Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1175

JRSNZ Special Issue call for papers: New Zealand and Antarctica in a changing climate - current state, possible impacts and effective response

The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand is calling for papers for a 2023 Special Issue entitled 'New Zealand and Antarctica in a changing climate: current state, possible impacts and effective response'.

Climate change is the biggest issue humanity faces, as made clear in the latest assessment reports published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Aotearoa New Zealand is seeing widespread changes in its climate that will accelerate unless significant and urgent action is taken to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

Royal Society Te Apārangi recognises the need to review and summarise what is happening with climate change, how it affects this part of the world, and how to mobilise effective responses.

This special issue will be guest edited by Professor James Renwick CRSNZ, Associate Professor Rebecca Priestley CRSNZ, Professor Bruce Glavovic and Dr Darren King.  

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Video availableTe Aroha ki a Papatūānuku Love for our World

A video is available for this kōrerorero public discussion held on Friday 4 Poutū-te-rangi March 2022 on the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report Working Group I and Working Group II. What do they mean for Aotearoa New Zealand?

For those of you who attended online, we apologise for the technical difficulties we experienced.


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

International Science Council Statement on Ukraine
The ISC expresses its deep dismay and concerns regarding the military offensives being carried out in Ukraine and warns against the severe outcomes that conflict will have on the research and academic community.
@International Science Council
Big duck discovery
One of the richest fossil sites in New Zealand has revealed a new species of large, extinct duck. The Catriona’s shelduck would have looked similar to today’s paradise shelduck, only bigger – about 70cm tall and weighing 2kg, research suggests.
@University of Otago
Could NZ limit long Covid? – Expert Reaction
The later arrival of Omicron in Aotearoa means we have watched the impact of long Covid in other countries including Australia.  As our country experiences higher numbers of Covid-infected people, what are the longer-term consequences for adults and children, and could New Zealand limit its impact?
New report: Infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance
We're the fourth highest prescriber of antibiotics in the OECD. A new report on antimicrobial resistance says that means we could end up making infections harder to treat.
@Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor
Nitrate levels in drinking water and bowel cancer
The formation of cancer-causing chemicals in the gut could be at the heart of understanding how high levels of nitrate in our drinking water contribute to increasing the risk of bowel (colorectal) cancer, New Zealand researchers say.
@University of Otago
International Women's Day 

International Women's Day was celebrated on 8 March with the theme 'Break the Bias' and the focus continues all year to celebrate women's achievement, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.
@International Women's Day

Ngā take o te wā Events

10 & 17 March, Online
Women in Data Science in New Zealand
This event features women doing outstanding work in the field of data science. The WiDS NZ 2022 event provides an opportunity to hear about the latest data science-related research and applications in a number of domains, and connect with others in the field.
19 March, Online
TEDx Nelson
This independently organised TED event has the theme of global citizenship. The Cawthron Institute's new Chief Science Officer Cath McLeod will be presenting on the topic 'Preventing foodborne illnesses so we don't have to cure them'. This is an online event which is open to anyone to attend.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Call for World Climate Research Programme Joint Scientific Committee members

Nominations are sought for the Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) for a four-year term from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2026. The JSC provides scientific guidance for all aspects of the WCRP’s work, aligned with the overall aims and interests of its sponsoring organisations: the World Meteorological Organization, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and the International Science Council. The JSC is an inclusive source of leadership for international climate research and seeks nominations of excellent scientists with a proven track record from around the globe.

Deadline for self (nomination): 15 May 
Organisation: World Climate Research Programme

2022 Call for nominations for SCOR Executive Committee

Four officer positions are open this year for the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR): the SCOR Secretary and all three SCOR Vice-
Presidents. Please forward your interest, accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae and an indication of the position for which you wish to be nominated, to, New Zealand National Delegate to SCOR. 

Deadline for submission of nominations: 4 June
Organisation: SCOR

New Science Engagement Coordinator Roles specialising in Māori and Pasifika engagement 

Two new Unlocking Curious Minds projects have given Otago Museum the chance to super-charge its science engagement with Māori and Pasifika communities. It is recruiting for two roles to support this mahi:

  • Science Engagement Coordinator – Māori
  • Science Engagement Coordinator – Pasifika

Closing date EXTENDED: 23 March
Organisation: Otago Museum

Cancer Society National Research Grant Round 2022

Applications have just opened for the Cancer Society National Research Grant Round 2022. This year they are only accepting applications for Post-Doctoral Fellowships.

Closing date: 20 April
Organisation: Cancer Society of New Zealand

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

7pm 10 March
Fishes for the Future
MERC (Sir Peter Blake Marine Education & Recreation Centre) will run an activity Fishes for the Future – Marine Management Tools across Aotearoa New Zealand which is based on a webinar from the successful series Ngā Kōrero: Exploring ocean kaitiakitanga in Aotearoa New Zealand. This panel discussion will be moderated by former Radio New Zealand producer Alison Ballance MNZM.

2-4pm UTC, 24 March
Webinar: Inclusion and Participation of Women in Global Science Organisations
Women remain underrepresented in global science. In this webinar, the results of a collaborative study conducted by GenderInSITE, the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and the International Science Council (ISC) will be presented.

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