Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1216

Open access publishing in Royal Society Te Apārangi journals

We are pleased to announce a new agreement for Open Access publishing in Royal Society Te Apārangi journals. If you are affiliated with any of the participating institutions in Aotearoa New Zealand you may publish your articles Open Access free of charge in our journals, subject to conditions.

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New Year Honours List 2023

Congratulations to those appointed to the New Zealand Order of Merit. These include Dr Jan Wright DNZM CRSNZ, made a Dame Companion for services to the State and the environment; Professor Rangi Mātāmua ONZM FRSNZ, Tūhoe, made an Officer for services to Māori astronomy; and Mr John Darby ONZM CRSNZ, made an Officer for services to wildlife conservation and science. 

Apply for the Science Teaching Leadership Programme

Watch the video about previous Science Teaching Leadership Programme participant Dianne Christenson to find out why you should be part of this programme. It provides opportunities for primary and intermediate schools and secondary science departments to enhance the teaching of science within their school communities. Dianne was involved in the programme while at Koraunui school and went on to win the Prime Minister's Science Teaching Prize in 2016.  

We are accepting applications for the second cohort starting in Term 3, 2023.
Read more and apply now.

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Top astronomer appeals for new law to protect NZ’s famous dark skies

One of New Zealand’s most respected astronomers is petitioning the Government to introduce light-cutting legislation to preserve our globally-important “dark skies”. University of Canterbury Emeritus Professor John Hearnshaw FRSNZ wants New Zealand to adopt similar laws as those recently passed in France, where businesses are now required to shut off illuminated signs and displays between 1am and 6am. (See our Blue Light Aotearoa project for more on impacts of artificial light at night).
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald

New book: Ahuahu: A conservation journey in Aotearoa New Zealand

Professor David Towns, winner of 2019 Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement, presented by Royal Society Te Apārangi, has just published a new book that outlines the conservation journey of ecological restoration on the Mercury Islands off Coromandel, of which Ahuahu is the largest. The publisher has offered a 10% discount off the RRP for individual orders placed through Nationwide Books with code RESTORE. A video of Dave's talk on receiving his award last year is also now available. 
@Canterbury University Press

A question of identity: How connected are young Māori to ancestral marae, and does it matter?

Most Māori people live away from their ancestral home marae. Evidence suggests Māori seek, but struggle, to remain connected to their marae, language and culture. In wanting to hear directly from our rangatahi, Professor Merata Kawharu (University of Otago) and her team of researchers have been speaking to students in high schools throughout Aotearoa to investigate difficult issues about marae hono connection and identity.
@Marsden Fund 

Does NZ need a bivalent booster - Expert Reaction

One year on from when many Kiwis got their first COVID-19 booster vaccine, how is the country's immunity holding up? The SMC asked experts to explain where we're at with boosters and the latest on Omicron-specific "bivalent" booster jabs.

Papers from Haast Symposium available

A selection of papers from the 2022 Haast Symposium has recently been published as Canterbury Museum Bulletin. These are freely available online. Julius von Haast was a leading 19th century scientist, responsible for exploration of remote parts of the South Island as well as recognition of the extent of past glaciations and research on the extinct moa. The papers cover different aspects of his career as well as the history of New Zealand science.
@Canterbury Museum 

Ngā take o te wā Events

26 Hānuere January, Napier
The Future of Regenerative Farming – practical experiences at Mangarara, Hawke’s Bay

TONIGHT Greg Hart will talk about his practical experience of applying regenerative agriculture at Mangarara, how to provide a stable financial platform for the continued restoration of the ecosystem, and innovating regenerative farming practices.

31 Hānuere January, Wellington or online
2023 SHIVERS Showcase

The Southern Hemisphere Influenza and Vaccine Effective Research and Surveillance Project presents a range of talks from New Zealand and International speakers.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Call for papers: plant science research in the Pacific

For this special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science on plant science research in the Pacific, we invite paper abstracts and expressions of interest for a wide range of topics of interest to small island nations in the Pacific, including plant pathology and entomology (as diseases and pests of crop and horticultural species), postharvest physiology and pathology, agronomy, plant physiology and other topics in the plant sciences (excluding invasive plant species).

Preliminary submissions close 24 Pēpuere February.

Catalyst Leaders - Hānuere January 2023 open call

On behalf of MBIE Hīkina Whakatutuki, Royal Society Te Apārangi has opened the January 2023 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 Āperira April 2023

Catalyst Seeding - Hānuere January 2023 open call

On behalf of the MBIE Hīkina Whakatutuki, Royal Society Te Apārangi has opened the January 2023 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 Āperira April 2023

ISC seeking Science Director

The International Science Council (ISC) is seeking a Science Director to join the Secretariat team at its headquarters in Paris, France, to lead the delivery of science projects in line with the ISC Action Plan and priorities set by the ISC Governing Board and Chief Executive Officer.
Applications close: 31 Maehe March 

Human Frontier Science Program

This programme offers research grants for scientists at the frontiers of knowledge and risk on the complex mechanisms of living organisms in Life Sciences Research.

Closing Date: Initiate an application by 21 Maehe March 2023

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