Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1058

Tribute to Whaea June Jackson

Royal Society Te Apārangi pays tribute to June Te Raumange Jackson, who has died aged 84.

He rau aroha ki a June Te Raumange Jacskon. E te māreikura, haere atu rā e okioki ai i roto i ngā ringaringa o te Atua. 

He wahine kaha, he wahine ngākau marae, he wahine toa.

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President's Address 2019 on redefining research excellence

Royal Society Te Apārangi President Professor Wendy Larner FRSNZ gave an address entitled 'Research Excellence in a Grand Challenge World', where she discusses why we need to recognise and acknowledge research excellence in its multiple forms, including impact and advancement. 

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New Companions 

This week we officially inducted the latest Companions of Royal Society Te Apārangi. The election as a Companion is an honour recognising outstanding leadership or sustained contributions to promoting and advancing science, technology, or the humanities in Aotearoa.

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CoREs selection round 2019/20 is now open

The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has announced the 2019/20 funding round for the Centres of Research Excellence. Royal Society Te Apārangi has been contracted by TEC to run the contestable process and provide recommendations to the TEC.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Government confirms major overhaul of polytechnics, apprenticeships
The government will merge the 16 polytechnics into a single institute next year and replace all 11 industry training organisations within three years as part of a total overhaul of the vocational education system.
John Gerritsen @RNZ 
Dr Florian Graichen - Tackling plastic waste
Science Leader, Biopolymers and Chemicals at Scion, Dr Florian Graichen talked to Kim Hill about how New Zealand could tackle plastic waste through circular economy approaches. 
Kim Hill @RNZ Saturday Morning
NZ genetic engineering laws 'old and tired' top scientist says 
New Zealand's top scientist has acknowledged our laws around genetic engineering are "old and tired", amid renewed calls for a fresh look at the contentious topic.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald
Government approves drinking water watchdog 
A dedicated watchdog and new water regulations have been created in response to the fatal campylobacter outbreak in Havelock North in 2016.
Amber-Leigh Woolf @Stuff
Sense of belonging to country affects mental health – study
Kiwis with a strong attachment to New Zealand's culture and community are likely to have greater mental health, according to a new study. Published in Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, the University of Otago study draws on the views of more than 24,000 people who took part in the biannual New Zealand General Social Survey.
Jamie Ensor @Newshub
Funding science for sustainability
With just over 10 years to go to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the International Science Council convened a global forum of more than 80 science funders, representing international development aid agencies, private foundations and national research councils, who agreed to accelerate and amplify the impact of their investments in international science.
@International Science Council
Challenging gender norms and the threat of female sexuality
Professor Ciara Cremin explores the politics of cross-dressing and gender identity in both her personal and her professional life.
Sonia Sly @RNZ Our Changing World

Ngā take o te wā Events

5 August, Dunedin
Wealth, Wellbeing and Capital Gains Tax: What Next
Join author Max Rashbrooke and tax expert Lisa Marriott as they discuss options for tackling wealth inequality in their talk.
7 August, Wellington
Searching for the Third Pillar of Health: the Importance of Sleep
Alister Neill will give his inaugural professorial lecture on research into the respiratory impact of neuromuscular diseases and novel treatments for obstructive sleep apnoea.
5 August, Tauranga. 
Wearable Technology and Personal Monitoring
Computer Scientist Dr Judy Bowen will talk about the evidence and ethics of wearable technologies, such as fitness trackers and lightweight sensors. 
14 August, Wellington. 
Theoretical Illiteracy and Therapeutic Dead Ends
Psychology Professor Tony Ward FRSNZ will give the Hudson Lecture for the Royal Society Te Apārangi Wellington Branch on lessons from forensic and correctional practice.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Nominations for the CoREs Advisory Committee
Royal Society Te Apārangi is calling for nominations for people to be appointed to the Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) Advisory Committee for the 2019/20 CoREs round.

Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Closing date: 23 August
Catalyst: Leaders 
Catalyst: Leaders is now accepting proposals for JSPS HOPE Meeting (up to 5 awards) to support PhD students and/or young researchers to attend the HOPE Meeting with Nobel Laureates in Japan. 

Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Closing date: 17 October
Catalyst: Seeding 
The July 2019 call of Catalyst: Seeding is open for proposals for new small and medium pre-research strategic partnerships with international collaborators. 

Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Closing date: 17 October
Human Frontier Science Program Postdoctoral Fellowship
The current call is for early career scientists in frontier, potentially transformative research in the life sciences.

Organisation: Human Frontier Science Program
Closing date: 8 August (initiation deadline)
Analyst - Environmental Reporting
This Wellington-based role will primarily involve supporting the production of Our Fresh Water 2020, Atmosphere & Climate 2020, and future domain reports.

Organisation: Ministry for the Environment
Closing date: 11 August 

Ngā hui Conferences

8 October/ Wellington
Symposium: Spotlight on Mental Health Research 
Attend a free symposium to hear University of Otago researchers present short outlines of their work across a range of topics in mental health. 
25-27 November/ Auckland
The 41st New Zealand Geothermal Workshop

Save the date for New Zealand's longest running energy conference. This year's theme is 'Innovation and the Future of Geothermal in a Low Carbon World'.

13-16 December/ Auckland
5th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity
Calls for offers of special sessions, workshops and side meetings at the 5th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity should be submitted by 1st December 2019 by email to Mark Costello.

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