Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1208

2022 Rutherford Discovery Fellowships announced

Twelve early-to mid-career researchers have been awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships that will support them to accelerate their research careers in Aotearoa:

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Prime Minister's Future Scientist Prize

Last chance to nominate a tauira student for Te Puiaki Kaipūtaiao Ānamata the Prime Minister's Future Scientist Prize!

The prize, worth $50,000, is for a Year 12 or Year 13 tauira student who has undertaken a science research, mathematics, technological or an engineering project, and is studying in a New Zealand registered school.

Nominations for all other categories in Ngā Puipuiaki Pūtaiao a Te Pirimia the 2022 Prime Minister's Science Prizes are now closed. 

Closing date (extended): 4 Whiringa-ā-rangi November 2022  

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Robert Nola obituary

Robert Nola, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Auckland, died peacefully at home on 23 October 2022, aged 82.  Me te aroha tino nui atu, e te whānau. Deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones.

International award for achievements  

After witnessing evolution, breakthroughs and successes in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine research, Rutherford Discovery Fellow Associate Professor Khoon Lim, University of Otago (Christchurch) says winning a prestigious international award for his work is a major bonus.

John Lewis @Otago Daily Times

The virus hunter

By choosing a career in science over dance, evolutionary biologist Jemma Geoghegan may have saved your life. Profile article on Jemma who is a Rutherford Discovery Fellow and won the Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize.
Paul Gorman @North & South

Widening access to meningococcal B vaccines – Expert Reaction

Pharmac is proposing to widen access to the meningococcal B vaccine, Bexsero, to include infants and some young adults. Currently, the vaccine is only funded for people who are close contacts of a meningococcal case, or are at high risk. The SMC asked experts to comment. 
@Science Media Centre

Ngā take o te wā Events

1 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Wānaka
Long Haul in Space: Pushing New Frontiers

Dr Shannon Walker is a NASA astronaut and space physicist who has spent just short of a year (330 days) living in Earth orbit on the International Space Station.    Soon after her return from orbit in May of last year, she started training the next generation, becoming the supervisor for the 2021 class of astronauts.

3 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Nelson
MacDiarmid Institute Regional Lecture Series: To Industry and Beyond

In association with the Nelson Science Society join researchers Franck Natali and Maryam Shojaei who will talk about the way that materials science spins into the hi-tech sector, as well as show careers for science students outside of the traditional university pathways. They will also talk about the role of technology in sustainability and how we are trying to encourage greater participation by young people in science and science-led careers.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Frontiers Planet Prize: Science for a Sustainable Planet

The International Science Council invites applications for a unique and new Prize: Frontiers Planet Prize: Science for a Sustainable Planet. Frontiers Research Foundation has launched the Planet Prize to recognize and reward exceptional scientists. Three prizes worth a total of CHF 3 million (~USD $3.2m) will be awarded in 2023 to the world’s most innovative sustainability scientists who are able to offer globally scalable solutions which protect and restore planetary health. All domains of science will be considered. 

Application deadline: Through ISC process webform by 1 Hakihea December 2022. 

TEKNOFEST - Aerospace and Technology Festival

Applications for the world's largest technology competitions, held within TEKNOFEST Aerospace and Technology Festival in Turkey, are open with prizes of 43 million Lira. TEKNOFEST has 41 different technology competitions this year, with 102 subcategories, all of which are built on the technologies of the future. It aims to motivate young people to produce and develop technologies and support projects of thousands of young people, from primary school to middle school, high school, university, undergraduate and graduate level.  Competitions include Rocket, Model Satellite, Artificial Intelligence in Transportation, Biotechnology Innovation, Digital Technologies in Industry, Flying Car, Educational Technologies, Robotaxi-Full Scale Autonomous Vehicle, Agricultural Technologies and Robotics. 

Application deadline: 20 Whiringa-ā-rangi November

Create a profile for STEM Women Global Network initiative

STEM Women Global is an initiative of the Australian Academy of Science, supported by the InterAcademy partnership and builds on the successful STEM Women Australia and Asia platforms.  International partners and supporters for these platforms include the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), the Inter-American Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS), and the Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA), who together aim to showcase the breadth of scientific talent across the world.

You are invited to create an expert profile that will be featured on the platform. The platform will be launched on 10 November 2022. We encourage you to create a profile now. Creating a profile is quick and easy!  

Hui ā-Ipurangi Webinars

4-4.45pm 3 Whiringa-ā-rangi November
Digital tools for science learning

Bring science alive with digital tools – join free online webinar by Science Learning Hub – Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao to learn how your students can engage with the science capabilities using digital tools and have fun doing it!  Register here.

7-11 Whiringa-ā-rangi November
European Research Days 2022 - Australia & New Zealand
  • 5 days – 2 hours each day, addressing a specific theme and intended for a certain target audience to support scientific exchange and collaboration with Europe.
  • 40+ speakers from Europe, Australia & New Zealand
  • Free online event

Royal Society Te Apārangi President Dr Brent Clothier FRSNZ is speaking at one of the panels. Registration required for each day.

Ngā hui Conferences

16-18 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Dunedin
SCANZ Conference: Communicating through the noise

The theme of this year’s Science Communication Association of New Zealand (SCANZ) conference is “Communicating through the noise”. The last few years have proven how a sea of misinformation can drown out credible sources of information. It has shown us the importance of tailoring our information so that it is meaningful and resonates with the values of our audience. The series of speakers and workshops are designed to address how we can communicate science more effectively in Aotearoa through the maelstrom of contradictory sources, extreme opinions and political complexity.

14-18 Whiringa-ā-rangi November, Online
ResBaz Aotearoa 2022: Registrations Open!

Research Bazaar is a festival promoting digital literacy in research and is open to all researchers and postgraduate research students in Aotearoa! Register free for 45+ online workshops covering topics such as digital design, programming languages, publishing your research, and high performance computing. 

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