Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1225

JRSNZ - Hearing and balance research in Aotearoa New Zealand

This special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand invites submissions with a focus on recent hearing and balance research in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The issue aims to highlight key past findings and the latest research undertaken in Aotearoa New Zealand in the fields of auditory and vestibular neuroscience, audiology, otology and acoustics. 

The special issue will address how hearing and balance disorders impact individuals across the lifespan and how they affect our communities.

We invite submissions that can inform policy, describe the role of hearing and balance in the health of our population, as well as basic and clinical research.

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Māori astronomy expert Rangi Mātāmua named New Zealander of the Year

Ngā Ahurei Fellow Professor Rangi Mātamua FRSNZ (Ngāi Tūhoe) has won the title of Te Pou Whakarae o Aotearoa | New Zealander of the Year. The award honours the achievements and contributions of an inspirational Kiwi whose achievements have made a big, positive contribution to the country this year. Without his efforts, Matariki would not be nationally recognised as an important time of reflection and celebration as it is now.

Kaiwhakahaere Tautuhi Rangahau Programme Manager – Insights & Evaluation

Royal Society Te Apārangi is seeking a programme manager to develop new ways of analysis and insights to report back on activities across our programmes.

What you’ll bring:

  • Ability to think critically and translate this thinking effectively into practice.
  • Ability to deliver complex, large, and enduring work programme(s) at pace.
  • Considerable experience of research data insights and/or evaluation.

Apply by Rāpere Thursday 11 Haratua May 2023

2023 Call for Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellowship nominations

The Academy of Royal Society Te Apārangi is calling for new Fellowship, Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi, and Honorary Fellowship, Ngā Ahurei Honore a Te Apārangi, nominations for 2023.
Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand is an honour proposed by one’s peers and conferred for distinction in research or the outcomes resulting from intellectual endeavour. A web portal has been set up to receive new and updated nominations, so please email ( ) if you wish to submit a new nomination and you will be provided with a URL to access the web portal. View details of the nomination process. The closing date is 30 June 2023.
Please note that the Academy is focused on increasing the diversity of nominations from under-represented groups, particularly with respect to gender, ethnicity, and employment context.

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Warkworth satellite spat shines light on science underfunding

The Warkworth Satellite Earth Station helped New Zealand enter the space age in 1971. But a recent bid to close it up has shown this old piece of infrastructure isn't redundant yet. 

Tim Kitchin @RNZ The Detail

Embracing eDNA technology to restore local stream

Aorere College is merging STEM education and sustainability to get ākonga out of the classroom and learn how they make a positive difference in their local community.

 @NZ Education Gazette Tukutuku Kōrero

UC awards honorary doctorate to Margaret Austin

The University of Canterbury is bestowing an honorary doctorate on educator, politician, scientist and passionate community advocate, Margaret Austin CRSNZ, who is a Companion of Royal Society Te Apārangi.
@University of Canterbury

Indigenous knowledge offers solutions, but its use must be based on meaningful collaboration with Indigenous communities

One key difference between kaitiakitanga and conservation is that the former considers people as part of the environment, while the latter manages nature as if people were separate from it.
Tara McAllister, Cate Macinnis-Ng, Dan Hikuroa @The Conversation

Sleeping on the job
"Sleep is an absolutely fundamental biological process. It is as important to us as eating and drinking," says Professor Leigh Signal, who is on a campaign for the vital importance of sleep to be recognised.    
Claire Concannon @RNZ Our Changing World 

'What Good Is Philosophy?' Ukraine benefit conference now online

Videos for this benefit conference for Ukraine: 'What Good is Philosophy? The role of the Academy in a time of crisis' are now available. The aim is to raise the funds to establish a Centre for Civic Engagement at Kyiv Mohyla Academy. Donations are still being accepted to support students, scholars, and publicly engaged academics in Ukraine, and everyone who watches the conference online is encouraged to contribute to this cause.

Ngā take o te wā Events

6 Āperira April, Dunedin
Public Talk: Whale strandings in Aotearoa & Travels in French Museums

TONIGHT: Go to Tūhura Otago Museum to hear an exciting talk from Vincent Chevillon, the 2023 Te Whare Hēra French artist-in-residence. During his time in Aotearoa, he will trace the movements of cetaceans found stranded on Te Waipounamu back in 1905 and which are currently preserved and stored in the Zoological Museum of Strasbourg. 

4 Thursdays 11 May - 1 June, Auckland and livestream
2023 Gibbons Lectures: Generative AI

2022 was the year of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI), and it looks like it will continue to pick up steam into 2023 and beyond. Generative AI systems are built on massive datasets and produce fresh material comparable to the training examples using machine learning techniques. They have the ability to generate new material, such as prose, images and music.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

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

James Cook Research Fellowship – Call for applications

These fellowships are awarded to researchers who have achieved national and international recognition in their area of scientific research to allow them to concentrate on their chosen research for two years without the additional burden of administrative and teaching duties. The funding package annually is $100,000 plus GST and up to $10,000 plus GST in relevant expenses. It is expected that a major piece of research will be undertaken that will benefit New Zealand and advance research in the particular discipline.
For the 2023 round, fellowships are available in the following research categories:

  • Health sciences
  • Engineering sciences and technologies
  • Social sciences (including research of relevance to peoples of New Zealand and/or the South-west Pacific).

Applications close on Thursday 18 Mei May 2023.

Ngā hui | Conferences

6-8 December Tihema, Wellington
State of Australasian Cities Conference

For the first time in its 20 year history the State of Australasian Cities Conference will be held in Aotearoa New Zealand. The conference is a partnership of all universities across the motu and an indigenous caucus. The Call for Abstracts is currently open. See conference website for themes, timetable and more.

31 Ōketopa October - 3 Noema November, Rotorua
12th International Workshop on Sap Flow

On behalf of the local organising committee, you are warmly invited to join them in Rotorua to discuss the newest scientific ideas and discoveries relating to plant sap flow and transpiration. Join for this latest workshop in a well-established international series, where topics of discussion will range from fundamental understanding of the physics of sap flow in plants, to the role of plant vascular functioning in plant ecology, hydrology, agriculture and irrigation management. This workshop is an International Society for Horticulture Science event.

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