Congratulations, Dr. Carrie Bourassa, on joining the International Science Advisory Panel with the National Science Challenge for Ageing Well – Kia eke kairangi ki te taikaumātuatanga. This panel provides an independent perspective on research plans and strategies, reviews the quality and potential impact of research, as well as translational activities. It will ensure that the science is innovative, meets international best practice, and may provide advice on new or evolving research opportunities. The panel also brings connections with international research programmes and networks. Local independent members also provide a perspective on the New Zealand context of research and play a part in helping to identify gaps in the portfolio to be targeted through future contestable funding.