Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1102

New special issue of the marine and freshwater research journal pays tribute to esteemed scientist

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research pays tribute to one of New Zealand’s eminent freshwater scientists, Dr John Quinn, who sadly passed away in November 2018. John spent his career as an applied scientist, science leader and mentor. His research has had a significant impact on the understanding of freshwater issues across the globe.

From 2015 to 2018, John was NIWA’s Chief Scientist – Freshwater and Estuaries. Among other accolades, John was awarded the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society Medal of Excellence in 2018 for outstanding contributions to freshwater science. In his career, he contributed to and led research programmes across a wide range of freshwater issues, including integrated catchment management, ecological restoration, and land-use effects on freshwater ecosystems. John had an international reputation for long-term studies that have highlighted human impacts on freshwater ecosystems.

The papers in this issue address one of John’s areas of expertise: the effects of land-use on aquatic ecosystems. These interactions produce some of the most complex problems for environmental science and management in Aotearoa. The 13 papers in this issue represent a wide range of approaches for assessing land-use effects.

This special issue is a modest way to express the appreciation held for John by his colleagues in freshwater science. 

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Understanding the problem of plastic waste in Aotearoa 

For #PlasticFreeJuly we have been sharing a series of resources across our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels with information and ideas on how to take action on our plastics pollution problem. This week we are looking at how to reduce plastic waste and how to use plastic more sustainably by adopting a circular economy approach. 


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Solving the great NZ whale mystery
Rutherford Discovery Fellow Dr Emma Carroll is travelling to the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands to try to solve the great mystery of NZ's southern right whale, tohorā, using satellite tracking technology and DNA analysis.
Christchurch professor helping with Covid-19 vaccine trials says new results are 'promising'
Professor David Murdoch is advising on trials for a leading Covid-19 vaccine and says new results showing the vaccine triggers a strong immune response are promising.
Oliver Lewis @Stuff
Major milestone towards safer drinking water
Chief executive of Water New Zealand, Gillian Blythe says the passing of the Taumata Arowai – the Water Services Regulator Bill is a big step towards ensuring safe drinking water for all New Zealanders and visitors.
@Water New Zealand
Study suggests the world was 50 per cent quieter during Covid-19 lockdown
A world-wide study has found that seismic noise - the measurement of the noise humans make - dropped by about half during the March and April Covid-19 lockdown period.
Replacing the RMA - Expert Reaction
A new review recommends scrapping the Resource Management Act (RMA) and starting again.
 @Science Media Centre
Dissection of rare large squid to shed light on the effects of Whakaari eruption
The dissection has begun in Auckland and scientists hope it could bring answers regarding effects on the ocean environment following the Whakaari/White Island eruption. 
Melanie Earley @Stuff

Ngā take o te wā Events

27 July-2 August, Various locations

Techweek 2020

Due to Covid-19, Techweek has been postponed to this week, offering both online and in-person events. Techweek is a nationwide series that showcases and celebrates New Zealand innovation. It offers a platform for everyone to meet, share ideas and create connections to enhance our future world.
5 August, Wellington

Panel Discussion - Melting Ice and Rising Seas

Hear from the team that recently won the Prime Minister’s Science Prize on the science of projecting sea-level rise, the consequences both locally and globally, and how the team is working with communities and decision-makers throughout Aotearoa to help lessen the impact of sea-level rise.
8 August, Napier

Buildings that teach: Influencing sustainable values

Architect Dr Mazin Bahho will discuss the process behind retrofitting an existing structure to become a sustainable building. He will use a disused log cabin at the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) in Napier as an example, which has come to exhibit and inspire responsible environmental behaviour in the community. 
11 August, Wellington

When the pandemic is past, what then?

The current pandemic has provoked a spatial and temporal remapping. Professor Sharon Mazer of Auckland University of Technology will give an inaugural professorial address on Covid-19 and how it has reinforced (post) colonial constraint and conformity in Aotearoa.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Design a shirt to celebrate women in science

The Association for Women in the Sciences wants to promote women working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) with a line of awesome, beautiful and creative clothing. They're looking for creative designs that promote women in science, technology and engineering. The clothing line will be available online in a variety of sizes, colours and designs. All profits will go towards supporting the amazing women working in science across New Zealand.

Closing date: 18 September 2020
Organisation: AWIS

Catalyst: Seeding - July 2020 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 October 2020
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Catalyst: Leaders - July 2020 call open

Catalyst: Leaders supports incoming and outgoing targeted international fellowships for exceptional individuals that cannot be supported through other means.

Closing date: 15 October 2020
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Applications for DiscoveryCamp 2021 are now open

Experience science in a fun, hands-on environment and work with some of New Zealand's top researchers! DiscoveryCamp is a week-long science camp for current year 12 and 13 Māori and Pasifika students with a genuine passion for the sciences, and will be run in two separate locations: Palmerston North and Dunedin.

Closing date: 28 August 2020
Organisation: MacDiarmid Institute
Applications for NanoCamp 2021 are now open

NanoCamp is a full week of residential lab experience with top scientists, completing hands-on investigations into a range of topics including electron microscopy, laser physics and nano-electronics. Applications are open to current year 12 or 13 students with a strong academic background who are hoping to continue pursuing science. 

Closing date: 28 August 2020
Organisation: MacDiarmid Institute

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