Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1190

Call for nominations for experts to review the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report

International Science Council (ISC) has asked Royal Society Te Apārangi to nominate experts who wish to review the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report. The report aims to strengthen the science-policy interface and provide a strong evidence-based instrument to support policymakers in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development.

Reviewers should be active in relevant research across a range of scientific disciplines including natural, social, humanities, and engineering, with a strong emphasis on trans‐disciplinary approaches and policy expertise.

How to apply: Reviewers wishing to be put forward for nomination, please email your expression of interest to including your CV, a short description of your area of expertise (250 word max), and a short cover letter (250 word max).

EOI deadline: 11 Hōngongoi July 2022
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

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The Humble Superstar of Matariki

On June 24 2022, mātauranga Māori and its significance to our national identity will be observed as a public holiday for the first time.

But that may not have happened without the advocacy of those who spent years researching, studying and campaigning for this official recognition of Matariki, such as astronomy professor Rangiānehu (Rangi) Mātāmua FRSNZ (Tūhoe).

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Ngā Kete Mātauranga audiobook

Initially published with assistance from Royal Society Te Apārangi, Ngā Kete Mātauranga: Māori Scholars at the Research Interface (Otago University Press) is being released as an audio book on 5 Hōngongoi  July, with each author narrating their own chapter.  


Academy Fellow, Professor Nic Smith elected as Vice Chancellor of Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Internationally renowned scholar of computational physiology and biomedical engineering, and senior university sector leader Professor Nic Smith FRSNZ has been appointed to be the next Vice-Chancellor of Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

STEM Alliance Aotearoa releases step-by-step guide for engaging with young people

A Practical Guide to STEM Community Engagement in Aotearoa has been created by STEM Alliance Aotearoa to help businesses and educators connect with young people who may not have a clear understanding of how to pursue a career in the science and technology sector. 

The three part guide covers information from:

  • Why STEM engagement is important, where it is needed and how to intervene
  • Introduces the STEM Engagement Catalyst Model
  • Highlights the research that underpins this model.
@STEM Alliance Aotearoa
From puku to pēpi: the kaupapa helping Hawke’s Bay māmā

Dr Aria Graham (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou, Tufuiopa Samoa) is using the findings of her PhD to inform a marae-based and kaupapa Māori child and maternal wellbeing model. Mamia is a safe space for māmā to connect, rest and learn. 
Gianina Schwanecke @Stuff

Covid-19 paediatric vaccines  - Expert Reaction

US health authorities have given the green light to mRNA Covid-19 vaccines for children under five. The SMC asked experts to comment on the latest data on paediatric vaccines, and the implications of that data for Aotearoa New Zealand.

First Pasifika woman promoted to pro vice-chancellor level at Auckland University

A co-head of the School of Māori and Pacific Studies, Associate Professor Jemaima Tiatia, has been promoted to Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Pacific at the University iof Auckland. She is the first Pasifika woman to be appointed to pro vice-chancellor level at any New Zealand university.
Sapeer Mayron @Stuff

‘Unlimited resource’: NZ’s offshore energy revolution

In just 28 years' time there will need to be nine times more electricity generated from wind in Aotearoa. Offshore turbines could play a crucial role in that. They're bigger, meaning they generate more power, and wind speeds offshore are higher and more consistent.

Marc Daalder @Newsroom

Ngā take o te wā Events

13 Hōngongoi July, 5.30pm, Nelson & Online
79th Thomas Cawthron Memorial Lecture: Our children’s climate and how we can make a difference

In this lecture Professor Bronwyn Hayward will explore some of the key steps we can take now to face the climate crisis and ensure a fairer, more secure future for all.

1-7 Hōngongoi July, Auckland
AUT Women in STEM Film Festival

AWIS is hosting the first New Zealand women in STEM film festival, showcasing strong female leads in movies based around science and innovation. The line-up includes biopics of inspiring women such as Hedy Lamarr, Marie Curie, and wildlife expert Dian Fossey.

6 Hōngongoi July, 12.10pm, Wellington & Online
Public History Talk: A biography of Lake Tūtira

This talk with environmental historian Jonathan West will sketch Lake Tūtira’s history from formation to today, following the traces of Herbert Guthrie Smith, a founder of environmental history in Aotearoa.

5 Hōngongoi July, 7pm, Online
Auckland Museum Institue Inaugural Humanities Lecture

In the inaugural Humanities Lecture for 2022, Dr Vincent O’Malley will describe how the Great War for New Zealand, begun from the invasion of Waikato in 1863, played out in Tāmaki Makaurau, and the legacy it left behind.

Ngā hui Conferences

5 - 9 Hakihea December 2022, Online
International Meiofauna Conference
Registration for the 18th International Meiofauna Conference (IMCO) is now open. Though it cannot be held in-person, the conference will provide an opportunity for researchers and  students to connect after what has been a challenging period and share their latest findings.

Submissions of abstracts for consideration and inclusion in the 2022 Conference Programme are due 30 Pipiri June. Earlybird registration closes 30 Mahuru September. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Rural Professionals Fund – round now open

Rural professionals are invited to team up with farmers to apply for funding to test innovative ideas that could lead to significant improvements in farming systems. The Rural Professionals Fund, established in 2020 by Our Land and Water National Science Challenge, is now accepting applications for the third round of funding to support projects that could benefit farming communities.

Applications close: 12 Hereturikōkā August, with projects to begin on 1 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2022.
Organisation: Our Land and Water National Science Challenge

Applications open for Te Kei Māori academic development programme

Te Kei is the first Māori academic development programme to be offered across the eight Aotearoa New Zealand universities. The programme has been designed by experienced Maori academics to support the professional and personal development of early career Māori academics in the academy.

The programme will consist of online modules and a 3-day marae-based wānanga.  

All participants will also gain access an Alumni network and Ngā Here Mātauranga an online indigenous global network and resource inventory developed by TeKāhui Amokura.   

Programme Launch: 8 Hōngongoi July 
Organisation: Universities New Zealand

NZJZ call for papers: Special issue: Animals in the microbial world - contemporary perspectives

This special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Zoology invites submissions with a focus on the diverse interactions of animals with the microbial world. 

Please email a preliminary title, list of potential authors and a short descriptive paragraph outlining the scope of your proposed manuscript to guest editors, Dr Manpreet K Dhami (Manaaki Whenua) and Professor Mike Taylor (University of Auckland).

Application deadline: 12 Hereturikōkā August 2022
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

NZMSS Award and John Morton Medal nominations

The New Zealand Marine Science Society (NZMSS) is currently seeking nominations for the NZMSS Award and John Morton Medal.  

The highly prestigious NZMSS Award was inaugurated in 1985 and is presented to a person who has been instrumental in achieving the objective of the Society to advance knowledge and understanding of marine science in New Zealand. The award recognises a person’s continued outstanding contribution to marine science in New Zealand, as well as their role in encouraging young marine scientists and the communication of marine science. 

Nomination deadline: 31 Hōngongoi July 
Organisation: New Zealand Marine Science Society

Rutherford Foundation PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship Funding Opportunities

The funding round for Rutherford Foundation PhD Scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships is open from Thursday 9 Pipiri June. The Rutherford Foundation aims to build human capability in science and technology by providing early career support for New Zealand’s brightest and most promising researchers. For 2022, the following funding opportunities are available:

  • New Zealand Postdoctoral Fellowships will enable recipients to undertake full-time research programmes within New Zealand in all areas of research, science, and technology, including social sciences and the humanities. Up to six fellowships can be awarded in the 2022 funding round. Researchers whose doctoral degrees were conferred on or after 1 January 2018 are eligible to apply.
  • Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarships are intended to provide full support to enable completion of a PhD at the University of Cambridge in pure or applied science and the social sciences. Up to one scholarship can be awarded in the 2022 funding round.

Closing date: 4 Here-turi-kōkā August
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

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