Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1172

New Ngā Kete issue of JRSNZ

A new issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand has been released, Ngā Kete: The 2022 Annual Collection of Reviews. The five papers in this issue are led by recently elected Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellows or Research Honours Aotearoa and other major prize winners. This edition of the journal includes review articles asking if we can we stop the stroke tsunami, setting out the roadmap towards the cure of chronic Hepatitis B infection, monitoring airborne pollen in New Zealand, the search for mindfulness from a cognitive perspective and phase and intensity control in non-linear optics. 

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Women of Influence Supreme Winner 

Congratulations to Professor Bronwyn Hayward MNZM, Supreme Winner and Environment category winner at the 2021 Women of Influence awards. Bronwyn is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury and director of the Sustainable Development and Civic Imagination: Hei Puāwaitanga Research Group.

Bronwyn is recognised internationally for her expertise on sustainability, climate change and youth, and is an Associate Member of Royal Society Te Apārangi


New frequency, size and latest issue of NZJAR

The size of the New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research will grow by over 20% to 696 pages per yearly volume, and in the meantime, the publishing frequency increases from 4 to 6 issues a year from 2022.  This remarkable progress has been made thanks to our dedicated authors, reviewers and editors.

The latest issue includes articles on ergot alkaloids, pasture species and emissions, and using GPS to assess red deer behaviour over calving.

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New issue of journal of botany

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Botany has been released, including articles on a newly discovered species of Eucalyptus microfungi, biogeographic patterns in kānuka and respecting te reo Māori in botanical nomenclature.


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

The move to Phase Two - Expert Reaction
New Zealand entered Phase Two of its public health response to the Omicron outbreak on Tuesday in response to growing numbers of Covid-19 cases. Phase Two reduces the isolation period for Covid-19 cases and close contacts.
@Science Media Centre
‘Unassuming’ enzyme opens way for new medical treatments
An 'unassuming' bacterial enzyme is at the core of pioneering research that could have important implications for the treatment of cancer and other health conditions.
@Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington
Can we better forecast earthquakes?
Professor Brendon Bradley from the University of Canterbury is the recipient of a Marsden Fund grant to accelerate his research into seismic hazard analysis and forecasting, to get to a point where they can provide the same sort of information as a weather forecast.
The Public Value of Science
The International Science Council has launched a series of videos telling transformational and compelling science stories from around the globe, under the title of 'The Public Value of Science'. 
@International Science Council

Ngā take o te wā Events

17 February, Online
Women in Science: featuring Professor Bronwen Connor
An opportunity to learn more about the brains behind leading research happening right now in New Zealand. Hear from researchers just starting their career and what led them to neuroscience, to seasoned scientists and clinicians working on ground-breaking research that is changing the lives of Kiwis everywhere.
New dates: Online from 22 Feb and Hamilton 25-26 May
Water New Zealand Conference and Expo
Due to Covid-19, the Water New Zealand Conference and Expo will now be held in two parts. Part one will be online 23 February to 4 March and part two will be an in person event in Hamilton 25-26 May. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Catalyst: Leaders grant helps against livestock ticks

A previous Catalyst: Leaders grant brought Dr Felix Guerrero from the USDA to visit Manaaki Whenua for a project to develop a livestock vaccine against the only tick found in Aotearoa.

Catalyst: Leaders supports incoming and outgoing targeted international fellowships for exceptional individuals that cannot be supported through other means. See more information on Catalyst: Leaders funding call

Closing date: 14 April
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Put your stamp on ICWES19

ICWES19 – Shaping the Future is taking place in New Zealand in September 2023 (correction). The programme includes 3 days of in-person and online sessions, hosted in Auckland, and 2 days of in-person field trips, hosted throughout the country. AWIS is looking for ten programme committees to develop the programme content. 

Please email if you are interested in being a committee member.  

Organisation: Association for Women in the Sciences

New Science Engagement Coordinator Roles specialising in Māori and Pasifika engagement 

Two new Unlocking Curious Minds projects have given Otago Museum the chance to super-charge its science engagement with Māori and Pasifika communities. It is recruiting for two roles to support this mahi:

  • Science Engagement Coordinator – Māori;
  • Science Engagement Coordinator – Pasifika

Closing date: 9 March
Organisation: Otago Museum

Job opportunity for maths or physics teacher

A part-time (0.67 FTE) opportunity exists for a passionate and experienced teacher of physics and mathematics who is committed to making a difference for tauira transitioning to degree studies through pathway courses and programmes.

Closing date: 5 March
Organisation: Massey University

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

24 February
How to publish first (or next) book in STEM
Curious about publishing a book in Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics from PhD thesis or another idea? EURAXESS Australia & New Zealand, in collaboration with Taylor & Francis, present a webinar to cover key aspects of how to propose a new book, the options available to you and the steps involved in publication.

28 February
ANZOR Japan: ECR pathways to Japan event
ANZOR Japan is a relatively new organisation with the aim of connecting Australian, New Zealander, Oceanian and Japanese researchers, and supporting research collaborations. It's hosting a webinar to promote Japan as a career destination for New Zealand early career researchers.

1 March
Ancestors: A history of Britain through burials
Professor Alice Roberts, International presenter, broadcaster, author, and biological anthropologist from the University of Birmingham, UK will be giving the first Genomics Aotearoa seminar for 2022.  She will be talking about what a grave can tell us about a person and past lives - how burial archaeology sheds light on prehistoric societies and how genetics is revolutionising what we know about the deep past. Email for free access details. 

3 March
How to publish first (or next) book in HSS
If you’re interested in publishing a book in Humanities and Social Sciences but aren’t sure where to start, this webinar brought to you by EURAXESS Australia & New Zealand in collaboration with Taylor & Francis, will guide you through everything you need to know to get your first (or next) academic book published. 

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