Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1065

2019 Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement goes to Professor David Towns

Professor David Towns, AUT, has recently been awarded the 2019 Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement by Royal Society Te Apārangi.

The award honours those who have achieved distinction in the protection, maintenance, management, improvement or understanding of the environment, in particular the sustainable management of the New Zealand environment.

In the course of his nearly 40 years working in New Zealand environmental science, David has contributed to three fields: ecology and taxonomy of freshwater mayflies; conservation of rare reptiles; and the restoration of island ecosystems. The latter in particular has led to collaborations with iwi and community groups.

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March of the multiple penguin genomes

Published in the open-access journal GigaScience is an article presenting the first effort to capture the entire genomic landscape of all living penguin species, to understand the evolution of life on ice.


John Buchanan (1819–1898): New Zealand’s first scientific illustrator

A recent paper in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand outlines the career of John Buchanan, New Zealand’s first scientific draftsperson, who prepared the illustrations for the first 18 issues of the Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute.


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

International Science Council’s Action Plan 2019-2021 
The plan sets out a framework for the ISC's activities over the next two-and-a-half years towards its vision of science as a global public good. 
@International Science Council
Time for law review on GM crops – leading academics argue
Members of the New Zealand Society of Plant Biologists (NZSPB) are adding their voices to the Royal Society Te Apārangi panel, and others, calling for a review of the legislation regulating genetic modification.
@University of Otago
Ups and downs of rising seas in a shaky nation
Local variations in land movement can double the short-term impacts of sea level rise, or slow the effects to nothing. A New Zealand research programme aims to tell coastal residents how shifting coastlines will change their experience of rising seas.
Eloise Gibson @Newsroom
Research to help transition to low emission economy, grow R&D and tackle social issues
The Government is investing $241 million in leading research projects through the Endeavour Fund that will help find new ways to address long-term issues like increasing sources of renewable energy and supporting the well-being of people and communities.
Nanogirl launches new DIY science series
Dr Michelle Dickinson is encouraging children to turn their homes into laboratories in her latest series which has launched on HEHEI.
@RNZ Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan 

Pacific climate change centre opens in Samoa
A new facility dedicated to helping Pacific Island countries prepare for and cope with the impacts of the climate crisis has been officially opened in Samoa.
@RNZ Dateline Pacific 

Ngā take o te wā Events

2 October, Auckland
Archaeology of Agriculture: Using Children to Assess the Past
University of Otago, Dr Siân Halcrow's research is focused on human health and disease in the past. She will give a talk as part of the Marsden Fund 25 Series on how chemistry of bone and teeth can be used as evidence for disease.
25 September, Auckland
Cafe Scientifique: Stayin’ Alive
Dr Martin Bader will be speaking about a kauri tree stump that keeps itself alive within a shrouded forest in the Waitakere Ranges, by holding onto the roots of neighbouring kauri trees. 
10 October, Blenheim
25 years of using DNA to trace Pacific origins and migration
University of Otago's Lisa Matisoo-Smith FRSNZ has spent decades using DNA to map human migration. She will give a talk as part of the Marsden Fund 25 Series on understanding the genetic history of the modern population of New Zealand.
6 October, Wellington
BWB Talks: Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa | The New Zealand Wars
The New Zealand Wars were a series of conflicts fought between the Crown and various Māori groups between 1845 and 1872. Join journalist Mihingarangi Forbes and historian Vincent O’Malley as they explore the ongoing impact of these conflicts.
24 September, Wellington
Running hot and cold: Climate change over the next few million years
Join Joe Prebble as he takes a close look at what fossils can tell us about how the environment of New Zealand, and the surrounding ocean, has changed over the last few million years.
2 October, Wellington
FLYING HIGH – the photography of Lloyd Homer
Geologist Simon Nathan will be giving a talk on the work of one of New Zealand's leading scientific photographers, Lloyd Homer.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Job opportunity - Climate Change Commission’s Chief Executive
In May 2019 the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill was introduced to Parliament, which proposes the establishment of the Climate Change Commission. This role will be responsible for leading and managing a secretariat of approximately 30 people. 

Organisation: Climate Change Commission
Closing date: 7 October 2019
What if climate change was purple?
This collaborative project brings together a diverse group of artists and scientists into an environment that allows them to share their knowledge and to research ideas to create powerful new art works that inspire climate action. Call for applications from artists and scientists.

Organisation: Track Zero
Closing date: 4 October 2019
Name an exoplanet

In celebration of 100 years of the International Astronomical Union, the IAU NameExoWorld global competition allows any country in the world to give a popular name to a selected exoplanet and its host star.

New Zealand has been assigned the planet HD 137388b and its host star HD 137388 and you have the chance to choose a name.

Organisation: International Astronomical Union
Closing date: 30 September 2019

Ngā hui Conferences

8-12 February 2021, Rotorua
10th International Conference on Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology (AMN10)
MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and the conference organising committee, would like to invite you to the 10th biannual conference series on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.
23 October, Lincoln
Impact of Changing Landscapes on Primary Production
The New Zealand Institute of Agricultural & Horticultural Science (NZIAHS) Canterbury Section is holding a 1-day forum surrounding the present tension around land use.

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