Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1127

A fair go for refugees

A new expert commentary by Te Tapeke Fair Futures panel member Jay Marlowe explores the topic of refugee resettlement in Aotearoa. It asks us to consider what are fair futures for refugees in local, regional, national and international contexts?  Jay outlines that, on a per capita basis, we remain a country with one of the lowest numbers of refugees in the world, despite our relatively plentiful resources. The paper questions what responsibilities we have to refugees as a country, and also as part of an international community. It also explores global trends and emerging issues such as climate change refugees and the impact of COVID-19 on resettlement. 

Jay Marlowe is an Associate Professor in Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland who focuses on refugee resettlement, belonging and social inclusion, and disaster risk reduction. He was awarded a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship in 2018.
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Research Workforce of Aotearoa New Zealand

Read the briefing paper and outcomes from a research sector-wide workshop to look at the factors contributing to a significant mismatch between the fields of study and aspirations of those seeking to enter the research workforce and the actual employment opportunities; and to explore potential solutions. This is part of ongoing work by the Society to address research workforce issues.

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Applications for MBIE's Science Whitinga Fellowship open tomorrow

The MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowship aims to support excellent early-career researchers who may otherwise be lost from the system due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their career path. The Fellowship supports research in any field, including the humanities, mātauranga and social science at an eligible New Zealand research institution. The total value for the 2-year Fellowship is $320,000 (GST exclusive). The application portal is open from Friday 26 February and closes on Tuesday 20 April 2021 at 5 PM (NZST).

Roadshow for MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowship

A recorded Roadshow and information on virtual FAQ sessions, for the MBIE Science Whitinga Fellowship, will be available no later than 12 March 2021.

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New special issue of marine and freshwater journal

The New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research has published a new special issue on the physics of New Zealand's shelf seas. This issue includes work from guest editors Craig Stevens, Joe O'Callaghan, Stephen Chriswell (all NIWA) and Moninya Roughan (University of New South Wales). 

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Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga

"The ability of some economic valuation methods to package one aspect of mātauranga Māori and present it as representative of all things Indigenous is both appealing and appalling."

Dr Shaun Awatere, Ngāti Porou, works at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research as an economic practitioner working in natural resource management.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

New Zealand's ancient kauri yields major scientific discovery
Secrets hidden within ancient swamp kauri have revealed a temporary breakdown of Earth's magnetic field 42,000 years ago, prompting global environmental change and mass extinctions.
@NZ Herald
Border workers receive first COVID-19 vaccinations
Jet Park Hotel worker Lynette Faiva says she feels "privileged and honoured" to be the first border worker to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in New Zealand.
New data provides evidence that youth mental health issues impact adult physical health
A new study has made the case that mental health struggles in early life can lead to poorer physical health and advanced aging in adulthood.
@University of Otago
Scientists accidentally discover life deep underneath Antarctic ice shelf
Deep in Antarctic waters, underneath a massive floating ice shelf, baffled scientists have discovered life.
Breanna Barraclough @1NEWS

Ngā take o te wā Events

4 March, Welllington
Mātauranga Pākeha - what's that?
In this talk, Dr Billy van Uitregt, a lecturer in the School of Geography, Environmental and Earth Sciences (SGEES) at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, will discuss how SGEES could engage in a research agenda to break down the power structure that subjugates, excludes and extracts from mātauranga Māori and its researchers. 
24 March, Lincoln
What's your poison?
Broadcaster Kim Hill CRSNZ will lead a discussion with a panel that includes toxicologist Professor Ian Shaw and ecologist Distinguished Professor Steve Wratten FRSNZ. Panellists will explore whether pesticides are good or evil, what is fact or myth in the management of pests, diseases and weeds and whether these agri-chemicals are helping or harming us and the environment.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Expressions of Interest for Catalyst Fund Reviewers
Royal Society Te Apārangi is calling for Expressions of Interest from experienced individuals wishing to assist with the assessment of proposals submitted to Catalyst: Leaders and Catalyst: Seeding. Reviewers will assist in the evaluation of proposals across all disciplines.

Closing date: 25 March
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Kaiārahi huinga tāngata Te Apārangi Membership Coordinator position available at Royal Society Te Apārangi

In this role, you will be the go-to-person for our broad range of members (both organisational and individuals), welcoming new members, managing the membership database, and collating and writing newsletters and other content for various membership groups.

Our Fellows Ngā Ahurei, Members, Companions Ngā Takahoa, and regional and constituent organisations are the foundation of the Society. The Membership Coordinator is a key contributor to ensuring superior delivery of services to these member groups as part of the Academy and Operations team. 

Closing date: 15 March
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Kaimanaaki ā Te Whare Apārangi Facilities Administrator position available at Royal Society Te Apārangi

Are you a people person who can work independently? Are you comfortable with technology and work well under pressure?

In this role, you will be the front face of our organisation. You will coordinate on-site events and ensure they run effectively and efficiently, manage the calendar of room and theatre bookings, advise and facilitate all catering requirements for events and hui and be the go-to person for both internal staff and our external customers in relation to all Te Whare Apārangi matters. 

Closing date: 15 March
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Feedback on New Zealand's environmental research funding and prioritisation review

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton FRSNZ, is urging the Government to reconsider the way it funds environmental research in New Zealand. The report proposes two models for disbursing the research funds, one of which would involve the establishment of a dedicated Environmental Research Council. The PCE welcomes feedback on this review.

Organisation: Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

5 March 
Genetics, race, and scientific bias: A history 
Genomics Aotearoa will be hosting a fortnightly webinar series on genomics-based topics. This webinar, the first of the series, will feature British geneticist, author, and broadcaster Adam Rutherford speaking from the UK.

Follow the Zoom link above at 10am NZT to access the webinar.

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