Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1150

Ngā Kete Mātauranga

Over the last few months, we have been highlighting the scholars involved in the recently released book Ngā Kete Mātauranga: Research scholars at the knowledge interface in this newsletter and across our social media channels (see our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

This collection features 24 Māori kaituhituhi writers who have shared their stories and journeys while revealing what being Māori means to them in their work, their communities and in their day-to-day lives.

Royal Society Te Apārangi and its communications team is honoured and incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to support the authors' writing and provide the beautiful imagery of the kaituhituhi - many of whom opened up their homes and introduced whānau.
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A Public Climate Change Discussion –  report on physical science basis for IPCC Sixth Assessment Report

Royal Society Te Apārangi is hosting Dr Andy Resinger IPCC Vice Chair and the four New Zealand authors Professor Dave FrameDr Olaf MorgensternProfessor James RenwickProfessor Nicolas Golledge of the Working Group I (WGI: the Physical Science Basis) report being released on 9 August. This report shows us the current state of the climate, how humans have affected it and how it might continue to change in the future. 

The event will include a facilitated kōrero and Q+A session, brief intermission, a continuation of the kōrero, followed with whanaungatanga networking with kai and wai. Nau mai haere mai i te kaupapa o te rā.

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New issue of botany journal

The New Zealand Journal of Botany has released a new issue including articles that cover te reo Māori and botanical naming systems for New Zealand’s flora, and a new fern species endemic to New Caledonia.

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Rutherford Lecture: The Adventure of Discovery

Nau mai haere mai ki tēnei kaupapa! 

What does discovery mean in the humanities, in art and in thought? How does it relate to, draw on or feed into discovery in the sciences? For the 2020 Rutherford Lecture, Distinguished Professor Brian Boyd FRSNZ will give three talks across Aotearoa, exploring how the humanities are sciences and sciences are humanities. 

Brian will be speaking in Tamaki Mākaurau on 12 August, Te Whanganui-a-Tara on 19 August and in Ōtautahi on 26 August. 

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Prime Minister's Science Prizes applications open

Applications are now open for the 2021 round of prizes:
  • Te Puiaki Pūtaiao Matua a Te Pirimia The Prime Minister’s Science Prize
  • Te Puiaki Kaipūtaiao Maea The Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize
  • Te Puiaki Whakapā Pūtaiao The Prime Minister’s Science Communication Prize
  • Te Puiaki Kaiwhakaaroaro Pūtaiao The Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize
  • Te Puiaki Kaipūtaiao Ānamata The Prime Minister’s Future Scientist Prize
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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Reconnecting adoptees to their taha Māori
This project, led by Dr Erica Newman and funded by a Marsden Fund Fast-Start Grant, aims to help descendants of Māori adoptees reconnect with their birth whānau.
Marena Mane @Te Ao - Māori News
The largest flood flow ever measured
Flood flows on the Buller River this month were the largest of any river in Aotearoa New Zealand in almost 100 years.
Richard Measures @NIWA
Unknown coral species hauled up in bottom trawling nets 
A report from an environmental coalition says bottom trawlers have hauled up 128 previously unknown species of coral in the past three years.
Kim Moodie @RNZ
A tiny DNA structure discovered in mud could help us fight climate change
A never-before-identified DNA structure has been discovered that encourages soil bugs to eat methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
Olivia Wannan @Stuff
Geography's affect on young people's mental health
A new study assessing the relationship between young people's mental health and where they grow up could influence urban and rural planning. 
Nine To Noon @RNZ
Tuatara are slow and endangered, but their super-fast sperm could save them 
New research has found that tuatara sperm are the fastest swimmers of any reptile studied to date. These findings could help boost the conservation of this unique and treasured species.
Sarah Lamar, Diane Ormsby, Jennifer Moore, Nicola Jane Nelson & Susan N. Keall @Stuff
New IAP statement on regenerative medicine
World academies, including Royal Society Te Apārangi, have endorsed this statement which both highlights the opportunities arising from regenerative medicine while also warning against the misuse of its technologies.
@InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)

Ngā take o te wā Events

10 August, Rotorua
Exploring fungi from Rotorua/Kaimai bush
The interest Shirley Kerr MNZM has in fungi began from simply photographing what she saw in the local bush near Katikati. In this talk, she will discuss various habitats where different types of fungi may be found along with photographic examples, while also exploring some of the recent name changes due to DNA analysis.
14 August, Wellington
Design secrets revealed - our money
Dr Mark Stocker, who was Associate Professor of Art History and Theory at the University of Otago and Curator of Historical International Art at Te Papa Tongarewa, will give a talk on the role of Prince Philip in coin design. Prince Phillip was President of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee on the design of coins, medals, seals and decorations for 47 years. 
17 August, Wellington
Do different folks have different strokes? An unexpected journey
Professor Anna Ranta will be discussing her work to improve stroke and neurology care for New Zealanders. She is Head of the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago, Stroke Neurologist at Wellington Hospital and co-directs the Ministry of Health National Stroke Clot Retrieval Service Improvement Programme.
24 August, Online
Horizon Europe (Australia and New Zealand launch), Online
Horizon Europe is the European Union’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion for the period of 2021-2027. This 90-minute virtual event will provide an overview of Horizon Europe to stakeholders and researchers interested in getting involved in the programme. 
28 August, Porirua
Antarctic Discovery Day
This event is a free family-friendly day full of Antarctic-themed activities. Attendees will have the opportunity to live chat with Scott Base, try on real Antarctic clothing and climb into a real Antarctic tent. There is also an exciting line-up of short talks which will be spread throughout the day, showcasing a variety of Antarctic experiences and perspectives. 
7 September, Wellington
Falling Walls Lab New Zealand
Come along and listen to 13 early career researchers pitch their research, business model or initiative to their peers, a high-calibre jury, and guests in 3-minute presentations. The event is inspired by the world-changing event of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989, with the question at every Falling Walls gathering: Which walls will fall next? 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Applications are now open for places on the 2022 Science Teaching Leadership Programme

The Science Teaching Leadership Programme (STLP) provides opportunities for primary schools, secondary science departments and their nominated teachers to enhance the teaching of science within school communities. 

Schools can opt to begin the programme in term 1 or term 3 2022.

Closing date: 10 September 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi with funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
FAOBMB call for abstracts

The 16th Congress of the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists programme reflects the breadth of all the partnering societies, covering topics in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology and plant biology. They are now inviting abstract submissions that reflect the theme of their congress - molecules, life and diversity.

Closing date: 13 August 
Organisation: NZ Societies for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Plant Biology

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