Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1061

Introducing the Marsden Fund 25 Series

The Marsden Fund 25 Series celebrates 25 years of excellent research through regional lectures, online profiles and video interviews.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari taku toa, takitini e

Success is not by the work of one, but by the work of many

The series will shine a light on 25 researchers to reflect on the depth and breadth of research excellence making a difference across the disciplines supported by this funding.  

Over coming months, there will be 15 regional lectures and 10 online profiles to explore.

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Fighting back: antimicrobial resistant pathogens


Professor Greg Cook FRSNZ, University of Otago, will give a talk as part of the Marsden Fund 25 Series on how understanding bacterial survival in extreme environments and has led to breakthrough discoveries in drug development and agriculture.  Napier, 5 September.

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New research on Auckand's "squeezed" middle


New research published in Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online provides considerable evidence of the “squeezing” of Auckland’s middle class and how it has led to an overall decline in Aucklanders’ feelings of prosperity.

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New Zealanders at Young Naturalist Competition in Belarus


Six students supported by the Talented School Students Travel Award are currently in Minsk, Belarus competing at the Young Naturalist Competition. At present they are in first equal place with Switzerland and Croatia. Twenty one teams are competing from all over the world.  Go the Kiwi’s!

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Kānuka could halt kauri dieback disease, study finds
The cleansing powers of a small native tree could hold the key to helping scientists discover a way to stop the spread of kauri dieback. New research published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand suggests kānuka could actually help halt kauri dieback
Laine Moger @Stuff
Researchers Memorialize First Major Icelandic Glacier Lost to Climate Change
Okjökull — "Ok glacier" in Icelandic — was deemed “dead” in 2014 because it had lost so much ice. Now, scientists are installing a memorial plaque on the barren ground as a message to future generations.
Peter O'Dowd @WBUR
The Tuia 250 voyage launches in Tahiti
Using only signs found in nature, the crew will use non-instrument celestial navigation to cross 4,300 kilometres of open ocean in Tahiti Voyaging Society’s va’a tipaerua Fa’afaite, in time to join the other vessels in the Tuia 250 Voyage flotilla for the opening events in early October.
Tuia 250 Encounters
Prescribing under pressure: doctors and medicinal cannabis

A new scheme is set to impose regulations for the cultivation, sale and prescription of medicinal cannabis products by middle of December, but doctors may feel under pressure to prescribe medicinal cannabis that could expose them to legal risk.

@RNZ Nine to Noon
Q&A: Why you've been hearing more about GE lately
Science reporter Jamie Morton talked to Royal Society Te Apārangi gene editing expert panel member and Genetics Otago director Professor Peter Dearden.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald
Using sound to brew better beer

Could playing sound while beer is brewing change the way it tastes? That is the idea behind a three-year research project at the University of Auckland that is underway in the quietest place in New Zealand.

Alison Ballance @RNZ Our Changing World

Ngā take o te wā Events

10 September, Wellington
Falling Walls Lab New Zealand
Great minds. 3 Minutes. 1 Day. Attend Falling Walls Lab New Zealand 2019: a showcase for the next generation of outstanding innovators and creative thinkers, organised by Royal Society Te Apārangi and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. 
September-October, various venues
The MacDiarmid Institute’s 2019 Regional Innovation Showcase
Come and hear MacDiarmid Institute scientists talk in Wanaka and Tauranga about how materials science is offering a greener future for our planet.
21 September, Wellington
How to conserve the Treaty of Waitangi
Tour Te Papa’s genetics lab, learn about DNA tests that have been done on the Treaty of Waitangi and discover the history of its conservation with Anna Whitehead, Peter Whitehead, and Lara Shepherd.
 
5 September, Wellington
SociaLab: A census-based simulation tool for public policy inquiry
SociaLab potentially provides an open-source tool for deliberative inquiry in policy development. It was developed by Emeritus Professor Peter Davis for his James Cook Research Fellowship.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Expressions of interest for Catalyst Fund Reviewers
Royal Society Te Apārangi is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from experienced individuals wishing to assist with the assessment of proposals submitted to Catalyst: Leaders and Catalyst: Seeding.

Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
 
Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship for Innovation in Science — Call for applications
This is a $10,000 scholarship supporting and encouraging Master’s level study by Māori in the sciences. 

Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Closing date: 2 September 

R.H.T. Bates Postgraduate Scholarship— Call for Applications

Study award of $6,000 for a PhD in the Physical Sciences and Engineering in a New Zealand university.

Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Closing date: 2 September 

Raewyn Good Study Award - call for applications

Study award of $6,000 for Māori and Pasifika postgraduate student undertaking a Master’s degree which involves social sciences research.

Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Closing date: 2 September 
2020 Judith Binney Fellowships and Writing Awards
The Judith Binney Fellowship is available for an established scholar to undertake or complete significant research. The Writing Award is for an emerging scholar, or for the beginning or completion of a project.

Organisation: Judith Binney Trust 
Closing date: 30 September
Public consultation on improvements to New Zealand's chemical management system
The Government is proposing how New Zealand’s chemical management system can be improved to ensure greater protection for people and the environment. 

Organisation: Ministry for the Environment
Closing date: Submissions close 30 September

Ngā hui Conferences

1-5 December / Lincoln
New Zealand Ecological Society 
The deadline for submitting abstracts closes on 24 August. The theme for the conference is Ngā Koiora o Konei / Biodiversity Where We Are, recognising the dire state of biodiversity at global, national and local levels.
20-23 October / Tekapo
New Zealand Starlight Conference
The main theme of the conference is to develop the concept of New Zealand as the World’s First Dark Sky Nation. 
 
5-10 January 2020 / Dundein
9th World Congress of Herpetology

This conference will highlight New Zealand's amazing, diverse and unique herpetofauna including tuatara, frogs and geckos and skinks.  

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