Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1207

Ada Lovelace Day 2022: Celebrating Marsden women
working in mathematics 

In honour of Ada Lovelace Day last week (11 Whiringa-a-nuku October 2022), we highlight the work of three recent Marsden Fund wāhine researchers who are following in Ada’s mathematical footsteps. Ka rawe!

Dr Jodie Hunter, Institute of Education at Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa Massey University, Albany, was awarded a Marsden Fund Fast-Start to explore culturally embedded ways of knowing and successful mathematical experiences of Pāsifika learners outside of school.

Dr Charlotte Jones-Todd, Lecturer in Statistics at Waipapa Taumata Rau University of Auckland, was awarded a Marsden Fund Fast-Start to better understand how events cluster in time and space.  This work will help explain the underlying mechanisms behind real-world phenomena such as tweets going viral, neighbourhood crime waves, and earthquake aftershocks. 

Professor Bing Xue, of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington received a Marsden Fund Standard grant in 2019 to use deep learning algorithms to address current challenges in identifying patterns in images for many real-world applications.

Read the full profiles of these incredible wāhine below!

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Prime Minister's Future Scientist Prize

There's still time to nominate a tauira student for Te Puiaki Kaipūtaiao Ānamata the Prime Minister's Future Scientist Prize!

The prize, worth $50,000, is for a Year 12 or Year 13 tauira student who has undertaken a science research, mathematics, technological or an engineering project, and is studying in a New Zealand registered school.

Nominations for all other categories in Ngā Puipuiaki Pūtaiao a Te Pirimia the 2022 Prime Minister's Science Prizes are now closed. 

Closing date: 1 Whiringa-ā-rangi November 2022  

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Health system rethink on ADHD desperately needed - advocate

ADHD New Zealand chairperson Darrin Bull says the current system is creating harm due to a chronic lack of resources to meet the needs of people who want to get a diagnosis and treatment, and it must be fixed.

Nine to Noon @RNZ

Despite the myth, deer are not an ecological substitute for moa and should be part of NZ’s predator-free plan

The latest evidence shows deer are nothing like moa, with completely different ecological impacts. Deer browsing also contributes to climate change by killing trees, which release carbon as they rot.

Nick Rawlence @The Conversation

Genetic modification in New Zealand: Scientists call for 20-year rethink

Twenty years after the Corngate scandal turned genetic modification into a political hot potato, leading science figures hope a new review will bring changes

Jamie Morton @NZ Herald

Environment watchdog says more data needed to support decision-making – Expert Reaction

A new report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment highlights the need for more environmental data so we can measure the impact of our expenditure and understand whether or not our priorities are in order. The SMC asked experts to comment. 
@Science Media Centre

Ngā take o te wā Events

29 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Nelson
Cawthron Institute Open Day 

This year Cawthron’s Open Day will focus on how climate change is likely to affect our ocean and freshwater environments, and the solutions Cawthron is working on. Come along for a behind-the-scenes look at New Zealand’s largest independent science organisation.   

27 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Online
The Impact of COVID 19 on women in the STEM workforce

Join the Australian Academy of Science and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, together with colleagues from around the region for an interactive virtual thinktank on how the pandemic is affecting the Women in STEM workforce.

26 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Online
Café Scientifique: An Overview of Stormwater Environmental Enhancement Projects

Pete Brooks, Chartered Environmentalist and Water and experienced Environmental Manager, will provide an overview of the kind of work being undertaken to improve water quality and ultimately the ecological health of our urban streams and coastal waters.

25 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Napier
From Mihoutao to Kiwifruit

Kiwifruit originally come from China, where they are known as Mihoutao. This talk, hosted by the Royal Society Hawke's Bay Branch, features esteemed botanist, Dr Ross Ferguson ONZM, will explain how, from an introduced plant, kiwifruit became an important commercial New Zealand fruit crop.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Job opening: Geomorphologist, Manaaki Whenua

Manaaki Whenua are looking for an enthusiastic geomorphologist to join the erosion processes team to help develop new avenues of research and consultancy projects in catchment erosion and sediment processes, mitigation, and modelling.

Application deadline: 14 Whiringa-ā-rangi November

Job opening: General Manager - Māori Partnerships, Manaaki Whenua

As our GM Māori Partnerships, you will provide strategic leadership across Manaaki Whenua for our engagement and partnership with the Māori sector.  

Application deadline: 6 Whiringa-ā-rangi November

Call for papers: Special issue on fossil vertebrates from southern Zealandia

This special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand invites submissions of papers concerning taxonomic descriptions, paleobiological and functional analyses of Zealandia vertebrates.

Please email a preliminary title, list of potential authors and a short descriptive paragraph outlining the scope of your proposed manuscript to the guest editors, Dr Carolina Loch (Otago), Dr Daniel Thomas (Massey) and Dr Jeffrey Robinson (Otago) at

EOI deadline: 1 Whiringa-ā-rangi November 

Ngā hui Conferences

14-18 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Online
ResBaz Aotearoa 2022: Registrations Open!

Research Bazaar is a festival promoting digital literacy in research and is open to all researchers and postgraduate research students in Aotearoa! Register free for 45+ online workshops covering topics such as digital design, programming languages, publishing your research, and high performance computing. 

29-30 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Wellington
Understanding Risk Forum: GNS Setellite hub

GNS Science is excited to be working with the World Bank to bring their Understanding Risk Forum (UR22), hosted in Brazil, to the Asia-Pacific region by hosting a satellite hub at The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

This is the premier event for representatives from government, academia, international institutions and private sector in New Zealand and Asia Pacific to share knowledge on the latest developments and local perspectives in disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.

16-18 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Dunedin
SCANZ Conference: Communicating through the noise

The theme of this year’s Science Communication Association of New Zealand (SCANZ) conference is “Communicating through the noise”. The last few years have proven how a sea of misinformation can drown out credible sources of information. It has shown us the importance of tailoring our information so that it is meaningful and resonates with the values of our audience. The series of speakers and workshops are designed to address how we can communicate science more effectively in Aotearoa through the maelstrom of contradictory sources, extreme opinions and political complexity.

23-25 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Christchurch
New Zealand Geographical Society Conference

Early Bird registrations are closing on Thursday 20 October for the biennial conference, Toitū: Geographies of Resilience. With four renowned keynote speakers: Dr Gail Tipa (Kai Tahu), Professor Katharine McKinnon (University of Canberra), Professor Julian Agyeman (Tufts University) and Professor Rebecca Lave (Indiana University) and over 160 presentations, the conference is going to be exciting and informative. View details of the conference or register

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