Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1180

Response to Te Ara Paerangi
Future Pathways Green Paper

Royal Society Te Apārangi has submitted a detailed response to the questions posed within Te Ara Paerangi - Future Pathways Green Paper, released by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on reforming the Research, Science and Innovation system. 

It focuses on those areas where we can add value through our independent perspective. The Society’s Council has approved this submission. However, it does not necessarily represent the views of all our members.

The Society is grateful for the opportunity to comment on this highly important piece of work and being part of the continuing conversation as the anticipated 'white paper' is developed.

Ruia taitea, kia tū ko taikākā.
Shed those outer layers and reveal your internal courage.
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Royal Society Te Apārangi: Call for Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellowship nominations 2022

The Academy of Royal Society Te Apārangi is today calling for Ngā Ahurei hou a Te Apārangi new Fellowship, and Ngā Ahurei Honore a Te Apārangi Honorary Fellowship nominations for 2022.  

Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand is an honour of recognition by one’s peers. The nature of the nomination may be one of two main routes:

  • Advancement of the field by intellectual endeavour (with or without research content)
  • Distinction in research (with or without impact).

A web portal has been set up to receive new and updated nominations, so please email if you wish to submit a new nomination and you will be provided with a URL to access the web portal.

View details of the nomination process and requirements. The closing date is 30 Pipiri June 2022.

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New special issue of NZJAR

The New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research has released a special issue, 'Animal science to meet today's challenges'.

The special issue was edited by Nicola Schreurs and focusses on alleviating the contemporary economic, environmental, cultural and social challenges associated with animal production systems.

This special issue includes studies on how a ewes' weight at the time of mating affects fertility later in life and the reproductive performance of offspring. Another study provides a review of computer vision-based weight estimation technologies used in animal production. 

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Fragments from a Contested Past: Remembrance, Denial and New Zealand History 

A new title from Bridget Williams Books, Fragments from a Contested Past reflects on questions of memory, loss and ‘difficult histories' in Aotearoa.

The team of writers, several from iwi invaded or attacked during the New Zealand Wars, have come together to investigate how these events are remembered and how this has shaped the modern New Zealand nation.

This BWB Text comes from the Marsden Fund-supported research project, He Taonga te Wareware?: Remembering and Forgetting Difficult Histories in Aotearoa New Zealand, led by Professor Joanna Kidman and Dr Vincent O’Malley.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Matariki public holiday passes into law

The law setting up a Matariki public holiday - set for 24 Pipiri June this year - has passed in Parliament. Matariki marks the beginning of the Māori New Year, the most significant celebration in the maramataka - an environmental calendar system which accounts for the position of the sun, heliacal rising of stars, lunar phases, and regional ecological events. @RNZ

Dr Tara McAllister, Freshwater Ecologist, wins prestigious Zonta Science Award 2022

The Zonta Club of Wellington congratulate Dr Tara McAllister, a freshwater ecologist, winner of the 17th Biennial Zonta Science Award for an emerging scientist. This year, the prize of $25,000 was sponsored by the Clare Foundation. Dr McAllister will use these funds to visit Professor Kat Milligan-McClellan, an Indigenous woman scientist at the University of Connecticut to better understand how microscopic organisms and the toxins they produce affect ecosystems. @Zonta

New study on light could lead to better sleep, health outcomes

Dr Siouxie Wiles reports on new evidence-based consensus recommendations for how bright our living and working environments should be. The recommendations are aimed at the electronics and lighting industry so that their products can help us stay alert during the day, sleep well at night, and better support our overall health. @Stuff

The Omicron waves – Comparing Aotearoa NZ and Australia in four key graphs

Public health experts Dr Jennifer Summers, Professor Michael Baker and Professor Nick Wilson write that Australia’s first Omicron wave resulted in higher hospitalisation and ICU occupancy compared to Aotearoa. However, when examining Tāmaki Makaurau the Auckland region compared with the rest of Aotearoa, Tāmaki Makaurau experienced a more severe first Omicron wave with a higher hospitalisation rate. @SciBlogs

Ngā take o te wā Events

20 Paengawhāwhā April, Online
Call to Action: Launch of the Science in Exile Declaration

During this online event, internationally renowned advocates for science and peace, displaced scientists, and organisations supporting at-risk, displaced and refugee scholars will present the Science in Exile Declaration and discuss its six Articles of Commitment.

28 Paengawhāwhā April, Online 
Mātauranga Māori: Here to Stay

Join experts Ocean Mercier and Spencer Lilley as they approach mātauranga Māori from different angles and mahi, including science kōrero from a kaitiakitanga perspective and representation of mātauranga Māori in the heritage sector. This is an online event—you will need to register to get the Zoom link.

28 Paengawhāwhā April, Wellington
Morning at the library: Trouble in Paradise. An exhibition tour

Come see the signatures that have shaped our nation in He Tohu, and enjoy the last days of Trouble in Paradise — an exhibition featuring photographs documenting the effects of the climate crisis in the Pacific.

Also on display are artworks by Sheyne Tuffery and a selection of historical rare books with illustrations of endangered and extinct species from the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

27 Paengawhāwhā April, Online
Cafe Scientifique: Ancient Futures - Late 18th and Early 19th Century Tongan Arts and Their Legacies

The Auckland Museum Institute presents the latest talk in the Cafe Scientifique series from Dr Phyllis Herda and Dagmar Vaikalafi Dyck. They will be discussing the Ancient Futures project, a Marsden-funded project where academics and artists work together to interpret (Ancient) late 18th and early 19th century Tongan arts and their legacies (Futures).

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

23-25 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Christchurch
Launch of the InterAcademy Partnership's webinar report on Countering Vaccine Hesitancy

In 2021 the IAP held a webinar on Countering Vaccine Hesitancy, designed to help academies prepare for national vaccination efforts and address the issue of dis- and mis-information on COVID-19 vaccines. The webinar report by the IAP highlights practical recommendations for improving the uptake of vaccines.

IAP encourages academy leaders and Fellows, along with their communications teams, representatives of other scientific organizations and the press to participate in this online event designed to assist academies with outreach and address concerns from the global public on this topical issue.

To join the event, please register in advance here

3-4 Haratua May, Online
Remote sensing: More than meets the eye

Manaaki Whenua presents a four-part webinar series showcasing recent developments in remote sensing technologies, exploring how these are applied to answer questions for policy-makers, councils and landowners.

Manaaki Whenua have led the research and development of remote sensing of the terrestrial environment in New Zealand since the 1970s, and remain at the forefront of implementing cutting-edge technologies and methods to monitor and better understand the environment today.

Read more about the individual sessions and register to attend any or all of the webinars.

Ngā hui Conferences

26-28 Hōngongoi July, Melbourne
ANZCCART 2022 Conference

Registrations for the Australian & New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART) 2022 conference are now open. 

Presentations, discussions and debates will examine ground-breaking research, ethical dilemmas, mental health issues as well as the welfare of animals used in research and teaching.

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