Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1224

Applications now open

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 innovative breakthrough idea 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 June 2023, 5.00 pm NZST

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ANZCCART releases first report on Openness Agreement in Animal Research and Teaching

The ANZCCART Openness Agreement on Animal Research and Teaching for New Zealand was launched in July 2021. It now has 28 signatories that pledge to be open about how and why they use animals in their research and teaching. A report on signatories openness activities in its first year has now been published.

View Annual Report >

NZJGG call for papers: special issue on Geothermal systems around the Southern Circum-Pacific: Geology, energy resources, and exploration

This special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics invites submissions with a focus primarily on understanding geothermal systems around the southern Circum-Pacific.

View call for papers >

New agricultural research journal issue 

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research has been published. It contains articles on sorghum silage, herbicide resistance in plantain and urea as substitute for soybean meal for raising lambs. 

You may publish your next paper Open Access in the Royal Society Te Apārangi journals at no cost to your research budget. Find out if you’re eligible.

Latest Ngā Kete journal issue 

Ngā Kete: The 2023 Annual Collection of Reviews has been published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. It includes review articles on pastoral agriculture, flavanoids, 'carotid body' for physiological homeostasis, Māori taonga in the digital age, a rural Māori community's response to stroke and the possibility of more 'relational' Western water law.  

James Cook Research Fellowship – Call for applications

These fellowships are awarded to researchers who have achieved national and international recognition in their area of scientific research to allow them to concentrate on their chosen research for two years without the additional burden of administrative and teaching duties. The funding package annually is $100,000 plus GST and up to $10,000 plus GST in relevant expenses. It is expected that a major piece of research will be undertaken that will benefit New Zealand and advance research in the particular discipline.
For the 2023 round, fellowships are available in the following research categories:

  • Health sciences
  • Engineering sciences and technologies
  • Social sciences (including research of relevance to peoples of New Zealand and/or the South-west Pacific).

Applications close on Thursday 18 Mei May 2023

New crop and horticultural science journal issue 

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science has been published. It contains articles on suppressing basal rot in onions, watering impact on heat stressed grape production in Semillon vines, thinning on blueberry fruit size, controlling six-spotted mite in Hass avocado and autumn-sown catch crops in Waikato. 

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

The Whole Truth: Water fluoridation - at recommended levels - is safe and beneficial

Misinformation about fluoride isn’t new. Community water fluoridation isn’t new, either. Since the 1960s, about half of Aotearoa New Zealand’s population has had access to it. Fluoride is known for its role in helping protect our teeth by making them stronger and by reducing tooth decay.
Katie Kenny @Stuff

IPCC report: the world must cut emissions and urgently adapt to the new climate realities

Already, climate change plays out in all parts of the world. Every further increment of warming will bring rapidly escalating hazards, including more intense heatwaves and heavier rainfall.
Bronwyn Hayward FRSNZ @The Conversation

Something is wrong with the Antarctic Bottom Water
It may sound like Scott Base’s sewage system, but Antarctic Bottom Water produces life-promoting currents that flow north from the frozen continent – and the whole system is acting oddly.
Olivia Wannan @Stuff

Evening activity breaks from screen time better for health

Breaking up long periods of sitting in the evening can result in lower blood sugar and insulin levels in healthy adults, a new University of Otago study has found. The research, led by PhD student Jennifer Gale, found regular activity breaks made during a prolonged period of sitting time in the evening, lowered plasma glucose and insulin.
@University of Otago

UN International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members – CFRS and SAR call for release of Niloufar Bayani

March 25 marks the United Nation’s International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members. It is an important opportunity to demand justice and safety for current and former UN staff working for the peaceful and sustainable development of humankind.
@Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science (CFRS)

2023 S. Barry Cooper Prize awarded to Rod Downey FRSNZ

The Association for Computability in Europe is glad to announce that the S. Barry Cooper Prize for the Year 2023 is awarded to Rodney G. Downey (Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington). The award is given to a researcher who has contributed to a broad understanding and foundational study of computability. 
@Association Computability in Europe

UN 2023 Water Conference: ISC Policy Brief published

This policy brief of the International Science Council (ISC) for the UN 2023 Water Conference highlights the importance of science and the importance of actionable knowledge in responding to current global water crises as well as emerging and future challenges.
@International Science Council

Ngā take o te wā Events

5 Āperira April, Wellington and Online
Solidarity and the Right to Strike

Cybèle Locke’s recently published biography of Bill Andersen, Comrade, examines labour activism, communism and social change, from the 1930s until the turn of the twenty-first century. This talk offers possibilities for how Bill Andersen’s Communist, working-class life might speak to us in the current moment.

4 Āperira April, Wellington
A public university for the 21st century: Generational change and the common good

In this inaugural lecture, Professor Stephen Marshall from the Centre for Academic Development will reflect on the future of the university in New Zealand. Using insights from his research, he will demonstrate how our choices can influence the potential future context and the nature of the university we sustain for the common good. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Human Frontier Science Program 2024 Post-Doctoral Fellowships: Open call for applications 

The HFSP fellowships support 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.  

Deadline for statement of intent: 11 Mei May
Organisation: Human Frontier Science Program



Applications are now being sought for an ANZCCART Fellow. ANZCCART (NZ), a committee of Royal Society Te Apārangi, has created the ANZCCART board observer position for early stage researchers to both give early stage researchers an opportunity for ANZCCART board experience, but also to inform the Board with their perspectives. The Fellowship is:

  • Award: $3k per year
  • Period: 2 years

Conditions: Postgraduate (within 8 years of completion of degree) –  for people in PhDs or Post Docs. This does not preclude the ability to hold a non-Fellowship position on the Board at a later date.
If you would like to apply, please send your CV and a cover letter to:

ANZCCART Secondary Student Essay Competition 2023

The Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART) is calling for entries to its 2023 Secondary Student Essay Competition to inspire students to think critically about the role animal research plays in today’s society and to engage with the difficulties that surround animal use. The deadline for submissions is 29 Ākuhata August, with a first prize of $100, second prize of $75 and a third prize of $50. 

ANZCCART (NZ) Communication competition 2023

ANZCCART (NZ) is calling for entries to its 2023 Communication Competition, to encourage thinking about communicating the role animal research and teaching plays in today’s society, in an engaging way. The competition is open to organisations and individuals, as well as tertiary education students. Entries can include: animation, painting, sculpture, music, video, presentation, dance, writing or even cooking. The deadline for submissions is 29 Ākuhata August 2023.

Cancer Society PhD Scholarships

Applications are now open for the Cancer Society National PhD Scholarships. Applications are encouraged for research across the cancer continuum, particularly in areas where funding opportunities are limited.

Applications close at 12 noon on Monday 1 Mei May. Any enquiries can be directed to Dr Nicole Stanton at

The Call for Nominations of 2023 (39th) International Prize for Biology is now open

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) has opened the call of the commemorative prize to celebrate the sixty-year reign of Emperor Showa and his longtime devotion to biological research. Based on nominations gathered from around the world, the prize is normally given to one biologist who has made an outstanding contribution in a research field that  advances biological sciences. The prize consists of a medal and an award of 10-million yen.

Nomination deadline: 14 Āperira April 2023

Ngā hui | Conferences

6-8 December Tihema, Wellington
State of Australasian Cities Conference

For the first time in its 20 year history the State of Australasian Cities Conference will be held in Aotearoa New Zealand. The conference is a partnership of all universities across the motu and an indigenous caucus. The Call for Abstracts is currently open. See conference website for themes, timetable and more.

31 Ōketopa October - 3 Noema November, Rotorua
12th International Workshop on Sap Flow

On behalf of the local organising committee, you are warmly invited to join them in Rotorua to discuss the newest scientific ideas and discoveries relating to plant sap flow and transpiration. Join for this latest workshop in a well-established international series, where topics of discussion will range from fundamental understanding of the physics of sap flow in plants, to the role of plant vascular functioning in plant ecology, hydrology, agriculture and irrigation management. This workshop is an International Society for Horticulture Science event.

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