Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1212

Research Honours Aotearoa winners celebrated in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington

All-electric aircraft, vaccine safety and communication about Covid-19 and a fit-for-purpose hijab design were among the topics of the researchers honoured at the final 2022 Research Honours Aotearoa regional event held at Parliament on Tuesday evening by Royal Society Te Apārangi, in association with the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

The medals and awards presented were:
Pickering Medal: Rod Badcock
Hutton Medal: Rupert Sutherland FRSNZ
Callaghan Medal: Michael Baker MNZM
Tahunui-a-Rangi Award: Deborah Cumming & Nina Weaver
Pou Aronui Award: Paul Millar
Mason Durie Medal: Hallie Buckley
Charles Fleming Award for Environmental Achievement: Ann Brower
Te Kōpunui Māori Research Award: Tara McAllister
Hamilton Award: Chris Cornwall
HRC Liley Medal: Colin Simpson

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Eddie Robertson FRSNZ (1919—2022)

Sadly, the oldest Fellow of Royal Society Te Apārangi, Dr Eddie Robertson, has died at age 103. Dr E I Robertson (Eddie) was one of the most influential persons in New Zealand science from 1951 to 1980. He was also a strong supporter of the Society.  In 1963 he was elected a Fellow of RSNZ, becoming a Councillor (1963-71) and the Foreign Secretary (1966-70). In 2019 he was guest of honour at the Academy's 100th Anniversary Dinner at Te Papa, being the oldest surviving Fellow and incidentally was 100 years in age at the time as well.

House of Science wins international award for contribution to chemistry education

A team of scientists from New Zealand have been named the winner of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) Horizon Prizes for Education. ‘House of Science New Zealand’, an Affiliate Member Organisation of Royal Society Te Apārangi, was chosen by the RSC’s prestigious panel of judges for the development of a vast library of hands-on, bilingual science resource kits that enable thousands of primary school teachers across New Zealand to deliver life-changing science lessons.

New issue of zoology journal

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Zoology has been published. It contains articles on a new Australo-Pacific species of orb-weaving spider genus, geographical distribution of coastal Diptera species in Aotearoa New Zealand and a study of oxidative stress response and biomarker gene expression in fish. 

New issue of geology and geophysics journal

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics has been published. It contains articles on paleotsunami record of the Auckland region for understanding tsunami hazards, a new rift model for Paparoa Formation, Greymouth Basin, and contrasting geology and mineralogy in salt-tolerant ecosystems in Maniototo basin, Central Otago. 

New issue of botany journal

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Botany has been published. It contains articles on New Zealand’s only endemic holoparasitic plant, biomes of Western Australia, forest biomes of Southern Africa, evidence that New Zealand flax was introduced to Norfolk Island and Chatham Islands by early East Polynesian voyagers and an obituary for Brian Molloy. 

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

New policy to make MBIE-funded research free online

Scientists have applauded a new policy requiring a vast chunk of taxpayer-funded research to be made freely available online.

The policy - applying to all new research projects funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) from 2023 - follows widespread sector calls for more open access to peer-reviewed research.
Jamie Morton @NZHerald

Kiwi to call the capital home as huge conservation project comes to fruition
Wellington’s status as an international nature capital will take a huge – and feathery – leap forward today, when 13 North Island brown kiwi are released into a predator-free area in the Mākara hills that is larger than Abel Tasman National Park.
Bess Manson @Stuff

Scientists drill down on pounamu properties

Why is pounamu so tough? That’s a question for the kaitiaki of this taonga, Ngāi Tahu, who will be working alongside a team from GNS Science | Te Pū Ao, as well as artisans and scientists from University of Otago to discover the special properties of Aotearoa's nephrite jade as part of a new Marsden Fund research project.
Mana Wikaire-Lewis @Te Ao Māori News

Tūpuna inspire a fire in the belly of ākonga Māori

A collection of stories about Te Tai Tokerau tūpuna is showcasing inspirational role models to accelerate ākonga Māori cultural pride, academic success and engagement at school and kura. Backed by extensive research, A fire in the belly of Hineāmaru by Melinda Webber (former Society Council Member and Rutherford Discovery Fellow) and Te Kapua O’Connor features stories of 24 inspirational tūpuna – their actions, values and aspirations.
@Education Gazette

COP27 comes to a close – Expert Reaction

Wealthy countries attending the annual UN Climate Change Conference have agreed to fund poor and vulnerable nations that are experiencing some of the worst effects of a changing climate. However, there have been delays in approving a wider deal outlining global resolve to fight climate change. The SMC asked experts to comment on the outcomes of this year’s conference.

Ngā take o te wā Events

29 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Palmerston North
GSNZ Public Lecture

A Geoscience Society of New Zealand talk with two speakers:

  • Warning! Natural hazard forecasts and why people respond in different ways, with Dr Sally Potter, Senior Social Scientist, GNS Science.
  • Past coastal earthquakes and tsunamis of Aotearoa/New Zealand, and preparing for our shaky future, with Dr Kate Clark, Paleoecologist / Earthquake Geologist, GNS Science.
28 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Napier
MacDiarmid Institute Regional Lecture Series: To Industry and Beyond

How do you go from a research lab to a new start-up company? In association with the Hawke's Bay Branch of Royal Society Te Apārangi,  Researchers Prof Aaron Marshall and Dr Laura Domigan will talk about the way that materials science spins into the hi-tech sector, as well as show careers for science students outside of the traditional university pathways.  

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Call for nominations UNEP Global Environment Outlook (GEO-7)

The ISC invites all Members to nominate experts to become part of the Multidisciplinary Expert Scientific Advisory Group (MESAG) to advise on the scientific credibility of the seventh edition of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-7) assessment and its accompanying Summary for Policymakers.

As the ISC member, the Society’s Academy Executive Committee will ratify the nominations, ahead of nominations being endorsed by Royal Society Te Apārangi and submitted to ISC by the deadline.

Send nomination form to the Society by 5:00pm Thursday 1 December.

Ngā hui Conferences

13 December, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington and online
New data and evidence on the organisation of science

A free Motu Public Policy Seminar with presentation by Julia Lane and panel discussion with Isabelle Sin, Meghan Stephens and Gary Dunnet on how we can use new types of data to understand the structure of research organisations – and bias against women in science. Study of the new data show the common measures of scientific productivity (like publications and patents) may incorrectly measure the productivity of marginalised groups.

1-3 February 2023, Ōtepoti Dunedin
1st New Zealand Hydrogen Symposium

NZHS-1 will be the first of this annual research-focussed hydrogen symposium series.  It is being supported by ‘team NZ’, in partnership with Ngāi Tahu, and including amongst others, the New Zealand Hydrogen Council, MacDiarmid Institute, Otago Energy Research Centre and many universities and CRIs. Further, they acknowledge the key role that the recent award of four German-New Zealand Green Hydrogen grants, supported by both the German BMBF and by MBIE in New Zealand, as well as the award of other large team hydrogen research grants in NZ by MBIE, has had in leading to ‘team NZ’ establishing this new annual research-focussed H2 symposium series.

Abstract submission is open and closes on Friday 2 December.

Early bird registration is also open, and will close on 12 December 2022.

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