Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1057

Plastics in the Environment: Evidence Summary

Royal Society Te Apārangi has released a new report on plastics in the environment. This document sets out how plastics are made, used and disposed of. It also covers how plastics enter the environment and the risks they pose to wildlife and humans.
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Toothsome research brushes up dental services

A new paper in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand  features research on the development, validation and field use of self-reporting oral health measures for children.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Human hookworms: potential to help inflammatory diseases
The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research are getting volunteers for a new trial on human hookworms in the hopes of finding better treatment for diseases such as coeliac, asthma and allergies. 
Study shows New Zealanders willing to eat insects
An AgResearch study has found that over half of New Zealanders surveyed said they would be willing to eat insects. 
World marks 50 years since Apollo 11's 'giant leap' on moon
2:56pm NZ time on July 21st marked exactly 50 years since Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon. How did this successful landing change space flight?
@NZ Herald
Truckload of plastic waste dumped into oceans every 38 seconds: Report
More than three-quarters of all of the world's plastic ever produced has been thrown away. To tackle the problem, researchers are calling on businesses to reduce or phase out plastic packaging, or ensure their plastics are reusable or recyclable. 
New way to stop unwanted biofueling 
University of Auckland researchers hope that the invention they are developing could see the end of toxic antifouling paints currently used on boat hulls and marina infrastructure. 
Alison Ballance @Our Changing World RNZ

Ngā take o te wā Events

8 August, Dunedin
Frozen Oceans 
Dr Craig Stevens is a physical oceanographer with a joint position at NIWA and the University of Auckland. He will discuss what is known about ice-covered oceans ranging from the moons of Saturn and Jupiter, through to the workings of the Ross Ice Shelf. 
2 August, Wellington
The Future of Food in 2050
Catherine Iorns from Victoria University of Wellington will discuss how the future of food is tied up with the future of water, soil, climate, waste, pollution, and population growth. 
6 August, Auckland
Age-friendly communities: a public lecture by Stephen Neville 
Age-friendly communities are a central theme guiding the work of the AUT Centre for Active Ageing. Stephen will outline key projects from the Centre that have influenced age-friendly policy and practice.
12 August, Napier 
The MacDiarmid Institute's 2019 Regional Innovation Showcase
This year's theme for the showcase is  “NZ Innovation for Sustainability”. Speakers will discuss how materials science can offer a greener future for our planet and will look at topics such as our zero carbon future and a renewable economy.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Call for online abstract and registration for Third International Polar Data Forum
There is a call for papers on a wide range of themes for the Polar Data Forum which focuses on polar data management.

Organisation: Finnish Meteorological Institute
Closing date: 16 August.
2020 Judith Binney Fellowships and Writing Awards
The Judith Binney Fellowship is available for an established scholar to undertake or complete significant research. The Writing Award is for an emerging scholar, or for the beginning or completion of a project.

Organisation: Judith Binney Trust 
Closing date: 30 September 
AstroQuest citizen science 
AstroQuest are looking for volunteer astronomers to study crowded images of galaxies and work out which light is coming from which galaxy. All you need is a computer and the internet.

Organisation: International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research

Ngā hui Conferences

5 - 8 November / Christchurch
Pouhine Poutama: Embedding Indigenous Health Education 
This conference focuses on the continuum of teaching and learning from universities to specialisation and collaboration across all health sciences.
26 - 30 October / Auckland 
18th International Semantic Web Conference 
This conference is an international forum for the semantic web and linked data community, discussing knowledge graphs, linked data, linked schemas and AI on the web. 

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