Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1120

Join us for Powering Potential 2020

Nau mai haere mai, come along on 16 December and listen to what the rangatahi rangatira researchers of tomorrow have to say on the major issues of today at this year's Powering Potential presentation in Te Whanganui-a-Tara!

Mentored by Rutherford Discovery Fellows, tauira are given only two days before they have to compile their findings into a presentation. There will be 10 teams that will present on a range of topics from the relationship between mental health and social media, to ecosystem conservation. 

This gathering is an opportunity that brings together tauira to collaborate, connect and communicate research solutions for important issues through their own lens.

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The Sir Hugh Kawharu Masters Scholarship for Innovation in Science has been awarded to Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis of the University of Auckland has received this scholarship for her master’s research thesis in marine ecology, where she is using seabirds as indicators of environmental stress and ecosystem mauri.

The purpose of her research will be to conduct a project that genuinely weaves together mātauranga Māori and western knowledge systems into research that benefits Māori communities and furthers the rights of Indigenous knowledge in academic spaces.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

New Zealand Government declares climate emergency
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has committed the government and the public sector to going carbon-neutral by 2025, as she declared a climate emergency.
Dr Ashley Bloomfield awarded New Zealand Medical Association's highest honour
The Chair's Award, the NZMA's top honour recognising individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the health of New Zealanders, was presented to Dr Bloomfield last night.
Call of the Kererū reveals a hidden treasure
A new documentary gives a rare and insightful look into Tūhoe and their unique relationship with Te Urewera as seen through the iwi’s connection with the Kererū.
@Manaaki Whenua—Landcare Research
Study to get more Kiwis participating in clinical trials 
A new study will explore ways to increase the number of New Zealanders participating in clinical trials to ensure equitable access to the latest and most cutting-edge healthcare.
@Health Research Council
Fiordland air sharing secrets with scientist
Dr Peter Sperlich and NIWA principal technician Ross Martin will be collecting air samples from the native Fiordland forest to determine exactly how much carbon it is absorbing.
Postdocs under pressure
An inaugural survey of postdoctoral researchers has found that long hours and a lack of job security, combined with workplace bullying and discrimination, are forcing many to consider leaving science.
Chris Woolston @Nature
Dame Anne Salmond awarded prestigious Blake medal
Dame Anne Salmond FRSNZ has been recognised for her life-long work improving "intercultural understanding" between Māori and Pākehā.
@Newstalk ZB

This year's Kudos Award winners have been announced
The 2020 winners include Rutherford Discovery Fellow Dr Adam Hartland, Charles Fleming Award winner Professor Bruce Clarkson and 2015 Science Teaching Leadership Programme participant Greta Dromgool.

Ngā take o te wā Events

7 December, Online
Livestream event: Decolonising and Indigenising Museums 
At this event, Māori and Pasifika leaders, change makers and educators will discuss and provide a range of insights and perspectives on past, current and future states and opportunities for decolonising and indigenising museums in Aotearoa.
11 December, Christchurch, Wellington & online
Paris Agreement: Are we there yet?
These two panel discussions will feature leading experts in climate, ecology and law. Panellists will explore what France and New Zealand have done to tackle the climate crisis since the 2016 Paris Agreement and how COVID-19 has interferred with the process. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Register for the 2021 Public Health Summer School programme (1-19 February)  
This programme, offering over 24 short courses, is a great opportunity for development and inspiration, together with a chance to connect with others and share perspectives. Course topics will include post COVID-19 reset, 2021 water reforms, hauora Māori, survival skills for health researchers and more.

Closing date: Earlybird rates available until 22 December 2020.
Organisation: University of Otago Wellington
100 Women, 100 Words...Infinite Possibilities 
What does a scientist look like? Beginning 5 December, this exhibition aims to respond to that question, and the answer is… anything! From punk rock engineers to stay-at-home mothers, from senior university academics, to little girls with big dreams; scientists are everywhere and science is all around us.

Come and celebrate the women nominated by Otago Southland as those who actively live and work with STEM in all areas of their lives.

Running date: 5 December 2020 - 13 February 2021
Organisation: Otago Museum
Job opportunity with Otago Museum 
Otago Museum is looking for someone confident in Te Ao Māori, and with a passion for mātauranga Māori, science, and engaging the public to fill the role of Senior Science Engagement Coordinator (Māori).

In this full-time position, you will help lead the design, development and delivery of innovative science engagement activities, with a focus on integrating Māori perspectives, mātauranga, te reo, and tikanga into engagement content and delivery. 

Closing date: 14 December 2020 
Organisation: Otago Museum
Contribute to UNESCO's Recommendation on Open Science
The first draft of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science has been submitted to UNESCO Member States and is now available for comment. 

The International Science Council is assisting UNESCO in gathering comments from the scientific community on the recommendation and ISC members are now invited to share their views.

Closing date: 15 December 2020 
Organisation: UNESCO

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

7 December
What the data tells us about our water
This webinar will explore what future landscapes can look like when scientists, farmers, growers, eaters and businesses work together to respond pragmatically and effectively to environmental degradation.
9 December
The other pandemic: Unlocking the Austropuccinia psidii genome to help fight myrtle rust
Dr Peri Tobias of the University of Sydney will discuss the genome that has been assembled to fight austropuccinia psidii - a plant fungal pathogen causing the disease myrtle rust on plants in the Myrtaceae family. 

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