Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1135

Registrations open for He Pito Mata
Awakening the Potential Early Career Research Wānanga

Kia hiwa rā! Come wānanga with other early career researchers (including those studying a Masters or PhD and up to 10 years post PhD) in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. 

He Pito Mata is a unique convergence of connecting, sharing and networking, amplifying the kōrero of early career researchers in Aotearoa.

Hosted by the Early Career Researcher Forum Aotearoa, this wānanga provides a unique convergence of connecting, learning and networking. You will meet with early career researchers from around Aotearoa and hear from brilliant minds who have vital contributions to share with you about how to navigate and maximise your research career. A hui like this allows you to get out of your normal routine and meet people you might not have otherwise encountered.

Our kaiwhakataki MCs will be Dr Rangi Matamua FRSNZ, Professor Wendy Larner FRSNZ and Dr Sereana Naepi. Other special guests include Associate Professor Selina Tusitala Marsh ONZM FRSNZ, Dr Sarah Moss, Kate Hannah, Professor Dame Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ, Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles MNZM, Professor Shaun Hendy MNZM FRSNZ, Professor Dame Jane Harding FRSNZ, Sacha McMeeking, Professor David Bilkey, Associate Professor Maria Bargh, Associate Professor Peng Du and Hon Dame Lowell Goddard QC.
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Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga


"Missing from most Indigenous demographic histories [demography from the desktop] has been the voices of Indigenous peoples - our worldviews, our knowledges, our collective memories..."

Professor Tahu Kukutai (Ngāti Tiipa, Ngāti Kinohaku, Te Aupōuri) specialises in Māori and Indigenous demographic research and has written extensively on issues of Māori population change, statistics and ethnic classification. She is also the founding member of both the Māori Data Sovereignty Network Te Mana Raraunga and the Global Indigenous Data Alliance. 

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

75% chance of major Alpine Fault earthquake in next 50 years
new study has found that New Zealand's big-risk Alpine Fault has a 75 per cent chance of causing a major quake - most likely a powerful magnitude 8 event - within the next 50 years.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald
Major health sector shake-up
District health boards are being scrapped in favour of one national authority,  and a new Māori Health authority will be set up. 
Jason Walls @NZ Herald
Leading scientists call for public report of risks facing NZ
Sir Peter Gluckman FRS FRSNZ wants a publicly-available version produced of a classified register of the risks thought to be facing New Zealand.
Michael Daly @Stuff
Maximising wellbeing post COVID-19
A project undertaken by social researchers from Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has explored how people navigated their COVID-19 response and what that meant for their continued wellbeing. 
@Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research

Ngā take o te wā Events

6 May, Auckland
Augmenting Reality: From Augmented Paintings to Augmented Perceptions
For the first of the four 2021 Gibbons Lectures, Associate Professor Tobias Langlotz will give a talk on his journey in the field of Augmented Reality, while discussing current research and emerging opportunities in the field of continuous augmentations and augmented perceptions.
15-22 May, Dunedin
Earth: Caught in Stone (art + science exhibition 2021)
How have the connections between earth systems affected evolution of species throughout deep time, and changed the course of histories and cultures? This exhibition will explore the formation of rocks, as they are layered across geologic time, under restless pressures, ruptures and constant change. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Last chance to apply for 2021 Rutherford Discovery Fellowships

The 2021 Rutherford Discovery Fellowships applications close next week. The Rutherford Discovery Fellowship supports recipients for a five-year term with total funding of $800,000 (excl. GST). With this scheme, the New Zealand Government is supporting the development of future research leaders and assisting with the retention and repatriation of New Zealand’s talented early- to mid-career researchers.

Rutherford Discovery Fellowship Roadshow
A recorded roadshow and information on virtual FAQ sessions for the Rutherford Discovery Fellowships is available.

Closing date: 29 April at 5pm (NZST)
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi 
Apply to work in Paris as Director in the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences

UNESCO is seeking a Director for the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, which aims to support Member States at a national, regional and global level in advancing science and capacity for sustainable management of their natural resources and biodiversity. 

In this role, you will play a direct role in ensuring intellectual, strategic and operational leadership in the development and execution of the relevant programme activities of the Division towards the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Closing date: 21 May
Organisation: UNESCO
Nominations open for the 2021 Kudos Awards

The Kudos Awards celebrate scientific achievement while sharing stories and fostering collaboration in the Waikato. This year's awards recognise 8 categories of science excellence for 2021. These will apply broadly to all science disciplines and sectors including, primary industries, medical, engineering, environmental and education. This year, the Emerging Scientist category will also be brought back, sponsored by Hamilton City Council.

Closing date: 2 July
Organisation: The Kudos Science Trust

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