Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1232

Whitinga Fellows – digital series shines a light on the impact of one-off funding

A new special digital series highlights some of the excellent researchers being supported by the MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowship. 
The one-off funding initiative is providing around $10 million over two years for 30 fellows impacted by COVID-19 in the New Zealand research science system.  It was part of a response to the reduced opportunities experienced by New Zealand early career researchers, and aims to support the retention and development of ECRs with the potential to excel in the research environment. 
The digital series catches up with 10 of the recipients part-way through their fellowships to find out what impact the funding is having on their lives and research journeys.

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Longitudinal Research in Aotearoa New Zealand (Part 2)

The second part of a special issue on longitudinal research in New Zealand has been published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, guest edited by Amy Osborne (Canterbury) and Jonathan Broadbent (Otago). 

In the editorial, the guest editors are joined by other leading researchers to reflect on the implications of longitudinal research for health, education, and social policy in New Zealand. They also reflect on what longitudinal research has taught us, and how we can use these findings to improve the lives of future generations.
The six papers cover topics of: 

More home truths: the impact of housing research on health and wellbeing policy

Continuing her quest for healthy homes and housing affordability, Distinguished Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman will deliver the prestigious Rutherford Lecture. 

Philippa and He Kāinga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme, including Julian Crane, Michael Keall and Nevil Pierse, were awarded the 2021 Rutherford Medal for ground-breaking research that has quantified the effects of housing interventions on occupants’ health and wellbeing, and informed legislation and policy.

In this lecture, Professor Howden-Chapman focuses on the priorities for housing at a time of cost-of-living pressure and stretched markets, and recent weather events in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Dates: 6 June Auckland, 20 June Napier and 12 July Wellington. (Please note this topic is scheduled at the same times that the Dunedin Study Rutherford Lectures were to be held. They will be rescheduled for later in the year.)

Marsden Fund research update: Otago researchers reveal impact of ancient earthquake

By combining the scientific powerhouses of genetics and geology, University of Otago researchers have identified a new area of coastal uplift, which had been hiding in plain sight. The previously unknown region of earthquake uplift, in Rarangi, Marlborough, was discovered using a combination of new data from laser mapping and kelp genetics.

Marsden Fund research update: Photos give men a voice to discuss mental distress

An innovative research project at the University of Otago, Wellington, is using photography to help men open up about their experiences of living with depression, suicidal thoughts and anxiety.

In the project, ‘Through the Eyes of Men’, led by Senior Research Fellow Dr Sarah McKenzie, 21 men get behind the lens, taking photos which reflect their personal experiences of living with mental distress, and what helped or hindered their mental health journeys.

New issue of Marine and Freshwater journal published

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research has been published. 

It includes articles on chinook salmon nutritional needs, trading of tropical macroalgae in New Zealand, parasites of black-footed abalone and decadal changes in exploited fish communities.

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.

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Post Budget Press Release From IRANZ Independent Research Association of New Zealand

The Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall highlights the importance of investing in science to boost Aotearoa New Zealand’s economic advantage. IRANZ strongly endorses this. Budget 2023 positions the New Zealand economy for a low-emissions, high-wage future with a major investment into our science, digital, and horticultural technology sectors.

'Data Supermarket' serves fresh options for regional food production

Information about the land use suitability and production potential of a wide variety of crops became much easier to find today, with the launch of the Data Supermarket.
@Our Land and Water

We have a Privacy Act fit for 2011 – academics

A lot needs to change to protect people's privacy and enable individuals to act when their rights are breached, say the editors of the country's most comprehensive book on privacy law in New Zealand.
@University of Auckland

Harnessing the immune response to predict recovery from surgery

Dr Kathryn Hally has just been awarded a $249,000 Emerging Researcher First Grant from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) to help develop her skills and leadership in the field of surgical immunology. She is one of 17 researchers receiving a combined $4.2 million in HRC funding designed to support early career researchers in establishing independent research careers.

Up to 260 jobs may go at Victoria University to address massive deficit

Between 230 and 260 jobs at Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington could go, with the university having told staff its plan to address a $33 million deficit.
Gianina Schwanecke @Stuff

Antarctica’s deep ocean circulation is slowing down – Expert Reaction

Research published today has found deep ocean circulation around Antarctica has already slowed by 30% since the 1990s, confirming predictions from recent modelling it may be about to collapse..

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

1 Hune June, Wellington
Earth, life, and climate: in search of nature's 'invisible hand'

Professor Nicholas Golledge will give his inaugural professorial lecture. He will discuss how processes of self-organisation enable complexity, and the characteristic patterns of behaviour that many natural systems share - from plate tectonics to ecological biodiversity, the global climate to the beating of our hearts.
8 Hune June, Wellington
Antarctica - a 1970s perspective

A special talk by Dr John McPherson hosted by New Zealand Antarctic Society in conjunction with VUW's Antarctic Research Centre. John will introduce and screen Antarctica –Footprints on a Frozen Continent, a 35 minute video put together from photos from his first field season as one of two grad students with VUWAE 15 (1970/71) studying the Beacon Sandstone. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

ANZCCART New Zealand Board vacancy - Kaimahi Māori  

ANZCCART-NZ is looking for a new Kaimahi Māori ANZCCART NZ Board position. It is an honorary, expenses paid position that may take the equivalent of 10 days a year of your time.  ANZCCART (NZ), a committee of Royal Society Te Apārangi, seeks to promote discussion around the social, ethical and scientific use of animals in research and teaching. Activities ANZCCART NZ is currently working on include:

  • Working closely with ANZCCART Australia on developing ANZCCART training resource accreditation
  • Encouraging more openness around the use of animals by organisations undertaking research or teaching using animals, through the ANZCCART NZ Openness Agreement
  • Developing educational resources around Māori perspectives of animals in science
  • Undertaking a public survey on attitudes to animal use in research and teaching

If you would like more information, or express an interest in the role, please contact Dr Marc Rands at: by 23 June 2023.

Expressions of interest for Catalyst Fund reviewers

Royal Society Te Apārangi is calling for expressions of interest from experienced individuals wishing to assist with the assessment of proposals submitted to Catalyst: Leaders and Catalyst: Seeding.

Closing date: 29 Pipiri June 2023

Birds New Zealand Research Fund (BNZRF)

The BNZRF is open to any project that will demonstrably improve our knowledge of New Zealand birds.

The BNZRF provides financial assistance, mainly for logistics and purchase of equipment and consumables. Wages or time will not be supported. Funding ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 may be awarded. Fund payments will be retrospective and for a 12 month period only.

Applications close: 15 Pipiri June 2023.

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.

Kaiarotake Rangahau Research Assessor

Permanent and 12-month fixed term contract roles available

Royal Society Te Apārangi is seeking people with a passion for research and scholarship in social sciences, mātauranga, science, humanities and technology to join our Research Funding team.

In this role you will support the Society to deliver, monitor and evaluate research funding and enjoy working with Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading researchers, international experts, and international research organisations.

Applications close: 8 Pipiri June 2023.

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

12.30pm 31 Mei May
Digital Toolshed: Data Supermarket

We can grow a much greater range of food and fibre in New Zealand. But what will grow well, where? 

The Data Supermarket is a new online repository of data about the ingredients, food and fibre we can grow in New Zealand, now and in the future. 

This practical webinar will demonstrate how to find what you need at the Data Supermarket and discuss who it's for, how to use it, and when and where use is appropriate. Register for the webinar via Zoom.

4pm Thurs 8 Hune June
Te Tatauranga o ngā Manu Māra o Aotearoa – The New Zealand Garden Bird Survey

This year the Garden Bird survey is running 24 June–2 July, in this free webinar by the Science Learning Hub learn how your class can be part of New Zealand’s longest running citizen science project.

Join the Garden Bird survey researchers from Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research – Dr Angela Brandt and Dr Gradon Diprose. Register.

Ngā hui Conferences

3-5 June,  New Plymouth

2023 NZ Bird Conference

The 2023 NZ Bird Conference and Annual General Meeting of Birds New Zealand will be held  in New Plymouth, from 3 to 5 June.

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