Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1193

Royal Society Te Apārangi sponsors special talks at upcoming Auckland Writers Festival 

Royal Society Te Apārangi is proud to support the launch of the Ara Kē, Ao Kē Series, curated by Moana Maniapoto (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Tūhourangi, Ngāti Pikiao). The series is a celebration of both legacy and potential, showcasing Māori writers and thinkers whose work challenges, empowers and enhances us all.

The Society is also supporting the second talk in this series, The Visionaries - Opportunity or Threat? Claire Charters (Ngāti Whakaue, Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi, Tainui) and Jacinta Ruru FRSNZ (Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Maniapoto) will discuss He Puapua, a discussion document on how we can realise New Zealand's commitment to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

In keeping with the theme of our most recent Speaker's Science Forum, the Society is supporting Truth and Lies, a talk on dis- and mis-information hosted by Kate Hannah. The speakers on this panel are defence strategist and author David Kilcullen, researcher and author Jess Berentson-Shaw, and investigative journalist Stephen Davis.

Lastly, a talk from meteorologist Lisa Murray, MetService NZ’s Head of Weather Communication and co-author of the new book New Zealand’s Wild Weather. Murray will present an invigorating hour delving into the fascinating facts behind some of this country’s most dramatic Wild Weather.

See the full programme
Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Researcher Forum: Ideas for Aotearoa New Zealand's future

We warmly invite you to join us for a lunchtime webinar hosted by Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Researcher Forum, which will showcase the innovative bicultural and kaupapa Māori research being undertaken by ECRs from diverse disciplines.

This webinar will feature three presentations by ECRs who are working at the interface between mātauranga Māori and science to tackle some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most pressing environmental issues. The webinar will open with some reflections from Dr Karen Fisher on the need and opportunities for researchers to engage with multiple knowledges. There will be an opportunity at the end of the webinar for Q&A with our speakers.

When: 27 Hōngongoi July, 12 pm. Register now

Vacancy at Royal Society Te Apārangi: Kaitohutohu Pūtaiao Special Advisor

Do you gain satisfaction from researching and writing? Do you want to make a difference to freedom and responsibility in science? Do you enjoy working with international scholars and scientists?

We are looking for a Special Advisor to the ISC, permanent role over four to five days per week.
In this role you will provide advice to the International Science Council’s Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in Science (CFRS). Your advice will be based upon your research and analysis of individual scientific freedom cases, generic or systemic limitations to scientific freedom, and global approaches to ethical and other responsibilities in doing science.

Application deadline: 1 Here-turi-kōkā August 2022 

Vacancy at Royal Society Te Apārangi: Kaimanaaki ā Te Whare Apārangi Facilities Administrator

Are you a people person who can work independently? Do you have experience in customer-facing and/or event coordination roles? Are you comfortable with technology and work well under pressure?

If this is you, then come and work with us! We are looking for a facilities administrator for a busy and varied role based in Thorndon.

Application deadline: 1 Here-turi-kōkā August 2022 

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Outgoing British diplomat on New Zealand’s past pain, and an uncertain world

Outgoing UK High Commissioner Laura Clarke on acknowledging the pain of the past: 

"Being able to talk about the past and understand it, [...] you can build a more trusting relationship to do important things together in the present.”
Sam Sachdeva @Newsroom

Equivalent to 1,800 tonnes of TNT: what we now know about the meteor that lit up the daytime sky above New Zealand

The fireball that shot across the sky above Cook Strait last week had the explosive power of 1,800 tonnes of TNT, setting off a sonic boom heard throughout the lower North Island.
@The Conversation

How we can hold back the new omicron wave

High-quality respirator masks, frequent RAT testing, indoor ventilation and more sick leave could all reduce the spread of the omicron COVID-19 variant in our communities. Dr Siouxsie Wiles says that the exhausted workers in our healthcare system are depending on us to do so. 
Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris @Spinoff

James Webb Telescope’s first pictures – Expert Reaction

NASA has released some of the deepest and highest-resolution images of the universe to date. The images contain rich data that will transform our understanding of how galaxies, and the composition of elements, evolve through cosmic history. The SMC asked experts to comment.

Single mothers struggling with food insecurity

A University of Otago study recently published in the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand found a significant struggle for solo mothers feeding their families. That's leading to the mums skipping meals, neglecting their own health and constant stress.
Jessie Mulligan @RNZ

Ngā take o te wā Events

28 Hōngongoi July, Online
Building Building Blocks for Data Science Ihaka Lecture Series: The genesis of experimentation

Dr Emi Tanaka introduces the “the grammar of experimental designs." This approach differs from standard methods, encouraging users to tailored designs to their needs.

3 Hereturikōkā August, Wellington 
Curator’s Pick: Molluscs, Birds, Fish and Insects

Come and join the Natural History team of Te Papa at Tory Street for this Curator’s Pick. What fantastic stories about those species will they share with us?

30 Hōngongoi July, Auckland
'NZIFF Auckland première of 'Juliet Gerrard – Science in Dark Times

Science in Dark Times follows Dame Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ, Jacinda Ardern's Chief Science Advisor, through three years of dramatic crises, including the Whakaari White Island eruption and the COVID-19 pandemic.

3 Hereturikōkā August, Auckland
Café Scientifique: 5 objects, 5 museums

August's Café Scientifique speaker is Chantal Knowles, Head of Human History at Auckland Museum. She will discuss 5 objects in 5 museums over 4 countries and discuss the context of modern museology.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

ANZCCART Secondary Student Essay Competition

The Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ANZCCART) is calling for entries to its 2022 Secondary Student Essay Competition. The competition aims to inspire students to think critically about the role animal research plays in today’s society and to engage with the difficulties that surround animal use, with a first prize of $100, second prize of $75 and a third prize of $50. 

Submission deadline: 29 Hereturikōkā August 
Organisation: Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching 

ANZCCART Communication Competition

ANZCCART (NZ) is calling for entries to its 2022 Communication Competition, to encourage public engagement with the role animal research and teaching plays in today’s society. The competition is open to organisations and individuals, as well as tertiary education students. Entries can include: animation, painting, sculpture, music, video, presentation, dance, writing or even cooking.

Submission deadline: 29 Hereturikōkā August 
Organisation: Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching 

Hui ā-Ipurangi | Webinars

28 Hōngongoi July, Online
Myrtle rust: how can we support our ngahere? A talk by Suliana Teasdale

This talk will show you how to identify the disease myrtle rust, discuss the role of myrtles in our landscapes and what we can all do to reduce the impact on our ngahere.

28 Hōngongoi July, Online
Weaving Mātauranga Māori with western science for te Moana

This kōrero will explore examples of collaboration and celebration of Mātauranga Māori in recent research as we work towards becoming better kaitiaki of te Moana.

Ngā hui | Conferences

The 11th International Abalone Symposium

The International Abalone Society (IAS) is an international forum, intended to promote research on abalone; facilitate the distribution of information on abalone; promote cooperation between abalone researchers and members of the abalone industry; and to recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations by the award of IAS International awards.

This is an international conference to take place at AUT in early 2023 and the organising committee is currently looking for sponsors and exhibitors. A special issue derived from selected papers from the conference will be published in the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research.

Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi 
When: 27 Huitānguru February - 2 Poutūterangi March 2023; optional field trips from 3-5 Poutūterangi March

New Zealand Society for Oncology (NZSO) Annual Scientific Meeting: Together Stronger

This is a combined scientific meeting with the New Zealand Society for Oncology, The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and New Zealand Society of Pathology to be held at Te Pae, Christchurch. This Conference is relevant to all clinicians and scientists who are providing care for patients with cancer.

The conference will feature special interest groups, a range of international and national esteemed speakers, and clinical and scientific posters and oral presentations.

Organisation: New Zealand Society for Oncology
When: 22 - 25 Mahuru September.

Mō Te Apārangi | About Us

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