Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1231

2022 Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden
Marsden Fund Update 

The Marsden Fund Update is a periodical magazine published annually that highlights the research and awardees of the Fund.

It includes highlighted projects and all recipients of the most recent funding round, research updates and media coverage of previously funded projects, as well as reflections from outgoing Chair of the Marsden Fund Council, Professor David Bilkey, and an introduction to new Chair, Professor Gillian Dobbie FRSNZ.

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More home truths: the impact of housing research on health and wellbeing policy

Continuing her quest for healthy homes and housing affordability, Distinguished Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman will deliver the prestigious Rutherford Lecture. 

Philippa and He Kāinga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme, including Julian Crane, Michael Keall and Nevil Pierse, were awarded the 2021 Rutherford Medal for ground-breaking research that has quantified the effects of housing interventions on occupants’ health and wellbeing, and informed legislation and policy.

In this lecture, Professor Howden-Chapman focuses on the priorities for housing at a time of cost-of-living pressure and stretched markets, and recent weather events in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Dates: 6 June Auckland, 20 June Napier and 12 July Wellington. (Please note this topic is scheduled at the same times that the Dunedin Study Rutherford Lectures were to be held. They will be rescheduled for later in the year.)

Climate change and water

The second event in our Speaker’s Science Forum series for 2023 was held on 10 Haratau May at Parliament. Our speakers Frederika (Frédérique) Mourot and Dr Alex Macmillan discussed the risks of climate change in Aotearoa and how it is affecting our groundwater and health.

New issue of Botany journal published

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Botany has been published. 

It includes articles on a new red algal crust, new species of Craspedia, the naming history of wharariki mountain flax (Phormium colensoi Hook.f) and plastid DNA sequence data of extinct shrub Logania depressa

You may publish your next paper Open Access in the Royal Society Te Apārangi journals at no cost to your research budget. Find out if you’re eligible.

Kaiarotake Rangahau Research Assessor

Permanent and 12-month fixed term contract roles available

Royal Society Te Apārangi is seeking people with a passion for research and scholarship in social sciences, mātauranga, science, humanities and technology to join our Research Funding team.

In this role you will support the Society to deliver, monitor and evaluate research funding and enjoy working with Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading researchers, international experts, and international research organisations.

Applications close: 8 Pipiri June 2023.

New issue of Zoology journal published

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Zoology has been published. 

It includes articles on carnivore and prey dynamics on kea survivorship (Open Access), spider diversity in New Zealand pastures, fish scales from New Zealand and Turkey, freshwater prawn species, and implications of suspected green colour-blindness in kea for pest control.

Events supported at Auckland Writers Festival 2023

The Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden and Royal Society Te Apārangi are supporting three events at this week’s Auckland Writers Festival.  The Auckland Writers Festival runs until Sunday 21 May. View full programme.

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

2023 winners of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards announced 

Catherine Chidgey won the Prize for Fiction for The Axeman's Carnival. Alice Te Punga Somerville (Te Āti Awa, Taranaki) won the Award for Poetry for Always Italicise: How to Write While Colonised. Nick Bollinger won the Award for Illustrated Non-Fiction for Jumping Sundays: The Rise and Fall of the Counterculture in Aotearoa New Zealand and the General Non-Fiction Award went to Ned Fletcher for his work, The English Text of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Budget 2023 highlights: Key points of Grant Robertson’s announcements - from cost of living and health to the books

Finance Minister Grant Robertson will need to be on top of his game to land one of the most difficult Budget balancing acts New Zealand has seen for years. Live coverage and commentary.
Claire Trevett @NZ Herald

Investment in science will boost New Zealand’s resilience and prosperity

The Malaghan Institute is welcoming today’s budget announcement of more than $450M in New Zealand science and innovation. “The investment recognises the value that research, science and innovation brings to our nation’s resilience and prosperity,” says Malaghan Institute Director Professor Graham Le Gros FRSNZ. “It is thoughtful, tightly-linked and breaks down silos that have been operating between institutions for many decades,” says Prof Le Gros.

@Malaghan Institute

Freshwater friends at Zealandia

The native birds are loud and proud at Te Māra-a-Tāne, Zealandia.  They flit amongst the canopy, call from the branches, preen on their perches, and even stroll across the paths.  But today we look past the manu, and instead focus on the humble freshwater fauna living their quiet lives amongst their boisterous feathered brethren.  
@Our Changing World RNZ

Seabed mining around Aotearoa – Expert Q&A

A select committee will consider the risks and benefits of seabed mining in New Zealand waters.
The effects of mining on ocean life and the environment will be weighed against the need for metals crucial to the production of “green technologies”.

We have all heard social media can impact women’s body image – but it isn’t all bad
While there is more than a decade of research into the negative effects of social media, a new study shows how women are taking control of their own online spaces to create more positive experiences.
Kim Toffoletti, Holly Thorpe, Rebecca Olive @The Conversation

Ngā take o te wā Events

31 Mei May, Wellington
The Survival of our Coral Reefs

Dr Christopher Cornwall, the recipient of the 2022 Hamilton Award, will talk on the threats and future growth of coral reefs. Ocean warming and acidification threaten the future growth of coral reefs. Ocean warming causes marine heatwaves which in turn cause mortality to resident corals, and alters the growth rates of reefs.
6 Hune June, Napier
Does exposure to germs in early life lead to better long term health?

Dr Kerry Hilligan started work at the Malaghan Institute in September 2022. She was awarded a Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2021. Under the fellowship, Dr Kerry is investigating how early infections or challenges to a developing immune system shape and influence it later in life

27 Hune June, Nelson
Ice and us - Adapting to rising sea levels
In the 80th Annual Thomas Cawthron Memorial Lecture, Professor Tim Naish FRSNZ and Professor Richard Levy will give the keynote address on how climate change is driving sea level rise and how their science is helping communities throughout Aotearoa respond to the challenges we face now and into the future. Dr Anna Berthelsen and Jacqui Stuart from Cawthron Institute will also share some of the science Cawthron is doing to understand and find solutions for climate change.
21-28 Mei May, Kaikōura
Kaikōura Dark Sky Expo

Hear internationally recognised researcher of sleep and circadian rhythms Professor Emeritua Philippa Gander FRSNZ, who contributed to our Blue Light Aotearoa expert advice, speak on the following during this Expo:   * Importance of the day / night cycle for the circadian biological clock. * The impact on sleep. * How being out of step with the day / night cycle effects our health and safety. * Why we are having these challenges and what we might be able to do about them. * The impact of artificial light at night on life on earth.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

JRSNZ special issue call for papers: Renewable energy: Enabling a just transition in Aotearoa New Zealand

The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand is calling for papers for a 2024 Special Issue entitled 'Renewable Energy: Enabling a just transition in Aotearoa New Zealand’. 

Submissions are invited with original contributions to fundamental and applied research related to renewable energy. The special issue will be compiled into the following themes:

  • Technological innovations.
  • Systems modelling and analyses.
  • Social and economic implications. 

Deadline for preliminary submissions: 30 Pipiri June 2023

Nominate your mentor for the Dell Award

Nominations for the Dame Miriam Dell Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring close on 31 May.
Mentors may be related to any part of the science system, from tertiary education onwards, for example, lecturers and supervisors in tertiary education, or those who act as mentors in the science workplace. Mentees also may be at any stage in the science system – from tertiary student to the science workforce.
Nomination guidelines and the nomination form (which should include two letters of support) are available at

Deadline: 31 Mei May 
Organisation: AWIS

Call for Applications: Horizon Europe National Contact Points

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is calling for applications for the roles of National Contact Points (NCPs) to support New Zealand's participation in Horizon Europe. The call is open to researchers at all career stages across the New Zealand research and innovation community.

The NCP role is an opportunity to become an expert in Horizon Europe and expand your network both domestically and internationally.
Deadline: 28 Mei May 
Organisation: MBIE 

Call for nominations for Women in Science international awards

The awards recognise five eminent women scientists from five regions of the world annually for their important contributions to the progress of science. Researchers are invited to nominate candidates in Life and Environmental Sciences for this year's awards.  An award of €100,000 is given to each of the five laureates selected by a jury of internationally renowned experts.

Closing date: 28 June 2023
Organisation: L'Oréal-UNESCO

Kaitohutohu Pāpāho Communications Advisor

Are you motivated to help New Zealanders have the evidenced-based information they need to make good decisions about a range of topical issues?

Do you value research and scholarship and want to raise the profile of researchers and mātauranga practitioners in Aotearoa New Zealand?

Royal Society Te Apārangi is seeking a Kaitohutohu Pāpāho Communications Advisor to provide communications and public relations support.

Applications close: 22 Mei May.

Enter Falling Walls Lab New Zealand

Falling Walls Lab New Zealand is the national competition to select a participant to represent Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Island Forum Nations at the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Germany. Finalists are given the opportunity to present their innovative breakthrough idea in any field - in just 3 minutes.

The top three winners of the Lab Finale in Germany are awarded prize money, the title of “Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year”, and the opportunity to present their idea once again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference.

The deadline for applications is Rāpare Thursday 1 June 2023, 5.00 pm NZST

Hui ā-Ipurangi Webinars

1.30pm EDT 25 Mei May
Advancing Health & Wellbeing of AANHPI Communities

Advancing health and wellbeing of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (Aanhpi) communities through leadership development and a shared health equity research agenda. This free event will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, interactive sessions, networking opportunities, and discussions to exchange knowledge and ideas on how to improve health outcomes and well-being for AANHPI communities.

4pm Thurs 8 Hune June
Te Tatauranga o ngā Manu Māra o Aotearoa – The New Zealand Garden Bird Survey

This year the Garden Bird survey is running 24 June–2 July, in this free webinar by the Science Learning Hub learn how your class can be part of New Zealand’s longest running citizen science project.

Join the Garden Bird survey researchers from Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research – Dr Angela Brandt and Dr Gradon Diprose. Register.

Ngā hui Conferences

3-6 September 2023, Auckland

Programme live for International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES19)

With more than 150 speakers from 25 countries, ICWES19 promises to offer anyone involved in the innovation sector any number of examples of how STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and, in particular, women in STEM are helping to change the world.
The conference programme, which will open with a keynote from futurist Dr Kristin Alford, includes keynote sessions focused on Antarctica, Space and the COVID-19 pandemic. An afternoon, including panel discussion, will explore how the STEM sector can become truly diverse and inclusive.
With streams of talks on seven areas of STEM, case studies focused on diversity and equality in STEM, and professional development workshops, the three-day programme has something for everyone. Following the conference, attendees are invited to join field trips to see Aotearoa New Zealand STEM in action.
Check out the programme or register for Early Bird prices at

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