Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1178

He Poroporoaki ki a Dr Moana Jackson CRSNZ

Royal Society Te Apārangi is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr Moana Jackson CRSNZ (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou). Te Apārangi extends their aroha to the whānau of Dr Jackson. 

“No one’s exercise of free speech should make another feel less free.” 
- Moana Jackson 

E te rangatira, moe mai rā i runga i te rangimārie.

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 Lynmore Primary wins national biosecurity award

Lynmore Primary School won the Kura School category of the 2021 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards, announced last week. The school has had two participant teachers in the Science Teaching Leadership Programme, each focussing on conservation activities during their placements.

Student-led action has been at the heart of Lynmore Primary School’s biosecurity activities. Their predator trapping journey started six years ago when a parent of a child offered them a DOC200 trap to catch rats in the school’s native bush area.

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Applications now open 

Falling Walls Lab New Zealand is the national competition to select a participant to represent Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Island Forum Nations at the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Germany. Finalists are given the opportunity to present their breakthrough research, business model or initiative in any field - in just 3 minutes.

The top three winners of the Lab Finale in Germany are awarded prize money, the title of “Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year”, and the opportunity to present their idea once again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference.
The deadline for applications is Rāpare Thursday 2 June 2022, 5.00 pm NZST.
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Mātauranga Māori and Indigenous Leadership central to Climate Adaptation Research 

Climate adaptation research in Aotearoa is set to be invigorated by an unprecedented 14 research projects led by Māori, for Māori, commissioned by the Deep South National Science Challenge. These highly localised projects, made up of multidisciplinary teams including tohunga experts and kairangahau researchers, will investigate climate impacts and responses and shine a light on indigenous leadership through the urgent challenges of the climate crisis.

The core thread connecting these 14 Vision Mātauranga projects is the knowledge that hapū and iwi have the ability, experience and research expertise to identify and activate robust adaptation solutions. Each reflects an exciting and overdue development for climate adaptation research. 
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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Solar power project helps create healthy homes for vulnerable communities

A joint project between Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington and Te Āhuru Mōwai, a Porirua community housing provider run by Ngāti Toa, will see the homes of vulnerable residents made healthier through the installation of innovative solar power technology. @VUW
Mātauranga crucial to climate change response

RNZ's Māni Dunlop spoke to Deep South Challenge Kaitakawaenga Naomi Simmonds about fourteen new projects that showcase the inherent adaptability and relevance of Māori knowledge to solve contemporary challenges. @RNZ
'Biblical' floods in NZ, and a heatwave in Antarctica: Are they related? 

The coldest parts of Antarctica recorded temperatures 47°C over normal last weekend. While Aotearoa's torrential rainstorms aren't to blame, the low pressure from these tropical fronts may be reinforcing the anomoly. @Stuff
Recognition for Liggins research into newborns with low blood sugars 

Academy Fellow Professor Dame Jane Harding and Associate Professor Chris McKinlay have each published research papers on neonatal hypoglycaemia in the latest edition of JAMA, with an additional editorial recognising the importance of their research. @UOA

Ngā take o te wā Events

2 Paengawhāwhā April - 6 Pipiri June, Ōamaru
EARTH: Caught in Stone
For the eighth annual Art+Science Exhibition, artists have collaborated with research scientists from GNS, University of Otago, and the Otago Regional Council, to create artworks responding to the theme of “earth science.”
17 Paenga-whāwhā April, Wellington
The forest as a self-contained organism: An easy 75-minute walk 
Trees and associated vegetation form relationships with extensive networks of underground fungal mycelia. These relationships allow forests to function as stable self-contained entities.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

ANZCCART Secondary Student Essay Competition

Entry to the ANZCCART Secondary School Essay competition is now open. Building on the NCEA Achievement Standards (Biology 1.2, 2.2, and 3.2), this competition invites students to think critically about the role animal research plays in today’s society and to engage with the difficulties that surround animal use. 

First prize: $100, second prize: $75, third prize: $50.  Conditions of entry and other details for the Competition can be found here.

Entry deadline: 29 Hereturikōkā August 
Organisation: Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching

ANZCCART Communication Competition

Entry to the ANZCCART Communication competition is now open. The purpose of the competition is to encourage thinking about communicating the role animal research and teaching plays in today’s society, in an engaging way. This competition is open to organisations and individuals, as well as tertiary and secondary education students. Entries can include: animation, painting, sculpture, music, video, presentation, dance, writing or cooking.

First prize (general entry): $100, second prize: $75, third prize: $50. First prize (Secondary school): $100.  Conditions of entry and other details for the Competition can be found here.

Closing date: 29 Hereturikōkā August
Organisation: Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

7 Paenga-whāwhā April 
How can we improve youth mental health in Aotearoa NZ? A lecture by Terry Fleming and Tania Wilson

Mental health demands in Aotearoa New Zealand are rapidly increasing. In this webinar, experts will discuss the cohesive approaches needed to improve mental wellbeing in our communities. They will also examine the heart of the problem: if the current investments in strategies continue to remain patchy, we will see terrible harm in communities and the policies will fail the mental health needs of young people.

Please register to get the Zoom link for this event.

Ngā hui | Conferences

29-30 Hereturikōkā August, Wellington 
2022 New Zealand Geospatial Research Conference
This conference will explore how research in geospatial science and technology can help contribute to an open world, both in terms of technological foundations and applied areas. The conference will showcase the latest research by featuring a mix of full papers, short papers, posters and workshops. Researchers at all levels are invited to get involved, and submissions are welcome. The conference submissions and registration are open.

5 - 7 Hōngongoi July 2022, Distinction Hotel, Rotorua  
New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology 
Annual Conference: Collaboration, Building NZ Inc

The New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST) Annual Conference is New Zealand’s premier event for the food manufacturing and processing sector. Three days of presentations, posters, exhibition, competitions and the Food Industry Awards gala dinner.

9 - 11 Hereturikōkā August 2022, Christchurch 
New Zealand Plant Protection Society Conference
Registrations open soon! The New Zealand Plant Protection Society is holding their 3-day Annual Conference. This is the 75th Anniversary of the New Zealand Plant Protection Society so it will be a special event. Dame Professor Juliet Gerrard will be giving the Opening Address.

11 - 13 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, New Plymouth 
National Mathematics and Statistics Conference
This conference is open to all teachers of mathematics and statistics, primary to tertiary, where we announce and present the NZAMT Jim Campbell awards for Teaching Excellence. For registrations, please email

21-23  Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Auckland & Online
The Constitutional Kōrero: Transforming New Zealand’s Constitution
The “Constitutional Kōrero” will be a once-in-a decade national wānanga bringing together experts from around the world and within Aotearoa to present arguments and options for constitutional transformation to realise Māori rights in te Tiriti o Waitangi, He Whakaputanga and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  In doing so, conference participants will be considering the ways in which New Zealand’s Constitution might be transformed so that it benefits all New Zealanders.  

28 Whiringa-ā-rangi November - 1 Hakihea December 2022, University of Otago
New Zealand Ecological Society Conference
He Uru Kahika Ki te Wao - Connections New Zealand

The theme of this conference is to recognise the importance of hononga connections; environmental connections, ecological connections, and human connections. Expressions of interest are open.

29 Whiringa-ā-rangi November - 2 Hakihea December 2022, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 
Annual Scientific Meeting for the Australian and
New Zealand Society for Immunology

The 50th annual scientific meeting will bring together ASI members to showcase the best immunology research from Australia, New Zealand and around the world. Expressions of interest are open. 

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