Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1091

Ka whakanuia te rangahau! Celebrating 25 years!

A special edition of the Marsden Fund Update highlights the 2019 funding round and inaugural awards for two large interdisciplinary projects. It also celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden!

We have reflected on the enormous impact the Fund has had on promoting excellent investigator-led research in Aotearoa over that period, and also celebrated many of the individual and collective research successes that underlie that impact.

We looked to the rohe regions to present a series of 25 talks and profiles of the Fund's researchers. It gave us an opportunity to connect our work programme and researchers with hapori communities from Whangārei to Invercargill.

This year’s Update includes a special feature, Ka mua, ka muri: looking back in order to move forward, which takes a glimpse at a small selection of the excellent research and researchers supported by the Fund over the twenty-five years.

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Marsden Fund COVID-19 update

We anticipate that our funding timetable will be run to the original timeline to ensure that the Marsden Fund opportunities are available to the research community as soon as possible. However, there remains a need within the community to have more time to prepare applications for the full round. As such, we are extending the deadline for Full Application submissions by an additional week to 12 noon on Wednesday 24 June 2020.

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Final call for papers for JRSNZ COVID-19 open access supplement

The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand is planning a fully open access supplement on the latest scientific findings and knowledge across disciplines on the COVID-19 pandemic, especially focusing on Aotearoa. Expressions of Interest are sought from across the New Zealand research community before 22 May 2020. All papers published in this supplement will be fully open access and the usual OA Article Processing Charges (APC) will be covered by Royal Society Te Apārangi.
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Deadline extension for Te Puāwaitanga Research Excellence Award

This prestigious award presented by the Society recognises research that has made an eminent and distinctive contribution to Te Ao Māori, and to Māori and Indigenous knowledge. In light of the COVID-19 restrictions over the last few weeks, the deadline for applications has been extended to 29 June 2020. If you would like to make a nomination, please email the Academy for an online form.
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Meet Kieran Gainsford, a Talented School Student alum

Kieran has a passion for making chemistry more accessible for students across Aotearoa. He first became known to the Society when he was awarded a BayerBoost Scholarship in 2012. Now he works as a chemistry teacher at Aorere College in South Auckland, and is undergoing a Masters of Education at the University of Auckland.
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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Films on researchers highlight why expertise matters
A new documentary film series highlights the work of three of New Zealand's leading researchers - Professor Catherine Iorns, Professor Tim Naish FRSNZ and Dr Mike Joy - as they dedicate their lives to illuminating and protecting different aspects of one of our most precious resources. The first episode of ‘Water—Rapuhia, kimihia: Quest for knowledge’ has been released, focussing on freshwater.
2020 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards winners announced
Westport writer Becky Manawatu has won this year’s $55,000 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards’ Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction for her first novel, Auē.
@NZ Book Awards
COVID-19 impacts on Australian research workforce predicted to be significant
Australia’s research workforce will be severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects are likely to be felt for an extended period, according to a new report by the Rapid Research Information Forum that New Zealand is participating in. Universities in particular have been dealt a double blow by the pandemic.
@Australian Academy of Science
UC planet-hunters discover new ‘one in a million’ Super-Earth
Supported by the Marsden Fund, Dr Antonio Herrera Martin and Associate Professor Michael Albrow have found an incredibly rare new Super-Earth planet towards the centre of the galaxy. 
@University of Canterbury
Watch White Mirror, a new series about alternate reality
This series considers how machines can be used to create positive human impact. In the fifth episode, you follow the life of Monica Gerth - the scientist who’s on a mission to educate about and eradicate kauri dieback across Aotearoa with the help of VR (virtual reality). 
Kiwi researcher helps World Health Organisation in pandemic response
Kiwi anthropology researcher Dr Heather Battles is among top experts helping the World Health Organisation (WHO) respond to the Covid-19 global pandemic.
Siouxsie Wiles and Toby Morris: Simple rules to play it safe at alert level two
Siouxsie explains the state of COVID-19 in New Zealand, the risks we face in alert level two, and some simple ways we can keep safe.
Siouxsie Wiles @The Spinoff

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Call to participate in the Public Value of Science project

The ISC is starting a pilot programme in partnership with the Australian Academy of Science called Global Science TV. The project aims to share scientific expertise, whilst entertaining and educating viewers on major issues of scientific relevance. ISC members are invited to be involved, whether by nominating experts to take part, or by using the free content as a springboard to bring in local experts on similar subject matter for national audiences. 

Organisation: International Science Council

US Embassy PAS STEM Small Grants Program
A call for Statements of Interest is open for projects in the realm of science, technology, engineering and mathematics that support or promote education programmes for all audiences. Priority will be given to programmes that include an American cultural element, or connection with American experts.

Closing date: 12 June
Organisation: US Embassy New Zealand Public Affairs Section of US Department of State

Is New Zealand represented internationally in your discipline? 
Expressions of Interest are open for considering which international research and science unions New Zealand should receive funding from Catalyst: Influence to participate in. The focus of this EOI is on connections where international union membership helps build the transfer of human and intellectual capital with local and global researchers and other end user communities.
Closing date: 12 June 
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Wānanga ipurangi Webinars

19 May
Recovery mode: how do you rebuild after disaster?
Facilitated by Professor Alan Bollard, leading experts and academics will share their insights and perspectives on the economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, what short to medium-term relief efforts might be implemented, as well as discussions on longer-term recovery strategies.
28 May
Restoring research for the restoration of well-beings
President of the New Zealand Association of Scientists Professor Troy Baisden will host this webinar as part of the "Progressive Thinking: Ten Possible Futures for Public & Community Services" series to help New Zealand navigate what a world post-COVID-19 could look like.
29 May
Our Environment, Our Other Body
As part of Massey University's 'No Lockdown for the Mind' webinar series, Associate Professor Hone Morris will share a perspective of a connected geneaology in the ever present climate of global warming. Inspired by a conceptual lens formulated by his ancestors, he will encourage us to view the environment as a living organism similar to the human body.

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