Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1153

Ko wai a Rutherford? Who is Rutherford?

Who is that on Aotearoa New Zealand’s $100 bill? It’s Ernest Rutherford - the very first kairangahau researcher in nuclear physics. Born in Nelson, this Hereturikōkā August marks 150 years since his birth. Celebrate with us by learning about who he was, what he did, and his incredible impact on the world today!

If you are a tauira student in Years 1-13, we are launching a competition for you to design your own $100 bill showing us what you know, or what you have learned, about Ernest Rutherford. You could win $100 AND have your design shared across our social media channels.

The competition opens on 30 August - Rutherford's birthday!

We will also be sharing a variety of resources, including a video series and 150 facts on Rutherford to help those entering the competition and broaden the wider population's understanding of Rutherford's amazing legacy. Stay tuned...

Learn more

NZJMFR Special Issue: Call for papers

A special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research (NZJMFR) is being planned to coincide with the 2022 Joint Conference of the New Zealand Marine Sciences (NZMSS) and Freshwater Sciences (NZFSS) Societies. We are inviting expressions of interest and calling for papers that focus on the integrated management of New Zealand’s estuaries.

Learn more >

The 2020 Falling Walls Lab New Zealand is going digital

Due to the current COVID-19 level 4 lockdown, the Falling Walls Lab New Zealand event has moved online. The event will be live-streamed on 21 September, and the winner of the event will go on to speak at the Falling Walls Finale held in Berlin, Germany. More details will be posted soon. 

New issue of crop and horticultural science journal

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science has been released with articles that cover potato canopy development at the individual leaf level, kiwifruit maturation, ripening and environmental response to gene-editing, and phenology and ovarian development of a passenger pest of New Zealand kiwifruit.

Learn more >

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Fur seal numbers in Fiordland promising 
Fur seals have been properly counted in southern Fiordland for the first time and it’s estimated they number between 14,000 and 24,000 individuals, according to a new study.
Will Harvie @Stuff
Kiwis developing a stomach pacemaker
The stomach pacemaker, analogous to a heart pacemaker, would monitor, restore and regulate the stomach’s contractions. 
Leo Cheng, Nira Paskaranandavadivel & Glenda Lewis @Stuff
Unlikely friendships in lockdown
Wildlife photographer Holly Neill has made friends with pīwakawaka during last year's lockdown and the current one.
@RNZ Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan
Professor Neil Gemmell FRSNZ named Dean of School of Biomedical Sciences 
After making global headlines in his search for the Loch Ness monster, Professor Gemmell has moved onto his next adventure as the new Dean of the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Otago.
@University of Otago

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Final call: RHT Bates Postgraduate Scholarship

The RHT Bates Postgraduate Scholarship is a study award of $6,000 for a PhD in the Physical Sciences and Engineering at a New Zealand university. Preference will be given to those whose research aims to apply information/image processing to studies in medicine, the physical sciences, astronomy or engineering.

Closing date:  31 August
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Final call: The Sir Hugh Kawharu Master's level scholarship for innovation in science

The Sir Hugh Kawharu Scholarship for Innovation in Science, administered by Royal Society Te Apārangi, is a $10,000 scholarship for study at Master's level in the sciences. The scholarship is applicable across a broad range of science disciplines.

Closing date:  31 August
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Final call: Raewyn Good Study Award for Māori and Pasifika Social Science Research

This award for Māori and Pasifika Social Science Research offers $6,000 for a Māori/Pasifika postgraduate student undertaking a Master's degree which involves social sciences research at any New Zealand tertiary institution. 

Closing date:  31 August
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Call for papers for the Otago Global Health Institute 14th Annual Conference

Submit your abstract for the OGHI conference, which brings together people within and beyond the university once a year to share research and foster interdisciplinary partnerships to help solve pressing global health problems.

Closing date: 12 September 
Organisation: University of Otago

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.

Closing date: 30 September 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Apply for the Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Prize 

Applications for the 2021 Prime Minister's Science Prizes are now open. One of the five prizes is the Te Puiaki Kaipūtaiao Ānamata Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Prize, which is awarded annually to a secondary school tauira for outstanding achievement in carrying out a practical and innovative science research, maths, technology or engineering project.

Hear from the 2020 winner James Zingel, who was awarded for his project on whether quantum computing can improve breast cancer diagnosis.

Closing date: 15 October
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi and the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Ngā hui Conferences

28 - 30 October, Rotorua
New Zealand Society for Oncology Conference
This conference includes a range of international and national speakers with virtual and in-person speaker sessions, clinical and scientific poster and oral presentations, and networking opportunities for collaborative research.

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

10 September
The powerful truth about Māori leadership
Sacha McMeeking (Ngāi Tahu), head of Aotahi - University of Canterbury’s School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, will present this webinar on how in 2020, for the first time since Aotearoa New Zealand’s colonisation, Māori achieved better social outcomes than non-Māori. She will talk about what was different in that remarkable year, and what we can learn from it to help us build a better future.

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
Royal Society Te Apārangi
11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon,
Wellington 6011
Aotearoa New Zealand.

Contact us
+64 4 472 7421 

Follow us         
Copyright © Royal Society Te Apārangi