Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1111

2020 Early Career Researchers video competition

What stories can Aotearoa Early Career Researchers tell in just 180 seconds? The 2020 Early Career Researchers ataata video competition is an opportunity to showcase your awesome rangahau research for the chance to win one of five prizes. To enter, produce your own ataata that features yourself or your team explaining your research in no more than 3 minutes.

This is a chance to share some of your mahi in a refreshing new way. The video can be in any style you want to try out or have the time to produce. 

The competition closes on 16 October 2020. Karawhiua go for it, tuku atu upload! 

Learn more

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Salty lake and ponds may be gurgling beneath South Pole on Mars
A network of salty ponds may be gurgling beneath Mars’ South Pole alongside a large underground lake, raising the prospect of microbial life on - or inside - Mars. 
Marcia Dunn @Stuff
Study finds exercise is key to halting progress from diabetes to heart disease
An international study led by the University of Otago has revealed how exercise can reduce the chance of diabetes leading to heart disease.
@University of Otago
How planetary forces shape the Earth's surface
Have you ever wondered why the Earth’s surface is separated into two distinct worlds – the oceans and large tracts of land? New research offers insight into how oceans and land areas were formed, and also projects consequences of global warming. 
Simon Lamb @Sciblogs
Election 2020 and climate action: leaders answer your questions
New Zealand party leaders answer questions on climate action - the first of the top five key questions from the public in the lead up to the October election.

Ngā take o te wā Events

6 October, Napier

The interplay of mechanical properties and stress in uplift and dynamic landscapes

As part of the Hochstetter lecture tour, Phaedra Upton of GNS Science will give a talk on recent developments in modelling tectonics and surface processes. She will focus on collisional settings such as New Zealand’s Southern Alps where rapid uplift combines with vigorous climate regimes to create dynamic landscapes. She will also be presenting in Kirikiriroa Hamilton and Whakaoriori Masterton.

8 October, Wellington & Online

Meaningful research, meaningful lives

Professor William Levack of the University of Otago will discuss his research, which focusses on patient experiences of rehabilitation, goal setting processes, and interventions to increase patient engagement in rehabilitation activities – particularly in the areas of neurological and respiratory rehabilitation. 
12 October, Christchurch

Days of Ice: Student Film Awards Ceremony

This event will celebrate and award the winners of the 'Antarctic through fresh eyes tauira film competition', which challenges students to produce a video showcasing Antarctica from a novel perspective. This ceremony will be hosted by Antarctic experts who will share why the frozen continent is special to them.
12-19 October, Online
Endeavour Fund Roadshows 2021

These roadshows are an opportunity for researchers to engage with the Endeavour Team about different investment mechanisms, available funding, the application process, and assessment criteria. The first hour will be the webinar presentation and the second hour will be available for Q&A. 


Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Auckland Science Media SAVVY

This workshop is designed to upskill researchers in science communication and improve engagement with the media. Learn how to distill your message and explain your research to a wider audience with a series of interactive sessions designed to give you hands-on experience as you put your new skills into action.

There will also be a SAVVY workshop aimed at Māori researchers in December. 

Nominations close: 2 October
Organisation: Science Media Centre
Nominations open for Powering Potential

This is an opportunity for Year 12-13 students with a passion for science and technology to work with their peers under the mentorship of Aotearoa's emerging research leaders and solve some of the biggest problems faced by society today.

Do you know of an enquiring young mind who would be up for this challenge? Nominate them for Powering Potential 2020.

Closing date: 7 October 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Apply now for the 2020 round of the Prime Minister's Science Prizes

With a combined value of $1,000,000, these prizes acknowledge and raise the profile and prestige of science in Aotearoa, and celebrate those endeavouring across our research and education hapori communities.

Closing date: 9 October
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Wānanga ipurangi | Webinars

13 October
State of Science: The carbon stabilisation capacity of New Zealand grassland soils 
Dr Mike Beare and Dr Sam McNally from Plant & Food Research will discuss their work on identifying farm management practices that will maximise the long-term storage of carbon in New Zealand soils.

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