Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1230

NZ Journal of Geology and Geophysics Special Issue: 
The Kaikōura earthquake

The Kaikōura Earthquake ruptured a complex network of at least 20 faults in the northeastern South Island, with variable geometries, slip and slip rates. Ground shaking and surface fault rupture generated a tsunami, thousands of landslides, and many dammed rivers. The earthquake damaged farmland, buildings and infrastructure in the northeastern South Island and Wellington regions, closing critical transport networks for over a year.

This special issue presents a collection of 12 papers on the earthquake. These papers cover a range of topics, including, the geometries and paleoearthquake histories of faults that ruptured, seismic hazards, the tsunami and coastal geomorphology, together with the societal impact and communication of the earthquake. They incorporate our understanding of the earthquake 5–6 years since it occurred but many unanswered questions remain, as outlined in the editorial.

Ngā mihi nui to the guest editors for this special issue: Andrew Nicol, Andy Howell, Nicola Litchfield, Thomas Wilson, Stephen Bannister and Chris Massey.

You may publish your next paper Open Access in the Royal Society Te Apārangi journals at no cost to your research budget. Find out if you’re eligible.

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Call for papers: Feeding New Zealand people better

This special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand invites submissions with a focus on a Sustainable Food System in Aotearoa which meets the dietary needs of our population. While New Zealand is a food producing and exporting country New Zealand people are not well nourished. This special issue will focus on aspects the whole food system, from farm to fork. The guest editorial team includes Elaine Rush (AUT) and Fiona Curran-Cournane (MfE).
Preliminary titles due by 14 Hōngongoi July 2023.

New issue of Kōtuitui published

A new issue of Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online has been published. It includes the following articles (open access): 

Wayfinding for Chinese language education research

Dr Danping Wang from Waipapa Taumata Rau The University of Auckland seeks new pathways for Chinese language education research around the world. According to the research that has been a focus of Dr Danping Wang’s Marsden Fast Start grant, people who studied Chinese four centuries ago and today's learners hold almost the same views and attitudes towards learning the language.

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Innovative solutions to decontaminate our water

Recent findings depict a gloomy picture of New Zealand’s water ecosystem. Researchers supported by a Catalyst grant are developing a new device to help tackle the problem.  
@University of Auckland

Coastal People: Southern Skies inaugural symposium in Ōtepoti
The inaugural symposium of the Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) Coastal People: Southern Skies (CP:SS) is taking place in Dunedin today. The one-day symposium will welcome a large number of researchers, students, and community partners who are contributing towards the CoRE’s vision of mauri ora (flourishing wellness) of coastal communities.
@Coastal People: Southern Skies

Torrential downpours flood North Island – Expert Reaction

Roads have been closed  again due to flooding and slips, as a deluge battered Auckland and areas of Gisborne and the Bay of Plenty. The wild weather has caused Auckland to enter its third state of emergency this year.

Record low Antarctic sea ice is another alarming sign the ocean’s role as climate regulator is changing
The world’s oceans regulate our climate, but they are entering uncharted territory, with record surface warming and changes to Antarctica’s deep meltwater which drives global currents.
Craig Stevens @The Conversation

Ngā take o te wā Events

31 Mei May, Wellington
The Survival of our Coral Reefs

Dr Christopher Cornwall, the recipient of the 2022 Hamilton Award, will talk on the threats and future growth of coral reefs. Ocean warming and acidification threaten the future growth of coral reefs. Ocean warming causes marine heatwaves which in turn cause mortality to resident corals, and alters the growth rates of reefs.
6 Hune June, Napier
Does exposure to germs in early life lead to better long term health?

Dr Kerry Hilligan started work at the Malaghan Institute in September 2022. She was awarded a Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2021. Under the fellowship, Dr Kerry is investigating how early infections or challenges to a developing immune system shape and influence it later in life

27 Hune June, Nelson
Ice and us - Adapting to rising sea levels
In the 80th Annual Thomas Cawthron Memorial Lecture, Professor Tim Naish FRSNZ and Professor Richard Levy will give the keynote address on how climate change is driving sea level rise and how their science is helping communities throughout Aotearoa respond to the challenges we face now and into the future. Dr Anna Berthelsen and Jacqui Stuart from Cawthron Institute will also share some of the science Cawthron is doing to understand and find solutions for climate change.
31 Mei May, Christchurch and online
Biosecurity Lures

In this UC Biosecurity Innovations seminar, Dan Tompkins, Science Director of Predator Free 2050 Ltd will outline the science strategy. Then Ben McEwen, University of Canterbury and Brittany Graham, Lincoln University will showcase their PhD's into the use of sight, sound and scent to lure or repel stoats, possums and rats. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Nominations for APEC ASPIRE award open

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has opened nominations for New Zealand’s candidate for the APEC ASPIRE award for 2023. ASPIRE is an annual award that recognises young scientists that have a demonstrated track record in scientific excellence, as well as cooperation with scientists from other APEC economies. As this year’s host, the United States has chosen “Inclusive science, technology and innovation for a resilient and sustainable environment” as the ASPIRE theme for 2023.
Deadline: 18 Mei May
Organisation: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Kaitohutohu Pāpāho Communications Advisor

Are you motivated to help New Zealanders have the evidenced-based information they need to make good decisions about a range of topical issues?

Do you value research and scholarship and want to raise the profile of researchers and mātauranga practitioners in Aotearoa New Zealand?

Royal Society Te Apārangi is seeking a Kaitohutohu Pāpāho Communications Advisor to provide communications and public relations support.

Applications close 22 Mei May.

Enter Falling Walls Lab New Zealand

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 innovative breakthrough idea 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 1 June 2023, 5.00 pm NZST

Hui ā-Ipurangi Webinars

1.30pm EDT 25 Mei May
Advancing Health & Wellbeing of AANHPI Communities

Advancing health and wellbeing of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (Aanhpi) communities through leadership development and a shared health equity research agenda. This free event will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, interactive sessions, networking opportunities, and discussions to exchange knowledge and ideas on how to improve health outcomes and well-being for AANHPI communities.

4pm Thurs 25 Mei May
Picturebooks for Matariki

In this free online professional development webinar for teachers, Greta Dromgool will be joined by picture book expert Associate Professor Nicola Daly (University of Waikato) to discuss some of her research into bilingual picture books and to share the rich opportunities picturebooks offer our teaching and learning around Matariki.

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