Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1183

Call for nominations for the International Science Council Standing Committees

Royal Society Te Apārangi is calling for Expressions of Interest for nominations to International Science Council Standing Committee positions 2022-2025. We invite expressions of interest for membership of the following committees:

  • Committee for Science Planning
  • Committee for Outreach and Engagement
  • Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science
  • Committee for Finance

Standing Committees are set up to advise the ISC Governing Board on key aspects of the Council’s work and the Governing Board’s duties. These Committees shall be appointed by the Governing Board on the basis of nominations by Royal Society Te Apārangi.

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Marsden fund researcher co-edits special issue of New Zealand Geographer 

New Zealand Geographer has released a special issue titled 'New Horizons in the Politics of Water Governance' edited by Dr Ed Challies (Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management - University of Canterbury) and Dr Marc Tadaki (Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management - University of Canterbury, Coastal and Freshwater Group - Cawthron Institute).

Dr Marc Tadaki co-edited the issue as part of his Marsden Fast Start research grant, 'Channels of influence: how does river science structure political options and material realities?' (2020-2023).  

Papers in this special issue cover how and why we devalue lakes and urban streams and how we can reverse this, opportunities and tensions with cultural monitoring of freshwater, and two insightful Māori commentaries addressing the politics of Te Mana o Te Wai.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Critic and Conscience of Society Award winner highlights vaping threat to young New Zealanders

Professor Janet Hoek, University of Otago, Wellington, is the latest winner of a $50,000 grant from philanthropic trust The Gama Foundation in recognition of fulfilling her role under the Education and Training Act 2020, which requires university academics to act as the critic and conscience of society.
@Universities New Zealand - Te Pōkai Tara

Mycoplasma bovis nearly eradicated – Expert Reaction

The cattle disease which arrived in New Zealand nearly five years ago has been reduced down to a single farm following a world-first eradication campaign. The campaign involved the culling of thousands of cattle, which MPI has described as one of its biggest-ever biosecurity responses. The SMC asked experts to comment.
@Science Media Centre NZ 

Sinking cities: Why your town could have double the global rate of sea level rise

Many communities across Aotearoa are sinking, speeding up the effects of sea level rise due to climate change, according to a new data set from the NZ Searise project (which includes scientists from GNS Science, Niwa and VUW). A lucky few are rising, making for wildly varying situations around the coast.
Eloise Gibson & Felippe Rodrigues @Stuff

What would you do with a million hectares? 

Stewardship land has gone from obscurity to primetime in 2022. All eyes are on a new national panel of experts, a new mana whenua panel of iwi representatives and the Minister of Conservation as they decide the fate of nine per cent of Aotearoa’s total land area—with the first million hectares to be dealt with in eight months.
Nic Low @New Zealand Geographic

Father of demography, Ian Pool, passes away

The University of Waikato's flag is flying at half-mast to acknowledge the passing of Emeritus Professor Ian Pool CNZM FRSNZ.

Widely known as the 'father of demography' in Aotearoa, Professor Pool joined the university in 1978. He started the Population Studies Centre in 1982 and was its Director for more than 20 years. He was also a driving force behind the PSC's successor, the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, now known as Te Ngira.
@University of Waikato

Ngā take o te wā Events

11 Haratua May: Diane Brunton (Ecology and Conservation Group, Massey University Auckland) Cultural evolution of bird song: dialects, learning, function and diversity

25 Haratua May: Angus McIntosh (University of Canterbury), Challenges for the conservation of freshwater ecosystems in a warming Aotearoa

8 Pipiri June: Leon Perrie (Te Papa) New Zealand’s ferns and lycophytes: relationships and distribution

22 Pipiri June: Mike Joy, (Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington) Source water: the crucial missing ‘water’ from the new Taumata Arowai Three Waters legislation

6 Hōngongoi July: Alison Ballance (Broadcaster and writer, Nelson) Heart beats in the night – Stories from a life in nature

20 Hōngongoi July: Manpreet Dhami (Manaaki Whenua, Lincoln) Improving Kiwi health through the microbiome – it’s a gut feeling

Paper koha on entry, registration required

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

25 Haratua May, 9:30am–4:00pm
Long COVID: Journeying together through the fog

Several New Zealand universities are collaborating to bring together national and international speakers, to share their learnings about how best to support people who experience ongoing symptoms following a COVID-19 infection. They hope that by sharing learnings, more clarity can be gained about this group's early identification, initial support, and rehabilitation service needs.

17 Haratua May 1:00pm-2:00pm
Effective community engagement for a diverse tech workforce

Local tech talent is all around us, but we need to be better at supporting youth into tech careers. STEM Alliance Aotearoa presents a panel of tech professionals, educators and community activators passionate about uplifting the next generation of local tech talent. Hear about why STEM community engagement initiatives are critical to bridging the gap between tech industries and the education system.

17 Haratua May, 6:30-7:30pm
Earth Caught in Stone

This upcoming webinar is hosted by the Geopark in Oamaru in association with the Travelling Art+Science exhibition, 'Earth - Caught in Stone'. Join virtually to meet some of the scientists and artists from the exhibition at the Forrester Gallery.

Scientists from the Geology Department, University of Otago and GNS are included in the line up for this pecha-kucha style event.

3 Piripi June, 3.00-4:00pm 
Examining marine biogeographical patterns and trophic interactions in Antarctica through eDNA

For the next lecture in the Genomics Aotearoa seminar series, Dr Gert-Jan Jeunen will present his research on environmental DNA (eDNA) and its use to monitor biodiversity.

Gert-Jan Jeunen is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Anatomy at the University of Otago. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Call for World Climate Research Programme Joint Scientific Committee member nominations

Nominations are sought for the Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) for a four-year term from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2026. The JSC provides scientific guidance for all aspects of the WCRP’s work, aligned with the overall aims and interests of its sponsoring organisations: the World Meteorological Organization, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and the International Science Council.

The JSC is an inclusive source of leadership for international climate research and seeks nominations of excellent scientists with a proven track record from around the globe.

Deadline for self nomination: 15 Haratua May 
Organisation: World Climate Research Programme

Human Frontier Science Program 2023 Post-Doctoral Fellowships: Open call for applications

The HFSP fellowships support proposals for frontier, potentially transformative research in the life sciences. Applications for high-risk projects are encouraged. Projects should be interdisciplinary in nature and should challenge existing paradigms by using novel approaches and techniques. Scientifically, they should address an important problem or a barrier to progress in the field. HFSP postdoctoral fellowships encourage early career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country. Two types of fellowships are offered: Long Term Fellowships and Cross-disciplinary Fellowships.  

Deadline for statement of intent: 19 Haratua May
Organisation: Human Frontier Science Program

Vacancy at Royal Society Te Apārangi: Kaimanaaki Tautuhi Rangahau Publishing and ORCID Advisor 

This is a varied role and ideally suited to a person with good knowledge of the research system in New Zealand along with experience of ORCID and/or academic publishing. The role works with the Publishing Programme Manager in preparing and publishing 8 journals. You will also be the ‘go-to person’ for ORCID in New Zealand.

Application deadline: 16 Haratua May 
Organisation:  Royal Society Te Apārangi

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