Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1147

Paul Atkins announced as new Chief Executive of     
Royal Society Te Apārangi

Royal Society Te Apārangi President and Council are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Atkins as Chief Executive of Royal Society Te Apārangi.

Paul has been Chief Executive of ZEALANDIA for the past 6 years, leading the organisation through a period of transformational change. Prior to ZEALANDIA, Paul was Chief Executive of the National Energy Research Institute, and he has held General Manager roles with the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, and with Creative New Zealand, the Arts Council of New Zealand. Paul has chaired the Board of the MacDiarmid Institute over the past 4 years and is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Physicist, and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Paul has resided in Aotearoa with his family for 22 years and is married with three adult sons. He has had a long association with the Society dating back over 20 years.

Paul will take up the position on 29 November.  Dr Roger Ridley, Mātanga Rangahau Director - Expert Advice & Practice, will be the Acting Chief Executive in the interim after Professor Dame Cindy Kiro, Governor-General Designate, leaves the Society on 16 July.

Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi a new sense of leadership.
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Register now for the Rutherford Lecture


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? We often distinguish sharply between the humanities and the sciences. For the 2020 Rutherford Lecture, Distinguished Professor Brian Boyd FRSNZ will explore how humanities are sciences and sciences are humanities.

Brian will be speaking in Tamaki Mākaurau on 12 August, Te Whanganui-a-Tara on 19 August and in Ōtautahi on 26 August. 

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Final call for papers: JRSNZ Early Career Researcher open access supplement


The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand is planning an open access supplement with papers showcasing the excellent research conducted by Early Career Researchers based in Aotearoa New Zealand. Please send in preliminary information before 16 July. 

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Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga 

"We [academic wāhine Māori] ain’t subtle; we are true and transparent. We are (perceived as) disruptive. Despite questioning eyes on us, we will stand, we will do something different, probably on our own."


Dr Jani Katarina Taituha Wilson (Ngāti Awa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Mataatua) is a Lecturer in Māori Media at Te Ara Poutama, Faculty for Māori and Indigenous Development, Auckland University of Technology. A longtime kaihaka and kaitito, Jani's current research focuses on the ongoing evolution of screened kapa haka as a central component of "Māori popular culture", with a critical focus on the impact of screen production demands on the art.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

New type of stardust may unlock solar system secrets
Research funded by a Marsden Fund grant has discovered a new type of stardust that is helping scientists reveal what ingredients went into the formation of our solar system, more than 4.5 billion years ago.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald
Tamariki Māori excelling in kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa
The Education Review Office has released a report, Te Kura Huanui, which shows tamariki Māori going through kōhanga and kura kaupapa excel because they are immersed in their culture.
Meriana Johnsen @RNZ
Male hormones accelerate DNA aging
New research has shown that removal of male hormones in sheep delays ageing of DNA, and that it also drives feminine characteristics of DNA and the chemical tags it holds, known as DNA methylation.
@University of Otago
Insights into what drives Auckland eruptions 
In a newly-published Marsden Grant-funded study, scientists have shed new light on how Auckland's volcanic underbelly is fed with magma and then primed for eruption.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald 
Comic explainer: young disabled New Zealanders on the barriers to a better life
A project led by Massey University researchers has explored the everyday lives of disabled young people, and with support from study participants and their whānau, they have collaborated with graphic artist Toby Morris on a comic to highlight participants’ accounts of everyday ableism they encounter. 
Penelope Carroll, Karen Witten & Octavia Calder-Dawe @The Conversation

Ngā take o te wā Events

13-31 July, Christchurch
Wāhine exhibition at Tūranga
Wāhine is a touring multi-media exhibition that amplifies Māori women’s voices around Aotearoa, offering communities the opportunity to be enriched by their life stories while fostering mutual understanding through personalised sound stories and portrait photography.
28 July, Auckland
Cafe Scientifique: New Zealand’s bird malaria, and why it is not always a bad thing
Dr Rosemary Barraclough from the School of Environment, University of Auckland will talk about the issue of malarial parasite infection, parasite burden, and death within native, endemic, and introduced bird species in New Zealand.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Postgraduate research opportunity in public housing and urban regeneration

The University of Otago is offering funding for three PhD students in the research area of public housing and urban regeneration. These scholarships are supported through the MBIE Endeavour Programme, Public Housing and Urban Regeneration: Maximising Wellbeing.

Closing date: 31 July
Organisation: University of Otago
Call for applications: art by women in science

The exhibition 'Creative Resilience' aims to showcase the artistic works by women in science, on the reaction to and fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the theme transformation, the artworks will capture both pain and hope and will provide a new reading of societies that are slowly emerging from the pandemic.

Closing date: 9 August
Organisation: UNESCO
Apply for OECD's research programme - sustainable agricultural and food systems

This research programme aims to strengthen scientific knowledge and provide relevant scientific information and advice that will inform future policy decisions related to the sustainable use of natural resources in the areas of agriculture, food, fisheries and forests.

Applications relevant to the work of the OECD Committee for Agriculture and other bodies, with a wide range of disciplines from emerging diseases to digital technologies, are particularly welcome.

Closing date: 10 September
Organisation: OECD
Call for papers for the Otago Global Health Institute 14th Annual Conference

Abstract submissions are now welcome on any subject relevant to global health in under-resourced countries. Students can submit abstracts for either poster or oral presentations for which there will be two student prize vouchers valued at $75 each.

Closing date: 12 September
Organisation: University of Otago
Submit a project proposal for UNESCO's 2021 International Geosciences programme 

This programme is focused on promoting collaborative projects under the UNESCO umbrella with a special emphasis on the benefit to society, capacity-building, and the advancement and sharing of knowledge between scientists.

Closing date: 15 September
Organisation: UNESCO

Ngā hui Conferences

22-25 November, Christchurch and Online
FAOBMB Congress – Molecules | Life | Diversity
Under the umbrella of the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB), the NZ Societies for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Plant Biology are partnering to deliver a diverse conference in the molecular life sciences. 

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

27 July
Wai 262 and opportunities for National Science Challenges
In this session, webinar presentations and panellist's kōrero will cover challenges and opportunities in Aotearoa New Zealand’s science system, highlight examples of responsible practice within National Science Challenges, and look at how to advance this kaupapa over the next three years. 

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