Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1081

Haere rā Gill Sutherland

After 28 years working for Royal Society Te Apārangi, Gill Sutherland is retiring. 6 different job titles, 4 Chief Executives, 10 Presidents, and 14 Academy Chairs. These are the numbers that outline Gill Sutherland’s time at the Royal Society Te Apārangi. Today we celebrate Gill, Director – Academy Operations, on her last day at the Society, and thank her for three decades of truly impeccable service, which included being the editor of Alert from 1997 until 2012! 
He wahine ngākau mahaki, he wahine toa, a strong hearted woman, a kind woman.
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New marine and freshwater journal issue 

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research has been published. Articles cover topics from microplastics polluting New Zealand urban streams to estimating the size of sperm whales off New Zealand's East Coast.


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

WasteMINZ and Plastics NZ say it’s time for the greenwashing to stop
Plastics New Zealand’s CEO has called for a crackdown on a practice called ‘greenwashing’ - where manufacturers claim their products are renewable or plastic free when they aren’t.
@Plastics NZ
Local school children release dung beetles on Māhia Peninsula
5000 dung beetles were set loose as part of a community initiative to improve soil quality and manage run off from farm paddocks. 
@RNZ Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan 
Microplastics found in NZ green-lipped mussels
Researchers still don't understand what this means for people consuming the popular kaimoana species.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald 
Whales hunted to brink of extinction making a comeback
Hunting in the southwest Atlantic ocean drove whale populations to the brink of extinction, but a new study suggests some populations may be close to a full recovery.

Ngā take o te wā Events

27 February, Whangārei
Mathematical magic and the digital revolution
Mathematicians understand the magic that made the digital revolution possible. So can you. Tonight, in his talk as part of the Marsden Fund 25 Series, Geoff Whittle FRSNZ will share some of this magic.
29 February, Wellington
International Day of Women and Girls in Astronomy 2020
As part of celebrating International Women in Science (Astronomy) Day which takes place on the 11th February, the Wellington Astronomical Society is holding a Women and Girls in Astronomy Day event.
4 March, Napier
ANZICS2020 community lecture
The Australia and New Zealand intensive care conference has a free community lecture with two talks on climate change: 'Climate Emergency so what?' by Professor James Renwick and 'The Climate Crisis is everyone's medical emergency, so what are you doing about it Doc?' by Dr Forbes McGain. 
4 March, Wellington
250 years of objects of resistance, persistence and defiance
In this talk, authors will provide insights into the stories that fill the recent publication Protest Tautohetohe: Objects of Resistance, Persistence and Defiance - a material history of activism in Aotearoa.
5 March, Timaru 
Squawkzilla & the Giants: Amazing discoveries from NZ’s past
Palaeontologist Dr Paul Scofield will give an illustrated talk about recent fossil discoveries made in the South Island: giant penguins and parrots, crocodiles, land mammals and more.
2 April, Timaru 
How do we protect our threatened fossil heritage?
Associate Professor Daphne Lee will discuss important terrestrial fossil sites in New Zealand - the threats they face, and what can be done to preserve them for future generations.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Participate in the Annual NZ Workplace Diversity Survey

Kiwi organisations can have their say on the most pressing diversity issues in the workplace.

Closing date: 6 March
Organisation: Diversity Works New Zealand
Help protect NZ's native plants, birds and animals - make a submission

The Government is seeking feedback on its proposal for maintaining and protecting Aotearoa's indigenous biodiversity into the future. 

Closing date: March 14 
Organisation: Ministry for the Environment 
Expressions of interest for Catalyst Fund Reviewers
Royal Society Te Apārangi is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from experienced individuals wishing to assist with the assessment of proposals submitted to Catalyst: Leaders and Catalyst: Seeding.

Closing date: 2 April 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Te Papa seeks citizen scientists to catch and dispatch mosquitos
Instead of squashing that mosquito on your leg, you could post it in to Te Papa and be part of New Zealand’s first mozzie census.

Organisation: Te Papa & the Ministry of Health

Ngā hui Conferences

20-22 March, Auckland
SciCon 2020: Are brains over-rated?
SciCon includes talented keynote speakers - one of them is Canadian entomologist Tanya Latty. Her provocative and fascinating talk will describe the astonishing problem-solving abilities of slime moulds, and answer the question: Are brains over-rated? 
21 March, Auckland
Women in Data Science
WiDS aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, and to support women in the field. This is an independent event featuring outstanding women, doing outstanding work.
7-9 April, Christchurch 
Water for Life Conference
Irrigation New Zealand is using its biennial conference to lead the conversation on the future of water for Aotearoa. 

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