Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1177

Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online

A new issue of Kōtuitui has just been published. It includes all open access articles on a range of topical issues including food insecurity, refugee education, dwelling energy certification, where to for land and policy development, family violence, defining digital media as a professional practice and the 'standard story' that props up the colonial state in Aotearoa.

Kōtuitui has been expanded from 2 to 4 issues a year starting from the 2022 volume comprised of 32 articles. The journal has been and continues to be exceptionally successful in attracting a progressively increasing body of contributors, matched by ever-increasing article downloads. We are appreciative of this impressive support from our contributors and readers. 

We also extend our sincere appreciation to all reviewers for their thoughtful, insightful, and scholarly evaluation of Kōtuitui manuscripts. We are also deeply indebted to all our editors who have served the social science community of Aotearoa New Zealand with dedication, commitment and diligence.

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Fellowships for established researchers - call for applications

The James Cook Research Fellowships are awarded to researchers who have achieved national and international recognition in their area of scientific research. The fellowships allow them to concentrate on their chosen research for two years without the additional burden of administrative and teaching duties.

The funding package annually is $100,000 plus GST and up to $10,000 plus GST in relevant expenses. It is expected that a major piece of research will be undertaken that will benefit New Zealand and advance research in the particular discipline.

For the 2022 round, fellowships are available in the following research categories:

  • Biological sciences
  • Engineering sciences and technologies
  • Physical sciences

Applications close Thursday 12 May 2022

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Two years since NZ first locked down - Expert Q&A 
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Aotearoa would enter strict lockdown on 23 March 2020 – two years ago this week. Looking back over the first two years of the country’s pandemic path, how do experts sum it up – and what do they want to see next? 
Expert on new history curriculum
Victoria University history professor and Chair of the Academy Executive Committee, Charlotte Macdonald FRSNZ, who co-convened the Society's submission on the draft curriculum, speaks with Guyon Espiner about Aotearoa's new, compulsory history curriculum which will begin next year. 
Remaking history: recreating Renaissance beauty recipes in the modern chemistry lab
Scientists and art historians at the University of Auckland have joined forces in the Beautiful Chemistry Project, to recreate and analyse popular beautifying recipes recorded in Renaissance Europe: the ingredients, the working processes and the final products.
With gestational diabetes on the rise, a dramatic overhaul is needed
Diet plays a critical role in treating gestational diabetes, and big gains are within reach if we can improve awareness of the condition and access to advice from dietitians, says dietician Robyn Lawrence.

Ngā take o te wā Events

2 April - 6 June, Ōamaru
EARTH: Caught in Stone
For the eighth annual Art+Science Exhibition, artists have collaborated with research scientists from GNS, University of Otago, and the Otago Regional Council, to create artworks responding to the theme of “earth science.”
24 March, Online
Nelson Virtual Waterway Walk
Join the Sustainability Society from 4-5.30pm for a virtual walk along Waimārama/The Brook Stream to explore some of the past, present and future stories of one of Nelson’s most significant water bodies.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Expressions of Interest for Catalyst Fund Reviewers

Royal Society Te Apārangi is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from experienced individuals wishing to assist with the assessment of proposals submitted to Catalyst: Leaders and Catalyst: Seeding.

Closing date: 31 March
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Catalyst: Seeding January 2022 call is open

Catalyst: Seeding facilitates new small and medium pre-research strategic partnerships 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 on open funding opportunities, please refer to the Catalyst: Seeding guidelines.

Closing date: 14 April
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Catalyst: Leaders January 2022 call is open

Catalyst: Leaders supports incoming and outgoing targeted international fellowships for exceptional individuals that cannot be supported through other means. It provides funding for a number of pre-existing and new sub-programmes.

For detailed information please refer to the Catalyst: Leaders guidelines

Closing date: 14 April
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

3-4pm UTC, 25 March
AgBioData: Reimagining a Sustainable Data Network to Accelerate Agricultural Research and Discovery
Genomics Aotearoa is hosting Associate Professor Sook Jung from Washington State University to discuss AgBioData. Sook has worked on the development of five crop community databases for the past 20 years, including GDR, Genome Database for Rosaceae.

Ngā hui | Conferences

29-30 August, Wellington 
2022 New Zealand Geospatial Research Conference
This conference will explore how research in geospatial science and technology can help contribute to an open world, both in terms of technological foundations and applied areas. The conference will showcase the latest research by featuring a mix of full papers, short papers, posters and workshops. Researchers at all levels are invited to get involved, and submissions are welcome. The conference submissions and registration are open.

21-23 November, Auckland, virtually or in-person
The Constitutional Kōrero: Transforming New Zealand’s Constitution
The “Constitutional Kōrero” will be a once-in-a decade national wānanga bringing together experts from around the world and within Aotearoa to present arguments and options for constitutional transformation to realise Māori rights in te Tiriti o Waitangi, He Whakaputanga and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  In doing so, conference participants will be considering the ways in which New Zealand’s Constitution might be transformed so that it benefits all New Zealanders.  

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