Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1152

Kia ora be well Aotearoa

On Tuesday the New Zealand Government announced that we would be re-entering a nationwide Alert Level 4 lockdown due to the emergence of a positive COVID-19 case within the community.
While we're in lockdown, let’s all remember to kia atawhai be kind and me toro ki ētahi atu check in on each other. We’ve done this before and we can do it again. Kia kaha stay strong, kia ora be well. 

For up to date information regarding COVID-19 Alert Levels, cases and vaccines please refer to the Ministry of Health or Unite Against COVID-19 website, including the contact tracing locations of interest.

Hang in there Aotearoa. Kia mataara! Be vigilant.

Speaker’s Science Forum Event on Cybersecurity

Last Wednesday evening we held our regular Speaker’s Science Forum event in the Banquet Hall at parliament.

Our theme was Cybersecurity in Aotearoa New Zealand and we had three excellent presenters speaking to Members of Parliament. A team presentation from Giovanni Russello and Danielle Lottridge, from the University of Auckland, covered the topic of phishing - what it is, what it does and, importantly, what their research shows about our vulnerability to it - particularly when we are rushed or stressed when dealing with email.

Clementine Gritti, from the University of Canterbury, spoke about the importance of keeping the information on our computers secure, especially when transferring it from one place to another.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Excellence in research
Check out MBIE's Science Advisors' take on what research excellence is and why it matters to you.
@Gary Evans, Rob Murdoch and Hamish Spencer FRSNZ
Deforestation leads to flight loss in New Zealand insects
A new study, supported by a Marsden Grant, has revealed new evidence of rapid evolution in New Zealand’s native insect species in response to increased exposure to wind from the loss of shelter due to deforestation.
@University of Otago
Kiwi numbers up in Northland as pest and dog control efforts pay off
A five-yearly survey shows kiwi protection in Northland is working, with the national icon moving into areas previously deserted.
Denise Piper @Stuff
Is it cheaper to be bigger? 
An international research team, with funding from the Rutherford Foundation, has discovered a case of male beetles that are not only extremely different in size, but also provide an answer to long-standing puzzle in evolutionary biology: how can larger animals afford the energetic cost of making and maintaining disproportionately large weapons? Watch animation.
@Sci Tech Daily
Fly expert on his discovery of a new Indigenous fly species
A new native species of fly has been discovered near Dunedin after Entomologist Steve Kerr stumbled upon it while out for a hike.
@RNZ Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan

Ngā take o te wā Events

The Adventure of Discovery
The two upcoming 2020 Rutherford Lectures by Distinguished Professor Brian Boyd FRSNZ have been cancelled due to the changes in COVID-19 Alert Levels. The second of Brian's talks was meant to take place tonight in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, the final in Ōtautahi on 26 August. 
Cafe Scientifique: Morbid curiosity - putting the dark in dark tourism
This talk by Professor Michael Lück, which was meant to take place next week in Tāmaki Makaurau, has been postponed due to the change in COVID-19 Alert Levels. New date to be confirmed.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Apply for DiscoveryCamp 2022

Experience science in a fun, hands-on environment and work with some of New Zealand's top researchers! This is a week-long science camp for current Year 12 and 13 Māori and Pasifika students with a genuine passion for the sciences.

Closing date: 3 September
Organisation: The MacDiarmid Institute
Apply for NanoCamp 2022

This is a full week of residential lab experience with top scientists, completing hands-on investigations into a range of topics including electron microscopy, laser physics and nano-electronics.

Applications are open for Year 12 or 13 students with a strong academic background who are planning to continue with science.

Closing date: 3 September
Organisation: The MacDiarmid Institute
Prime Minister's Science Prizes applications open

Applications are now open for the 2021 round of prizes. There are five different prizes to be awarded that celebrate and raise the profile of science among New Zealanders, in Aotearoa and internationally.

Closing date: 15 October
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi, MBIE, New Zealand Government
ANZCCART Secondary Student Essay Competition 2021 (downloadable link)

This competition aims to inspire students to think critically about the role animal research plays in today’s society and to engage with the difficulties that surround animal use. There is a first prize of $100, a second prize of $75 and a third prize of $50. 

Closing date: 16 November
Organisation: The Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART)
Enter the ANZCCART (NZ) Communication Competition 2021 (downloadable link)
This competition aims to encourage thinking about communicating the role animal research and teaching plays in today’s society, in an engaging way. It is open to organisations and individuals, as well as tertiary education students.

Entries can include: animation, painting, sculpture, music, video, presentation, dance, writing or even cooking, although for 2021 the judges will have a focus on animations or podcasts on the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement).

Closing date: 16 November
Organisation: The Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART)

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

31 August
Urban Ecology and the Role of Nature in our Future Cities
In this webinar, as part of the 2021 Sustainability Society Series, panelists will explore the multifaceted role that nature can play in Aotearoa's future urban spaces.

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