Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1213

Change in Senior Editor of the New Zealand Journal of Botany

The New Zealand Journal of Botany’s long serving Senior Editor, Associate Professor Chris Lusk (Waikato), will complete his remarkable eight-year tenure and step down at the end of 2022.

Chris took on this demanding role in 2015 with a clear strategy and bold vision, raising the journal’s profile as a key plant science journal in the southern hemisphere. 

Dr Lara Shepherd (Te Papa) has been appointed as the new Senior Editor, effective from 1 January 2023.

Coming out of the galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM) sector, Lara is one of the most prolific authors in NZJB, contributing a total of 29 papers to the journal as well as other Royal Society Te Apārangi journals throughout her research career and is well-placed to build on the journal's existing strengths and achievements.

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2023 Science Teaching Leadership Programme Applications are now live!

Applications and nominations for the Science Teaching Leadership Programme 2023 are now live, tono mai and apply now!

The Science Teaching Leadership Programme supports the Government’s strategic direction for Science in Society by providing opportunities for primary and intermediate schools and secondary science departments to enhance the teaching of science within their school communities.

We are accepting applications for the second cohort starting in Term 3, 2023.
Read more and apply now.

UN Water Conference - Call for experts

The United Nations Water Conference will take place from 22-24 March 2023. The conference will be organised around plenaries and interactive dialogues on 5 themes:       

  1. Water for Health
  2. Water for Sustainable Development
  3. Water for Climate       
  4. Water for Cooperation
  5. Water Action Decade.
The International Science Council is seeking nominations of experts to form a group of around 10 individuals to support the development of an ISC white paper addressing the conference themes. In addition, experts may also be invited to make contributions to the preparatory process of the conference upon request by the United Nations.

As the ISC member, nominations must be endorsed and submitted by Royal Society Te Apārangi. Please use website form and nominate by 12 December. 

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Excessive TV viewing as a child can lead to higher risk of smoking, gambling - study

A new University of Otago study using unique, follow-up data from the Dunedin Study, which won the Rutherford Medal recently, shows excessive television viewing as a child can lead to a higher risk of tobacco use and gambling disorders in adulthood. They recommend an average limit of two hours of TV a day, with every hour over that potentially compounding the problems experienced later in life.
Kristie Boland @Stuff

Why the big Lake Taupō shake wasn't your typical earthquake

The 5.6 earthquake that shook Taupō residents from their beds overnight has its origins in a different type of subterranean activity, according to GNS. The shake on Wednesday night, like all those recorded at Lake Taupō this year, was the result of tectonic earthquakes yet volcanic processes were driving it, says the organisation tasked with monitoring New Zealand’s geological activity.
Jonah Franke-Bowell @Stuff

Michael Baker: Why (and how) to avoid catching Covid for Christmas

An epidemiologist just honoured for his role as a pandemic evidence-broker is urging Kiwis to avoid becoming part of a summer wave that could push daily Covid-19 cases to 11,000. Otago University’s Professor Michael Baker, who’s become one of New Zealand’s most visible and trusted experts, tonight received the Royal Society Te Apārangi’s Callaghan Medal for science communication.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald

You don't require a fully developed adult brain to make informed decisions

Dr Hilary Dutton (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is a University of Canterbury researcher in the School of Educational Studies and Leadership and a Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. OPINION: The Supreme Court’s recent decision on the voting age was momentous...
Hilary Dutton @Stuff

Farmers to be recognised for sequestering carbon - Expert Reaction

The Government is committed to sequestration being recognised from 2025. Transitional arrangements in place from 2025 with entry into the Emissions Trading Scheme will follow later. Climate Change Minister James Shaw said there is still more technical work to be done. The SMC asked experts what we still need to learn about on-farm sequestration. 

Ngā take o te wā Events

9 Tihema December, Wellington & online
Inclusion in disaster risk reduction. A Café des Idées with Crystal Fa’asolo and Loïc Le Dé 

Listen to Crystal Fa’asolo and Loïc Le Dé as they share their knowledge and experience in disaster management in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific islands.

Crystal’s presentation will delve into the importance of using Pasifika methodologies such as talanoa and talanga within disaster studies. She will also discuss the challenges and opportunity associated with this approach.

Loïc, on the other hand, will focus on inclusion through participatory approaches and tools for disaster risk reduction by drawing upon recent work in the region. In English - some French may occur!

6 Tihema December, Taradale
Deficit irrigation as a way to modulate Syrah quality parameters: Does less water make better wine?

To have a better understanding of how Syrah vines respond to soil drying, and how best to schedule irrigation for optimising quality would benefit all growers in the Hawke’s Bay region in terms of both conserving increasingly scarce water resources and improving fruit quality for winemaking. Two Syrah vineyards, one in the Gimblett Gravels and one in the Bridge Pa Triangle sub-region were selected and monitored by Dr Chandré Honeth during the 2020 and 2021 season. In this lecture, Dr Honeth will talk about the results from this trial and also give further insights into using deficit irrigation as a tool for improving quality parameters in Syrah in Hawkes Bay.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Have your say on how we innovate and shape the future for thriving biodiversity

Submissions are now invited on the draft Long-term Insights Briefing, developed by the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai (DOC) and Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).

The aim of this briefing is to enhance public debate and contribute to future decision making for improved biodiversity outcomes. 

Consultation on the draft briefing is open until 16 January 2023. To read the draft briefing and submit feedback, please visit the website.

Have your say on regulation of methamphetamine contamination in rental housing

Public consultations have opened on a proposal to finally clarify what level of methammine residue inside rental homes is a health problem that needs to be addressed. A 2018 report by Professor Sir Peter Gluckman FRSNZ found the meth contamination standards were being inappropriately applied, and the health risks overstated. However, it is still unclear what to do when rental properties are found to contain meth residue. New Zealand uses two different ‘acceptable’ levels for methamphetamine contamination, but neither are legally binding.

Consultation is open until 20 February 2023. To read the proposal summary and the discussion document and make a submission see the consultation website

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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