Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1186

 Dame Carolyn Burns receives insignia at Government House

Emeritus Professor Carolyn Burns FRSNZ, University of Otago, was awarded the honour of Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit at last year's Queen’s Birthday Honours. She received her insignia from Governor-General Cindy Kiro at the Investiture ceremonies at Government House earlier this week. 

Professor Dame Carolyn Burns was awarded a Damehood for her world-leading research on the ecology of lakes. She was elected a Fellow of Royal Society Te Apārangi in 1993 and was subsequently the first woman to chair the Society’s Academy Council, as well as the first female president of the International Limnological Society. 

Read more about Professor Dame Carolyn

Peter Schwerdtfeger elected to Finnish Academy of Science and Letters

Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger FRSNZ, Head of the New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study within the College of Sciences at Massey University, has recently been elected as a foreign member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters (FASL) for his outstanding work in the area of relativistic quantum theory and its applications to heavy element chemistry and physics, including many challenging and sometimes surprising results in quantum chemistry. Read more 

Last chance to apply for Falling Walls Lab New Zealand

The application deadline for Falling Walls Lab New Zealand is fast approaching! Falling Walls Lab New Zealand is a national competition where participants across all disciplines present their breakthrough research, business model or initiative in just 3 minutes. The winner will go on to represent Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Island Forum Nations at the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Germany. Read more >

Closing date: 2 Pipiri June 2022

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Into the ocean twilight zone: How new technology is revealing the secrets of an under-researched undersea world

"Temperate mesophotic ecosystems” are beyond the reach of most scientific divers, but the recent development of remotely operated vehicles now allows greater access to these extraordinary undersea regions.
Valerio Micaroni @The Conversation

The urgent need for a Covid-19 Action Plan for Schools in Aotearoa New Zealand 

Public health experts from the University of Otago outline the policies necessary to support children’s access to education and to protect students, staff, and their families from Covid-19 and other winter respiratory infections.

What storms may come

Much of Aotearoa's coastal property has an expiry date, with its value set to be wiped off the ledger in as little as nine years’ time. What will happen to marae and communities by the beach? And why are we still buying and building properties right in the danger zone?

Naomi Arnold @New Zealand Geographic

Vertical farming: fruit and veg all year round

New Zealander Arama Kukutai is the chief executive of Plenty - a California-based indoor, vertical farming technology company. Kukutai spoke with Kathryn Ryan about how vertical farming could improve food security and sustainability in the sector.

@RNZ Nine to Noon

AgResearch embraces mātauranga Māori, creates new department to support it

AgResearch has launched its Māori Research and Partnerships Group and said it was central to the institute’s vision to have mātauranga Māori on an equal footing with Western science.

Maxine Jacobs @Stuff

Ngā take o te wā Events

14 Piripi June, Napier
Transforming the governance of freshwater: A case study of farmer and regional council change in Hawke’s Bay

Based on the findings of her doctoral research, Dr Charlotte Drury will talk about freshwater management practices in the Tukituki Catchment region of Hawke’s Bay, and the regional council’s governance of farmland.

29 Piripi June, Auckland
Café Scientifique: What is Matariki anyway? An Introduction to Matariki, Maramataka and Mātauranga

Matariki has surged into national consciousness over the past decade, but is still widely misunderstood. Dr Dan Hikuroa will talk about and engage in discussion regarding Matariki – its purpose and role in customary and contemporary society.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

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: 30 Piripi June, 2022
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Expressions of Interest for Aotearoa New Zealand National Committee for Data Research

The Aotearoa New Zealand National Committee on Data in Research is being established to bring together experts, communities and organisations involved in the production, measurement, collection, storage, and use of data in research.

The establishment group seeks Expressions of Interest from those wishing to be considered as members of the committee. We particularly welcome Expressions of Interest from early career researchers

Closing date: 30 Piripi June, 2022
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Call for nominiayions for L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Awards 

L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Awards recognise five eminent female scientists from five regions of the world annually for their remarkable contributions to the advancement of science. Researchers are invited to nominate candidates for 2023 awards for Physical sciences, Mathematics and Computer science.

Closing date: 31 Haratua May
Organisation: L'Oréal-UNESCO

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

2 Piripi June, Online
Application advice for Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022

Following an introductory webinar on Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowships, this webinar will specifically focus on putting together a strong proposal. The free webinar is open for all nationalities and disciplines. Seats are limited and will be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis.

27 Haratua May, Online
Zui: Matariki Programming for Museums and Galleries

At this zui, developed in partnership with Te Pū Tiaki Mana Taonga, public programming specialists from Waikato Museum and Te Papa will describe the significance of Matariki in the Māori lunar calendar and share practical tips and key information to help inform public and school programming events and resource development.

7 - 10 Piripi June, Online 
Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research Biosecurity Bonanza

Over four days, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research will be hosting 9 webinars highlighting their predator and weed biocontrol research. Talks include research on the movements of feral cats in the eastern beech forests of the South Island, island rodent eradications, metabolomics, and much more. 

30 Haratua May, Online
Adapting for climate adaptation; how mana whenua and councils are innovating for more robust and just decisions making.

In this webinar, Professor Janet Stephenson will discuss her research engaging with mana whenua organisations and regional and city councils in 3 regions of Aotearoa on the issue of climate change adaptation.

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