Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1184

Emeritus Professor Alison Mercer ONZM FRSNZ elected as International Member of the National Academy of Sciences (United States)

Last week, the National Academy of Sciences in the United States announced the election of 120 Members and 30 International Members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. 

Now among the 517 International Members is Emeritus Professor Alison Mercer ONZM FRSNZ, who is one of only four living New Zealanders to be honoured with this title.

“I am looking forward to being able to maintain strong contacts with the international science community, which I care a great deal about, and to contribute in whatever way I can to the work of the Academy. The Academy provides independent, objective advice to the United States federal government and other organisations on matters related to science and technology.”

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New Zealand Journal of Botany, Volume 60, Issue 2 (2022)

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Botany has been released, and includes articles on the geographic variation of leaf form among indigenous woody angiosperms in New Zealand, the genetic relationship between an endemic New Zealand and an endemic New Caledonian plant, and a brief report on plant names published in nineteenth-century horticultural literature by William Hugh Gower. 
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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Ockham New Zealand Book Award Winners Announced

Last night saw the Ockham New Zealand Book Award winners announced at a ceremony at Auckland’s Q Theatre. Among the winners was Marsden researcher, Vincent O’Malley, who won the General Nonfiction category for his book, Voices from the New Zealand Wars | He Reo nō ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa (Bridget Williams Books). 

In the Crystal Arts Trust Best First Book Awards, leading climate scientist, Nic Lowe won the E.H. McCormick Prize for General Nonfiction for his autobiographical account of climate research in Aotearoa since the 1970s; The Alarmist: Fifty Years Measuring Climate Change (Te Herenga Waka University Press).
@New Zealand Book Awards Trust  

Regional Councils' first Chief Science Advisor: Chris Daughney

To combat the pressure of rapid sea level rise and other environmental challenges, Te Uru Kahika has elected their inaugural Chief Science Advisor, Dr Chris Daughney. 
Nine to Noon @RNZ 

Essential workers in the spotlight for this year's New Zealand Sign Language week

According to the NZSL Week 2022 website: “The word ‘essential’ is well-used these days, and we are drawing on this to put a spotlight on essential workers who are Deaf.”
Kate Green @Stuff

Without a better plan, New Zealand risks sleepwalking into a biodiversity extinction crisis

Scholars from the Environmental Law Initiative at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington dig into the gaps and shortcomings of the government's recently released Biodiversity Strategy Implementation Plan
@The Conversation

Pursuit of Indigenous sovereign rights

Dr Simon Lambert of Ngāi Tūhoe and Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana has a dream is to see Indigenous nations across the world exercising their sovereign rights by contributing to disaster risk reduction planning. 
Rosemary Rangitauira @SciBlogs

Ngā take o te wā Events

20 Haratua May, Lower Hutt
World Metrology Day: A celebration

The Measurement Standards Laboratory welcomes you to the annual World Metrology Day celebration being held on Friday 20 May 2022 at Gracefield Innovation Quarter, Lower Hutt. The day will conclude with the Metrology Society of Australasia (MSA) networking hour. The theme for 2022 is Metrology in the Digital Era.

18 Haratua May, Christchurch
Airborne microplastics and climate change

Over the past five years we have learned that microplastics are not only in our rivers, oceans and soils, but also in the air we breathe. In this talk, Associate Professor Laura Revell will discuss what we know so far about the role of airborne microplastics in a changing climate, along with what is not yet known.

24 Haratua May, Palmerston North 
Panel Discussion: Where Next for the Research, Science and Technology System?

Two locally-based scientists, Dr Brent Clothier FRSNZ and Dr Mike Dodd, will give their views on Te Ara Paerangi - Future Pathways, with discussion to follow. This green paper represents the biggest overhaul facing the research sector in over 30 years.

14 Piripi June, Wellington 
The Periodic Table is My Molecular Lego - Inaugural lecture from Professor Martyn Coles

In this inaugural lecture, Professor Martyn Coles from the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences will discuss his journey in synthetic chemistry, focusing on how pieces of the periodic table fit together and how we can control processes that lead to new chemical compounds.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Open call for funding applications from the 
Co-operative Research Programme
: Sustainable Agricultural and Food Systems

The CRP's call for applications for funding international conferences (such as workshops, congresses and symposia) and research fellowships grants in 2023 is now open.

Applications relevant to the work of the OECD Committee for Agriculture and other bodies are particularly welcome:

Closing date: 10 Mahuru September, 2022
Organisation: Co-operative Research Programme

Human Frontier Science Program 2023 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: 19 Haratua May, 2022
Organisation: Human Frontier Science Program

Call for nominations for the International Science Council Standing Committees

Royal Society Te Apārangi is calling for Expressions of Interest for nominations to International Science Council Standing Committee positions 2022-2025. We invite expressions of interest for membership of the following committees:

  • Committee for Science Planning
  • Committee for Outreach and Engagement
  • Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science
  • Committee for Finance
Standing Committees are set up to advise the ISC Governing Board on key aspects of the Council’s work and the Governing Board’s duties. These Committees shall be appointed by the Governing Board on the basis of nominations from organisations, including Royal Society Te Apārangi.

Closing Date: 23 Haratua May, 2022

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

13 Haratua May, 4-5pm
Making the news, mapping the world: Indigenous voices, environmental protest art, and global studies

In this talk, Professor Jacob Edmond will discuss the contested worldviews articulated in response to the proposal to build an aluminium smelter at Aramoana. The responses included thousands of news articles and protest works by many leading Māori and Pākehā writers and artists.

2 Pipiri June, 4-4.45pm
Science Learning Hub: Kaitiakitanga

Many of us are familiar with this concept and may even use it in our teaching. This session will provide an opportunity to delve deeper into the meaning and history of the concept of kaitiakitanga. This session will be valuable for primary and secondary school teachers as well as other educators who want to include mātauranga in their practice.

Ngā hui Conferences

 24 – 27 Haratua May 2022, Online
BioHeritage National Science Challenge third national conference: Crazy & Ambitious 3

BioHeritage is proud to present Crazy & Ambitious 3, featuring the Kaurilands Summit. These two wānanga will showcase some of the latest, Te Tiriti-led biodiversity and biosecurity research from around Aotearoa. 

30 Whiringa-ā-rangi November - 1 Hakihea December 2022, Wellington
New Zealand Association for Impact Assessment conference: Wellbeing, Sustainability and Impact Assessment: towards more integrated policy-making.

This two-day conference asks: to what extent do policy- and plan-making processes in New Zealand improve wellbeing and sustainability outcomes by identifying and responding to the potential impacts of proposed change? In what ways might different impact assessment methods help to improve policy and planning processes?

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