Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1124

Meet Gradon Diprose, an Early Career Researcher

Gradon Diprose is a geographer working as a social science researcher at Manaaki Whenua—Landcare Research. He is also the next early career researcher we are highlighting in our Tūrama series.

Gradon has always been curious. From a young age, he was questioning and challenging the world around him. Now as a social science researcher, Gradon investigates how society and the environment interact. His work focusses on uncovering solutions to pressing issues, such as climate change, and communicating these solutions in an accessible way. He is also passionate about highlighting the positive change that is already happening, in the hope that we can learn from it. 

Learn more about Gradon's mahi and what led him to where he is today in a written and video interview.

Watch and read the interview

Special issue on cognitive and affective neuroscience

The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand has published a new special issue on cognitive and affective neuroscience with guest editors Susan Schenk, Karen Waldie and Gina Grimshaw. This issue covers cutting-edge neuroimaging approaches and the study of changes associated with ageing, criminal activity, and bilingualism.

Learn more >

Apply for the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)

Are you interested in expanding fundamental knowledge about biological life by being part of an innovative, multi-disciplinary, international research collaboration? Or are you an early career scientist seeking to switch your field of research? This could be made possible by applying for an HFSP grant or fellowship.

Learn more 

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Climate Commission Report: What it means for you
A substantial shift in behaviour is needed to meet the emissions budget laid down by the recently released Climate Change Commission. 
Justin Giovannetti @Spinoff
Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in New Zealand
The vaccine has been provisionally approved for use in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced yesterday.
Anna Whyte @TVNZ 1 NEWS
Shark populations have dramatically declined, extinction could follow
The number of sharks around the world has declined dramatically in the last 50 years, and if this continues, some species may become extinct, NIWA warns.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces first Matariki public holiday for 2022
The first Matariki public holiday will be on June 24, in 2022. A new Matariki Advisory Group, chaired by Prime Minister Science Communication Prize and Callaghan Medal winner Professor Rangi Matamua, will ensure that Mātauranga Māori is at the forefront of decision-making about the public holiday.
Claire Trevett @NZ Herald
Maths decline - Ministry of Education calls in Royal Society to stop NZ mathematics rapid decline
An expert panel has been called in by the Ministry of Education to improve students' maths results, which have hit a record low.
Simon Collins @NZ Herald
Cawthron Institute's next top dog announced
Volker Kuntzsch will be taking on the top job at Cawthron Institute from March first, replacing long-running former chief exec Charles Eason CRSNZ.
Skara Bohny @Stuff

Ngā take o te wā Events

5 February, Palmerston North
The Climate Change Commission and the way forward for New Zealand 
The centrepiece of the 2019 Zero Carbon Act was the setting up of the Climate Change Commission. In this talk, Professor Robert McLachlan FRSNZ will explore if this report will be the game changer that climate advocates are hoping for.
10 February, Wellington & Online
Risk perception during a COVID-19 ‘info-demic’ and our future public health
How do we decide what is safe when the threat is a new unknown disease and we are flooded with conflicting information? In this talk, public health physician Dr Jonathan Jarman will explore how we perceive risks such as COVID-19, and what sort of risk communication challenges lie ahead for us as a country in the future.
12 - 14 February, Online
Celebrating Women in Science and Exploration
11 February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To celebrate, this virtual 3-day festival will feature free talks from over 50 women in science, exploration and conservation from across the globe. 
15 February, Rotorua
Structural aspects of Te Whare Nui o Tuteata
Doug Gaunt, one of Scion’s principal researchers, will give a tour and talk about the structural aspects of Te Whare Nui o Tuteata  - Scion's new innovation hub. He will explore the different wood products used, the novel earthquake damping system, the benefits of timber construction and more.
23 February, Wellington
Knowledge is a blessing on your mind: Wānanga and the Scientific Project
Dame Anne Salmond FRSNZ has written many award-winning books, ranging from covering Māori life to cross-cultural encounters, to early European exploration in the Pacific. For the annual Founder Lecture, Dame Anne will give a talk on her work.
4 March, Nelson
Nature and wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand
Dr Catherine Knight will speak about the connection between nature and wellbeing in New Zealand and the importance of creating a nature-rich future. She will draw on the latest scientific research, as well personal stories from a wide range of New Zealanders. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Kaiarotake Rangahau Research Assessor position available at Royal Society Te Apārangi

This position involves providing support for, and operation of, monitoring, reporting and evaluation system for research projects which have been assigned funding by Royal Society Te Apārangi. For this appointment, we are seeking an assessor with strength in humanities, mātauranga Māori or social sciences. 

Closing date: 26 February
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Enter the International Astronomical Union's astrophotography contest

Are you an astrophotographer and keen on supporting astronomy education? The IAU's Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE) is running an astrophotography contest. Besides receiving cash prizes, the winning images will be made available as Open Educational Resources for teachers and learners world-wide.

Closing date: 15 April 
Organisation: The International Astronomical Union
Expressions of interest open for Inspiring the Future Aotearoa

The new volunteer programme, coming to schools across Aotearoa, has been created to broaden young people’s horizons, and help challenge stereotypes that can limit their potential. 

At an Inspiring the Future event, young people hear from volunteers from their own communities, learn about different jobs and why people love doing them, as well as how those people got started in their careers.

Expressions of interest are now open for those who are interested in volunteering as a role model, and for schools who are interested in hosting an event.  

Organisation: Inspiring the Future Aotearoa
Call for nominations for Companion

Election as a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand (CRSNZ) is an honour recognising sustained and outstanding leadership and contributions to the promotion, encouragement, and advancement of knowledge, science, technology and the humanities in New Zealand.

Closing date: 30 April
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Apply to become an Editor-in-Chief for biotechnology and applied biochemistry journal

Published since 1979, Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry is dedicated to the rapid publication of high quality, significant research at the interface between life sciences and their technological exploitation.

The Editor will consider papers for publication based on their novelty and impact as well as their contribution to the advancement of medical biotechnology and industrial biotechnology.

Closing date: 31 May
Organisation: The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Call for feedback on proposed new history curriculum 

Aotearoa is on a journey to ensure that all ākonga in all schools and kura learn how our histories have shaped our present day lives. To do this, the Ministry of Education has partnered with a wide range of people to design and draft Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories curriculum content, which the public are now invited to provide feedback on. 

View some reactions to the proposed curriculum, including from members of the Royal Society Te Apārangi expert panel that advised on its development. 

Closing date: 31 May
Organisation: Ministry of Education

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

5 February
How did early career scientists contribute to New Zealand's COVID-19 response?
The New Zealand Association of Scientists webinar series will begin with a focus on early career researchers - with four young scientists on a panel hosted by Professor Shaun Hendy MNZM FRSNZ, talking about their work and science careers in New Zealand.

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