Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1080

'Watching' and 'holding' atoms – a world first

In a first for quantum physics, researchers supported by the Marsden Fund have “held” individual atoms in place and observed previously unseen complex atomic interactions. 
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International science and technology opportunities for Year 13 and Year 12 students

New Zealand students can apply to attend international science and technology events, supported by a Talented School Students Travel Award. Applications close Tuesday 17 March.

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Roadshow: Rutherford Discovery Fellowships and other mid-career fellowships

The Rutherford Discovery Fellowship funding round for 2020 is due to open 5 March and close on 16 April. Royal Society Te Apārangi is running a roadshow around the country to give an overview of the early to mid-career fellowships administered by the Society and to provide an opportunity for applicants to ask questions about the application process.


Roadshow: Catalyst and Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)

Royal Society Te Apārangi is holding a roadshow series on funding opportunities for establishing international research collaborations available through Catalyst: Leaders and Catalyst: Seeding. The roadshow will also discuss funding available through the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), to which New Zealand is a member country.


New botany journal issue 

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Botany has been published. It includes an article on extinct cycad fossils of New Zealand. 


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Scientists say methane emitted by humans 'vastly underestimated'
NIWA researchers have helped unlock information trapped in ancient air samples from Greenland and Antarctica that shows the amount of methane humans are emitting into the atmosphere from fossil fuels has been vastly underestimated.
Waikato Professor’s link to Oscar-winning Skateistan documentary
The story of Skateistan, a non-profit non-government organisation (NGO) that uses skateboarding to empower disadvantaged youth in Afghanistan, recently won the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject). Professor Holly Thorpe has been studing Skateistan with the support of the Marsden Fund. 
@University of Waikato
Peter Gluckman: human innovation and unintended consequences
Humans are very good at inventing things but very bad at anticipating the harmful and unintended consequences of that inventiveness, says scientist Sir Peter Gluckman FRS FRSNZ, co-author of the new book Ingenious.
@RNZ Nine to Noon
International Year of Plant Health 2020 launched
The International Year of Plant Health 2020 aims to raise awareness of the importance and impacts of plant health on global issues such as hunger, poverty, climate change, and economic development.
Using local yeasts to make distinctive NZ beers and wine

Froth Technologies is a small New Zealand company dedicated to sourcing and producing local yeasts for brewing. The company is on a wild yeast hunt to capture the unique flavour profiles of native plant species. 
@RNZ Our Changing World

Ngā take o te wā Events

27 February, Whangārei
Mathematical magic and the digital revolution
Mathematicians understand the magic that made the digital revolution possible. So can you. In his talk as part of the Marsden Fund 25 Series, Geoff Whittle FRSNZ will share some of this magic.
26 March, Lincoln
What's your poison? Pesticides - good or evil?
What is fact or myth in the management of pests, diseases and weeds? Are these agri-chemicals helping or harming us and the environment? Join Kim Hill CRSNZ and panellists in a stimulating discussion.
10 March, Auckland
Kōrero with Dr Hinemoa Elder
Hinemoa will talk with MC Stacey Morrison about bringing indigenous knowledge forward in the climate emergency with links to solutions for wellbeing, organised by Auckland Women's Centre. Bookings essential.
Week starting 29 February, Nationwide
Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana
Seaweek is New Zealand’s annual national week celebrating the sea, hosted by the NZ Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE). Find out what events are on in your area.
Recording available
The Emerging Coronavirus Epidemic
Professors Raina MacIntyre, Nick Wilson and Michael Baker gave this talk on how we can protect our communities and ourselves from the Coronavirus as part 2020 Public Health Summer School public talks run by University of Otago, Wellington. 
4 March, Webinar
Space Entrepreneurship from the Edge of the World
An afternoon with distinguished speakers from the New Zealand Space Agency, Leo Labs, WNT Ventures and Callaghan Innovation. This session is focused on entrepreneurs wishing to start and build a space startup in New Zealand. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Call for nominations for Fellows and Honorary Fellows
Royal Society Te Apārangi is calling for Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship nominations for 2020. A web portal has been set up to receive new and updated nominations. Email if you wish to submit a new nomination and you will be provided with a URL to access the web portal. See Bylaw 2.7 and 3.4, which specifies who may make a nomination and specific information about the Fellowship process, including Honorary Fellowship nominations.

Closing date: 30 April 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Call for nominations for Companion
Election as a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand (CRSNZ) is an honour recognising sustained and outstanding leadership and contributions to the promotion, encouragement, and advancement of knowledge, science, technology and the humanities in New Zealand.

Closing date: 31 March
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Have you ever thought there was more to life?
Challenge the boundaries of knowledge by applying for the Human Frontier Science Program.

Closing date: Deadline to initiate an application is 19 March, full submissions 30 March.
Organisation: Human Frontier Science Program
Catalyst: Leaders - January 2020 call open
Catalyst: Leaders supports incoming and outgoing targeted international fellowships for exceptional individuals that cannot be supported through other means.

Closing date: 23 April 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Catalyst: Seeding - January 2020 call open
Catalyst: Seeding facilitates new small and medium pre-research strategic partnerships with international collaborators that cannot be supported through other means, and with a view to developing full collaborations.

Closing date: 23 April 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Ngā hui Conferences

3-5 March, Wellington
NZ Government Data Summit
Delivering enhanced data governance using safe and efficient service delivery. 
16-17 March, Christchurch
2020 New Zealand Mental Health Conference
Improve your understanding: transform your work
Whakapikingia tō māramatanga: hurihia ō mahi
The 2020 New Zealand Mental Health Conference is designed for professionals working in New Zealand’s mental health sector.

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