Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1063

2019 Falling Walls Lab New Zealand

Royal Society Te Apārangi, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, would like to invite honoured guests, friends and family, and members of the public to attend Falling Walls Lab New Zealand.

Falling Walls Lab is a challenging, inspiring and interdisciplinary format to showcase the next generation of outstanding innovators and creative thinkers.

In three-minute presentations, 18 New Zealand-based and 2 Fiji-based participants have been selected to pitch their innovative research project, business model or social initiative relevant to the world today, to their peers, the interested public and a distinguished jury - promoting ideas and fostering interdisciplinary networks.

The event is inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989, with the question of every Falling Walls gathering being: Which walls will fall next?

The event is free admission and will occur on September 10, at Royal Society Te Apārangi.

Read more

Otago scientist helps unlock mysteries of Laos’ megalithic jars

University of Otago Palaeopathologist Associate Professor Sian Halcrow's research findings have established the Plain of Jars in Laos as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. She will be discussing her findings further in the Marsden Fund 25 Series on October 2.


Mātauranga Māori could stop kauri dieback in its tracks

Research led by Victoria University of Wellington’s Dr Monica Gerth in collaboration with iwi has discovered molecules from New Zealand native plants could hold the solution to kauri dieback.


Also read an opinion piece on this story by Dr Siouxsie Wiles: Tackling kauri dieback in an ethical way.

Updating ORCID records for service on Marsden Fund Council and Panels

Royal Society Te Apārangi  is currently writing information to ORCID records for those who have served as panellist, convenor or co-convenor on a Marsden Fund Panel, or chair and deputy chair on the Marsden Fund Council. If you have served in one of these roles but did not receive an email on 3 September and would like this information authoritatively asserted to your ORCID record, please contact

Towards Our Intelligent Future – An AI Roadmap for New Zealand

The AI Forum’s 2019 research programme Towards Our Intelligent Future is a collaborative initiative to encourage the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and harness its potential for a thriving future New Zealand.


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Time for a grown-up conversation about gene editing 
David Hughes says the capability of the new technology of gene editing goes well beyond that or earlier genetic modification tools. He describes how the technology of gene editing is emerging as a real option in facing some of our world's biggest challenges.
OPINION David Hughes @Stuff
People are disrupting the ecosytem of weka 
The charming yet cheeky weka may soon be considered much more than a sandwich stealing rare native bird thanks to the work of Jo Carpenter, a University of Canterbury Ecology PhD student. 
@RNZ Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan
Te Rā the sail, last of its kind 
A team of University of Otago researchers and weavers, supported by a Marsden Fund grant, will unlock the secrets of one of te ao Māori’s most precious taonga for the first time in more than 200 years.
Leanne Hayden @Spinoff
2019 Women of Influence Awards finalists announced 
From the boardroom to the picket lines and back again— unsung Kiwi women are tenaciously and tirelessly at work. 82 finalists have been announced for the 2019 Women of Influence Awards.
Mikaela Wilkes @Stuff
Cantebury's Allan Herbarium now the world leader in subantarctic flora
The Allan Herbarium is already New Zealand’s largest collection of dried plants, but to house the world’s largest collection from the subantarctic and be the world leader in this unique flora is exciting, says herbarium manager Ines Schonberger.

@Manaaki Whenua (Landcare Research) 

Ngāti Porou student wins NASA internship
University of Waikato student Lynley St George is about to spend the next four months in California to participate in the NASA International Internship Programme.   
Jessica Tyson @Māori Television, Te Ao Māori News
Swedish and Otago scientists shed new light on demise of two extinct New Zealand songbirds
They may not have been seen for the past 50 and 110 years, but an international study into their extinction has provided answers to how the world lost New Zealand’s South Island kōkako and the huia.   
@University of Otago

Ngā take o te wā Events

9-15 September, Aotearoa
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 
(Māori Langage Week)
Why a week? Why not a year? Why not a decade? A century?
Since 1975, Māori language week provides an opportunity for concentrated celebration, promotion and encouragement. 
9-13 September, Aotearoa
Toitū Ao - Sustainability Week 
This is an opportunity to learn more about Victoria University of Wellington's researchers’ discoveries and innovative ideas towards improving the social, environmental, and economic wellbeing of the world around us for Sustainability Week.
September - October, Various locations
Choosing the Future of Antarctica
In this national lecture series, Professor Tim Naish FRSNZ will present two narratives on the future of Antarctica, looking forward 50 and 300 years: the first in which greenhouse gas emissions remain unchecked; the other involving ambitious action to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
14 September, Wellington
Whānua Storytelling with Te Reo Wainene o Tua
Celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori by bringing your whānau to hear captivating bilingual kōrero from Joe Harawira of Te Reo Wainene o Tua, a te reo Māori storytelling collective.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

The Prime Minister's Science Prizes are open

The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes are now open for applications. The Government introduced the prizes in 2009 as a way of raising the profile and prestige of science among New Zealanders.

Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi (Secretariat)
Closing date: 10 October 2019 
Te Pūnaha Matatini Summer Internship Programme 2019-20
Te Pūnaha Matatini is a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence with researchers and students based all over New Zealand. They coordinate an internship scheme for partner organisations including iwi, Ministries, government departments, and private companies that is now open for applications.

Organisation: Te Pūnaha Matatini
Closing date: 6 September 2019
Callaghan Innovation urges firms to apply for R&D internship grants
Callaghan Innovation’s R&D Experience Grants enable businesses to take on undergraduates or postgraduates in the areas of technology, business, design, engineering and science.

Organisation: Callaghan Innovation
Closing date: 6 September 2019
2019 independent review of the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF)
The PBRF panel, chaired by Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith FRSNZ, is interested in hearing from any individual or group with an interest or insights into how the PBRF settings can be improved.

Organisation: Ministry of Education
Closing date: 11 October 2019

Hydrogen plan points way to renewable future

A new green paper looks at the scope of New Zealand's hydrogen potential. The Government is seeking your feedback on the potential for hydrogen production, export and utilisation in New Zealand's economy.

Organisation: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment 
Closing date: 25 October 2019

Ngā hui Conferences

23 October / Lincoln
Impact of Changing Landscapes on Primary Production
The New Zealand Institute of Agricultural & Horticultural Science (NZIAHS) Canterbury Section is holding a 1-day forum surrounding the present tension around land use.

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