Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1123

Te whitinga mai o te rā: fellowships for early career researchers

A 'one-off' Government initiative, the MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowships will provide $10 million to support researchers early in their career, in a research system and global environment heavily impacted by COVID-19. 

The Fellowships intend to support up-and-coming researchers to rise and establish a career in their chosen field of research. This is captured in the name of the Fellowship ‘Te whitinga mai o te rā,’ which can translate to “the rising of the sun”.

30 Fellows will be selected for the two-year Fellowship, valued at $320,000 per award, for research undertaken in any field (including the humanities, mātauranga and social science) at an eligible New Zealand research institution.

Co-chairs of the Society's Early Career Researcher Forum Dr Sereana Naepi and Dr Sarah Moss were thrilled to hear of the new initiative and said the new Whitinga Fellowships would be a lifeline for 30 early career researchers.

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Congratulations to the 2021 New Year's Honours recipients


Sir Mason Durie FRSNZ and Dame Anne Salmond FRSNZ were made members of the Order of New Zealand - the country's highest honour, which is limited to 20 living people.

Professor Cindy Kiro (who is about to take over as the Society's Chief Executive) was made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, as was Professor Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ, the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor.

Honours were also conferred upon Distinguished Professor Ian Reid CNZM FRSNZ, Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman CNZM QSO FRSNZ, Professor Shaun Hendy MNZM FRSNZ, Professor Bronwyn Hayward MNZM and more.

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Nominations are now open for the 2021 medals and awards round


23 medals and awards, including the Rutherford Medal and Te Rangaunua Hiranga Māori Award, are being offered in 2021 by Royal Society Te Apārangi.

The closing date for nominations is 31 March 2021. 

For the full list of medals and awards and how to apply > 

Special issue on advances in dairy science 


The New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research has published a new special issue on recent advances in grazed pasture based dairy science. The special issue, with editor Timothy Clough, covers the rearing of stock, genetics and milk traits, and farm management with respect to environmental issues and productivity.

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Special issue celebrating biological systems and Professor Govindjee


The New Zealand Journal of Botany has published the second of a two-part special issue covering a broad range of biological and biotechnological systems. The issue, with lead guest editor Julian Eaton-Rye, concludes with an article celebrating the extensive research achievements of Professor Govindjee.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

New figures show last year was New Zealand's seventh warmest on record
NIWA has released its annual climate summary for last year and shows the nationwide average temperature was 13.24C, 0.63 degrees above the 1981 to 2010 annual average.
@RNZ
Study’s findings positive for MS potential of nalfurafine
New research has discovered that the drug nalfurafine has the potential to slow the accumulation of disability and restore function in an experimental model of multiple sclerosis (MS).
@Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington
A new documentary on whole genome sequencing has been released
This short documentary on whole genome sequencing (particularly as applied to COVID-19) is the latest in the "Science & " series based on the work of Professor Dame Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ, the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor.
@Office of the Prime Minster's Chief Science Advisor
New computer tool to locate shareholders of Māori freehold land
Researchers have used a so-called "flaxroots" rethink to develop a tool that will help locate missing shareholders of Māori freehold land.
@RNZ Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan
Major new study into how New Zealand accent changes in childhood
The study supported by the Marsden Fund aims to find out exactly how and when accents develop by tracking the speech patterns of 200 Christchurch preschoolers.
Lee Kenny @Stuff

Ngā take o te wā Events

25 - 31 January, Online
Antarctica NOW 
This seven-day online festival features leading experts on all things Antarctica from wildlife and exploration to conservation, climate change and politics. The festival aims to spread awareness of what’s happening in the frozen continent right now - and why it’s crucially important to every single one of us.
1 February, Wellington
The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic
This talk marks the official opening of the University of Otago's 2021 Public Health Summer School series. The Rt Hon Helen Clark, who currently co-chairs the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness, will discuss and explore the world's response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

PF2050 doctorate and post-doc funding available

Predator Free 2050 is seeking applications from candidates looking to pursue either PhD/DPhil studies or postdoctoral research at New Zealand tertiary education and research institutions. 

Applications are invited on all topics of potential benefit to the achievement of Predator Free 2050 (national eradication of possums, rats and mustelids by 2050).

Closing date: 26 February
Organisation: Predator Free 2050 
Enter the Rangatahi mō Papatūānuku video competition

If you're a rangatahi youth aged 16 to 25, grab your phone or camera and record your ideas on what we can do to ensure Papatūānuku thrives!

Videos will be shared online and entered in a competition, hosted by the Department of Conservation, for the chance to one of six prizes. First and second place winners in each category will recieve a cash prize.

Closing date: 15 March
Organisation: DOC
Catalyst: Seeding – January 2021 call open
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.

Closing date: 15 April 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Catalyst: Leaders - January 2021 call open
Catalyst: Leaders supports incoming and outgoing targeted international fellowships for exceptional individuals that cannot be supported through other means.

Closing date: 15 April 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

2 February
Te Reo o Te Repo – The Voice of the Wetland, a cultural wetland handbook
World Wetlands Day (WWD) on 2 February recognises the importance of repo wetlands in our landscapes. To celebrate, researchers from Manaaki Whenua—Landcare Research will discuss and reflect on some of their relevant repo research.

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