Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1137

Applications now open for Falling Walls Lab New Zealand

Falling Walls Lab is a global platform for early-career creators, innovators, and visionaries. It is inspired by the world-changing event of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with the question at every Falling Walls gathering: which walls will fall next?

Falling Walls Lab New Zealand is the national competition to select a participant to represent Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Island Forum Nations at the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Germany. Finalists are given the opportunity to present their breakthrough research, business model or initiative in any field - in just 3 minutes.

The top three winners of the Lab Finale in Germany are awarded prize money, the title of “Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year”, and the opportunity to present their idea once again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference.
The deadline for applications is Rāpare Thursday 1 July 2021, 5.00 pm (NZST). 
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Special issue of JRSNZ on fluids in New Zealand 

The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand has released a special issue that was drawn from selected papers presented at the Fluids in New Zealand (FiNZ) 2020 workshop. This issue includes guest editors Mathieu Sellier, Fabien Montiel and Geoff Willmott with articles covering many different topics reflecting the current interest in understanding and managing our environment. 

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JRSNZ special issue call for papers: Evolutionary Biogeography of Aotearoa New Zealand

This special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand invites submissions with a focus on evolutionary approaches to understanding the biogeography of Aotearoa. 

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Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga 

"Māori have always been scientists and have always observed, tested, applied, experimented and created with every element in their world. They asked questions and searched for answers. This is science, this is Māori."

Dr Rangi Matamua FRSNZ (Tūhoe) has research expertise in Māori language, Māori broadcasting, Māori customs and traditions. Rangi is acknowledged as a leading expert in Māori astronomy and has delivered many keynote addresses and public lectures throughout the country. In 2017 he launched his first book, Matariki: The star of the year, in both te reo and English.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Leading New Zealand Indigenous studies researcher elected to prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Indigenous studies Māori researcher and academic, Professor Linda Tuhiwai Te Rina Smith CNZM FRSNZ (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Porou, Tuhourangi) from the University of Waikato, has just been elected as an international honorary member of the Academy.
@University of Waikato
Teachers feel 'very unconfident' teaching maths - Associate Education Minister
Associate Education Minister Jan Tinetti says many New Zealand teachers are struggling with their confidence when it comes to teaching maths. Distinguished Professor Gaven Martin FRSNZ agreed that educating teachers is an issue.
URSI GASS 2021 Young Scientist Award
Yiwen Zhou from Lincoln Agritech has been awarded a Young Scientist Award and will speak at the International Union of Radio Science General Assembly for his work on radar measurements of a soybean canopy.
@International Union of Radio Science
Ten members of the same family all studying at University of Otago
The Eteuati aiga have come from Dunedin, Australia and Samoa and are all together at the university working towards achieving either their bachelors, postgraduate diplomas and even a PhD all in different subjects. 
$15 million boost helps bioengineers take research into clinical practice
The Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) has been awarded $15 million to lead an international collaboration that aims to translate years of clinical research on the mathematical modelling of human physiology.
@University of Auckland
Māori scholars say they face racism, unconscious bias when publishing work
Māori scholars, including Royal Society Te Apārangi's Ahorangi Chief Executive Professor Dame Cindy Kiro and Professor Jacinta Ruru FRSNZ, discuss how the tertiary sector has not being inclusive of work from Indigenous academics.
Te Aorewa Rollenston @RNZ

Ngā take o te wā Events

11 May, Rotorua 
Origins of DNA 
What is DNA exactly? Was it always the carrier of life’s instructions?  Will we soon be using it to archive your photos? In this talk, Professor Anthony Poole will discuss the future of information storage in a digital world. 
13 May, Rotorua
Tikanga AI: Enabling mātauranga Māori in the future of AI development within Aotearoa New Zealand 
This kōrero, led by Potaua Biasiny-Tule (Te Arawa, Tuhoe, Whakatohea, Niuean) as part of the Gibbons Lecture Series, will discuss and consider examples of tikanga, kawa, tapu, noa and kaitiakitanga and how they apply to the growing industry of AI and the risks and challenges Māori are likely to face. 
15-22 May, Dunedin
Earth: Caught in Stone (art + science exhibition 2021)
How have the connections between earth systems affected the evolution of species throughout deep time, and changed the course of histories and cultures? This exhibition will explore the formation of rocks, as they are layered across geologic time, under restless pressures, ruptures and constant change. 
19 May, Waikanae
The Hidden World of Epiphytes: Life in the Forest Canopy
For the second lecture in the Ngā Manu Nature Reserve, Professor Kevin Burns will talk about the hidden world of plant life and illustrate the amazing ways that plants have evolved to make a living in the treetops.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Human Frontier Science Program 2022 post-doctoral fellowships

The HFSP fellowship program supports proposals for frontier, potentially transformative research in the life sciences.

Applications for high-risk projects are encouraged. Projects should be interdisciplinary in nature and should challenge existing paradigms by using novel approaches and techniques. Scientifically, they should address an important problem or a barrier to progress in the field. HFSP postdoctoral fellowships encourage early-career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country.

Two types of fellowships are offered: Long Term Fellowships and Cross-disciplinary Fellowships. 

Closing date: Initiation of a Letter of Intent by 1pm (ET US) by 26 May
Organisation: Human Frontier Science Program

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

11 May
Drought and the changing climate: what does the future look like for farmers and growers?
In this webinar, which is the first of three in the 'Growing kai under increasing dry' series, speakers will discuss how droughts are modelled, and will explain how climate modelling has progressed.
12 May
RNA interference-mediated control of myrtle rust
Dr Anne Sawyer, a molecular plant biologist at the University of Queensland, will present how her lab has been exploring RNAi vaccines as a novel control for myrtle rust and plans for future work across Myrtaceae species facing a serious risk of extinction. 
13 May
Whakanui pūtaiao
This webinar is part of a week dedicated to recognising the amazing mahi kairangahau Māori (researchers) are doing in the field of mātauranga pūtaiao and science. Primary teachers will share their achievable and practical ideas to support the growth of mātauranga pūtaiao within science programmes. 

Ngā hui | Conferences

25-29 June, Wānaka
NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival
Festival passes are now on sale for the 2021 NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival. The keynote speakers for this year’s event include many adventurers, filmmakers and award-winning artists who will be talking about their projects that showcase the outdoors, nature, humans and animals.

The festival is in Wānaka June 25 to 29 and in Queenstown July 1 to 3, 2021. It will also be broadcast online nationally from June 25 until July 25, 2021.
30 April -1 May 2022, Christchurch
Celebration of the life of Julius von Haast
Registrations of interest are now open for the May 2022 conference for the 200th anniversary of the birth of Julius von Haast, a distinguished explorer, geologist, moa expert, botanist and university professor who founded the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch in 1867. The conference will also be live-streamed.

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