Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1171

Call for nominations

The Academy of Royal Society Te Apārangi is calling for nominations and applications for medals, awards and research opportunities for the 2022 round. A web portal has been set up to receive nominations. The closing date for nominations and applications is 31 March 2022. View details of the medals, awards and research opportunities.

Please email if you wish to submit a nomination and you will be provided with a URL to access the web portal. For the Rutherford Medal, MacDiarmid Medal, Pickering Medal, and Tahunui-a-Rangi Award, please identify whether the nomination is for an individual or team, as team nominations require a different URL. As in the past, the Society’s Academy is focused on increasing the diversity of nominations from under-represented groups, particularly with respect to gender, ethnicity and employment context.

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New Year Honours

Royal Society Te Apārangi would like to congratulate three of our Fellows who were recognised in the 2022 New Year Honours list. They were: Read more > 

Nominations for Ngā Takahoa a Te Apārangi Companions

Royal Society Te Apārangi has opened nominations for Ngā Takahoa a Te Apārangi Companions. This honour recognises outstanding leadership or eminent contributions to promoting and advancing humanities, science or technology in New Zealand. View profiles of last year's cohort.

Nominations are open until 30 April 2022.


New issue of journal of horticultural science

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science has been released, including articles on a new method for recognising green grapes in an orchard, and an evaluation of the drought resistance of almond varieties in China. 


New issue of zoology journal

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Zoology has been released, including articles on the effects of zoo visitors on zoo-housed little penguins, and the impacts of environmental and human disturbances on the behaviour of captive kiwi.  


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Boost to NZ COVID-19 testing
Changes to PCR testing and drawing on technology like robots, will give New Zealand a surge capacity of 20,000 extra daily COVID-19 tests.
@Science Media Centre
Artificial intelligence equal to diagnosing prostate cancer, study finds
Artificial intelligence systems are able to diagnose prostate cancer biopsies with the same level of accuracy as specialist uropathologists, and better than many general pathologists, an international team of researchers, including Brett Delahunt ONZM FRSNZ, has found.
@University of Otago Wellington
Pristine coral reef found off the coast of Tahiti
Deep in the South Pacific, scientists have explored a rare stretch of pristine corals shaped like roses off the coast of Tahiti. The reef is thought to be one of the largest found at such depths and seems untouched by climate change or human activities.
Victoria Milko @Stuff
New INGSA Horizons podcast
Brought to you by the world's leading network for science advice and science diplomacy practitioners, INGSA Horizons is a podcast of challenging topics of interest to everyone. 
@International Science Council

Ngā take o te wā Events

12-13 February, Online
2022 New Zealand Melanoma Summit
The Melanoma Network of New Zealand (MelNet) bring health professionals and experts together at their annual conference to discuss recent developments in melanoma management, and identify priorities for action for New Zealand going forward.
September, In-person and Online
International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists
The three-yearly conference of the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists shares the amazing success stories of women working in science and engineering across New Zealand, while welcoming others to share their expertise. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Human Frontier Science Program

This programme offers research grants for scientists at the frontiers of knowledge and risk on the complex mechanisms of living organisms in Life Sciences Research.

Closing Date: Initiate an application by 24 March
Organisation: Human Frontier Science Program

Catalyst: Seeding January 2022 call is now open

Catalyst: Seeding facilitates new small and medium pre-research strategic partnerships that cannot be supported through other means, and with a view to developing full collaborations that could be supported through Catalyst: Strategic over time.

For detailed information on open funding opportunities, please refer to the Catalyst: Seeding guidelines.

Closing date: 14 April
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Catalyst: Leaders January 2022 call is now open

Catalyst: Leaders supports incoming and outgoing targeted international fellowships for exceptional individuals that cannot be supported through other means. It provides funding for a number of pre-existing and new sub-programmes.

For detailed information please refer to the Catalyst: Leaders guidelines. 

Closing date: 14 April
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

24 February
Ngā Kōrero: Marine Megafauna
Ngā Kōrero is a free webinar series designed to foster better communication about various ocean-related topics. In this series you will hear from experts in marine science and mātauranga Māori, learn about new discoveries and progress in marine protection, and increase awareness of opportunities for action.

Mō Te Apārangi | About Us

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