Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1227

He Pito Mata 2023 a successful event

A two-day event for Aotearoa New Zealand's early career researcher community was held this week at Te Papa. Over 300 attendees and 50 speakers packed the venue's spaces over the two days.

He Pito Mata is a unique convergence of connecting, sharing and amplifying the kōrero of early career researchers in Aotearoa. This year’s gathering followed on from a successful event in 2021. If offered a platform to amplify the kōrero of early careers and wove together kaikōrero (speakers), 'on the couch' discussions, Q&A panels, meet and greet sessions and professional development sessions. 

Kaikōrero Matua (keynotes) were given by Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall, Associate Professor Ocean Mercier, and Professor Selina Tusitala Marsh FRSNZ.

Dr Sereana Naepi, who has been involved in the Early Career Researcher Forum for many years and is the Early Career Researcher Representative on the Council of Royal Society Te Apārangi said it was "an amazing event that has left me feeling inspired and ready to push for change".

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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. The global-scale effects of ocean warming and acidification on rates of coral reef growth remain poorly understood.

Talk details: 6pm Wed 31 May at Aronui Lecture Theatre, Royal Society Te Apārangi, Wellington.  Book now.

NZJGG call for papers: special issue on Geothermal systems around the Southern Circum-Pacific: Geology, energy resources, and exploration

This special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics invites submissions with a focus primarily on understanding geothermal systems around the southern Circum-Pacific.

View call for papers >

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

New university research centre hopes to transform Pacific health

A first of its kind university research centre dedicated to Pacific and global health solutions is launching today. Te Poutoko Ora a Kiwa is one of seven new research centres at the University of Auckland hoping to transform health for Pacific people in Aotearoa.
1 News @TVNZ

Applied science stigma holding back high-value economy

New Royal Society Te Apārangi Fellow pushes for greater recognition of applied science education and business leadership.  Callaghan Innovation food technology team leader Owen Catchpole FRSNZ pioneered the supercritical extraction process used to make high-value food products such as supplements.

Hui Hihiri - Kanapu National Online Wānanga 26 & 27 April
Māori communities need greater knowledge and access to the research, science and innovation sector and an on-line wānanga has been created to remedy this.  The wānanga has been created by Kanapu to share knowledge and expertise about the RSI sector with the aim of increasing opportunities for community-led projects at the grassroots level, says Kanapu Executive Director Vanessa Clark.

Most new Type 2 diabetes cases attributable to diet – Expert Reaction

Seven out of 10 new cases of Type 2 diabetes globally are attributable to a “suboptimal diet”, according to new overseas research. In an accompanying editorial, two NZ researchers say most governments have taken a “soft approach” based on education and information, but that actually “large-scale government action” is required.

Lobbying regulations are vital to any well functioning democracy – it’s time NZ got some
The recently announced review of New Zealand’s lobbying sector needs to tackle questions of transparency and access if it is to make any real difference to how industries influence decision making. 
Marta Rychert and Chris Wilkins @The Conversation

Ngā take o te wā Events

3 Mei May, Wellington
Cyclones, land use and forestry – how do we adapt?

Dr Tim Payn, Principal Scientist, Forest Ecology and Management, Scion Research, will talk on the history of production forestry in New Zealand, how forests are managed today, and what changes could be made to reduce impacts from these extreme events in the future.
6 June, 20 June, 12 July
From Zero to Fifty - Rutherford Lecture

The Dunedin Study has followed a cohort of over 1,000 people born in New Zealand during 1972-1973 for 50 years since birth, making them arguably the most studied group of human beings in history. The study won the prestigious 2022 Rutherford Medal. 

Book now for Auckland and Napier and Wellington with Dunedin talk details to be confirmed soon. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Public Consultation: Updating Aotearoa New Zealand's Approach to International Climate Change Negotiations

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) is consulting on Aotearoa New Zealand’s approach to international climate change negotiations.

Feedback will inform advice to the Government on an updated mandate to guide New Zealand’s participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) and other international climate fora.

Consultation closes 10 Mei May.

Call for 'Climate Change and Health' policy case studies

InterAcademy Partnership is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Save the Children. Together they are seeking submissions of case studies on the cross-cutting theme of 'Climate Change and Health Policy'. Submissions are especially welcome on the themes of: Food security and agriculture; Energy; Urbanization; and Health systems strengthening. 

Authors of selected case studies will be invited to present their work at a workshop in Trieste, Italy, and the case studies then edited into a published volume.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 Mei May
Organisation: IAP and Safe the Children


Kaiwhakahaere Tautuhi Rangahau Programme Manager – Insights & Evaluation

Royal Society Te Apārangi is seeking a programme manager to develop new ways of analysis and insights to report back on activities across our programmes.

What you’ll bring:

  • Ability to think critically and translate this thinking effectively into practice.
  • Ability to deliver complex, large, and enduring work programme(s) at pace.
  • Considerable experience of research data insights and/or evaluation.

Apply by Rāpere Thursday 11 Haratua May 2023

Kaimanaaki Pāpāho | Media Advisor - Science Media Centre

Royal Society Te Apārangi is seeking an experienced journalist or exceptional science communicator to join our small, dedicated team at the New Zealand Science Media Centre. The SMC is an independent, trusted source of resources that reporters and newsrooms rely on, improving the reach and relevance of media coverage of science, health, environment, technology, social and related issues in Aotearoa New Zealand.

You’ll ideally bring established networks of contacts in the New Zealand media and/or research sectors to support the work we do. Networks in te ao Māori or among Pacific communities are highly desirable, as is experience of building trusted relationships across different cultural contexts.

Apply by 23 Paenga-whāwhā April  2023. 

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

Ngā hui | Conferences

28 Nov- 1 Dec Tihema, Auckland
AGCNZHS Joint Conference

This year’s conference is organised by the New Zealand and Australian Chapters of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) and the NZ Hydrological Society (NZHS). Delegates are invited to join us at AUT for an interesting week of presentations, plenary speakers, networking functions and field trips.

The conference theme is “Manaaki Wai (caring for our water): learning from the past, adapting for the future”. It captures the idea that water is a living entity, with its own mauri (life force) that needs to be respected and cared for, which is central to te ao Māori (Māori worldview). It is up to communities, scientists, engineers and policy makers, to think about our past experiences, learn from our successes and failures, and adapt our thinking and priorities. These steps are necessary to prepare for and design a resilient future, at a critical turning point for our environment. 
Registrations are set to open on 28 April. Visit the website for more details:

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