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Opportunity to hear from newest Fellows

From fertility treatments to how to sustain Indigenous research, Fellows and Honorary Fellows elected last year to the Academy of Royal Society Te Apārangi for distinction in research and/or advancement of pūtaiao science, hangarau technology and aronui humanities will be giving short presentations on their rangahau research.

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Students head to Taipei to represent New Zealand 

Two students selected by Royal Society Te Apārangi head the Taiwan International Science Fair this week.

Margaret Brimble made a Dame and other New Year Honours

Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble was made a Dame in this year's New Year Honours for services to science. 

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News  

Ngā Pae O Te Māramatanga: New Board Chair Kerensa Johnson announced | New AlterNative Journal Co-Editor Dr Carwyn Jones announced | Co-Director Professor Jacinta Ruru FRSNZ joins Te Papa Board

NZ Herald: $7.1 million pledge to build biomedical research hubGene-edited babies: Scientist 'violated research norms to be famous' | When will Antarctica's marine ice sheets melt? | Food forensics: How did that needle get in your fruit?

Newsroom: Time to overhaul NZ’s pesticide rules | Vets plead for MPI to ban direct marketing of 'top shelf' antibiotics to farmers

RNZ: Gene editing research highlights challenges in using CRISPR for pest control | Ardern for climate change action: Be 'on the right side of history' | Moturua Island archaeological dig unearths Polynesian tools

Our Changing World: 'Fish ear bones are like a diary' | Our relationship with urban green spaces | Kākāpō super-studs and hitting the reset button

Events

Ornamental to detrimental: The invasion of New Zealand by non-native plants: 11 February, Rotorua; 18 February, Wellington. Due to popular demand Dr Philip Hulme FRSNZ will be delivering his 2018 Leonard Cockayne lecture in two more locations. 

The Night of Ideas: 31 January, Wellington. The French Embassy is bringing together philosophers, scientists, sociologists, psychologists, legal experts and artists to discuss some of today’s most significant issues in the first NZ edition of La Nuit des Idées.

Dr Jane Goodall - Rewind the Future NZ tour: 19 May, Wellington; 25 May, Auckland; 30 May Christchurch. Dr Goodall will speak about devoting her life to making a difference for all, and the power of individual action to enable us to change the course of time.

Opportunities

James G. Hay Travel Award applications open: For New Zealand university staff or post-graduate students engaged in research or study in the field of biomechanics to attend and present a paper at the biennial Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. Closing date 31 January. 

Impacts of rapid technological change on the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Input is being sought from scientists, engineers, economists and policy analysts to contribute to this UN report, please email for further information. Due date 31 January

Sir Peter Blake Youth Enviroleaders Forum: Open to New Zealand senior students Years 11-13 for a fully-funded programme focusing on different environmental issues related to climate change, our oceans, freshwater and biodiversity. Applications close 22 February. 

Call for nominations for Companion of the Royal Society Te Apārangi: The call for nominations for Companions is now open until 29 March

Call for Royal Society Te Apārangi Medals and Awards: The call for nominations is now open with a closing date of 29 March. Please note the date is earlier than in previous years.

Open call for Catalyst Fund 2019: Catalyst: Seeding facilitates new small and medium pre-research strategic partnerships; Catalyst: Leaders supports incoming and outgoing targeted international fellowships for exceptional individuals. Closing date 18 April.

Call for nominations to Fellowship of the Royal Society Te Apārangi: The call for nominations is now open with a closing date of 30 April. Please note that this is a month later than in previous years.

2019 Royal Society Te Apārangi Charles Fleming Fund applications open: Charles Fleming Publishing Award for up to $8,000 to support preparation of scientific books and relevant publications | Charles Fleming Senior Scientist Award annual grant worth up to $10,000 to support a senior scientist's research. Closing date 29 March 2019

2019 Royal Society Te Apārangi funding applications open: The Hutton Fund for research in New Zealand zoology, botany, and geology, and the Skinner Fund for research in Māori and Polynesian culture.

Conferences 

8th International Conference on Polar & Alpine Microbiology: 4-8 February, Hamilton. The first Polar and Alpine Microbiology conference in the Southern Hemisphere, this event will include oral and poster presentations with a mid-week day off to participate in a number of organised day trips into the heart of New Zealand.

3D Printing in Medicine Summer Course: 11-14 February, Christchurch. This course is designed for health professionals, bioengineering or health-research students, and allied health innovators who want to quickly orient themselves to 3D printing technologies and their use in medicine.

iMean6 - Interaction and Meaning Conference. 15-17 April, Wellington. This conference aims to encourage multidisciplinary thinking and to create new pathways in linguistic research.

Crazy & Ambitious 2 - New Zealand's Biological Heritage National Science Challenge: 20-21 May 2019. Panel discussions, live Q&As, keynote speakers and quick-fire updates on the science and research being done across 18 National Science Challenge parties.

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