Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1221

2023 Rutherford Discovery Fellowships funding round open

With the Rutherford Discovery Fellowship scheme, the New Zealand Government is supporting the development of future research leaders and assisting with the retention and repatriation of New Zealand’s talented early- to mid-career researchers. These prestigious Fellowships will support the recipients for a five-year term and provide funding up to $160,000 a year (excl. GST). 

  • Early- to mid-career researchers are researchers who have been conferred with their doctoral degree between three to eight years before the year in which the Fellowship is awarded.  For the 2023 funding round the eligibility time frame is 1 January 2015 – 31 December 2020.
  • Applicants must be either New Zealand citizens or applicants who have continuously resided in New Zealand for at least three months before their application and hold, or are deemed to hold, a New Zealand resident visa.
  • Prospective applicants must first contact their research office coordinator to obtain login details for the web-based proposals portal.

Applications close on 27 April 2023.

Image: 2022 Rutherford Discovery Fellowship recipients

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2023 Rutherford Discovery and Rutherford Foundation roadshow

Royal Society Te Apārangi is holding a series of Rutherford Discovery and Rutherford Foundation Fellowship roadshows around the country in early to mid-March. The roadshow will outline the application and assessment process for each fellowship and provide an opportunity for applicants to ask questions.

View list of scheduled roadshow dates and venues.

New botany journal issue

A new regular issue of New Zealand Journal of Botany has been published. It includes articles on genetic diversity in Tradescantia fluminensis complex, Japanese knotweed,  misunderstood weed Verbena incompta and taxonomic notes on New Zealand moss flora. 

You may publish your next paper Open Access in the Royal Society Te Apārangi journals at no cost to your research budget. Find out if you’re eligible.

Catalyst Fund roadshow

Royal Society Te Apārangi will hold a series of Catalyst Fund roadshows in early to mid-March. The roadshow will discuss funding opportunities for international research collaborations available through Catalyst: Leaders, Catalyst: Seeding, and the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP).

View more information on locations and times.

New geology and geophysics journal issue

A new regular issue of New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics has been published. It includes articles on new Miocene archaic dolphin, the 'Gulliver' fish fauna of an early Miocene freshwater system and seafloor pockmarks on South Westland margin. 

You may publish your next paper Open Access in the Royal Society Te Apārangi journals at no cost to your research budget. Find out if you’re eligible.

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Protecting the night sky

The Detail goes out after dark to find out more about the problems "light trespass" is causing for some of our precious flora and fauna. On summer nights just before dark, ecologist Annette Lees watches streams of young Cook's petrels (tītī) flying overhead on a journey that can take them thousands of kilometres from their nests...
The Detail @RNZ

Forestry waste: Slashed - Government announces inquiry, how East Coast forestry lost its social licence

The powerful forestry lobby was marshalling its forces well ahead of the Government’s announcement there would be a ministerial inquiry into destructive forestry debris. “I think there will be class actions [collective legal actions] come out of this - just because of the sheer scale of loss of property and life,” says Dame Anne Salmond FRSNZ, principal investigator in the Marsden Fund river research project, Let the River Speak.
Andrea Fox @NZ Herald

The Side Eye: A climate change reality check

Enough with the lifestyle tweaks and good intentions, or the ‘could be worse’ attitude. This is climate change, and we need serious action, now.
Toby Morris @The Spinoff

Better targeted prediabetes care needed

A more targeted approach to the screening and treatment of prediabetes is likely to be more effective at preventing type 2 diabetes and to reduce strain on primary health care sector resources, according to researchers at the University of Otago, Wellington. In an article in the Journal of Primary Health Care the researchers say New Zealand’s ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to prediabetes does not reflect the variable rate at which different groups progress to type 2 diabetes.
@University of Otago, Wellington

Solar and EVs: a match made in 'clean-energy' heaven?

A recent study asks whether people with solar installations are more likely to buy electric vehicles and why this might be. The joint use of solar panels and electric vehicles offers a sustainable option for decarbonisation, say University of Auckland researchers in a paper that explores the nexus between solar potential and electric vehicle uptake.
@University of Auckland

Why is the census important? – Expert Reaction

Census day is coming up, so how does filling out a form help researchers gain a better picture of Aotearoa? Census Night is officially next Tuesday, so anyone in Aotearoa New Zealand that night needs to fill out a census form. This year’s census will be extended for areas impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle.

Ngā take o te wā Events

7 Maehe March, Hawke's Bay
The Amazing World of Sharks
Dr Adrian Gutteridge, an expert shark biologist, will introduce the amazing world of sharks, their conservation plight and what you can do to help them. Having been on this planet for around 400 million years, sharks are a pin up of evolutionary success. Through targeted conservation efforts and seafood consumers making informed choices with their wallet, it is possible that the current global declines can be halted and reversed.

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.

Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research

The Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research, presented by the International Science Council together with ISC Members, the University of Bergen and the European Consortium for Political Research is awarded on an annual basis and comprises an award of EUR 5,000. Nominations for the 2023 Prize are now open to candidates from all social science disciplines with substantial and original contribution to comparative social science research. Nominations are accepted until 30 April 2023.

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 March 2023.

Hui ā-Ipurangi | Webinars

2 Maehe March 13:00 UTC, online
Challenges to Trust and Legitimacy – Working with the Media

The webinar examines the relationship between the media and organised science in the current global context.This webinar is a joint initiative of the Global Development Network (GDN) and The International Science Council (ISC) and is part of the ISC Public Value of, and Trust in Science webinar series.

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

17-19 March 2023, online, donations welcome
A Benefit Conference for Ukraine: What Good is Philosophy? The role of the Academy in a time of crisis

‘What Good Is Philosophy? – A Benefit Conference for Ukraine’ aims to raise the funds required to establish a Centre for Civic Engagement at Kyiv Mohyla Academy. This Centre will provide support for academic and civic institutions in Ukraine to counteract the destabilising impact that Russia’s invasion has had on Ukrainian higher education and civilian life. By assisting Ukrainian students and scholars today, this Centre will also help pave the way for a vibrant and engaged post-war Ukraine.

22-26 May 2023, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
10th International Crustacean Congress
Crustaceans are ubiquitous in all of the world’s aquatic environments and are at the forefront of international studies of neurobiology, aquaculture, toxicology, biosecurity, biodiversity and evolution, to name just a few. The ICC 10 meeting is co-hosted by The Crustacean Society and the International Society of Invertebrate Reproduction and Development (ISIRD). The programme is dedicated to dissemination of all aspects of crustacean biology and to promote the exchange of information and ideas among persons interested in carcinology. #icc10

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