Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1151

A Public Climate Change Discussion – report on physical science basis for IPCC Sixth Assessment Report

Royal Society Te Apārangi is hosting Dr Andy Resinger IPCC Bureau Member and four New Zealand authors Professor Dave FrameDr Olaf MorgensternProfessor James RenwickProfessor Nicholas Golledge of the report AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis, which was released this week.

The report was prepared by Working Group I and is the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change, bringing together the latest advances in climate science, and combining multiple lines of evidence from paleoclimate, observations, process understanding, and global and regional climate simulations.

Following introductory remarks and presentations from the four authors, there will be a facilitated kōrero and Q+A session with Associate Professor Rebecca Priestley CRSNZ as Kaiwhakataki Panel Facilitator, followed with whanaungatanga networking with kai and wai. The event will also be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person. Livestream details will be sent to those who register. Nau mai haere mai i te kaupapa o te rā.
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Rutherford Lecture: The Adventure of Discovery

Nau mai haere mai ki tēnei kaupapa! 

What does discovery mean in the humanities, in art and in thought? How does it relate to, draw on or feed into discovery in the sciences? For the 2020 Rutherford Lecture, Distinguished Professor Brian Boyd FRSNZ will explore how the humanities are sciences and sciences are humanities.

Brian gives his first of three talks today in Tāmaki Makaurau. Register now for the talk on 19 August in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (now full with waitlist) and Ōtautahi on 26 August. 

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

What is the IPCC report? And why should we trust it?
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has released an extremely important report on the physical science of climate change. This report provides world leaders the most up-to-date information about climate change to inform their policies.
David Karoly @The Conversation
Covid-19: Complacency the biggest risk to vaccine roll-out Sir David Skegg FRSNZ says
His comments follow the release of advice his independent Strategic Covid-19 Public Health Advisory Group has given the Government on how it could ease border restrictions amidst the pandemic once as many people as possible have been vaccinated. View information on Government response.
Bridie Witton @Stuff
Rocket Lab launching satellite to the Moon to test path for Nasa's future missions
A New Zealand-launched Nasa satellite is heading to the Moon.
Brittney Deguara @Stuff
Record warmth so far this winter
New Zealand has just experienced its warmest June and July since records began in 1909 and - with one month to go - is on track for its second successive warmest winter on record.
Ben Noll and Dr Jono Conway @NIWA
NZ developed machine could revolutionise cancer treatment
Auckland-based company Buckley Systems has developed and manufactured a machine which could help treat the most difficult cancers. 
Sunday Morning @RNZ

Ngā take o te wā Events

17 August, Wellington
Unlocking the secrets of the Hikurangi subduction zone
The discovery of slow-motion earthquakes in subduction zones in the last two decades has transformed our understanding of faults and earthquake occurrence. Professor Laura Wallace will discuss a range of investigations being undertaken to better characterise the slips and related seismicity, as well as talk about insights into seismic and tsunami hazards. 
25 August, Christchurch
2021 Hochstetter Lecture
Dr Darren Ngaru King and Dr Daniel Hikuroa will present the 2021 Hochstetter lecture on 'Encouraging plural methods and values as the foundation for cross-cultural research collaborations'. Darren and Daniel have been jointly recognised in this award for their outstanding commitment to, and pioneering research on, the weaving of mātauranga Māori and earth science.
28 August, Porirua
Antarctic Discovery Day
This event is a free family-friendly day full of Antarctic-themed activities. Attendees will have the opportunity to live chat with Scott Base, try on real Antarctic clothing and climb into a real Antarctic tent. There is also an exciting line-up of short talks which will be spread throughout the day, showcasing a variety of Antarctic activities, experiences and perspectives. 
29 September, Auckland
A2 or not A2, is it even a question?
A2 milk has taken the world by storm over the last 25 years, or has it…? But what is A2, is it connected to lactose, and what is ‘special’ about it? After a short introduction, Don Otter, Associate Professor in the Food Science and Microbiology Department at AUT, will lead a discussion on all things A2.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Apply for DiscoveryCamp 2022

Experience science in a fun, hands-on environment and work with some of New Zealand's top researchers! This is a week-long science camp for current Year 12 and 13 Māori and Pasifika students with a genuine passion for the sciences.

Closing date: 3 September
Organisation: The MacDiarmid Institute
Apply for NanoCamp 2022

This is a full week of residential lab experience with top scientists, completing hands-on investigations into a range of topics including electron microscopy, laser physics and nano-electronics.

Applications are open for Year 12 or 13 students with a strong academic background who are planning to continue with science.

Closing date: 3 September
Organisation: The MacDiarmid Institute
Prime Minister's Science Prizes applications open

Applications are now open for the 2021 round of prizes. There are five different prizes to be awarded that celebrate and raise the profile of science among New Zealanders, in Aotearoa and internationally.

Closing date: 15 October
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi, MBIE, New Zealand Government

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