Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1222

Building smarter to help cut New Zealand's carbon emissions

A new study supported by the Catalyst Fund will explore how public buildings, including schools, could be designed to use sustainable cooling and heating technology and help New Zealand achieve its net-zero 2050 goal. University of Canterbury Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering Senior Lecturer Dr Wentao Wu is leading the international research which aims to reduce carbon emissions by improving energy efficiency in large buildings.

Dr Wu has received Royal Society Te Apārangi Catalyst: Seeding funding to find out how the building sector could use renewable energy sources such as natural ventilation and solar energy to boost the energy performance of thermal mass – the heat absorbing potential of interior furnishings and concrete floors - creating “low-carbon buildings”.

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Expressions of interest for Catalyst Fund reviewers

Royal Society Te Apārangi is calling for expressions of interest from experienced individuals wishing to assist with the assessment of proposals submitted to Catalyst: Leaders and Catalyst: Seeding.

Closing date: 30 Maehe March 2023

People & Membership Advisor

Do you love engaging with a wide range of people?
Do you have experience in a generalist HR role?
Looking for a great new opportunity in 2023?

If this is you, then come and work with us! Royal Society Te Apārangi is looking for a People & Membership Advisor for a busy and varied role based in Thorndon – a person who thrives on engaging with people and ensuring those people have great experiences!

Applications due Rāhina Monday 13 Poutū-te-rangi March 2023

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Science: Famous (female) scientists who didn't get their due

Science commentator Allan Blackman joins Kathryn on International Women's Day to look at scientists who didn't receive recognition for their work because they were women - highlighting the case of astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell.
Nine to Noon @RNZ

2023 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards finalists revealed, record number of Māori writers

The shortlist for this year’s Ockham New Zealand Book Awards includes a bounty of bestsellers, fresh new fiction, and first-time authors taking out the coveted top spots.

From farm to forest – the transformation of Mana Island

Mana Island, near Wellington, is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s conservation success stories. Farmed for more than 150 years, the island is now covered with forest that is overflowing with an abundance of endemic birds, lizards and insects. Using pairs of images taken 50 years apart, natural history curator Dr Colin Miskelly describes how and why the island was transformed from a farm to a thriving sanctuary.
@Te Papa

Women abused by partners have increased physical, mental health risks, study finds

Family violence is making New Zealanders sick, new research shows. Research from the University of Auckland shows women who experienced intimate partner violence are almost three times​ as likely to have a diagnosed mental health condition. And, they’re almost twice​ as likely to have a chronic illness.
Hannah Martin @Stuff

Resistance to mega-tourism is rising in the South Pacific – but will governments put words into action?
With COVID-19 travel restrictions largely a thing of the past for Australian and New Zealand tourists, Pacific destinations are enjoying the return of visitors – albeit at a slower pace than in other parts of the world.
Apisalome Movono  & Regina Scheyvens @The Conversation

A treaty for the high seas – Expert Reaction

After almost 20 years of talks, United Nations member states have agreed on a legal framework for parts of the ocean outside national boundaries. The SMC asked experts to comment on the agreement.

Ngā take o te wā Events

9 Maehe March, Dunedin & online
Lasers & Gentlemen - An Atomic Viking in New Zealand
Professor Niels Kjærgaard will give his Inaugural Professorial Lecture on his work in experimental atomic and laser physics. At Otago his research group has constructed an optical tweezers platform, where powerful laser beams can pinch and manipulate clouds of atoms at temperatures less than one millionth of a degree above absolute zero.

15 Maehe March, Christchurch

Run it straight: Towards a nurturing masculinity in Polynesian men
What does it mean to be a Māori or Polynesian male in Aotearoa New Zealand today? How is that shaped? In his upcoming, free Tauhere UC Connect public lecture at the University of Canterbury, Senior Lecturer Dr Phil Borell (Ngāti Ranginui, Pirirākau) will discuss views of Polynesian masculinity and enduring stereotypes of the Polynesian male.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ South Georgia 2023

The Antarctic Heritage Trust are seeking 22 Kiwis aged 18-30 to join them on their Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ from 28 September – 17 October 2023.

  • Do you have a strong curiosity to go out and explore the world and share your stories with others?
  • Do you want to get out of your comfort zone on an expedition to one of the world’s most incredible islands?
  • Are you interested in learning about polar history, the environment, climate change, science and wildlife?
  • Do you want to develop your leadership and positive risk taking skills in a supportive environment?
  • Do you have special skills so you can share your experience with other young people in New Zealand and around the world?
  • Are you a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident aged between 18-30 years?
If this sounds like you, apply by 19 March 2023.

2023 Call for French Related Research Projects

The French Embassy in New Zealand has opened its 2023 Call for French Related Research Projects (F2RP).  This programme supports the attendance or development of a France-related scientific project, mission or event by a New Zealand-based researcher, student, institution or association. Grants up to $10,000 will be awarded to support expenses.

The proposal can be submitted in either French or English and is open to all academic fields. If it concerns a research project, it must start before 2024. If it concerns a conference the applicant must be accepted for an oral or poster presentation at the conference and it must take place before 2025.

Closing date: 18 Mei May 2023
Human Frontier Science Program 2024 Post-Doctoral Fellowships: Open call for applications 

The HFSP fellowships support proposals for frontier, potentially transformative research in the life sciences. Applications for high-risk projects are encouraged. Projects should be interdisciplinary in nature and should challenge existing paradigms by using novel approaches and techniques. Scientifically, they should address an important problem or a barrier to progress in the field. HFSP postdoctoral fellowships encourage early career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country. Two types of fellowships are offered: Long Term Fellowships and Cross-disciplinary Fellowships.  

Deadline for statement of intent: 11 Mei May
Organisation: Human Frontier Science Program


Hui ā-Ipurangi | Webinars

31 Maehe March 15:00, online
Views of the Australian and New Zealand general public concerning genetic privacy

Dr Andelka M. Phillips is a Senior Lecturer in Law, Science and Technology in the TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland and is also a Research Affiliate with the University of Oxford's Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX)

Dr Jan Charbonneau is based at the Centre for Law and Genetics at the Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania.

16 Maehe March 13:00 UTC, online
Managing Knowledge Integrity on Information Platforms with Wikimedia Foundation

This webinar will explore a model for safeguarding the provenance of scientific information online. It will discuss the Wikipedia model, including the benefits and challenges of this relative to other models for digital platforms. It is part of the ISC Public Value of, and Trust in Science webinar series.

Ngā hui | Conferences

29 March 2023, Paris and online
FAIR Principles and Open Science Symposium

A Symposium co-organized by UNESCO, the ISC Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS) on Towards a FAIRer World: Implementing the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science to address global challenges will take place in Paris at UNESCO HQ and online on 29 March including two thematic sessions: (1) Data Commons for Global Challenges, and (2) Open Science and Data Policy in Times of Crisis. Register.

20-21 April 2023, Auckland War Memorial Museum
Scarred Nations

An international, multidisciplinary symposium in Aotearoa New Zealand concerned with intrastate conflicts, their legacies, and reconciliation organised by:

  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira
  • Massey University Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa
  • Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage
  • WHAM (War History Heritage Art and Memory) Research Network

Mō Te Apārangi | About Us

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