Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1105

Apply for the 2021 Science Teaching Leadership Programme!

Are you passionate about science, teaching and your community? In the Science Teaching Leadership Programme, participant schools select a teacher to spend six months with a host science research organisation to experience real science in action.Participating teachers will develop their curriculum leadership skills in science. 

On returning to school, the teachers work with others in the school to improve science teaching and student learning, and forge links with local science organisations and groups in the hapori community to enhance scientific experiences for students. 

Learn more

New issue of zoology journal

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Zoology has been released. Article topics explore beetle and wētā responses to mammal eradication, genetic diversity of the kiwi and variance in Hutton's shearwater diving behaviour.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Mental health study on young people shows they don't feel heard
The study co-led by Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington shows that an increasing number of high school-aged New Zealanders experience high levels of distress.
Eleisha Foon @RNZ
Lockdown climate change benefits short-lived, unless 'green recoveries' follow
COVID-19 lockdowns slashed emissions across the globe but researchers warn climate benefits will be negligible unless governments seize opportunities for 'green recoveries'.
Michael Neilson @NZ Herald
Dr Grant McCullough appointed to National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee
The Minister of Agriculture has recently appointed Dr Grant McCullough, president of the New Zealand Veterinary Association, as a member of the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee.
@Ministry for Primary Industries
What is genomic testing?
The University of Auckland's Dr David Welch explains what genomic sequencing is, and how it can be used to track New Zealand's recent community outbreak of COVID-19.
Karyn Hay @RNZ
Research reveals similar virus uses 'decoy strategy' to evade the immune system
A virus out of Southeast Asia uses a "decoy strategy" to evade the immune system, say scientists from the University of Otago, who are now working to determine whether the coronavirus does the same thing.
Mark Quinlivan @Newshub
Science in Emergencies, Part 2 Whakaari White Island
In this two-part programme as part of the Science & documentary series, the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor, Professor Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ and colleagues explore how New Zealand scientists assisted the recovery mission after the Whakaari White Island eruption.
@Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor
High fructose diet in pregnancy impacts metabolism of offspring
New research in guinea pigs has found that increased levels of fructose intake during pregnancy can cause significant changes in maternal metabolic function.
@University of Otago
INZ border restriction exceptions for essential scientists
As of 18 June, inviduals who play an essential role in a New Zealand science programme, including research and development exchange and partnership, might be eligible for a travel exception. See more under border exceptions for 'other critical workers' section.
@Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment  

Ngā take o te wā Events

20 August, Wellington/Online

Unlocking the Secrets of Volcanic Ash

Tonight, Dr Jenni Hopkins of Victoria University of Wellington—Te Herenga Waka will guide audiences through the advancement of tephra studies in New Zealand in recent years, from geochemical fingerprinting and dating of volcanic ash deposits, through to identifying hidden ash, cryptotephra - which cannot be seen with the naked eye.
26 August, Online

Arts + Climate Innovation: Are artists creative disruptors?

As part of the 'Arts + Climate' livestream kōrero, Professor Tim Naish FRSNZ, Te Papa's Audience and Insights Director Puawai Cairns, artist Joseph Michael and poet Grace Iwashita-Taylor will give a talk on how arts and culture help us better understand the past, the present and how to innovate a better future by thinking outside the box and connecting us with the natural world. 
27 August, Napier

Mathematics and Scottish Country Dancing

Professor Rod Downey, a teacher and deviser of Scottish country dances, will explain how the cognitive processes in his field of mathematics and dancing resemble one another. In doing so, he will give insight into a small part of modern mathematics and a fun dance form.
8 September, Rotorua

Modelling Social and Environmental Change in Prehistory

Dr Siân Halcrow’s talk will showcase recent research that shows the importance of the investigation of health near the start of life to answer major questions about our past. Here she will probe the health effects of the agricultural transition, which saw major negative impacts on past human populations. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) - Postdoctoral Fellowship

The HFSP fellowship program supports proposals for frontier, potentially transformative research in the life sciences. The fellowships encourage early career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country. Two different fellowship programs are available:

  • Long-Term Fellowships are for applicants who will broaden their expertise by proposing a project in the life sciences which is significantly different from their previous PhD or postdoctoral work.
  • Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships are for applicants with a PhD from outside the life sciences.

Closing date: The fellowship submission deadline is 27 August 2020
Organisation: Human Frontier Science Program

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. Reviewers will assist in the evaluation of proposals across all disciplines.

Closing date: 24 September 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Get involved in the Wonder Project
The Wonder Project is a series of hands-on programmes for schools that are designed to engage young Kiwis from Year 5 -13 and get them excited about a future STEM career.

Engineering New Zealand pairs teachers with STEM professionals across New Zealand to build confidence in students so they can achieve remarkable things at school, in their communities, and in their future careers.

Organisation: Engineering New Zealand

NZSR call for papers
New Zealand Science Review provides a forum for the discussion of science policy and covers science and technology in their broadest sense. It also covers science education, science planning and freedom of information. Manuscripts in the above topics are welcome, and should be send to the editor.

Organisation: New Zealand Science Review

Wānanga ipurangi | Webinars

25 August
Wellbeing Indicators for New Zealand’s People and Nature
This webinar will explore the importance nature plays in enhancing our wellbeing, while introducing international initiatives that have formalised the connection between people and nature which could be applied in New Zealand’s State of the Environment reporting and the Living Standards Framework. 

Ngā hui Conferences

26-27 September, Dunedin/Online
Mapping the Anthropocene in Ōtepoti/Dunedin
This free conference will bring together mana whenua, artists, designers, architects, scientists and speakers from the environmental humanities to present a picture of where we are as we learn to live with and act in the changing environment some call the Anthropocene.
14-18 December, Online
4th APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Conference and PhD Symposium
This conference will feature experts from around the Pacific region to exchange ideas and engage in activities focused on sustainable city-landscape interactions.

Mō Te Apārangi | About us

Royal Society Te Apārangi supports New Zealanders to explore, discover and share knowledge. Our varied programmes provide support and opportunities for researchers, teachers and school students, together with those who are simply curious about the world. To learn more visit royalsociety.org.nz
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