Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1107

Volcanism in Zealandia and the southwest Pacific
 Part 1: Regional, South Island and Antarctic Volcanism 

In 1986 Royal Society Te Apārangi published a 371-page special volume titled Late Cenozoic Volcanism in New Zealand for the International Volcanological Congress held in Rotorua that same year. The articles in that book have been superb references for New Zealand volcanic fields, although much has been discovered in the subsequent 34 years. 
With the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) Scientific Assembly – an expanded successor of the International Volcanological Congress – intending to be in Rotorua in 2022, the New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics has compiled a two part special issue that offers a collection of articles summarising our state of knowledge on 'Volcanism in Zealandia and the southwest Pacific'.

The first part, 'Regional, South Island and Antarctic Volcanism' has just been published online. The second part, 'North Island Volcanism' is scheduled for the beginning of 2021 and will feature articles on the Auckland Volcanic Field, Whakaari White Island, Taupō, Ruapehu and Taranaki to name but a few.
The Special Issue has been guest edited by Associate Professor James Scott from the University of Otago, who is also President of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand. View information about the IAVCEI conference.

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New issue of crop and horticulture journal

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science has been released. Article topics include affects of soil anion storage capacity on plant response, consumer preferences for kiwiberries, and a novel association between a grass pest and peas.

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Understanding the kauri-dieback arms race

Scientists have been joining forces to understand how P. agathidicida causes diseases, and how kauri can defend itself. Different projects are working to understand how to craft defence strategies that protect kauri, and other precious species.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Twizel fire highlights risk of wilding pines
The recent fire in Twizel has highlighted the urgent need for a proactive approach to the issue of wilding pines, the primary trees burnt in the fire, and has been raised with Minister of Civil Defence Hon Peeni Henare - who just visited the town on Tuesday.
Joanne Holden @Stuff
Fight to protect Hamilton's rare bats heads to Environmental Court
There are about six critically endangered long-tailed bats - pekapeka  - living along the Waikato River close to where a subdivision has been proposed. This has led environmentalists to bring the issue to court to try to help push off the threat of extinction. 
Riley Kennedy @RNZ
Company finds 'holy grail' of stimulating plant growth
Jason Wargent, Chief Science Officer at BioLumic and a Massey University professor, has been working on treating plants with ultraviolet lights, which leads to better crop yields and protects them from disease, without the use of chemicals or genetic modification.
Geroge Heagney @Stuff
It's "only" a 1% death rate
This phrase circulating in the media would, in practice, mean that if everyone in New Zealand were to catch COVID-19 eventually, that would lead to 50,000 deaths.
Alison Campbell @Sciblogs
New Zealand researchers at 'turning point' with solar paint project
What if your roof paint could generate enough electricity to power your home? Researcher Nathaniel Davis is working on this Marsden Fund project to help New Zealand to be the first country to create solar paint. 
Alexa Cook @Newshub
NZX down twice due to cyber attack
The New Zealand stock exchange came under two cyber attacks last week which brought trading to a halt twice. 
Research goals should be 'inspiring, imaginative, and credible' – Japan's moonshot programme
Initially launched in Japan in 2019, ‘moonshot’ research projects are gaining popularity as a way to tackle societal challenges while capturing public imagination.
@International Science Council

Ngā take o te wā Events

18-17 September, Nationwide

The Great Kererū Count

The Great Kereū Count is one of New Zeland's biggest citizen science projects. The project helps gather information on the abundance and distribution of the kererū.
14 September, Nationwide

Māori Language Moment

At 12pm on 14 September join others in Aotearoa who will kōrero speak, whakarongo listen, ako learn, tākaro play, pānui read or waiata sing at the same time to celebrate te reo Māori. 
26 November, Hamilton

Kudos Awards postponed

The Kudos awards have been postponed due to COVID-19. The awards help shine a light on the incredible achievements of scientists in the Waikato, their research, discoveries and innovations.
8-18 October, Christchurch

Days of Ice 

This event series caters to different age groups and aims to celebrate Antarctic research and raise awareness of life in the frozen continent. Events will include a panel discussion on Antarctica, experiments with Antarctic researchers, a VR experience and a tauira student film award ceremony. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Victoria University of Wellington Summer Scholars

The Centre for Science in Society has two summer scholarships. The first project will challenge who is currently celebrated in the university's history and will seek to foreground under-represented groups.

The centre also has the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund, the second project seeks to evaluate the impact of the fund on journalists, funders, and the science media landscape.

Closing date: 16 September 2020
Organisation: Victoria University of Wellington

The Museum Hardship Fund 

This funding will support the protection of collections, enable ongoing access to collections, protect jobs and contribute to the viability of the important institutions caring for taonga within Aotearoa.

Closing date: 25 September 2020
Organisation: Te Papa Tongarewa

Days of Ice: Antarctica through fresh eyes
tauira film competition

This is an opportunity for students (Years 1 to 13) to produce a video portrayal of Antarctica in a way we’ve never seen before. Winners will have travel arranged for them to fly to Ōtautahi Christchurch where they will attend the premiere screening of their videos during the 'Days of Ice' week-long event.

Closing date: 2 October 2020
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apāragni 
Nominations open for Powering Potential

Powering Potential allows Year 12-13 students who are nominated by their school to work together and enhance their passion for science and technology. This opportunity brings together New Zealand’s most promising young students to seek answers to some of today's big problems with support from mentors.

Closing date: 7 October 2020
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Apply now for the 2020 round of the Prime Minister's Science Prizes

With a combined value of $1,000,000, these prizes acknowledge and raise the profile and prestige of science in Aotearoa, and celebrate those endeavouring across our research and education hapori communities.

Closing date: 9 October 2020
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

2020 Early Career Researchers ataata video competition

180 seconds to discuss your research could win you $2000. Due to the recent change in COVID-19 Alert Levels, the submission deadline for the video competition - a chance for Aotearoa's ECRs to tell the story of their research - has been extended by four weeks. Applications now close on 16 October 2020. 

Closing date: 16 October 2020
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apāragni 

Wānanga ipurangi | Webinars

21 September
2020 Tang Prize Forum in Sustainable Development
In this forum, Dr Jane Goodall will offer insightful advice on how to understand the interaction between mankind, animals and nature in relation to the sustainable development of human society in the age of coronavirus. The event will take place at 8pm NZT and will available to stream on their website after.

Mō Te Apārangi | About us

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