Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1185

Speaker's Science Forum:
Science for Sustainable Fisheries

The first event in our Speaker’s Science Forum series for 2022 was held on 11 Haratua May at Parliament. The central focus of this forum was how science can improve the sustainability of fisheries in Aotearoa.

Associate Professor Maren Wellenreuther discussed the potential of DNA technology to help us understand more about past and present fish stocks, while Dr Chris Cornelisen provided a broad overview of the sustainability challenges facing fisheries in Aotearoa. Both speakers emphasised the importance of new technologies to support ecosystem-focused fisheries management and the overall health of our moana. 

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Seeking Associate Editors for the New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research

The New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research is currently seeking energetic, qualified and committed researchers at any career-stage to join the editorial team as Associate Editors.  

NZJAR is an international, peer-reviewed journal. It publishes scientific articles on all aspects of animal and pastoral science relevant to temperate and subtropical regions.
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New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research Special Issue released

A new special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research has been released, edited by Associate Professor Jim Moir (Lincoln University). This special issue focuses on current trends in plant sciences and includes papers on potential pasture forecasting models for growing alfalfa in New Zealand, and the effects of combining perennial ryegrass cultivars in pasture mixes.
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Marsden Fund preliminary proposals for 2022

223 Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden applicants have been invited to submit full proposals – 141 Standards and 82 Fast-Starts. Three of four Marsden Fund Council Award proposals have progressed to stage two, making a total of 226 proposals through to the second round.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Emissions Reduction Plan – Expert reaction

The Emissions Reduction Plan proposes economy-wide changes to drive down New Zealand’s emissions. The Science Media Centre asked experts to comment on transport, agriculture, energy, building, construction and waste. 

Mass bleaching of native sea sponges in Fiordland shocks scientists

For the first time there has been a mass bleaching of native sea sponges in Aotearoa, raising alarm about the impact climate change is having on marine ecosystems.
Hamish Cardwell @RNZ

Parliament protest supercharged misinfodemic

A major new analysis from The Disinformation Project has found that the bulk of Facebook disinformation shared during the Parliament protest stemmed from just a dozen local accounts, and pushed many Kiwis toward racist and violent ideologies. 
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald

Covid-19: unprecedented and unfinished

A report from the International Science Council predicts that the Covid-19 pandemic will be a society-wide crisis of growing inequalities that span far beyond the health sector. ISC President, Sir Peter Gluckman ONZ FRS FRSNZ unpacks the report and outlines some of the challenges that lie ahead. 

Science’s slice of Budget 2022 – Expert Reaction

Budget 2022 has a relatively small amount of new cash allocated to science, research and innovation. The Science Media Centre asked experts to comment on science funding in the budget. 

Ngā take o te wā Events

25 Haratua May - 8 Piripi June, Auckland
Gibbons Lecture Series: Above and beyond cloud computing

This weekly lecture series explores how cloud computing will evolve to meet the demands of industry and the public sector in Aotearoa. How can cloud accessibility be improved for all? How can cloud computing give effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi?

20 Haratua May, Auckland & Online
MethaneSAT: NZ’s role in solving a climate challenge from space

MethaneSAT is a satellite developed to locate and measure methane emissions across Earth. At this Techweek event, experts behind New Zealand’s first government-funded space launch will discuss how MethaneSAT will accelerate our local space industry, and provide vital data to inform climate change policy.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Applications for Falling Walls Lab New Zealand open 

Falling Walls Lab New Zealand is the national competition to select a participant to represent Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Island Forum Nations at the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Germany. Participants present their breakthrough research, business model or initiative in any field - in just 3 minutes.

Closing date: 2 Pipiri June 2022

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 from organisations, including Royal Society Te Apārangi.

Closing Date: 23 Haratua May, 2022

John Maddox Prize nominations deadline extended

The John Maddox Prize is a joint initiative of the charity, Sense about Science, and the leading international scientific journal, Nature.

The prize has been awarded annually since 2012 to researchers who have shown great courage and integrity in standing up for science and scientific reasoning against fierce opposition and hostility. Each year there is one or two winners, and an additional prize for an early career researcher.

Closing date: 30 Haratua May

 Āmiomio Aotearoa Masters scholarship applications 

The current linear extract-produce-use-dispose material flow model of the modern economic system is unsustainable and needs to be addressed. The University of Waikato have Master's research scholarships available as part of the MBIE Endeavour project Āmiomio Aotearoa: A Circular Economy for the Wellbeing of New Zealand. Enquiries relating to post graduate diploma or doctoral studies are also welcome. 

Closing Date: 1 Piripi June, 2022.

Job opportunity for Early Career Researchers at the Cawthron Institute

The Cawthron Institute in Nelson is currently recruiting for two permanent early career researcher positions:

  1. A social scientist with expertise in community research and critical analysis.
    Closing date: 8 Pipiri June, 2022. 
  2. A quantitative freshwater ecologist with expertise in ecological modelling.
    Closing date: 5 Pipiri June, 2022. 
Both positions involve co-leading research in Fish Futures, a transdisciplinary research programme undertaken in partnership with Māori researchers, iwi and freshwater fish managers.

Enquiries can be made in confidence to 

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

5  Hōngongoi July, Online
Auckland Museum Institute Inaugural Humanities Lecture

In the inaugural Auckland Museum Institute Humanities Lecture for 2022 will be presented by Marsden Fund researcher, Dr Vincent O’Malley. Dr O'Malley will describe how the Great War for New Zealand, begun from the invasion of Waikato in 1863, played out in Tāmaki Makaurau, and the legacy it left behind.

25 Haratua May, Online
Launch of InterAcademy Partnership report: Health in the Climate Emergency, a Global Perspective

In a three-year global project, the InterAcademy Partnership has worked with its regional networks in Africa, Asia and the Americas to capture evidence from their own regions to inform policy for collective and customised action at national, regional and global levels.

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