Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1112

Launch of panel Te Tapeke: Fair Futures in Aotearoa

Royal Society Te Apārangi has convened a diverse, multidisciplinary panel to examine issues of fairness, equality, and equity in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The name ‘Te Tapeke’ comes from ‘ka tapeke katoa te iwi’ and embraces the concept of including everyone, leaving no-one behind.
The panel’s task is to identify and highlight some of the important choices New Zealanders face in determining how to shape te tapeke fair futures in our country.
Today, the panel has released an introductory document that sets out some key concepts when thinking about fairness in Aotearoa.
To accompany this document, two of the panel members have released expert commentaries on aspects of fairness in Aotearoa: Panel co-convenor Associate Professor Andrew Erueti ‘A fair go for Māori’ and Professor Emerita Barbara Brookes: ‘A fair go’.
Also published today is some data on voting in New Zealand viewed through the lens of fairness – timely, as we head into the 2020 Election.
The panel’s overall intention is to raise public awareness of data and evidence that points to questions of fairness in Aotearoa, and to encourage New Zealanders to think about their own views on fairness and what a fair future would look like for them.

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Learn about the frozen continent from Antarctic explorers, scientists and filmmakers

This evening at 6:30pm, seven panellists will share their experiences travelling to Antarctica at 'Kōrero on Ice' in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Faciliated by Rutherford Discovery Fellow Priscilla Wehi, this free panel as part of 'Days of Ice' will challenge our perceptions of Antarctica and who it is that travels there. 

All ages are welcome to the event. There will be an activity room for tamariki to make snowflakes and watch real life footage of the journey from Aotearoa to Antarctica during the panel.

If you're not based in Ōtautahi, you can catch the discussion on our Facebook and YouTube channels.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Scientists identify a deep anchor beneath the continents
What determines the level of the land? This is one of the fundamental questions about our planet, and Associate Professor Simon Lamb and his collaborators think they have found an answer. 
@Victoria Unviersity of Wellington—Te Herenga Waka
How learning music can help all learning
Dr Anita Collins disucsses how learning an instrument can help children of all ages dramatically improve their ability to focus on school work, enhance their memory and improve behaviour.
@RNZ Nine To Noon
New findings may help prevent heart failure after a heart attack
A breakthrough discovery combining two powerful technologies looks set to help doctors intervene earlier and perhaps prevent heart failure in at risk patients, who have already had a heart attack.
@University of Otago
Climate fuels wildfires in the MacKenzie Basin
Climate scientist Dr Jim Salinger discusses the changing weather and temperatures in New Zealand and their impact on the country's fire risk.
@RNZ Lately
New research shows kūmara under threat from climate change
Peruvian researchers tested nearly 2000 strains of kūmara worldwide and found just 6.7 percent were heat tolerant, raising concerns for growers of the sweet potato in the face of global warming.
James Fyfe @Newshub
Election 2020: Parties' main policies at a glance
The New Zealand Herald has released their party policy guide for the 2020 general election which summarises the key policies from the main parties.
@NZ Herald

Ngā take o te wā Events

13 October, Christchurch

Immersive Antarctic - Visit the Ice in VR

As part of the week-long 'Days of Ice' event in Ōtautahi, experience Antarctica like never before by immersing yourself virtually within the frozen continent. This event is brought to you by multi-award-winning filmmaker Anthony Powell and University of Canterbury's Professor Rob Lindeman. Through virtual reality headsets, you will be transported to Antarctica where you'll experience the expansive frozen views, serene quiet and remarkable wildlife.

20 October, Wellington

The impacts of environmental change on sea ice communities in the Ross Sea, Antarctica

Sea ice hosts a profusion of microorganisms that are a crucial food store for marine life in polar oceans. Because they endure many challenging and localised stresses, sea-ice microbes provide a fascinating insight into future environmental change. Professor Ken Ryan will summarise three decades of climate change research on sea-ice microbial communities, bringing together research by his postgraduate students and international colleagues.
21 October, Auckland

Cafe Scientifiqué: Poisoned Beauty

The quest for beauty has been at the heart of the human experience for over a millenia. Dr Lorna Piatti-Farnell will give a talk on how the quest for beauty has been entangled with poison, as many cosmetics, fashion items and fanciful objects have relied on the use of toxic substances to achieve their desired effects. This talk will be made available on YouTube afterwards.
19 October, Tauranga 

Materials: Fact or Fiction

As part of the 'MacDiarmid Institute Regional Series', researchers will delve into the periodic table to give us their scientific take on whether Tricorder - a fictional device from the world of Star Trek - and Mithril - a precious, silvery metal featured in The Lord of the Rings - could be reality in a not too far off future. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Sign up to tell your science stories

The Science Media Centre has teamed up with the US-based organisation The Story Collider to deliver an online introductory-level workshop on personal storytelling.

The workshops will run on six days over two weeks (three days/week). Applications are open to anyone with a personal story about science to tell. There is both an October and November session.

Organisation: The Science Media Centre and The Story Collider
Last chance to enter the 2020 round of the Prime Minister's Science Prizes

With a combined value of $1,000,000, these prizes acknowledge and raise the profile and prestige of science in Aotearoa, and celebrate those endeavouring across our research and education hapori communities.

Closing date: 9 October
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Catalyst: Seeding -  call closes next week

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
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Catalyst: Leaders -  call closes next week

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

Closing date: 15 October
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Pacific Fund call for projects 
The Pacific Fund call for projects for the year 2021 is now open. New Zealand partners are invited to submit a nomination for a project and involve at least one partner from New Caledonia, French Polynesia, or Wallis and Futuna.

Projects must be centred on one of these themes: 
  • Fight against climate change and risk management for natural disasters
  • Economic and industrial projects (feasibility study, training actions, etc.)
  • Health security and food security (fight against endemic diseases, fishery managements, etc.).
Organisation: Embassy of France
Closing date: 10 November
Apply for a Master of Science in Society 

The 180-point Master of Science in Society is a cross-disciplinary programme that combines taught courses, research projects and your choice of final project to give you a practical understanding of the role of science in society. You'll learn how to engage New Zealanders in conversations about the science that impacts their lives so they can make informed decisions. 

There will be a virtual information session on Tuesday, 13 October, from 1 to 2pm, for those interested in the programme (join using the passcode 477304).

Closing date: 20 January 2021
Organisation: Victoria University of Wellington—Te Herenga Waka

Wānanga ipurangi | Webinars

13 October
Predicting Refuges from Myrtle Rust
In this webinar James McCarthy will highlight how the identification of refuge areas can inform landscape-level management responses to invasive pathogens. James will also briefly present the two major programmes undertaking research into myrtle rust in Aotearoa.

Ngā hui Conferences

21 October, Lincoln and Online
NZIAHS Canterbury Forum - Gene Editing
The Society's expert report on Gene Editing recommended that there was an urgent need for wide and well-informed discussion and debate about gene editing. This forum will consider how to start thinking about the use of this technology in the future and how and why we might use gene editing technology in plants, animals and pests.  

Mō Te Apārangi | About us

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