Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1206

Call for papers for animal behaviour special issue

The New Zealand Journal of Zoology invites submissions with a focus on the remarkable diversity of animal behaviour in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australasia more broadly for a special issue.

Behaviour is one of the most fascinating aspects of biology, shaped by interactions between morphology, physiology, cognition, and ecology. Variation in behaviour can have profound consequences for survival and reproduction. Aotearoa New Zealand and Australasia have some incredibly unique and understudied animals, and this region also plays host to a number of recent arrivals that have adjusted their behaviour to live here. This issue is open to research on them all.

Please email a preliminary title, list of potential authors and a short descriptive paragraph outlining the scope of your proposed manuscript to the guest editors Dr Kristal Cain (Auckland;, Dr Christina Painting (Waikato; and Dr Stephanie Godfrey (Otago;  The guest editors will make a decision on which manuscripts to invite for the special issue and authors will be notified by 25 Whiringa-ā-rangi November 2022.

EOI deadline: 11 Whiringa-ā-rangi November 2022 

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Krushil Watane elected to ISC Standing Committee

Associate Professor Krushil Watane (Ngāti Manu, Te Hikutu, Ngāti Whātua o Orākei, Tonga), Head of Philosophy at Massey University, has been appointed as a Member of the Standing Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science, following nomination by the Society. The committee promotes freedom for scientists to pursue knowledge and to freely exchange ideas, at the same time as advocating the responsibility of scientists to maintain scientifically defensible conclusions, and of scientific institutions to apply high standards.

Prime Minister's Science Prizes

Last chance to apply and nominate for Ngā Puipuiaki Pūtaiao a Te Pirimia the 2022 Prime Minister's Science Prizes — New Zealand’s most valuable science awards.

The Government of New Zealand introduced The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes in 2009 as a way of raising the profile and prestige of science in Aotearoa. There are five prizes with a combined value of $975,000

Closing date: 18 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2022  

Last chance to apply for Powering Potential!

This event on 12-15 Hakihea December will give 60 Year 12 or Year 13 tauira who have a passion for science, technology, or social sciences the opportunity to research some big science questions or social issues.  Students will work in teams and be assigned a mentor.  All travel, kai, accommodation and activities are covered by the programme.  Powering Potential 2022 will be a blast!

Deadline extended to Friday 21 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2022.

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Working with Illustrators

The Drawing Science guide to working with illustrators is a fully illustrated guide for researchers who want to learn how to collaborate with illustrators. From animation to infographics, there are examples of the types of illustrations you can use to visualise your work – as well as practical info such as what you might expect to pay, and how to write a great brief.

The dark web down under: what’s driving the rise and rise of NZ’s ‘Tor Market’ for illegal drugs?

New Zealand is generally proud of being a world leader, but there’s one claim that might not be universally admired: being home to the longest running English-language market for illegal drugs on the so-called “darknet”. (Research supported by the Marsden Fund.) 

Chris Wilkins and Marta Rychert @The Conversation 

How much forestry would be needed to offset warming from agricultural methane?

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton FRSNZ, has published a research note on forestry offsets for agricultural methane. New Zealand’s emissions reduction targets for 2050 were enshrined in legislation in 2019. In this note, the Commissioner questions the rationale behind having a net target for long-lived greenhouse gases and a gross target for biogenic methane.
@Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

New Omicron subvariants on the rise, raising concerns Covid case numbers could start rising again

The main Omicron subvariant in this country is becoming less dominant as new subvariants rise up, recent data suggests. But warming temperatures in the lead-up to summer could help limit an expected rise in new Covid cases. 

Michael Daly @Stuff

Farmers, environmentalists weigh in on farm-level pricing plan

Farming and agriculture groups are decrying the government's proposal for farm-level emissions pricing, while environmentalists say it does not go far or fast enough.
Russell Palmer @RNZ

The basics of NZ's water infrastructure - Expert Reaction
What's happening behind the scenes when drinking water gets to our taps or our wastewater is discharged – and how might climate change get in the way?  Experts commented on:
  1. Irrigation
  2. Drinking water
  3. Wastewater
  4. Resilience to climate change


Ngā take o te wā Events

TONIGHT 6PM 13 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Rotorua
MacDiarmid Institute Regional Lecture Series: To Industry and Beyond

How do you go from a research lab to a new start-up company? ‘To Industry and Beyond’, focuses on pathways from science to industry with researchers Justin Hodgkiss and Shalini Divya.

17 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Auckland
Secret lives on seabird island
Professor David Towns, winner of the Royal Society Te Apārangi 2019 Charles Fleming Environmental Achievement Award, is speaking about his work on ecological restoration and ecosystem function.
18 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Palmerston North
Big Cats and Other Beasts
Dr Chris Andrews is a Lecturer in Animal Genetics and Breeding in the Animal Science Group at Massey University. He will discuss the use of assisted reproductive technologies for the conservation of endangered carnivores.
18 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Epsom Auckland
Tiny but Mighty – the role of pollen and palynology in the Geosciences
Kat Holt gives the Geoscience Society of New Zealand President lecture. Palynology provides an extremely valuable tool in many areas of the geosciences, including but not limited to biostratigraphy, petroleum exploration, and climate and environmental reconstructions. See also University of Auckland and Waikato talks.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Call for papers: Special issue on fossil vertebrates from southern Zealandia

This special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand invites submissions of papers concerning taxonomic descriptions, paleobiological and functional analyses of Zealandia vertebrates.

Please email a preliminary title, list of potential authors and a short descriptive paragraph outlining the scope of your proposed manuscript to the guest editors, Dr Carolina Loch (Otago), Dr Daniel Thomas (Massey) and Dr Jeffrey Robinson (Otago) at

EOI deadline: 1 Whiringa-ā-rangi November 2022

Pacific Fund call for projects 2022

The 2022 Pacific Fund call for projects is now open. New Zealand partners are invited to submit a nomination for a project contributing to the regional integration of French communities: New Caledonia, French Polynesia, and Wallis and Futuna.

Projects must be centered on one of these themes: 
Fight against climate change and risk management for natural disasters
Economic and industrial projects (feasibility study, training actions, etc.)
Health security and food security (fight against endemic diseases, fishery managements, etc.).

Closing date: 20 November
Organisation: Embassy of France in Wellington

Catalyst: Leaders - Hōngongoi July 2022 call closing soon

On behalf of MBIE Hīkina Whakatutuki, Royal Society Te Apārangi has opened the July 2022 Call for Catalyst: Leaders. 

Catalyst: Leaders supports incoming and outgoing targeted international fellowships for exceptional individuals that cannot be supported through other means. For detailed information please refer to the Catalyst: Leaders Guidelines. 

Closing Date: 20 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2022

Catalyst: Seeding -  Hōngongoi July 2022 call closing soon

On behalf of the MBIE Hīkina Whakatutuki, Royal Society Te Apārangi has opened the July 2022 Call for Catalyst: Seeding. 

Catalyst: Seeding facilitates new small and medium pre-research strategic partnerships with international collaborators that cannot be supported through other means, and with a view to developing full collaborations that could be supported through Catalyst: Strategic over time. For detailed information please refer to the Catalyst: Seeding Guidelines.

Closing Date: 20 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2022

Ngā hui Conferences

16-18 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Dunedin
SCANZ Conference: Communicating through the noise

The theme of this year’s Science Communication Association of New Zealand (SCANZ) conference is “Communicating through the noise”. The last few years have proven how a sea of misinformation can drown out credible sources of information. It has shown us the importance of tailoring our information so that it is meaningful and resonates with the values of our audience. The series of speakers and workshops are designed to address how we can communicate science more effectively in Aotearoa through the maelstrom of contradictory sources, extreme opinions and political complexity.

23-25 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Christchurch
New Zealand Geographical Society Conference

Early Bird registrations are closing on Thursday 20 October for the biennial conference, Toitū: Geographies of Resilience. With four renowned keynote speakers: Dr Gail Tipa (Kai Tahu), Professor Katharine McKinnon (University of Canberra), Professor Julian Agyeman (Tufts University) and Professor Rebecca Lave (Indiana University) and over 160 presentations, the conference is going to be exciting and informative. View details of the conference or register

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