Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1066

Meet Associate Professor Nick Golledge

As part of the Marsden Fund 25 series, Associate Professor Nick Golledge from the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington discusses his research studying the behaviour of Antarctic ice sheets and how they will respond to changes in climate.

Nick and his team do this by using geological evidence of past changes combined with a process understanding of the modern system. They then use numerical models to simulate the Antarctic ice sheet both at the continental scale and at the scale of individual outlet glaciers.

This process allows them to then examine how the ice sheet might evolve under a future climate warmed by greenhouse gas emissions. 
Read more and watch video

Te Paepae o Tangaroa
Oceans Symposium

This two-day wānanga on 6-7 October is a rare chance to kōrero about the challenges facing Te Moananui a Kiwa – the Pacific Ocean. Panelists will share knowledge, experience and solutions followed by a series of conversations with attendees about the life and voice of the ocean. 

Royal Society Te Apārangi is proud to be supporting Kosi Latu (Samoa), Jacqueline Evans (Cook Islands) and Aroha Mead (Aotearoa) to speak at this event, being held at Te Poho o Whirikoka Campus, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa  Gisborne.


Draft Research, Science and Innovation Strategy released for consultation

Today the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment has released a draft of New Zealand's Research, Science and Innovation (RSI) Strategy and is seeking submissions on what the country needs and how to take action to ensure New Zealand’s RSI system is optimised for success. Public presentations and workshops will be held around the country and submissions are open until 10 November 2019


Lufi Lene reflects on his experience at the annual Asian Science Camp

Lufilufi Afaese Amosa Lene-Isara (Lufi Lene) was selected by Royal Society Te Apārangi to attend the annual Asian Science Camp. He says the experience has sparked his interested in science research, and hopes he can help Pacific students across the globe to see science as a possible pathway.

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Cold temperature survival of an unwanted pest of kiwifruit

In The New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science researchers report on the survival of White Peach Scale on kiwifruit imported into New Zealand. WPS has become a serious pest of kiwifruit and it is important to understand its risk in New Zealand as volumes of fruit imports rise.


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Why carbon emissions need to be part of our daily decision making
Associate Professor Rebecca Priestley CRSNZ discusses what she learned about Antarctica - and the future of the planet - over three trips to Ross Island and the McMurdo Dry Valley. Her new book Fifteen Million Years in Antarctica traces 15 million years on the continent.
Sarah Catherall @Stuff
Fiji launches fund for people displaced by climate change
Fiji's Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama has launched the world's first relocation fund for people displaced by climate change.
NZ's newest insect might possibly be in a kōwhai tree near you
Scientists Francesco Martoni and Karen Armstrong of the Bio-Protection Research Centre at Lincoln University have identified the tiny Psylla frodobagginsi - which they say might also be living on your kōwhai tree.
NZ’s population has grown at fastest rate in over 50 years, newly released Census results reveal
New Zealand's population has officially grown to 4,699,755 – according to the latest figures from the 2018 census released Monday by Statistics New Zealand.
Cushla Norman @TVNZ 1 NEWS
The Packaging Dilemma: how to keep food safe and save the world from plastic waste
Kim Hill is joined by four experts to discuss the tension between keeping food safe and filling the environment with waste.
@RNZ and New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre 

Tax breaks for business to encourage investment 
New Zealand businesses will benefit from tax breaks worth at least $80 million over five years, to encourage them to spend more on research and innovation.
Jane Patterson @RNZ

Ngā take o te wā Events

2 October, Auckland
Archaeology of Agriculture: Using Children to Assess the Past
University of Otago's Dr Siân Halcrow focusses on human health and disease in the past. She will give a talk as part of the Marsden Fund 25 Series on how chemistry of bone and teeth can be used as evidence for disease.
8 October, Wellington
Prime Ministers in conversation: climate change in transition
Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte will participate in an interactive livestream session on climate change and discuss how to ensure a just transition to a carbon-neutral economy.
10 October, Blenheim
25 years of using DNA to trace Pacific origins and migration
University of Otago's Lisa Matisoo-Smith FRSNZ has spent decades using DNA to map human migration. She will give a talk as part of the Marsden Fund 25 Series on understanding the genetic history of the modern population of New Zealand.
10 October, Wellington
Public mistrust of science
In this talk, Victoria University of Wellington's Professor Richard Arnold will consider how scientific evidence has lost its authority to persuade, and reasons why it's hard for evidence to be seen as convincing today.
14 October, Tauranga, Gore
The MacDiarmid Institute’s 2019 Regional Innovation Showcase
Come and hear MacDiarmid Institute scientists talk in Tauranga and Gore about how materials science is offering a greener future for our planet.
1 October, Auckland
UN International Day of Older Persons Celebration 2019
Organised by AUT's Centre for Active Ageing and the New Zealand Association of Gerontology, this event will focus on ways to reduce disparities and ageism and encourage actions to promote social cohesion.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Predator Free 2050 Limited - student grants available 
Predator Free 2050 Limited is seeking applications from students wishing to conduct possum, rat or mustelid fieldwork projects, particularly in urban and rural landscapes.

Organisation: Predator Free 2050 Limited
Closing date: 11 October 2019
NIWA and Fisheries New Zealand scholarships
In collaboration with NIWA, Fisheries New Zealand is offering scholarships to both Masters and undergraduate students.

The scholarships are the 2020 Masters Scholarships in Quantitative Fisheries Science & the 2020 Undergraduate scholarships in Quantitative Marine Biology

Organisation: NIWA & Fisheries New Zealand 
Closing date: Various dates
Call for nominations of experts for IPBES
The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is seeking experts to assist with the scoping of a thematic assessment of the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health.

Organisation: International Science Council
Closing date: 15 October
Survey on research practices aiding openness, reproducibility and broader research assessment
How do you run and share your research? You’re invited to complete a survey into research practices, to help paint a clearer picture of how the scientific community runs and shares their work today. 

Organisation: International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Closing date: 18 October
"Reproducibility and Replicability in Science" - free download
This report defines reproducibility and replicability and examines the factors that may lead to non-reproducibility and non-replicability in research. 

Organisation: The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine

Ngā hui Conferences

18 October, Wellington
Symposium - Late Effects of Polio
University of Otago, Wellington and Polio NZ are jointly hosting a one-day symposium in Wellington for health clinicians to address low levels of knowledge on the Late Effects of Polio (also known as Post Polio Syndrome).

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