Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1054

Society joins global body for engineering and technology

On 27 June 2019, Royal Society Te Apārangi was admitted as the 28th member of the Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS).
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2019 Charles Fleming Fund awardees

Professor Wendy Nelson FRSNZ has been awarded the Senior Scientist Award to study New Zealand coralline algae and three publishing awards have also been given.

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Widening horizons of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand

Professor Ewan Fordyce FRSNZ, Senior Editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, outlines the new direction for the journal.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Buried treasure 
For palaeontologists, the dark diatomite layers of Foulden Maar are a well-preserved library of geological history. Outside that library, bulldozers wait.
Dave Hansford @New Zealand Geographic
Plastic bag ban: Five things you need to know
What comes under the ban? What can still be used? How will the rules be enforced? Jamie Morton's article answers the main question around the ban. 
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald
Centre to showcase Māori astronomy opens on Tekapō lakefront
South Island iwi Ngāi Tahu has opened a new Dark Sky experience at the world's largest dark sky reserve, which includes an indoor multimedia experience showcasing Māori astronomy.
Fonterra to make all packaging recyclable, compostable or renewable by 2025
Fonterra, New Zealand's largest company, will not be returning to glass bottles, instead they will make all its packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.
Amber-Leigh Woolf @Stuff
The science of Matariki 
Dr Melanie Cheung, a Māori neuroscientist and science writer, discusses with Dr Rangi Mātāmua on the science of Matariki.  
William Ray @RNZ Our Changing World 
Kākāpō waiting game   
There have been no new deaths from the aspergillosis disease outbreak. Staff are continuing to look after the chicks and adults that are being treated for the infection. 
Alison Ballance @RNZ Our Changing World 
Rocks, radio and radar: the extraordinary scientific, social and military life of Elizabeth Alexander
A new book on Elizabeth Alexander (1908-58), a pioneering scientist who undertook research on widely different topics in England, Singapore, New Zealand and Nigeria, has been written by her daughter Mary Harris.
@Book review by Simon Nathan
Nine projects led by African early-career scientists funded under the LIRA 2030 Africa programme
The projects cover topics such as the food-water-energy nexus in urban areas; improving waste management in urban settings and reducing climate change-related health risks in African cities. 
@International Science Council 

Ngā take o te wā Events

5-21 July, Dunedin
The Art+Oceans Ocean Acidification Street Campaign
This event is a poster campaign that aims to raise awareness about the health of our oceans. The event launch is on 5 July and posters will be up until 21 July. 
27 July, Great Barrier Island
Lights out on Great Barrier Island Winter Festival 
During July there are a range of 'Lights out' events on Great Barrier Island with the final event on 27 July being the Stars and Planets ball. 
20 July, Wellington 
Plastic free waterways: a citizen's science workshop with Dr Amanda Valois
This workshop will share a project involving members of the public that investigates the amount of plastic that is entering Wellington harbour via the Kaiwharawhara stream. 
4-8 July, Wellington
Semiconductor: The Technological Sublime
Artists Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt's exhibition mixes technology and data from real-world volcanoes, glaciers, and earthquakes—including the 2016 Kaikoura quake.
10 July, Auckland
A Careful Revolution – Towards a Low-Emissions Future
Authors David Hall and Maria Bargh discuss whether a revolution can be ‘careful’, and how to ensure a tika transition in true partnership with Māori.
31 July, Auckland
Cafe Scientifique: Beautiful Cephalopods
Dr Kat Bolstad is a senior lecturer at Auckland University of Technology and leads AUT’s Lab for Cephalopod Ecology and Systematics. She will be joined by her life-sized, anatomically correct giant squid model, so come along and shake tentacles with one of the ocean’s true behemoths.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

2019 WDS Data Stewardship Award
This annual prize celebrates the exceptional contributions of early career researchers to the improvement of scientific data stewardship through their engagement with the community, academic achievements, and innovations.
Organisation: ICSU World Data System 
Closing date: 29 July
New Zealand Women of Influence Awards
These awards recognise and celebrate exceptional women who have committed time and energy to create real change in their industry and communities and are using their influence to achieve great things.
Organisation: Stuff and Westpac
Closing date: 15 July
Cawthron scholarships
The Cawthron Institute has three available scholarships for a water quality and land restoration project, a shellfish to aerial exposure project, and an open ocean aquaculture project.
Organisation: Cawthron Institute
Closing date: 11 August 

Ngā hui Conferences

2-23 August / Multiple venues
2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
Professor David Johnston, Massey University, and colleagues, will provide an overview of the key outcomes of the 2019 Global Platform and discuss further opportunities for New Zealand researchers, research institutions and other groups to contribute.
31 August - 6 September/ Queenstown
Queenstown Research Week 2019
Queenstown Research Week is New Zealand’s biggest annual scientific gathering.  It is a week of co-ordinated meetings covering a wide range of areas in biological sciences.
Plastic Free July 

Get your reusable mugs out of the cupboard and dust off your bulk food bags because Plastic Free July is here. During July we will be putting out content on how to live your best plastic-free life in the build-up to the release of our report 'Plastics in the Environment - evidence summary'. 

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