Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1209

2022 Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden funded research

Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, the Marsden Fund, has allocated $77.391 million (excluding GST) to 113 research projects led by researchers in Aotearoa New Zealand. These grants support excellent research in the humanities, engineering, mātauranga, mathematics, science, and the social sciences for three years.

The Marsden Fund continues to provide strong support for up-and-coming researchers, with 41 Fast-Start grants awarded, for a total of $14,760,000 (excluding GST). Fast-Start grants are designed to encourage the development of independent research and build momentum for exceptional careers in Aotearoa. The 2022 success rate was 13.0% for these awards. Funded projects this year cover a broad range of topics including quantifying the impact of climate change on glaciers, uncovering cultural history of the taniwha, countering resistance to antibiotics, understanding the drivers of solar cell adoption in Aotearoa, and exploring writing in vagahau Niue; the language of Niue.

Established researchers and their teams were awarded 72 Marsden Fund Standard grants, for a total of $62,631,000 (excluding GST), with a success rate of 12.4%. These research projects will address a wide range of issues of both local and international importance, including seeing if we can use ionic liquids as an alternative to harmful solvents, investigating the role of fructose in diabetic heart disease, understanding the history and future of the kūmara through Māori oral historical perspectives, and exploring the maths behind imaging technologies.

E tautoko ana i te Tahua Marsden i ngā kairangahau matua i Aotearoa ki te hōpara i ngā whakaaro hou

Marsden Fund Highlights 2022

Marsden Fund awards 2022

Information on the 2022 Marsden Fund round

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Fellowships support research into Zealandia geology, the quantum internet and understanding Darwinian evolution

Dr Nick Mortimer FRSNZ of Te Pū Ao GNS Science, will assemble a team that will bridge physical science and mātauranga Māori to explain the geology of the world’s eighth and most‐recently discovered continent, Te Riu-a-Māui Zealandia. See NZ Herald article:  Zealandia: Geologist to shed new light on our lost continent.

Professor Winston Seah of Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington is studying how the quantum internet will enhance internet-based utilities by providing access to quantum computing resources.  

Distinguished Professor Hamish Spencer FRSNZ of Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou University of Otago will investigate the paradox of variation, a central problem in evolutionary biology.  See Otago Daily Times article: Why do we look the way we do?

Integrated Research Sector: Future Pathways for Emerging Researchers

This position paper on future pathways for emerging researchers is the work of many, published under the auspices of the Early Career Researcher (ECR) Forum of Royal Society Te Apārangi. It outlines a vision for an integrated research sector that promotes improved career pathways for emerging researchers.

NZCHS call for papers: Special issue on plant science research in the Pacific

This special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science on plant science research in the Pacific, invites expressions of interest for a wide range of topics of interest to small island nations in the Pacific.

Please email a preliminary title, list of potential authors and a short descriptive paragraph or abstract outlining the scope of your proposed manuscript by 23 Hakihea December 2022 to The guest editors, Dr Fran Doerflinger (Plant & Food Research Australia), Dr Seeseei Molimau-Samasoni (Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa), Dr Allan Woolf (Plant & Food Research) and Jason Johnston (Plant & Food Research), will make a decision on which manuscripts to invite for the special issue and authors will be notified by 31 Kohitātea January 2023.

EOI deadline: 23 Hakihea December 2022

Kaitohutohu Kaupapa Hapori / Pae Tukutuku | Outreach and Web Advisor

Be part of a strong, successful Communications & Outreach Team.  This role aligns with the Government’s "A Nation of Curious Minds – A National Strategic Plan for Science in Society" by supporting young people into careers in science, research and technology through experience.

The role will need you to develop and implement rangatahi youth strategies and programmes across the organisation, driving new innovation in outreach programme opportunities for the Society.  The role also requires the candidate to maintain, expand and enhance our communications web and portal environments.

Closing date: 12 noon 21 Whiringa-ā-rangi November 2022  

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Medal-winning group creates innovative cultural guides for teachers

Young Māori learners across Aotearoa New Zealand are benefiting from teachers with better tikanga and cultural skills thanks to an award-winning team of University of Canterbury (UC) education researchers, including Professor Angus Hikairo Macfarlane FRSNZ.

What are New Zealanders most concerned about?

The New Zealand public thinks threats to our national security are increasing, with natural disasters, misinformation, hacking and epidemics at the top of their list of concerns. This was according to a recent government-led survey of more than 1000 people, prompted by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch terrorist attack.

Kate Green @RNZ

Marae can be our courthouses

Comment and analysis by Amokura Kawharu FRSNZ. Amokura explains how arbitration law could be used as a model for Māori dispute resolution, saying it offers a path for tikanga to be used in its own right, and to have the outcomes respected by state institutions.

Dozens of communities at serious flood risk and unprepared - report

A government report has for the first time identified dozens of communities at serious risk of flooding and totally unprepared for it. Westport was hit by devastating flooding in July 2021, prompting the government to take a closer look at just how bad the risk there is.
Katie Scotcher @RNZ

NZ backs moratorium on deep-sea mining - Expert Reaction

New Zealand will back a conditional moratorium on deep sea mining in international waters, until strong environmental rules can be agreed and backed up by robust science. The SMC asked experts to comment.
@Science Media Centre

Ngā take o te wā Events

8 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Rotorua
Sauvignon blancs that pack a punch

Marlborough wines have astounded the world for their intense passionfruit/tropical/green aromas, creating a style very different from leading European wines. Where do these aromas come from, and what is different about Marlborough? In this presentation, Dr Paul Kilmartin will highlight some distinctive features of winemaking in New Zealand, drawing upon research undertaken within the University of Auckland Wine Science programme.

15 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Palmerston North
The politics of plastic pollution

Associate Professor Farrelly is an environmental anthropologist who researches plastic pollution and its relationships with climate change, human health and rights, and biodiversity loss. Her most recent work focusses on plastic pollution as waste colonialism, and includes Plastic Legacies: Pollution, Persistence and Politics (2021), to which she contributed as co-editor and author. Trisia will talk about her involvement in the United Nations Environment Assembly since 2017 and the resolution for a global plastics treaty. 

15 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Wellington
Antarctic Ice: Ancient, Beautiful and Unforgiving

Professor Robin Bell from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, USA, will give the 2022 S.T Lee Lecture in Antarctic Studies. Most of the Antarctic ice sheet is older than human civilization. This continental blanket, over 4 km thick, has persisted for 34 million years.  Professor Robin Bell has spent much of her career uncovering the secrets within and beneath Antarctica’s featureless surface,  including hidden mountains, volcanoes, and giant lakes.

9 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Rotorua
Searching for answers in the mud
Dr Susie Wood, Cawthron Institute & Dr Marcus Vandergoes, GNS Science will speak about unearthing the history of lakes in Aotearoa Zealand. The health of many of our lakes in Aotearoa New Zealand is deteriorating but they are not monitored. Laid down year upon year, sediments preserve indicators of lake life and water quality, equivalent to centuries of monitoring. These natural archives can provide the deeper understanding we seek to properly restore the ecological vitality of our lakes.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Call for papers for animal behaviour special issue

This special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Zoology invites submissions with a focus on the remarkable diversity of animal behaviour in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australasia more broadly. We invite submissions that address the vast variety of animal behaviour research in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and the rest of Oceania, the Pacific Basin, South America and Antarctica. 

EOI deadline: 11 Whiringa-ā-rangi November 2022 

TEKNOFEST - Aerospace and Technology Festival

Applications for the world's largest technology competitions, held within TEKNOFEST Aerospace and Technology Festival in Turkey, are open with prizes of 43 million Lira. TEKNOFEST has 41 different technology competitions this year, with 102 subcategories, all of which are built on the technologies of the future. It aims to motivate young people to produce and develop technologies and support projects of thousands of young people, from primary school to middle school, high school, university, undergraduate and graduate level.  Competitions include Rocket, Model Satellite, Artificial Intelligence in Transportation, Biotechnology Innovation, Digital Technologies in Industry, Flying Car, Educational Technologies, Robotaxi-Full Scale Autonomous Vehicle, Agricultural Technologies and Robotics. 

Application deadline: 20 Whiringa-ā-rangi November

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