Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1119

Announcing Tūrama - a series illuminating Aotearoa's Early Career Researchers

On World Science Day (10 November) we launched Tūrama - an interview series illuminating the stories and mahi of 11 Early Career Researchers. See our first two interviews below: 

  • Dr Jagadish (JT) Thaker witnessed the effects of climate change first hand while growing up in India. Now he is a senior lecturer at Massey University who is passionate about raising public awareness and understanding of the climate crisis. Watch JT's video interview.
  • Dr Sarah Moss has a passion for plants that stems from her high school years. Now she's a scientist at Plant & Food Research specialising in kiwifruit colouring, and is the co-chair of the Early Career Researcher Forum. Watch Sarah's video interview.
Learn more

The 2020 RHT Bates Postgraduate Scholarship has been awarded to Magdalena Urbanska

This is a study award of $6,000 for a PhD in the Physical Sciences and Engineering in a New Zealand university. It will support Magdalena's PhD project at the University of Auckland, where she is working to create an all-optical method to examine the vitreous humour as the key to stopping eye diseases.

Learn more > 

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Siouxsie Wiles makes BBC's list of 100 inspiring women for 2020
Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles MNZM has been named among the most inspiring and influential women in the world by the BBC for her work communicating the science of COVID-19. 
A new Research Roadmap to guide recovery from COVID-19 has been released
This report by the United Nations and partners aims to address the complex health, humanitarian and socio-economic consequences of the pandemic while boosting speedy recovery efforts.
@International Science Council
Watch 'The Eruption: Stories of Survival'
In a new documentary produced by Professor Annie Goldson ONZM FRSNZ, the two New Zealand survivors of Whakaari White Island eruption - Kelsey Waghorn and Jake Millbank, share their remarkable stories from 9 December 2019.
Rewriting the rulebook on DNA in criminal investigations 
Experts react to a new report which highlights significant gaps in the rules around how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations.
@Science Media Centre

Ngā take o te wā Events

30 November, Wellington
Astronomy on ice with Dr Jenni Adams
Dr Jenni Adams, an astrophysicist from the University of Canterbury, will describe some of the astronomical projects operating in Antarctica, focussing on her involvement in a project called IceCube. IceCube involves a telescope that uses neutrinos to probe environments around the highest energy objects in the universe.
1 December, Online
Human Frontier Science Program Roadshow
Hosted by Royal Society Te Apārangi and supported by Professor Vic Arcus, this virtual roadshow will outline HFSP funding opportunities, the application process, timeline, the type of projects in scope for HFSP support, and advice on what makes a great application. Register now to access the Zoom login details for the event.
8 December, Rotorua
New Zealand's New Plastics Economy Roadmap
Marc Gaugler of Scion is leading the charge on developing a New Plastics Economy Roadmap. He will give a talk on the specific challenges that New Zealand's plastic and manufacturing industry is facing to implement the roadmap's vision.
16 December, Wellington
2020 Powering Potential Presentation
Nau mai haere mai, come along and listen to what the rangatahi rangatira researchers of tomorrow have to say on the major issues of today! This gathering brings together tauira to collaborate and communicate research solutions for important issues. Mentored by Rutherford Discovery Fellows, tauira are given only two days to compile their findings into a presentation.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Expressions of interest sought from ECRs for Royal Society Commonwealth Science Conference 2021

Royal Society Te Apārangi is inviting expressions of interest from early career researchers who wish to attend the UK Royal Society's 2021 Commonwealth Science Conference online from 22-26 February 2021. This conference titled 'Science for a Resilient Future' focusses on bringing together researchers to incentivise international collaboration and research.

Royal Society Te Apārangi will nominate attendees to be selected by the UK Royal Society. 

Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Closing date: 30 November 2020
Applications open for the Bob Kerridge Animal Welfare Fellowship grant

This fellowship was established to locate, encourage and assist people with a passion for animals who are committed to enriching their lives and the environment in which they live.

Organisation: Bob Kerridge Animal Welfare Fellowship
Closing date: 20 January 2021
Ngā Kaiarotake Rangahau Research Assessor positions available at Royal Society Te Apārangi

This position will involve providing support for, and operation of, monitoring, reporting and evaluation systems for research projects which have been assigned funding by Royal Society Te Apārangi. 

The Research Funding team works collectively and has the responsibility to cover a broad range of disciplines in social sciences, mātauranga, science, humanities and technology.

Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Closing date: 30 November 2020

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

3 December
Celebrate World Soil Day with New Zealand Society of Soil Science

This seminar will present snapshots of New Zealand soil science from 2020 from a range of scientists.  Researchers will also talk about building a better understanding of New Zealand’s unique soils, soil carbon, contaminant transfer and soil health.

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