Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1169

Te Tapeke Fair Futures in Aotearoa: Reflections from the Panel Co-Chairs

This short paper reflects on and concludes the work of Te Tapeke Fair Futures panel. The panel’s task was to identify and highlight some of the important choices New Zealanders face in determining fair futures in this country.
 
The panel’s work has shown that when it comes to equity, many areas intersect – such as health, housing, poverty, and justice. Significant improvements in outcomes are possible in these and other policy areas if sound, evidence-based decisions are made and where Governments take a long-term view, guided by principles of fairness, and an understanding of the multicultural society that New Zealand has become.
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New issue and frequency of JRSNZ
 

The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand has released its first issue of 2022, which includes articles on Taramea, a treasured Māori perfume; health experiences of child migrants and public perceptions of pest control. From 2022, JRSNZ will increase its frequency of publication to five issues a year. This will allow more rapid publishing of new content while the journal maintains a steady stream of special issues. 

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New issue of NZJMFR
 

The New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research has released its first issue of 2022 which includes articles on aquatic disease in New Zealand, the distribution of little penguins along the Kaikōura coastline and a comparison of methods for iwi monitoring kākahi populations. 

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The Changing Flow of Energy Through the Climate System


A new book by Dr Kevin Trenberth FRSNZ, The Changing Flow of Energy Through the Climate System, will be formally released in February 2022. A display copy will be available for attendees at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2021 that will take place from 13-17 December 2021. 

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

ISC defends the human right to science
A new paper published by the International Science Council on International Human Rights Day (10 December) examines current threats to science and proposes key actions to protect the right to share in and benefit from advances in science and technology.
@ISC
Top ten science stories of 2021
Beyond the pandemic, other topics that made headlines throughout the year included the climate crisis, natural disasters, increasing cyber attacks, and water care. The Science Media Centre has put together its pick of the most significant science stories for 2021. 
@SMC
Cawthron New Zealand River 2021 Awards winners announced
Cawthron Institute is pleased to announce the winners and finalists in the 2021 Cawthron New Zealand River Awards, which celebrate the efforts and achievements of people who are committed to improving freshwater health. 
@Cawthron
Living Pā to hit high bar of sustainability
Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington is aiming to create one of the world’s most environmentally sustainable buildings with a project spearheaded by Deputy vice-chancellor (Māori) Professor Rawinia Higgins FRSNZ (Tūhoe). 
Ellen O'Dwyer @Stuff
National Portrait: Philippa Howden-Chapman FRSNZ – the woman whose home truths have made our houses healthier
Today, we call damp, cold houses “unhealthy”, while a total absence of insulation and heating is illegal in homes offered to rent. It is largely thanks to Howden-Chapman – and her research team at the University of Otago – that we have the conviction of those words, along with the evidence necessary to write them into policy.
Ethan Te Ora @Stuff
2022 is International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development 
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed this earlier this month in order to highlight the crucial role of basic sciences for sustainable development, and emphasise their contributions to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
 @ISC and IUPAP

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Apply for the Human Frontier Science Programme 

This programme offers research grants for scientists at the frontiers of knowledge and risk on the complex mechanisms of living organisms in Life Sciences Research.

Closing date: Initiate an application by 24 March
Organisation: Human Frontier Science Program 

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