Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1228

Ngā Ahurei Hou a Te Apārangi
New Fellows Day

The latest cohort of elected Ngā Ahurei (Fellows) and Ngā Ahurei Honore (Honorary Fellows) have been officially inducted at a special event at Royal Society Te Apārangi today.

Professor Charlotte MacDonald FRSNZ, Academy Executive Committee Chair, said it was a great pleasure to formally welcome the outstanding cohort of new Ngā Ahurei. Their election adds to the depth of knowledge held within the academy and will help support the purpose of Royal Society Te Apārangi to engage with New Zealanders on topics important to all. 

The new Fellows gave brief presentations on their areas of expertise and these will be available online soon.

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Senior editor change for NZJMFR

Dr Dana Clark, Cawthron Institute, will succeed Associate Professor Candida Savage, University of Otago, as Senior Editor of the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. 

Candida has been Senior Editor for 6.5 years and, through her outstanding leadership, the journal has made significant gains across every meaningful metric and the journal remains a premier outlet for aquatic science research with emphasis on Australasia, South America, Antarctica, and the Pacific and Southern Oceans.

Dana says she is excited to take over the role. "This journal provides an important platform to share marine, estuarine and freshwater science of relevance to New Zealand and to support early career researchers in this field."  Read more >

Peter Spratt Medal presented to Mike Stone

At SciCon (the biennial science teachers conference) the Peter Spratt Medal was awarded to Mike Stone for her incredible contribution to the education sector - spanning over 40 years - through her roles as a teacher, leader, PLD facilitator, and communicator.

The Peter Spratt Medal is awarded every SciCon to a person who has made a significant, long term contribution to science education in New Zealand. Read more >

Catalyst Leaders – Paenga-Whāwhā April 2023 open call

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

Catalyst Seeding – Paenga-Whāwhā April 2023 open call

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

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Zealandia: The 100-million-year story of the lost continent beneath NZ

Scientists have reconstructed the 100-million-year story of the lost continent that Aotearoa sits upon, in a series of maps charting the formation of Te Riu-a-Māui/Zealandia.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald

Several hundred jobs to go at University of Otago as student numbers plunge

Several hundred staff will lose their jobs at the University of Otago after falling student numbers means it needs to slash around $60 million from its budget.
Lee Kenny and Hamish McNeilly @Stuff

Common materials which have shaped technological development
Prior to taking an academic position teaching engineering at the University of Auckland, Neil Broom FRSNZ was a research fellow for 20 years, applying his engineering skills to tissue biomechanics research. He has written a new book for the lay person: The Secret Life of Number 8 - the science of everyday materials. 
@Nine to Noon RNZ

Tech from wine industry adapted to save lives
Kiwi researchers are developing a device they hope will prevent deaths from surgical complications. Postoperative complications are the chief cause of death around surgery and, of these, 1.5 million deaths per year could be prevented if they were picked up and treated earlier. Professor John Windsor FRSNZ hopes a device his team are developing will provide an affordable solution.
@Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland

Sustainability podcast series
A new podcast series from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington has brought together a dozen expert speakers in discussion with Dr Sarah-Jane O’Connor from the Centre for Science in Society, to explore the latest thinking on the challenges and opportunities for a sustainable future.
@Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

A looming deadline for deep-sea mining regulations – Expert Q&A

An untapped abundance of minerals lies at the bottom of the deep sea. These include metals that are crucial for the production of electric vehicles and other “green technologies,” but the environmental impacts of mining these materials are largely unknown.

New lessons about old wars: keeping the complex story of Anzac Day relevant in the 21st century
Beyond the familiar ideas of mateship and sacrifice, Anzac Day offers an opportunity to teach young people a more complicated but meaningful version of history.
Katie Pickles @The Conversation

Ngā take o te wā Events

31 Mei May, Wellington
The Survival of our Coral Reefs

Dr Christopher Cornwall, the recipient of the 2022 Hamilton Award, will talk on the threats and future growth of coral reefs. Ocean warming and acidification threaten the future growth of coral reefs. Ocean warming causes marine heatwaves which in turn cause mortality to resident corals, and alters the growth rates of reefs.
6 June, 20 June, 12 July
From Zero to Fifty - Rutherford Lecture

The Dunedin Study has followed a cohort of over 1,000 people born in New Zealand during 1972-1973 for 50 years since birth, making them arguably the most studied group of human beings in history. The study won the prestigious 2022 Rutherford Medal. 

Book now for Auckland and Napier and Wellington with Dunedin talk details to be confirmed soon. 

3 Mei May, Wellington
Cyclones, land use and forestry – how do we adapt?

Dr Tim Payn, Principal Scientist, Forest Ecology and Management, Scion Research, will talk on the history of production forestry in New Zealand, how forests are managed today, and what changes could be made to reduce impacts from these extreme events in the future.
31 Mei May, Christchurch and online
Biosecurity Lures

In this UC Biosecurity Innovations seminar, Dan Tompkins, Science Director of Predator Free 2050 Ltd will outline the science strategy. Then Ben McEwen, University of Canterbury and Brittany Graham, Lincoln University will showcase their PhD's into the use of sight, sound and scent to lure or repel stoats, possums and rats. 

4 Thursdays 11 May - 1 June, Auckland and livestream
2023 Gibbons Lectures: Generative AI
2022 was the year of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI), and it looks like it will continue to pick up steam into 2023 and beyond. Generative AI systems are built on massive datasets and produce fresh material comparable to the training examples using machine learning techniques. They have the ability to generate new material, such as prose, images and music.
9-14 Mei May, Auckland
Bioengineering for the future

Get a glimpse into tomorrow with more than 40 fun, interactive demos, giving a behind-the scenes look at what the Auckland Bioengineering Institute does. Printed bones, an inflatable brain, a walk-through colon, and a haptic hongi (a virtual experience of touch through vibration) represent serious fun —and complex engineering. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

JRSNZ - Hearing and balance research in Aotearoa New Zealand

This special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand invites submissions with a focus on recent hearing and balance research in Aotearoa New Zealand. The issue aims to highlight key past findings and the latest research undertaken in Aotearoa New Zealand in the fields of auditory and vestibular neuroscience, audiology, otology and acoustics.  We invite submissions that can inform policy, describe the role of hearing and balance in the health of our population, as well as basic and clinical research.

Submission closes 19 Mei May.


Kaiwhakahaere Tautuhi Rangahau Programme Manager – Insights & Evaluation

Royal Society Te Apārangi is seeking a programme manager to develop new ways of analysis and insights to report back on activities across our programmes.

What you’ll bring:

  • Ability to think critically and translate this thinking effectively into practice.
  • Ability to deliver complex, large, and enduring work programme(s) at pace.
  • Considerable experience of research data insights and/or evaluation.

Apply by Rāpere Thursday 11 Haratua May 2023

Enter Falling Walls Lab New Zealand

Falling Walls Lab New Zealand is the national competition to select a participant to represent Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Island Forum Nations at the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Germany. Finalists are given the opportunity to present their innovative breakthrough idea in any field - in just 3 minutes.

The top three winners of the Lab Finale in Germany are awarded prize money, the title of “Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year”, and the opportunity to present their idea once again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference.

The deadline for applications is Rāpare Thursday 1 June 2023, 5.00 pm NZST

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