Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1201

Gold CREST for studying effects of stress on cognitive skills, and vocational identity on wellbeing

Year 13 tauira students Anuha Som and Jude Anderson from Onslow College, Wellington were presented with their Gold CREST awards recently for their independent research projects.

Anuha studied the impact of vocation on one’s sense of overall wellbeing. One of the main conclusions of her study is that those who strongly identify with their vocation seem to be substantially happier than those with a low vocational identity. 

Jude studied the impact of acute and chronic stress on the cognitive performance of ākonga students. The results of this study were that acute stress did not appear to impact reasoning nor working memory, whereas chronic stress seemed to become detrimental when mild or extreme, but not moderate.

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Special issue on Wahapū: Transcending boundaries in Aotearoa New Zealand estuaries

The New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research has published a new special issue with Dana Clark, Joanne Clapcott, Eleanor Gee, Andrew Lohrer, Kura Paul-Burke and Clive Howard-Williams as guest editors. The special issue, “Wahapū: Transcending boundaries in Aotearoa New Zealand estuaries”, highlights research and viewpoints that will help Aotearoa transition towards an integrated approach to the management of these unique ecosystems.

Apply now for 2023 Science Teaching Leadership Programme!

Applications and nominations for the Science Teaching Leadership Programme 2023 are now live, tono mai and apply now!

The Science Teaching Leadership Programme supports the Government’s strategic direction for Science in Society by providing opportunities for primary and intermediate schools and secondary science departments to enhance the teaching of science within their school communities.

We are accepting two cohorts, with the first intake starting in Term 1, 2023, and the second in Term 3, 2023. 

JRSNZ 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

Reach for the stars

Associate Professor Jan Eldridge at Waipapa Tamata Rau The University of Auckland was awarded a Marsden Fund grant in 2018 to understand the stars and galaxies associated with gravitational wave events.
With her team of PhD students, she has developed a school outreach programme as part of her grant. Considering concepts of mātauranga such as Māori cosmogony and taonga, Professor Eldridge's team are now actively engaging rangatahi youth in exciting, research-driven learning and skill development in science and innovation in Tāmaki Makaurau.

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

How the world's loneliest tree is helping scientists advance climate change research

On a remote and windswept island some 700km south of New Zealand, grows the world's loneliest tree. This lonely tree should not be here. Its very existence is now helping to advance groundbreaking climate change research.

How woven flax mats pinned to lake beds in Rotorua are helping eradicate invasive weeds

It's almost one year on since Te Arawa Lakes Trust placed uwhi, or woven flax mats, on the beds of three lakes in the Rotorua region to eradicate invasive weeds. And the traditional method to fixing the modern-day problem is working.

The future of space science in Aotearoa – Expert Reaction

The government is asking the public for their input on the future of aerospace in Aotearoa, seeking submissions on satellites, security, space exploration, and more. The SMC asked experts to comment on what New Zealanders should know about the state of space research and policy in Aotearoa. 
@Science Media Centre

Thriving underwater ‘gardens’ found off Wellington's coastline

A huge diversity of marine life, including brightly coloured sponges, has been found in deep-water reefs off Wellington’s south coast and the Kāpiti coast.

Ngā take o te wā Events

12-15 Mahuru September, Nationwide
Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori
He tau whakahirahira te tau 2022. This year is extra special as 14 September marks the 50th anniversary of the Māori Language Petition, an event that led to many of the kaupapa we have today, including Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. View listing of events to take part.
8 Mahuru September, Napier
Towards carbon neutral fruit production
As global leaders in sustainable production systems, the New Zealand fruit sector must continue to innovate to reduce both agrichemical inputs and CO2 emissions. Issues and options for the future of New Zealand’s export fruit production will be presented in this talk by Jim Walker. 
23 Mahuru September, Wellington
Lessons from an Intervention: Afghanistan through Photography
This free event will be a timely and important discussion on Afghanistan, following decades of foreign intervention and the recent take-over by the Taliban. Join Behrouz Boochani,  Nicky Hager and Massoud Hossaini, who will share his award-winning photography with the audience. 
6 Whiringa-ā-rangi October, Auckland
KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards 2022
Secure your tickets for the KiwiNet Awards that celebrate the publicly-funded science and research sector, honouring the entrepreneurial spirit of those who are bridging the gap between research and business, for the greater benefit of New Zealand. Find out more about this year's finalists and awards

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Kaitohutohu Pāpāho Communications Advisor role

This role is to provide communications and public relations support to key internal and external stakeholders, focusing on progressing critical projects and programmes, creating effective communications and relationships between the Society and key stakeholders through our media platforms and digital communications.

Closing date: 19 Mahuru September   
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

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!

Closing date: 14 Whiringa-ā-nuku October.
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Prime Minister's Science Prize: Portal now open  

Applications and nominations for Ngā Puipuiaki Pūtaiao a Te Pirimia the 2022 Prime Minister's Science Prizes — New Zealand’s most valuable science awards — are open! 

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
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

MacDiarmid Institute DiscoveryCamp 2023 – Applications closing soon!
Experience science in a fun, hands-on environment and work with some of New Zealand's top researchers! Hosted by the MacDiarmid Institute, DiscoveryCamp is a fully paid-for science camp for current year 12 and 13 Māori and Pacific Island students with a genuine passion for the sciences, and will run between 22nd and 26th January 2023 and will be held at University of Canterbury (Christchurch) - Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (Ōtautahi). 

Closing date: 18 Mahuru September 2022
Organisation: MacDiarmid Institute

MacDiarmid Institute NanoCamp 2023 – Applications closing soon!
Come and join us for NanoCamp in January 2023! Hosted by the MacDiarmid Institute, the camp is a completely funded four days of residential lab experience with top scientists, completing hands-on investigations into a range of topics including electron microscopy, laser physics and nano-electronics. We're looking for current year 12 or 13 students with a strong academic background who are hoping to continue with science. The camp will be run in Palmerston North, 22nd to 26th January 2023. 

Closing date: 18 Mahuru September 2022
Organisation: MacDiarmid Institute

Hui ā-Ipurangi | Webinars

7.30pm 8 Mahuru September, Online 
S20 Climate Change and Health International Webinar
Bringing science into policy: strengthening and integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation solutions and health system resilience. Watch via Zoom or YouTube.

3pm 9 Mahuru September, Online
Acute Care Genomics: rapid rare disease diagnosis on a national scale
International speakers Kirsten Boggs (Sydney Children's Hospitals Network) and Zornitza Stark (Victorian Clinical Genetics Services) will be presenting

Ngā hui | Conferences

26 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Lincoln and livestream
Canterbury Forum: Can New Zealand Farmers Mitigate Climate Change

The topic “Can New Zealand farmers mitigate climate change?” has been chosen for The New Zealand Institute of Agricultural & Horticultural Science Canterbury Forum because the He Waka Eke Noa consultation exercise appears to reveal that New Zealand farmers want to control their own destiny with a farm-based levy option for pricing agricultural GHG emissions and not by a processor-level levy.

In this context, what can producers do individually to mitigate their GHG emissions and respond to the climate change challenge?
Register now 

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