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Applications open for Science Teaching Leadership Programme

Are you passionate about science, teaching and your community? The Science Teaching Leadership Programme provides opportunities for primary schools, secondary science departments and their nominated teachers to enhance the teaching of science within school communities.


Should oxygen be considered a drug?

Oxygen is essential in order for us to breathe, but can also be toxic. Professor Richard Beasley FRSNZ outlines some of the reasons that a better regulation system is needed.

Catfish: A deceptively serious threat to NZ waterways

Tens of thousands of catfish were netted in Lake Rotoiti in 2018. The local community and researchers are banding together to control numbers and prevent the fish spreading to other waterways.



EurekAlert!: 'Eavesdropping' technology used to protect one of New Zealand's rarest birds

NZ Herald: Drawing an ethical line on animal research | A look inside our geohazards monitoring centre

RNZ: Dairy farmers face new levy to cover M bovis bill | Passive houses: warm, dry and sustainable, so why not more?

Stuff: A dinosaur relative discovered in Antarctica sheds light on extinction | NZ apple industry under threat from climate change

Our Changing World: Archey's frogs thriving in the King Country


Ornamental to detrimental: The invasion of New Zealand by non-native plants: 11 February, Rotorua; 18 February, Wellington. Due to popular demand Dr Philip Hulme FRSNZ will be delivering his 2018 Leonard Cockayne lecture in two more locations. 

Science is everywhere: 10 February, Wellington. Professor Cather Simpson FRSNZ and Dr Michelle Dickinson show that science doesn't just happen in a classroom or laboratory but can be found everywhere and is for everyone.

Transitioning to a solar-based society for all: 11 February, Wellington. A free public talk by energy expert, researcher and communicator, Professor Dan Nocera, Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy at Harvard University (USA).

Dancing with Atoms: Special documentary screening: 12 February, Wellington. Discover the world of atoms and molecules that so entranced the late Sir Paul Callaghan FRSNZ.

The Centennial of Ernest Rutherford splitting the atom: 19 February, Nelson. Dr John Campbell will speak on the life and work of the first successful alchemist, Lord Ernest Rutherford, who split the atom using entirely natural radioactivity. 

NZ Science System – Opportunities and Challenges: 21 February, Hamilton. MBIE Science Advisors Professor Gary Evans, Professor Hamish Spencer FRSNZ and Dr Rob Murdoch will offer some thoughts on the challenges and opportunities for the science system and the wider science community.


Aotearoa NZ Science Journalism Fund applications open: This fund is to support science journalism projects that tackle issues in the public interest that are too costly for mainstream media outlets to undertake alone. Closing February 28.

James G. Hay Travel Award applications open: For New Zealand university staff or post-graduate students engaged in research or study in the field of biomechanics to attend and present a paper at the biennial Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics. Closing 1 March

Call for nominations for Companion of Royal Society Te Apārangi: The call for nominations for Companions is open until 29 March

Call for Royal Society Te Apārangi Medals and Awards: The call for nominations is open with a closing date of 29 March

2019 Royal Society Te Apārangi Charles Fleming Fund applications: Charles Fleming Publishing Award for up to $8,000 to support preparation of scientific books and relevant publications | Charles Fleming Senior Scientist Award annual grant worth up to $10,000 to support a senior scientist's research. Closing 29 March. 

Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching: Applications invited for the ANZCCART Member of the Year award, and the Animal Care Award for New Zealand-based technicians and research assistants. Closing 22 April. 

Call for nominations to Fellowship of Royal Society Te Apārangi: The call for nominations is open with a closing date of 30 April. 


Foodomics 2019: 9-11 April, Auckland. For New Zealand researchers and businesses taking premium foods for health and wellbeing to the world gather to collaborate, learn about the latest research and opportunities and network.

iMean6 - Interaction and Meaning Conference. 15-17 April, Wellington. This conference aims to encourage multidisciplinary thinking and to create new pathways in linguistic research.

Crazy & Ambitious 2 - New Zealand's Biological Heritage National Science Challenge: 20-21 May 2019. Panel discussions, live Q&As, keynote speakers and quick-fire updates on the science and research being done across 18 National Science Challenge parties.

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