Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1199

Government invests $6.5 million into programme to grow Māori research workforce

Kanapu is a new research programme which aims to grow the numbers of Māori in the research, science and innovation sector. It will be designed and delivered by New Zealand's Māori Centre of Research Excellence, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga.

Māori researchers, scientists and knowledge-holders are fundamental to a vibrant research science and innovation system, but the evidence shows they are largely undervalued and unsupported. Kanapu, which means lightning or instantaneous glow, will strike at the obstacles that block Māori pathways in this sector. 

“Ngā Pae is excited to be taking this next step to building the foundations for flourishing Māori futures. There are huge untapped RSI opportunities for our communities. Kanapu will help realise them,” says Ngā Pae Pou Matarua Co-Director Professor Tahu Kukutai FRSNZ.

Research, Science and Innovation Minister, Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall, said the ministry was seeing more opportunities where mātauranga Māori experts were able to contribute distinct thinking on issues such as climate change, among other issues that were lacking in a perspective from within te ao Māori.

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Royal Society Te Apārangi: Silver Sponsor at the Auckland Writers Festival

Royal Society Te Apārangi is proud to support three events at this year's Festival. 

In The Visionaries - Opportunity or Threat?  Rutherford Discovery Fellow, Associate Professor Claire Charters and Professor Jacinta Ruru FRSNZ will discuss He Puapua and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

Truth and Lies, is a talk on dis- and mis-information hosted by Kate Hannah. The speakers on this panel are defence strategist and author David Kilcullen, researcher and author Jess Berentson-Shaw, and investigative journalist Stephen Davis.

Lastly, a talk from meteorologist Lisa Murray, MetService NZ’s Head of Weather Communication, who will present an invigorating hour delving into the facts behind some of this country’s most dramatic Wild Weather.

New autobiography of Honorary Fellow Professor Stephen Kent 

Lives in Chemistry has published a series of autobiographies of prominent chemists. The next volume to be released in Mahuru September features NZ born chemist and Honorary Fellow of Royal Society Te Apārangi, Stephen Kent.

Read how his ambition to understand the chemistry of enzyme catalysis led Stephen Kent to the United States and about his adventures there in science and everyday life.

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

We are not just woke: we are wide awake 

Māori Language Commissioner, Professor Rawinia Higgins FRSNZ, writes about New Zealand's epic and ongoing reo revitalisation journey, and some exciting new initiatives being launched as part of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori.
@Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori 

$5.1 mil for research into artificial intelligence to improve health outcomes

3 research projects  have been awarded a total of $5.1 million to explore how artificial intelligence could provide improved access to healthcare.  The projects will use AI company Soul Machines’ autonomously animated Digital People to explore opportunities to advance New Zealand’s dynamic digital health research ecosystem.

Improving our resilience to online misinformation – Expert Reaction

Short videos explaining the manipulation techniques commonly found in online misinformation may make people less susceptible to it, according to new research.

Empty mollusc shells hold the story of evolution, even for extinct species. Now we can decode it

Most people have collected shells at the beach. Some have even started a shell collection. But few people realise these shells are a unique genetic resource that scientists are only beginning to tap into.
@The Conversation

Ngā take o te wā Events

30 Hereturikōkā August, Dunedin
Thirst for Knowledge: Understanding Endometriosis
Endometriosis / Mate kirikōpū is a common, inflammatory disease that causes severe menstrual period pain, chronic pelvic pain and infertility. Associate Professor Jane Girling will discuss the work being done to find better diagnostics and treatments, and to determine just what causes endometriosis.
26 Mahuru September, Christchurch
Fear to fascination: international spider adventures
The Canterbury Branch of the Royal Society Te Apārangi has put together an exciting series of ‘Science & Society’ lectures. This month, Dr Fiona Cross will discuss how spiders help us gain important insights into animal cognition by challenging long-held biases of what an animal with a tiny brain is capable of doing.
2 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Tauranga
Tauranga STEM Festival 
Free tickets are now available for STEMFest, the world's largest STEM street festival. This family-friendly festival aims to inspire a new generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians, with rockets, robots, sharks, and plenty of great photo opportunities!
7 Mahuru September, Wellington
Pacific people’s perceptions of accessing fertility treatment in Aotearoa New Zealand
In this talk, titled ‘Obese in fertility clinics, but skinny in my community,’ Edmond S. Fehoko and Rhonda M. Shaw will explore why Māori and Pacific people who experience fertility issues are generally less likely than Pākehā to seek fertility clinic assistance. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Expressions of interest for Catalyst Fund reviewers

Royal Society Te Apārangi is calling for expressions of interest from experienced individuals wishing to assist with the assessment of proposals submitted to Catalyst: Leaders and Catalyst: Seeding.

Closing date: 29 Mahuru September 2022
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai seeks Chief Science Advisor 

The Chief Science Advisor is a senior leadership role that provides independent scientific advice within DOC. The successful applicant will also be a member of the Science Advisory Board to the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor. 

Closing date: 8 Mahuru September 2022
Organisation: Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai

Prime Minister's Science Prize: Portal now open  

Applications and nominations for Ngā Puipuiaki Pūtaiao a Te Pirimia the 2022 Prime Minister's Science Prizes — New Zealand’s most valuable science awards — are now open! 

The Government of New Zealand introduced The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes in 2009 as a way of raising the profile and prestige of science in Aotearoa. There are five prizes with a combined value of $975,000

Closing date: 18 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2022
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

22-26 Kohitātea January 2023, Palmerston North
MacDiarmid Institute NanoCamp 2023

Hosted by the MacDiarmid Institute, NanoCamp is a completely funded four days of residential lab experience with top scientists, completing hands-on investigations into a range of topics including electron microscopy, laser physics and nano-electronics, for year 12 or 13 students.

Closing date: 18 Mahuru September 2022
Organisation: McDiarmid Institute

22-26 Kohitātea January 2023, Christchurch 
MacDiarmid Institute DiscoveryCamp 2023

Experience science in a fun, hands-on environment and work with some of New Zealand's top researchers! Hosted by the MacDiarmid Institute, DiscoveryCamp is a fully paid-for science camp for current year 12 and 13 Māori and Pacific Island students with a genuine passion for the sciences. 

Closing date: 18 Mahuru September 2022
Organisation: McDiarmid Institute

Hui ā-Ipurangi | Webinars

8 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Online
Protect our future: perspectives from the UN Oceans conference
Sally Paterson and Nigel Bradly will share their thoughts on this conference and examine what New Zealand is doing well to protect our oceans, where we need to do better, and where our opportunities lie.  
30 Hereturikōkā August, Online
Understanding science through drama: Webinar for teachers
Drama can play a significant role in helping students understand science concepts, the nature of science, and the complexity of socio-scientific issues. This webinar will show you how.

Ngā hui | Conferences

29-30 Hereturikōkā August, Wellington
New Zealand Geospatial Research Conference

The New Zealand Geospatial Research Conference presents an exciting programme of keynotes, talks, workshops, posters, tech demonstrations and networking!

Register now to join and gain a snapshot of current geospatial research in Aotearoa New Zealand!

15 - 18 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Online
10th International Indigenous Research Conference 2022: Flourishing Indigenous Futures

The International Indigenous Research Conference is a time for reflection, sharing, planning, innovating, and getting inspired. Everything about the conference is Indigenous. 

Hot topics include: climate change, living sustainably, Indigenous rights and wellbeing, Indigenous data sovereignty, Indigenous distinctiveness, and building firm foundations for flourishing Indigenous futures.

29 Whiringa-ā-rangi November - 1 Hakihea December, Palmerston North
Geoscience Society of New Zealand Annual Conference 2022: A Whole New World – From Local To Global

This conference will be held on Massey University’s Turitea Campus and will include oral and poster sessions, an evening public lecture, pre-conference workshops and several post-conference field trips. The annual conference provides ideal opportunities to meet with fellow researchers, and finally network and interact face-to-face again with our friends and colleagues.

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