesting. And I pursue them Maybe that's curiosity by stealth.

Danu Poyner

We go into some of the complexities surrounding Māori engagement in science, Maxine's journey and perspective on leadership and the joys of changing jobs after a long period in one place.

Maxine Bryant

When you've been in a place for so long, you lose sight of how much you've learned, how much you've grown, how much you actually know when you go into another organisation

Danu Poyner

Maxine is one of my very favorite people in the research world, highly active and accomplished, while also funny, self-effacing and always refreshingly down to earth.

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