Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1189

Marsden Fund Update 2021

Putanga Issue No. 57 of the annual update for Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden has been published. It includes some highlights of research funded in 2021 as well as some updates and news from previously awarded grants.

As Marsden Fund Council Chair Professor David Bilkey notes "the breadth of topic areas is one of the strengths of the Marsden Fund, as it underlies an innovative and flexible research sector..."

The fund is supported by the New Zealand Government with funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Nā Te Hīkina Whakatutuki te mana hāpai.

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EOI Deadline for Falling Walls Lab New Zealand Extended to 30 Pipiri June 2022

Royal Society Te Apārangi is pleased to announce an extension to the EOI deadline for Falling Walls Lab New Zealand. Applications will now be closing on 30 Pipiri June, 5.00 pm NZST. 

Falling Walls Lab New Zealand is a national pitching competition where participants present an idea, innovation or research project that will have a positive impact on science and society - in just three minutes! 


Tā Hirini Moko Mead FRSNZ receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Ngā Tohu o Matariki o te Tau

Society Fellow, Tā Hirini Moko Mead was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Governor-General Dame Cindy Kiro at the Whakaata Māori 2022 Matariki Awards earlier this week. The award recognises Tā Hirini's decades of service to te reo me tikanga Māori.


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

The Side Eye: We destroyed mountains

Toby Morris, winner of the Prime Minister's Science Communication Prize 2021, has created a fascinating new comic about the volcanoes of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, and reckoning with the past.
Toby Morris @Spinoff

The dirty truth about the Waikato river 

New Zealand's longest river is a mess of contaminants. Data journalist Farah Hancock investigates how the towns, farms, dams, outflows from sewage plants, dairy factories, meatworks, and mills dotted along the 425km river are affecting its health.  
Farah Hancock

Covid isn’t over, it’s just getting started

Covid-19 will likely join the roster of infectious diseases that we grapple with on a regular basis, like measles, RSV and influenza. However, the threat it poses to our health system and its ability to kill and cause ongoing health problems means it is closer to diseases like polio and smallpox, that we consider a relic of the past. 
Marc Daalder @Newsroom

The sobering realities of our psychiatrist shortage

A consultant psychiatrist lays bare a mental health system in dire straits, with the number of newly qualified psychiatrists in Aotearoa failing to match the number of vacancies in a singular, mid-sized District Health Board.  
Syed Ahmer @Stuff

Pre-departure Covid test dropped for incoming travellers  - Expert Reaction 

From Monday night, people travelling into New Zealand will no longer be required to test before departure. The measure will be ditched earlier than planned because cases have continued to decline despite a rise in travellers.The Science Media Centre asked experts to comment.

Ngā take o te wā Events

27 Pipiri June 6.30pm, Christchurch
Science & Society lecture series: Multimodal Digital Assistant for a Smart Food Processor

The first talk in the Royal Society Te Apārangi Canterbury Branch's monthly 'Science & Society' lecture series will be presented by Amit Sarkar and John Ascroft, who will discuss the use of AI-digital assistants and design-science paradigms in home appliances. 

27 Hōnongoi July, Auckland
Café Scientifique: Catchment modelling for water quality and what it can and can’t tell us

This month’s Café Scientifique will be given by NIWA scientist, Dr Annette Semadeni-Davis. Annette will overview what water quality modelling is, how it is used in water management, and why model outputs should be taken with a very large grain of salt.

28 Hōnongoi July - 11 Here-turi-kōkā August, Auckland
2022 Ihaka Lecture Series: Building Blocks of Data Science

Most data scientists learn to write code. Some are also developers: writing code so that other people can write code. These three lectures feature speakers who develop software tools for data science, building systems that can be built upon in turn.

20 Pipiri June, Wellington
Matariki Embracing a New Holiday for all New Zealanders

One of the core values of Matariki is Mana Taiao environmental awareness. In this talk, Pauline Harris will discuss the revitalisation of Matariki, Puanga and the maramataka, the practices and cultural understandings of Matariki and also how we can contribute to the well being of the environment.

Hui ā-Ipurangi  Webinars

23 Pipiri June 11.30pm, Online
More Birds in the Bush

More Birds in the Bush is a MBIE-funded research programme aimed at discovering the best interventions to protect native birds in different forest types.

This webinar will provide a summary of the research, which is already improving the ability to forecast predator threats and bird responses.

22 Pipiri June, 1pm, Online
Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho: Wai 262 and the Science System

Wai 262 is one of the most significant and far-reaching claims considered by the Waitangi Tribunal.

This webinar will launch the report, Wai 262 Best Practice Guide for Science Partnerships with Kaitiaki for Research Involving Taonga, and will be hosted by Rauika Māngai. 

Ngā hui Conferences

4 Hōnongoi July, Wellington
Diplosphere conference 2022: Navigating a Stormy World - Te Ao Māori Perspectives. 

Diplosphere will host, with the support of the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, the first national conference on international relations featuring voices often missing in the public debate: Tirohanga Māori (Māori world view).​

Iwi, business, academic, and youth leaders will stimulate public discussion on current affairs such as the pandemic response, conflict, climate change, the rise of Asia, and the international system. These perspectives will help New Zealand firmly moor its independent values-based foreign policy.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Call for Applications: New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) 2022 Science Medals

Applications are invited for the four NZAS 2022 Science Awards: Hill Tinsley, Shorland, Marsden, and Cranwell Medals. Applicants can apply directly or can be nominated by a third party. Team applications are also eligible for the Shorland and Cranwell Medals.

Application Deadline: 31 Hōnongoi July 2022

New Zealand Engineering Science Competition

University of Auckland's annual problem-solving competition for teams of secondary school students throughout New Zealand is happening on 6 Hereturikōkā August 2022, 10am-6pm. Students will use their skills in mathematics, physics, computing, logical thinking and writing to answer a problem revealed on the morning of the competition.

Members of the winning team will win $1000 each, and their teacher will receive $500.

Registration Deadline: 29 Hōnongoi July 2022

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