Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1188

Arotakenga our year in review

We have published Highlights Te Tau 2021, the annual review publication for Royal Society Te Apārangi. It was another tumultuous year during which the world had to face the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic – we once again were heartened and grateful we could continue in most aspects of our mahi to support New Zealanders to tūhura explore, torohē discover and tohatoha share knowledge. We share many of our activities during 2021 in this publication.

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Speaker's Science Forum - Trust, misinformation and social in(ex)clusion

MPs gathered at Parliament on 8 Pipiri June to hear experts discuss new research on mis- and dis-information. Dr Michael Daubs (VUW) discussed how emotional responses to disinformation campaigns can lead people to base their beliefs on factually incorrect information. Kate Hannah (The Disinformation Project) described the impact of 'information disorders' on the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders, and the role of communities, civil society and institutions in building trust and social connection.  


Special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science released

NZJCHS has published a new special issue with guest editor Professor Andrew East (Massey). The special issue, 'Postharvest horticulture: a multidisciplinary science field that enables global fresh produce trade', contains twelve papers addressing questions and challenges in post-harvest science and the export of perishable products.


NZJZ call for papers: Animals in the microbial world

This special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Zoology invites submissions with a focus on the diverse interactions of animals with the microbial world. 

Please email a preliminary title, list of potential authors and a short descriptive paragraph outlining the scope of your proposed manuscript to guest editors, Dr Manpreet K Dhami (Manaaki Whenua) and Professor Mike Taylor (University of Auckland) by 12 Hereturikōkā August 2022. 


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

New Zealand failing to control pesticide use

New Zealand is among the highest global users of pesticides, but it lags behind the rest of the world when it comes to pesticide regulation and safety. In this interview with Kathryn Ryan, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Neil Pearce FRSNZ discusses his new book, Pesticides and Health: How New Zealand Fails in Environmental Protection.


‘Pivotal’ Māori leader Tā Tipene O’Regan made member of Order of New Zealand

Tā Tipene O’Regan CRSNZ, a Māori leader, educator and historian who has dedicated his life to the betterment of Māori and was instrumental in developing Māori fishing interests has been awarded New Zealand’s highest honour.

@The Guardian

Kiwi scientist known for drug discoveries wins top international prize

Professor Dame Margaret Brimble FRS FRSNZ, a University of Auckland scientist known for her drug discoveries, has won a top international chemistry prize, the Pedler Award, for her brilliance in research and innovation.


University anchor tenant in carbon-neutral datacentre

University of Otago Chief Operating Officer Stephen Willis says the university will develop a customised, future-proof and scalable hosting solution to help the university manage exploding volumes of data anticipated as rising numbers of large-scale scientific projects come on stream.

@University of Otago

Government launches He Whenua Taurikura, the National Centre of Research Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

Professors Joanna Kidman and Paul Spoonley FRSNZ will lead the centre in its study of ways to prevent and counter violent extremism. The research centre will be hosted by Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington. 


First microplastics found in Antarctic snow – Expert Reaction

A New Zealand study has confirmed that microplastics are present in Antarctica’s Ross Island region. Across 19 sites, researchers found an average concentration of 29 microplastic particles per litre of melted snow. The Science Media Centre asked experts to comment.


Ngā take o te wā Events

15 Pipiri June 7pm NZST, Online
Introduction to the International Science Council report on COVID-19

This session is dedicated to the policy implications of the recently launched ISC report "Unprecedented & Unfinished: COVID-19 and Implications for National and Global Policy." The session includes a special address by Dr Soumya Swaminathan, WHO Chief Scientist, followed by a panel discussion. 

21 Pipiri June, Online
Matariki kōrero: Ka rongo te pō, ka rongo te ao: Matariki and our understandings of climate and environmental change.

In this virtual hui, Deep South National Science Challenge will host a special conversation between Rikki Solomon and Naomi Simmonds on Matariki, the maramataka and understanding climatic and environmental change.

Ngā hui Conferences

15 Pipiri June, Online 
Conference on the Ukraine crisis: responses from the European higher education and research sectors

The International Science Council invites you to join this important conversation to address the role of the higher education and research sectors across Europe, and beyond, in supporting and rebuilding these sectors in Ukraine. The goal is to learn from what works, identify good practice, and draft recommendations for both the medium and long term.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Rutherford Foundation PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship Funding Opportunities
The funding round for Rutherford Foundation PhD Scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships is open from Thursday 9 Pipiri June. The Rutherford Foundation aims to build human capability in science and technology by providing early career support for New Zealand’s brightest and most promising researchers. For 2022, the following funding opportunities are available:
  • New Zealand Postdoctoral Fellowships will enable recipients to undertake full-time research programmes within New Zealand in all areas of research, science, and technology, including social sciences and the humanities. Up to six fellowships can be awarded in the 2022 funding round. Researchers whose doctoral degrees were conferred on or after 1 January 2018 are eligible to apply.
  • Cambridge-Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarships are intended to provide full support to enable completion of a PhD at the University of Cambridge in pure or applied science and the social sciences. Up to one scholarship can be awarded in the 2022 funding round.

Closing date: 4 Here-turi-kōkā August
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

French-related research opportunities
The Embassy of France in New Zealand has several calls for projects and mobility grants open right now. If you have a French-related research project, if you are collaborating with a French researcher or institute, or if you would like a travel grant to visit France, take a look!

Organisation: The Embassy of France in New Zealand

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