Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1148

Photo credit: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

Mā te wā farewell to Professor Dame Cindy Kiro
– from CE to the next Governor-General 

Professor Dame Cindy Kiro finished up as Ahorangi Chief Executive of Royal Society Te Apārangi on Friday to take up her new role as Governor-General designate. In her new role she will be Patron of Royal Society Te Apārangi. 

On leaving, Cindy remarked: "I leave with the knowledge that the Society is in good heart and with a vision and purpose to achieve great things. My time at the Society has been most rewarding in that I have seen the potential and passion of so many in science-based research. My thanks go especially to the wonderful staff of the Society, to the Council who have demonstrated true leadership and to the wider networks of the Society, who are actively involved in promoting and using knowledge that will contribute to living in a better world."

Dr Roger Ridley is now Acting Chief Executive until Paul Atkins takes up the role of Chief Executive on 29 November.

New issue of agricultural journal

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research has been released and includes articles on the effects of irrigation on soil, herbicide-resistant weeds, and differences in lamb production between ewe lambs and mature ewes.

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Biophysics International Union

Dr David Crossman, University of Auckland, has recently been re-elected to the council of the International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics. Biophysics is the application of physics to understand biology and is an interdisciplinary endeavour.  David looks forward to continuing his work promoting the science of Biophysics and is particularly interested in fostering outreach programmes.

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Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga 

"Māori philosophy reminds us that we’re all part of a voyage that spans generations of people, who have travelled across landscapes, oceans and entire continents to be here."

Dr Krushil Watene (Ngāti Manu, Te Hikutu, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Tonga) focusses her research towards the fundamental questions in moral and political philosophy. Her primary areas of expertise include theories of wellbeing and justice, responsibilities to future generations, and Indigenous (particularly Māori) philosophies. Krushil is a Rutherford Discovery Fellow and an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Massey University. 

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

New weapon in fight against invasive aquatic weeds
A combination of artificial intelligence and scientific ingenuity looks set to be the next step forward in protecting Aotearoa New Zealand’s lakes and rivers from invasive aquatic weeds.
‘We vulnerable countries are not asking for much’
More than 100 developing countries have put out a call for increased ambition on climate change from rich nations, including New Zealand. 
Marc Daalder @Newsroom
Journey from smoking to vaping variable
A Marsden funded study from the University of Otago has found that persistence may be the key when quitting smoking using an electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS), commonly known as vaping.
Blood test could rule out CT scan
Research underway at Wellington's overflowing emergency department is looking at how blood tests could rule out traumatic brain injury, reduce CT scans, and cut down ED wait times.
@NZ Herald
Your biggest climate impact might be your Kiwisaver
New research shows that investments can be a powerful mechanism to influence companies and reduce our carbon impact.
Barry Coates @Stuff
Award of the John Dunmore medal
The Fédération des Alliances Françaises de Nouvelle-Zélande has awarded the John Dunmore Medal for 2021 to Dr Christiane Leurquin, Teaching Fellow, French, Programme of Languages and Cultures, University of Otago.
@The Fédération des Alliances Françaises de Nouvelle-Zélande

Ngā take o te wā Events

25 July, Wellington
Lord Rutherford, Russian Physics and the Human Element
This year the world celebrates the 150th anniversary of Ernest Rutherford’s birth. This talk will be led by Dr Olga Suvorova who has spent the last four years researching the Russian primary sources related to Lord Rutherford and his Russian students. This topic draws attention to Lord Rutherford and his Russian connections, and presents one of the world’s greatest scientists and most outstanding New Zealanders through Russian eyes.
28 July, Tauranga
Women of Influence Speaker Series - Tauranga
This series is an opportunity for people all over Aotearoa New Zealand, who aspire to make a significant contribution to their community, to fully realise their own potential by learning from some outstanding leaders who have done just that. This networking breakfast will be hosted by award-winning climate change editor Eloise Gibson.
31 July, Dunedin
Our Ocean: Bringing Climate Data to Life
This is the first of a two-part workshop as part of the New Zealand International Science Festival. Guided by climate scientist and science communicator Cathy Cole, this interactive workshop will explore some of the latest ocean climate data collected in New Zealand, giving attendees the opportunity to transform the data into something more meaningful. 
12 August, Auckland
The Adventure of Discovery
What does discovery mean in the humanities, in art and in thought? How does it relate to, draw on or feed into discovery in the sciences? We often distinguish sharply between the humanities and the sciences. For the 2020 Rutherford Lecture, Distinguished Professor Brian Boyd FRSNZ will give three talks across Aotearoa, exploring how the humanities are sciences and sciences are humanities. Register for the Wellington and Christchurch talks.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Register for the New Zealand Engineering Science Competition

If you take Year 12 or 13 maths or science, get together with a team of 3-4 people and step up to the plate in this problem-solving competition! The problem will be revealed at 10am on 7 August and tauira will work in their teams to provide a solution by 6pm of that day. First prize is $6,000 plus there are two runner-up prizes.  

Closing date: 31 July
Organisation: The University of Auckland
Participate in the STEM Alliance Aotearoa community engagement survey

The STEM Alliance Aotearoa is a membership network that supports businesses and organisations involved in STEM community engagement to maximise their impact. Fill out their short survey to help them understand what your organisation is doing currently and what support you would find most valuable to enhance STEM activities.

Organisation: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Alliance Aotearoa
FAOBMB call for abstracts

The 16th Congress of the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists programme reflects the breadth of all the partnering societies, covering topics in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology and plant biology. They are now inviting abstract submissions that reflect the theme of their congress - molecules, life and diversity.

Closing date: 13 August 
Organisation: NZ Societies for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Plant Biology
Second call for applications - Pacific Fund 2021

The fund for economic, social, cultural and scientific cooperation in the Pacific, referred to as the "Pacific Fund", is a tool for regional cooperation for France in the Pacific. New Zealand partners are invited to submit their applications for projects contributing to the regional insertion of French collectivities: New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna. 

Closing date: 6 September 
Organisation: Embassy of France in Wellington
Call for expert nominations for the Ocean Decade Advisory Board

The Decade Advisory Board will be a multi-stakeholder advisory body that will assist the Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO in performing its function as coordinator of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021-2030 (the 'Ocean Decade'). 

Closing date: 15 September
Organisation: UNESCO
Call for new members - Global Young Academy

Applications are sought from young, independent scholars who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering impact.

Closing date: 15 September
Organisation: Global Young Academy

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

27 July
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships: Application Advice
This is a follow up to the introductory webinar about the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships. This webinar will specifically focus on application advice and how to put together a strong proposal.
3-5 November
6th International Conference for Women in Science Without Borders
This annual conference, with the theme “Building a Gender Inclusive Sustainable Future Through Science, Technology and Innovation” will be an opportunity to highlight the role of science in building a sustainable future for all through science, technology and innovation.

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