Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1173

Te Aroha ki a Papatūānuku Love for our World

Royal Society Te Apārangi is hosting he kōrerorero a public discussion on the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group I and Working Group II, and what they mean for Aotearoa New Zealand.

This 3-hour hui ā-ipurangi online event, starting at 9.30am on Friday 4 Poutū-te-rangi March, will include presentations from IPCC Working Group authors and facilitated Q+A sessions with kaiwhakataki MC Associate Professor Rebecca Priestley CRSNZ.

The sessions will cover the underpinning physical science of climate change, the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems, and adaptation strategies, realignment of priorities and collective solutions. 

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Webinar: from surveillance to epidemiology – learning from myrtle rust in NZ

Dr Rebecca Campbell’s experience with myrtle rust started with putting 'dots on a map'. A plant pathologist at Plant & Food Research, Rebecca is also the recipient of a two-year MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowship. Join this Beyond Myrtle Rust series webinar to hear her talk about how working with myrtle rust surveillance data and climatic risk modelling has informed her current fellowship, where she will use epidemiological modelling approaches to understand the sensitivities around spatial and temporal scales. 


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

NZ and German researchers partner up in space
University of Auckland and German space experts are partnering up for research into using carbon fibre for spacecraft and laser light technology to transmit data to Earth.
@University of Auckland
Call for water only in primary schools
Authors of a paper on drinks policies, published this week in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, are calling for 2022 as the year for ‘Water Only’ in New Zealand’s primary and intermediate schools.
@Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
‘Switching on’ drugs to target disease
To improve drug treatment outcomes and reduce side effects, AUT researchers are looking for ways to more accurately target drugs to work on diseased cells, and bypass healthy cells, supported by a Marsden Fast-Start grant. 
Honey fingerprints and plant powers
New Zealand honey is in global demand, but how can you be sure that honey labelled as New Zealand origin was really made here? That is something Dr Megan Grainger hopes to help address with her latest research supported by the Marsden Fund. 

Ngā take o te wā Events

9-11 March, Online
Ocean Decade Laboratories: A Healthy and Resilient Ocean
Registrations are now open for the March UN Ocean Decade Healthy & Resilient Ocean virtual laboratory. The lab features a range of presentations and activities from around the globe including New Zealand and Pacific participants.
10 March, Online
Virtual Lab: Te Au o Te Moana: the Voice of the Ocean
This event is part of the Ocean Decade Laboratories event. Explore how Aotearoa New Zealand research is placing the moana/ocean at its heart and working in partnership with and supporting government, Māori, industry and communities.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Catalyst: Seeding grant enables serendipitous findings

A previous Catalyst: Seeding grant supported Associate Professor Kathleen Mountjoy from the University of Auckland to explore promising new research avenues on the link between age, hormones, obesity and inflammation as well as a possible COVID-19 treatment.

Catalyst: Seeding grants support new small and medium pre-research strategic partnerships that cannot be supported through other means. See more information on Catalyst: Seeding funding call

Closing date: 14 April
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Expressions of Interest for Catalyst Fund Reviewers

Royal Society Te Apārangi is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from experienced individuals wishing to assist with the assessment of proposals submitted to Catalyst: Leaders and Catalyst: Seeding.

Closing date: 31 March
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

7pm 2 March
What does the new IPCC climate report mean for our cities?
Over the past three years, hundreds of the world’s leading researchers have been assessing the latest knowledge on climate change, its impacts and risks, and what we can do about it, for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) the United Nations body for climate science. In this free online public lecture, University of Canterbury Ahorangi Professor Hayward MNZM, will highlight the key findings of the report and what it means, especially for over 86 per cent of New Zealanders who live in cities and towns.

4pm 3 March
Science Learning Hub: Local curriculum, mātauranga and science
The Ministry of Education’s professional learning and development priorities include local curriculum design and growing cultural capability, but what does this mean for science? We will be talking with Shawn Cooper, Senior Curriculum Lead and Science presenter from Home Learning TV. Shawn will share his thoughts and insights on developing a local curriculum and what embedding mātauranga Māori into the science classroom could look like.  This free webinar will be valuable for both primary and secondary school teachers.

7pm 10 March
Fishes for the Future
MERC (Sir Peter Blake Marine Education & Recreation Centre) will run an activity Fishes for the Future – Marine Management Tools across Aotearoa New Zealand which is based on a webinar from the successful series Ngā Kōrero: Exploring ocean kaitiakitanga in Aotearoa New Zealand. This panel discussion will be moderated by former Radio New Zealand producer Alison Ballance MNZM.

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