Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1133

Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga

"We have resources, we have political capital, we have courageous ideas - what matters at this time is the ability to enact our own back-to-the-future solutions that serve our community."

Sacha McMeeking (Ngāi Tahu) is head of Aotahi - the School of Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Canterbury. She researches and works at the interface of the resurgence of Indigenous self-determination, social enterprise and wider social transformation. 
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JRSNZ call for papers: Longitudinal research in Aotearoa New Zealand

This special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand invites submissions with a focus on health and medical longitudinal research. The issue aims to highlight key past findings and the latest evidence, as well as to consider the past impact and future implications of longitudinal research in supporting policy-making decisions, clinical practice, and pure research.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Christchurch 'climate action campus' a first-of-its-kind
Ōtautahi will soon be home to a climate action campus which will show rangatahi ways they can take action for the taiao environment.
Bioengineers develop potential game-changer in gut treatment
Researchers, supported by a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship, have demonstrated that a technique widely used to correct an abnormally beating heart could be applied to correct disorders of the stomach.  
@The University of Auckland
Good nutrition starts with bioavailability science
In 2018 the world produced enough calories to feed everyone on Earth. However, around 700 million people still went hungry and over 30 per cent of food was wasted. There were also two major shortfalls in important nutrients - calcium and vitamin E. 
Nick Smith & Glenda Lewis @Stuff
Dinosaur-killing asteroid strike gave rise to Amazon rainforest
A new study suggests that the asteroid impact that killed off the dinosaurs gave birth to our planet's tropical rainforests.

Ngā take o te wā Events

12 April, Christchurch
Wild Ōtautahi
Do you know how many different spiders live in Canterbury? Do you know the name of a fish that likes to sunbathe? Inspired by Gavin Bishop’s illustrations from his book Wildlife of Aotearoa, this exhibition will tell a story about the wildlife habitats of Ōtautahi Christchurch.
13 April, Rotorua
Talking tree rings
In this talk, Dr Gretel Boswijk will discuss the development of a 4500-year tree-ring chronology from kauri
(Agathisaustralis) and highlight how parts of that record are being applied to enhance understanding of past environmental and social change in New Zealand.
15 April, Palmerston North
Professions and researchers - in ethical decline?
For the bi-annual Earle lecture, Dr Andrew Cleland FRSNZ - the Society's previous Chief Executive - will examine the way in which self-regulating professions have evolved, with a focus on how the engineering profession has responded to challenges over the last thirty years in Aotearoa.
15 April, Timaru
Darwin, cousin marriage and genetics
Professor Hamish Spencer will talk about close family relations, genetics and differing societal attitudes over time. He will explore why attitudes to close relations marriages vary around the world, while also discussing eugenics, and how Western multicultural societies are grappling with conflicting attitudes today.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Call for ISC members to share transformational science stories

BBC StoryWorks, the commercial content studio of BBC Global News, is producing a new series exploring the role of science in solving humankind’s most complex challenges. The BBC StoryWorks team invites submissions to be considered for the series.

The International Science Council’s members will have a critical role to play in developing the storylines for the series by identifying impactful, solutions-oriented science that will allow the BBC StoryWorks team to create compelling content that activates emotions, whilst delivering the key messages that advance public understanding of scientific research and practice, strengthening levels of public trust in science.

Closing date: 30 April
Organisation: International Science Council
Become a Science Engagement Manager with Otago Museum 

The Otago Museum is seeking a talented and organised manager to lead a team to develop and deliver a range of science themed engagement programmes and activities, that will educate and excite audiences both within the museum and throughout communities across Aotearoa.

The ideal candidate will have strong relationship management skills and the ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously. They will need to manage the expectations and activities of a range of internal and external partners, and drive a busy schedule of events.

Closing date: 3 May
Organisation: Otago Museum
Call for nominations for Women in Science international awards

The awards recognise five eminent female scientists from five regions of the world annually for their remarkable contributions to the advancement of science. Researchers are invited to nominate candidates in Life and Environmental Sciences for this year's awards.

Closing date: 31 May 
Organisation: L'Oréal-UNESCO

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