Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1191

Developing quick screening for harmful algal blooms

A new Catalyst: Seeding project led by Dr Anne Rolton Vignier at the Cawthron Institute seeks to develop quick, low-cost screening tests for harmful algal blooms for use in the aquaculture sector.  They will be collaborating with two leading laboratories in France that have expertise in this area.

A major risk to the aquaculture sectors in New Zealand and France is the occurrence of harmful algal blooms (HABs). HAB species can produce toxic compounds that negatively affect surrounding fish and shellfish. 

This project follows on from the research by Dr Rolton Vignier that confirmed that HABs can have negative effects on shellfish health, not just human health. 

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Moral injury: what happens when exhausted health workers can no longer provide the care they want for their patients

As multiple winter illnesses add pressure to a system already stretched by COVID, staff now also have to deal with daily abuse, acute staff shortages and unsafe working conditions. At times, they cannot provide the care they would like for their patients, resulting in intense psychological, social and spiritual distress.
Dougal Sutherland @The Conversation

Smaller rockets will make it possible to do more science - Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab launched Nasa's Capstone micro-satellite spacecraft from the Māhia Peninsula in Hawke's Bay on Tuesday night. It's the first step in Nasa's mission to send humans back to the moon, which they hope to use as a base to explore further into the solar system and beyond.

Exposure to content urging violence: high.
Faith in platforms to deal with it: low

One in three New Zealanders has seen content directly promoting violence towards others in the last year, according to new research from the Classification Office. The report noted that “the great majority” of online content “is not subject to effective safeguards” in Aotearoa. 
Toby Manhire @Spinoff

DOC accused of ignoring carbon emissions in new plan to manage feral deer, goats and pigs

DOC's new wild animal management framework includes $30 million of funding for deer and goat control. Forest & Bird chief executive Nicola Toki says it's “concerning” to see carbon emissions left out of the framework, given how significantly these browsing mammals affect our forests' ability to suck up carbon. 
Amber Allot @Stuff

Scientific and Technological Community Major Group position paper for the 2022 High-level Political Forum

The Scientific and Technological Community Major Group have submitted a position paper, drawing together the latest research across a variety of disciplines, for the upcoming High-Level Political Forum: “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. 

Ngā take o te wā Events

7 Hōngongoi July, Dunedin 
Parkinson's Disease: The long road to better treatments

In the 2022 Brain Health Research Centre lecture, Professor John Reynolds will speak on a new medical treatment involving the injection of medication which sits dormant in the bloodstream until specialised sound and light waves are used to release it in the brain.

5-8 Hōngongoi July, Hamilton
Science Spinners: Demystify the Sci

Science Spinners is a free hands-on, one-day programme helping to ignite student passion for science. Creative Lab (years 9-10) involves creative mini-labs with scientists and experts, while STEM Hub (years 11-13) provides engaging, interactive stations with industry professionals.

15 Hōngongoi July, Hawke's Bay
Matariki presentation at Holt Planetarium

Royal Society Te Apārangi Hawke's Bay Branch presents a talk with Planetarium Director Gary Sparks. Using all the facilities of the Holt Planetarium, Gary will explore the science, the cultural significance and the international celebration that is Matariki. 

5 Hōngongoi July, Auckland
Making learning relevant inside and outside the classroom

Teacher Development Aotearoa presents a one-day primary science education learning and networking day. There will be a focus on climate change education, Mātauranga Māori, and navigating the Health and Safety Guidelines so that you can take learners beyond the classroom.

9-10 & 14-17 Hōngongoi July, Otago
NanoFest 2022

From apolitical discussion about the reality of our three waters to state-of-the-art virtual reality kits and giant building blocks for little ones, NanoFest 2022 has something for science enthusiasts of all ages!

14 Hōngongoi July, Auckland
Women in engineering: Enginuity day

Year 12/13 female students are invited to explore engineering at the University of Auckland city campus through fun, hands-on activities and chats with staff, students and professional engineers.

Ngā hui Conferences

28 - 30 Hōngongoi July, Taranaki, Online
Te Wānanga Whakamātaki – a Māori Biosecurity Symposium

Te Tira Whakamātaki, home of the Māori biosecurity network, will be holding a three-day
wānanga to celebrate Māori biosecurity practices and connect biosecurity practitioners.

Supported by Biosecurity New Zealand, the programme encourages participants to delve
deeply into te ao Māori - to understand the depth of indigenous knowledge available to
conservation practitioners, and to discover how a blended approach to biosecurity
practices in Aotearoa New Zealand can benefit all.

11 - 13 October, Taranaki, Online
National Mathematics & Statistics Conference

New Zealand Association of Mathematics Teachers presents the 17th biennial conference for teachers of Mathematics and Statistics being hosted in New Plymouth in 2022. This conference is suitable for secondary and primary teachers. This three day event consists of a variety of local and international keynote speakers alongside workshops aiming to help teachers, and hence their students, to reach their peak in the study of mathematics and statistics.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Call for nominations for experts to review the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report

The International Science Council (ISC) has asked Royal Society Te Apārangi to nominate experts who wish to review the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). We invite expressions of interest for reviewers with the following areas of expertise as defined in 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report. 

  • Human well-being and capabilities
  • Sustainable and just economies
  • Food systems and nutrition patterns
  • Energy decarbonization and universal access
  • Urban and peri-urban development
  • Global environmental commons
Expressions of Interest must be made through the Society.

EOI Deadline: 11 Hōngongoi July 2022
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

EOI Deadline extended: Associate Editors for NZJAR

New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research is currently seeking energetic, qualified and committed researchers at any career stage to join the editorial team as Associate Editors.

NZJAR is an international, peer-reviewed journal. It publishes scientific articles on all aspects of animal and pastoral science relevant to temperate and subtropical regions.

It is an official journal of the Royal Society Te Apārangi and is published six issues a year in partnership with Taylor & Francis.

Candidates should be active, publishing researchers and well-connected, both within New Zealand and beyond. We seek for our journal editors to represent the diversity of New Zealand researchers.

Application deadline: 7 Hōngongoi July
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

University of Canterbury Master of Laws scholarship opportunities

University of Canterbury is offering two new scholarships for students with strong legal or law related skills and an interest in applying those skills to biosecurity and to Māori interests.

  1. Māori Perspectives on Biosecurity Decision Making
  2. Exploring the Coherence of Aotearoa New Zealand's Biosecurity Regulatory Framework

Application deadline: Whiringa-ā-rangi November, 2022
Organisation: University of Canterbury

Unlocking Curious Minds 2023 investment round open

The Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund registrations have opened for projects in the 2023 year. The Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund supports the objective of 'He Whenua Hihiri I Te Mahara - A Nation of Curious Minds'. 

A total of up to $1.6 million is available to support innovative quality projects that enhance or broaden the connection and engagement to New Zealanders that have less opportunity to learn about and to engage with science and technology.

Registrations close: 2 Hereturikōkā August, 12 pm 
Proposal deadline: 31 Hereturikōkā August, 12 pm 
Organisation: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Nominations open for Te Kahui Ture Taiao Awards 

The Association for Resource Management Practitioners has opened nominations for their annual Te Kahui Ture Taiao Awards, which will be presented at their Rotorua conference. The aim of the awards is to: 

  1. Award excellence in resource management documentation
  2. Recognise outstanding contributions by individuals 
  3. Award projects and publications.

Closing date: 1 Hereturikōkā August
Organisation: Association for Resource Management Practitioners

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