Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1218

Research Honours Aoteaora 2023 - call for nominations

The call for nominations for medals and awards for Research Honours Aotearoa 2023 is now open and a web portal has been set up to receive nominations. 

Please email if you wish to submit a nomination and you will be provided with a URL to access the web portal. As in the past, the Society’s Academy is keen to receive nominations from under-represented groups, particularly with respect to gender, ethnicity and employment context. The closing date is 31 March 2023

The medal and award winners celebrated in 2022 can be seen here:

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He Pito Mata 2023 – save the date!

The Early Career Researcher Forum Aotearoa will host a two-day event for researchers early in their careers on 18-19 Āperira April at Te Papa.

This year’s gathering follows on from a successful event in 2021, which was attended by over 250 delegates, and will offer a platform to amplify the kōrero of researchers at the early stages of their careers. The two-day gathering will link and weave together kaikōrero (speakers), 'on the couch' discussions, Q&A panels, meet and greet sessions, and professional development opportunities with some great kai!

Follow Royal Society Te Apārangi on Eventbrite to be notified when more programme details and registrations go live!

New crop and horticultural science journal issue

A new regular issue of the New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science has just been published. It includes articles on deep learning for crop yield prediction, moths as potential pollinators in avocado, potential distribution of species for bioactive honey, and growth and antioxidant status of kale microgreens with different light sources.

Kaiāwhina Matua Pūtea Rangahau Executive Assistant - Research Funding

  • Are you a people person who can work independently?
  • Do you have experience in executive administration?
  • Are you comfortable with technology and work well under pressure?

If this is you, then come and work with us at Royal Society Te Apārangi! We are looking for an Executive Assistant - Research Funding for a busy and varied role based in Thorndon.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Cardiff University appoints new Vice-Chancellor 

Congratulations to Royal Society Te Apārangi Past-President and Fellow Professor Wendy Larner FRSNZ, who has been appointed Cardiff University’s new President and Vice-Chancellor, commencing her role on 1 September 2023. She will be the university’s first female Vice-Chancellor in its 140-year history.
@Cardiff University

New initiatives to unlock Māori science and research resources

The Government is investing in a suite of initiatives to unlock Māori and Pacific resources, talent and knowledge across the science and research sector. Two new funds – He tipu ka hua and He aka ka toro – set to open in April and July 2023 ­– will provide up to $10 million per year to Māori organisations to build Māori research capacity, capability and aspirations over the next five years.

Upsurge in rocket launches could impact the ozone layer

University of Canterbury (UC) researchers have summarised the threats that future rocket launches would pose to Earth’s protective ozone layer, in a new review article published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand.
@University of Canterbury

‘Let them watch Netflix’ – what can be salvaged from the wreckage of the failed TVNZ-RNZ merger?

The government’s decision to abandon the Aotearoa New Zealand Public Media (ANZPM) Bill came as no surprise after months of increasingly negative speculation. Officially, it stems from the prioritisation of “bread and butter issues” during a cost-of-living crisis...
Peter Thompson @The Conversation

A pivotal year for global policy: the ISC’s involvement with the UN in 2023

The International Science Council’s ambition is to become the go-to organisation for scientific expertise and advice at the global level. The ISC strategy in the intergovernmental system report examines this objective and makes recommendations to the ISC on its strategy.

Ngā take o te wā Events

14 Pēpuere February, Rotorua
Regenerative Agriculture and Creating New Zealand’s Future
Dr Edgar Burns, University of Waikato, will talk about what regenerative agriculture offers. Is it compatible with conventional farming? Can you be a bit regenerative? This presentation traverses some of the shifting drivers of modern farming, food supply chains and environmental consequences of today’s land use heading into a hotter world.

23 Pēpuere February, Gisborne
Image of the Future

Mātai Medical Research Institute are holding a free event to showcase progress to date and vision. The event will also feature globally renown experts in medical sciences and imaging technology.

22 Pēpuere February, Wellington and online
Why do cities really matter?
A public talk on energy, transport, smart districts, innovation and urban revitalization that will challenge the way we design our urban spaces. Hear from guest lecturer Dr Jonathan Reichental about his work history and current thinking on smarter cities and challenging urban design methodologies with innovation and revitalization. 

30 Maehe March, Lincoln

Kim Hill Hot Topic: Tourism Reset
Kim Hill CRSNZ will lead a panel of experts who will discuss the issues relating to New Zealand’s tourism model. Problems were manifesting themselves well before the Covid pause: freedom campers, overused walking tracks, and pressure on infrastructure. Even in the short time since “re-opening”, problems relating to cruise ships and a possible new airport in Tarras are causing concern.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Secondment: UNEP-ISC Foresight Expert Panel

There is an exciting and competitive opportunity for two to three early career scientists to take part in an international, interdisciplinary, forward-looking exercise to address many of the most pressing challenges of our time and deliver a high-profile output aimed at all UN member states, and other scientific outputs.

The International Science Council is seeking virtual secondments of experts in foresight methods, tools and practice from ISC Members. Experts will be part of the joint project team across the Office of the UNEP Chief Scientist and the ISC Secretariat that will support the delivery of the process and related report. The seconded experts will be expected to work as part of the ISC project team remotely. The deadline for applications is 20 March.

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

16 Pēpuere February, 4pm
Enduring competencies for designing science learning pathways

In this webinar, Dr Rosemary Hipkins joins Greta Dromgool from the Science Learning Hub to discuss the concept of enduring competencies – competencies that focus on what students can do with their knowledge and understanding. Together these competencies create a framework for informing our thinking about science learning, curriculum and assessment.

14 Pēpuere February, 10.15 CET
Hybrid webinar: How to evaluate and reduce the Gender Gap in Science?

The interdisciplinary and international Gender Gap in Science project ended in 2019. It is timely to reflect on its results, follow up and outcomes and to learn about alternative approaches. This hybrid webinar is the participation of the Standing Committee for Gender Equality in Science and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry’s Global Women’s Breakfast.

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