Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1079

Fellows inducted

Today new Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellows were officially inducted into the Academy of Royal Society Te Apārangi. They were elected in November for distinction in research and advancement of humanities, science or technology. This afternoon they presented short seminars on their areas of expertise. The Academy's 2019 annual report has also been published.
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Leonard Cockayne Lecture Award

The call for nominations for the Cockayne Lecture Award to encourage botanical research in New Zealand is open until 30 June. The recipient will be required to tour around New Zealand during 2021 to deliver the Cockayne Lecture. Professor Philip Hulme FRSNZ gave the previous Cockayne Lecture.


Call for papers on Hikurangi geology

The New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics is currently calling for papers for a special issue entitled: 'Understanding sedimentary systems of the Hikurangi Subduction Margin'. The chief guest editor is Lorna Strachan (University of Auckland).  Expressions of interest are due 3 April. 


New journal issue

The New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics has released a new issue. It includes articles on the Taranaki Basin, the boundary between western and eastern provinces of New Zealand and Rangitikei hill country landslides.

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New special issue: Role of plants in reducing nitrogen losses  

A new special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research has been published looking at the role of plants in reducing nitrogen loss. Guest edited by Racheal Bryant and Timothy Clough, it has articles on topics including the role of alternative forages in reducing leaching, catch crops and options for mitigating nitrous oxide with plants. 


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Waitangi: Te Rau Aroha Museum opens to commemorate Māori serviceman
More than 1000 people were up at the crack of dawn in Waitangi this morning to witness the opening Te Rau Aroha, a new museum honouring Māori who fought in conflicts here and overseas. (Exhibition highly recommended by Royal Society Te Apārangi staff) 
Te Aniwa Hurihanganui @RNZ
The wins and losses in the new Salvation Army state of the nation report
This report gives an overview of a range of issues, particularly with how they relate to the country's most vulnerable citizens.
Madeleine Chapman @The Spinoff
NZ scientists shed fresh light on universe's origins
University of Auckland researchers have taken a leap forward in understanding this epoch, which took place immediately after the Big Bang in which our universe was born, 13.8 billion years ago. 
Why are New Zealand houses so damp and mouldy?
Is the housing stock to blame? Is it the way houses are constructed? Is it the typology? Lillian Hanley spoke with Philippa Howden-Chapman FRSNZ about the state of New Zealand’s houses. 
Special issue – mātauranga and science
This special issue of New Zealand Science Review, which is the first of two dedicated to mātauranga and science in practice, provides a timely contribution to ongoing dialogue about what a distinctively Aotearoa New Zealand science system should look like, informed by the research and experiences of those working at the nexus of mātauranga and science. Guest Editors: Ocean Mercier and Anne-Marie Jackson.
@New Zealand Science Review
We dug into the data to disprove a myth about women in STEM
The argument used to be that women were simply biologically less capable. Now it’s that they’re less interested. Both are wrong.
Meredith Reiches & Sarah S. Richardson @Slate

Ngā take o te wā Events

27 February, Whangārei
Mathematical magic and the digital revolution
Mathematicians understand the magic that made the digital revolution possible. So can you. In his talk as part of the Marsden Fund 25 Series, Geoff Whittle FRSNZ will share some of this magic.
25 February, Palmerston North
Climate change, fluoride and cannabis: the role of expert advice on issues of the moment
Dr Roger Ridley, Director - Expert Advice at Royal Society Te Apārangi will talk to the Manawatu Branch about how the Society goes about being an independent source of information for the public and government. 
February, Wellington & Auckland
2020 Public Health Summer School
International speakers will talk on topics including Pacific health (talk also being given in Auckland), prioritising health in global disaster and gun control. The talks are running as part of the 2020 Public Health Summer School run by University of Otago, Wellington. 
18 February, Wellington
The economics of biodiversity
Sir Partha Dasgupta, one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of economic and population growth on the environment will give a free public lecture as Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s and Te Pūtea Matua—Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s 2020 Professorial Fellow in Monetary and Financial Economics.
26 February, Auckland
Auckland Museum Medals
Auckland War Memorial Museum invites you to the presentation of the 2019 Museum Medals, awarded for outstanding contributions to the museum sector and the wider community. This year's medallists are Meryl Wright, Doris de Pont, Sheridan Waitai and Wendy Nelson FRSNZ. Before the ceremony, preview the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Please RSVP.
4 March, Napier
ANZICS2020 community lecture
The Australia and New Zealand intensive care conference has a free community lecture with two talks on climate change: 'Climate Emergency so what?' by Professor James Renwick and 'The Climate Crisis is everyone's medical emergency, so what are you doing about it Doc?' by Dr Forbes McGain. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Senior Researcher/Writer
Do you enjoy investigating and writing about the big issues of the day? Do you like distilling research knowledge into language that others can understand? Do you like working with New Zealand’s leading scholars and scientists? Then apply for the Senior Researcher/Writer position at Royal Society Te Apārangi. 

Closing date: 16 February
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
2020 Charles Fleming Fund applications open
Applications are open for the Charles Fleming Senior Scientist Award, an annual grant worth up to $10,000 to support a senior scientist's research, and the Charles Fleming Publishing Award for up to $8,000 to support preparation of a scientific books and relevant publications. 

2020 Hutton Fund applications open
Applications are open for the Hutton fund for research in New Zealand zoology, botany and geology. 

2020 Skinner Fund applications open
Applications are open for the Skinner Fund for research in Māori and Polynesian culture.

Closing date: 31 March 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
2020 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards
The KiwiNet Awards showcase the transformation of science into commercial success. Tell them about the great people, partnerships and projects that exemplify best practice in the commercialisation of publicly funded research. 

Closing date: 28 February
Organisation: Kiwi Innovation Network Limited
2020 ICO-25 and OWLS-16 call for papers
General World Congress of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) and the Conference of International Society on Optics Within Life Sciences (OWLS) held next year in Germany on the importance of modern laser technology for society.

Closing date: 20 February
Organisation: Dresden University of Technology
COSPAR 2020 calling for abstracts
Committee on Space Research is calling for abstracts for the 43rd Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) to be held in Sydney, Australia, 15 - 22 August.

Closing date: 23 February
Organisation: Committee on Space Research
Recensement de la communauté scientifique et académique française en Nouvelle-Zélande

The French Embassy in New Zealand is running a census of the French scientific and academic community in New Zealand. This census will allow them to better know the community and to better target the actions of the Embassy in the field of scientific and university cooperation and only takes three minutes to complete.

Organisation: Embassy of France

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