Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1202

Gold CREST for studying emotional intelligence and designing marine surveillance vessel 

Students from Tamaki Makaurau Auckland were presented with their Gold CREST awards recently. Ka rawe! 

Amita Ram and Prisha Kadakia from Epsom Girls' Grammar investigated emotional intelligence and the academic engagement of students, hypothesising that increasing the Emotional Quotient (EQ) of students would cause an increase in academic engagement (AE). The controlled intervention trial did not increase EQ but did increase AE. 

Justin Chen, Max Davies and Neal Grayson from Glendowie College became concerned about illegal fishing and harvesting activities in protected marine reserves and designed and developed an autonomous vessel that could be used to patrol marine reserves to aid conservation efforts. 

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Prime Minister's Science Prizes

There is now just over a month to apply and nominate for Ngā Puipuiaki Pūtaiao a Te Pirimia the 2022 Prime Minister's Science Prizes — New Zealand’s most valuable science awards.

The Government of New Zealand introduced The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes in 2009 as a way of raising the profile and prestige of science in Aotearoa. There are five prizes with a combined value of $975,000

Closing date: 18 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2022  

Apply now for 2023 Science Teaching Leadership Programme!

Applications and nominations for the Science Teaching Leadership Programme 2023 are now live, tono mai and apply now!

The Science Teaching Leadership Programme supports the Government’s strategic direction for Science in Society by providing opportunities for primary and intermediate schools and secondary science departments to enhance the teaching of science within their school communities.

We are accepting two cohorts, with the first intake starting in Term 1, 2023, and the second in Term 3, 2023. 

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

God save the King: why the monarchy is safe in Aotearoa New Zealand – for now

New Zealanders with republican or just plain anti-monarchy sympathies will have been disappointed (though maybe not surprised) that the Queen’s death has not triggered a more critical conversation about the country’s constitutional future.
Richard Shaw @The Conversation

Research projects set to tackle NZs biggest challenges

The Government has announced funding for 71 scientific research projects that seek to address some of our biggest challenges such as climate change, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall announced recently. View successful 2022 Endeavour Fund proposals.

The end of the Covid-19 Protection Framework – Expert Reaction

The government has scrapped the Covid-19 Protection Framework, otherwise known as the traffic light system. The SMC asked experts to comment.
@Science Media Centre

Papipūmeka documentary: Speak No Māori

On the 50th anniversary of the Māori language petition, this documentary unpacks the history of te reo Māori in Aotearoa, from its dominance to its gradual decline and the modern day revitalisation efforts.

Top New Zealand scientists win Kudos

The best and brightest scientists of the Greater Waikato Region and Bay of Plenty have been recognised at the 15th Kudos Awards Showcase, and a Hall of Fame established.

Ngā take o te wā Events

1-8 Whiringa-ā-rangi October, Dunedin
Life's a gas (Art+Science Exhibition 2022)
The ninth theme in the Art+Science collaboration series explores the many interconnected notions of “air.” There is free art making, games and activities suitable for children during the week and weekend, including crochet, origami, dance and making seed paper. Tihei Mauri Ora – behold the breath of life.
23 Mahuru September, Wellington
Screening and panel discussion: Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho
Join Te Papa on Rongomaraeroa for the first public screening of its new web series Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho, directed and produced by Kahu Kutia, and hosted by storyteller and pūoro practitioner Khali Meari. Cast your thoughts to the future, with a panel discussion speaking to Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho and the questions it provokes.
23 Mahuru September, Wellington
Lessons from an Intervention: Afghanistan through Photography
This free event will be a timely and important discussion on Afghanistan, following decades of foreign intervention and the recent take-over by the Taliban. Join Behrouz Boochani,  Nicky Hager and Massoud Hossaini, who will discuss his photographic practice. 
28 Mahuru September, Auckland
Café Scientifique: Are We Alone? – The Search for Extraterrestrial Life in the Solar System

Little Green (Wo)Men are out; microbes are in. The search for life beyond Earth has recently accelerated since the lull following the Mars Viking missions in the 1970s. Professor Kathy Campbell FRSNZ will explore the what, how and why in the quest for ET life in the Solar System in the current and coming decades.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Apply for Powering Potential 

This event on 12-15 Hakihea December will give 60 Year 12 or Year 13 tauira who have a passion for science, technology, or social sciences the opportunity to research some big science questions or social issues.  Students will work in teams and be assigned a mentor.  All travel, kai, accommodation and activities are covered by the programme.  Powering Potential 2022 will be a blast!

Closing date: 14 Whiringa-ā-nuku October.
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Kaitohutohu Pāpāho Communications Advisor role

This role is to provide communications and public relations support to key internal and external stakeholders, focusing on progressing critical projects and programmes, creating effective communications and relationships between the Society and key stakeholders through our media platforms and digital communications.

Closing date: 19 Mahuru September   
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Trout and trout fisheries PhD opportunity

A PhD scholarship to support and enable research into the ecology, conservation and management of trout and trout fisheries in Aotearoa New Zealand is available. There will be scope for the student to develop their own research interests provided they align with the overall aims of the scholarship. This scholarship is made possible thanks to the Weatherhead Bequest Fund, with partnership funding from Fish & Game New Zealand and Cawthron Institute.

Closing date: 16 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2022
Organisation: Cawthron Institute

NASA internships and New Zealand Space Agency scholarships

Ever wondered what it would be like to collaborate with scientists and engineers responsible for exploring Mars or sending space craft to the far reaches of our solar system and beyond? Here’s your chance to find out!

For the first time in three years, NASA JPL are offering students the opportunity to carry out in-person internships in 2023 and the New Zealand Space Agency is supporting students to undertake internships through the New Zealand Space Scholarship under the JPL Visiting Student Research Programme.

Closing date: 2 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2022
Organisation: New Zealand Space Agency

UC Biosecurity Innovations PhD Scholarship

Apply for a PhD scholarship in mathematics and statistics: “Pest and disease scouting in major New Zealand crops: evaluating remote sensing and machine learning tools”.

Effective and accurate landscape scale tools are needed to detect, forecast and manage pest and plant diseases.  Investigate how remote sensing coupled with machine learning algorithms could identify biosecurity threats in maize, pasture and wheat crops. A practical field-based component may be included and tailored to the interests of the applicant.  Receive great support from UC and AgResearch. The ideal candidate will have an interest in sample design, classification algorithms and quantitative ecology, and have a Masters level qualification in mathematics, statistics or closely related subject. Biologists with proven experience in applied mathematics may be considered.

Organisation: University of Canterbury

Ngā hui | Conferences

29 Whiringa-ā-nuku November - 1 Hakihea December, Thailand 
Food System Transformation and SDGs

This International Congress on science technology and technology-based innovation is happening in Thailand on November 29-December 1 2022. It is the first WISE symposium organised by the Women in Science and Engineering committee of the Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA).

1-4 Haratua May 2023, Christchurch
Fourth International Congress on Biological Invasions

The 4th International Congress on Biological Invasions (ICBI2023) will be hosted by Ōtautahi Christchurch on 1-4 May 2023 and is now calling for speakers and abstracts.

The biennial Better Border Biosecurity (B3) Conference will follow on 5 May 2023. The ICBI congress will provide a forum to explore, share and develop responses to the global challenges and threats that Invasive Alien Species (IAS) present to biodiversity, ecological systems and food production and safety in terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems.

Mō Te Apārangi | About Us

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