Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1056

Applications open for the Science Teaching Leadership Programme

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.
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Gold CREST medal for 'Of Moss and Mites'

Royal Society Te Apārangi Councillor Dr Tom Baker MRSNZ presented Irisa Hudson a Gold CREST medal for her project Of Moss and Mites. An investigation into the role of springtails in the fertilisation of two moss species.
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Kermadec rocks reveal tectonic youth

In the New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, researchers have been working to determine the age of the subduction system in the Kermadec Arc.
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Mathematical models for 3Rs

ANZCCART (NZ) has released a new booklet on the topic of mathematical models and their use to reduce the number of animals needed in research. The booklet draws on the work of Dr Peng Du from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, who was the winner of the 2018 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize.
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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Te reo Māori in classrooms programme begins with 150 teachers
A $12 million programme has begun to help over 150 teachers increase their use of te reo Māori in the classroom. 
Meriana Johnsen @RNZ
Government reaches landmark agreement with farming leaders on climate change 
The Government and farming sector leaders have reached an agreement over climate change, which would see on-farm emissions accounted for by 2025.
Angie Skerrett @Newshub
Cancer - Stacking the odds in your favour
A new TVNZ documentary called How not to get cancer attempts to raise awareness for the serious issue of cancer in New Zealand by highlighting the most recent research and exploring the most effective ways of reducing cancer through prevention. 
Anne Salmond: Billion Trees policy being rorted
A perfect storm is facing the forestry industry with the trade war between the US and China, trees being infected with bark beetle in overseas plantations and the undercutting of New Zealand pine. 
New funding for recyclable food packaging
The community group Pact Group NZ has received $3 million to provide new equipment for a packaging plant in Auckland. The funding will increase the recycle value of household plastics. 
@Te Ao 
Kākāpō dad revealed
A paternity test has shown that artificial insemination of kākāpō has succeeded for the first time in a decade.
Alison Ballance @Our Changing world RNZ
World-leading national research winery to be built in Blenheim
Blenheim has been announced as the location for a new national research winery. The Marlborough Research Centre will be built on the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology campus.  

Ngā take o te wā Events

27 July, Otago
Tangaroa open day
Come and explore Tangaroa, talk to NIWA staff about science at sea, find out where the crew sleeps, and hear stories of Antarctica.
10 August, Wellington
Antarctic family day in Wellington 
Come along to a free family-friendly Antarctic information day and have all your questions answered by Antarctic experts. There will be a lot of different hands-on activities from putting up a polar tent to trying on real Antarctic clothing.
1 August, Auckland.
First season in Antarctica, stories from young Kiwis
Two young Kiwis share their powerful anecdotes and life-changing experiences from their respective first seasons in Antarctica last summer.
14 August, Wellington.
Theoretical illiteracy and therapeutic dead ends: lessons from forensic and correctional practice
Professor Tony Ward, Fellow of Royal Society Te Apārangi, School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, will discuss the classification and explanation of crime in research and practice. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Women in engineering residential programme
WiE CAN stands for Women in Engineering at Canterbury. It is a 5 day/4 night residential programme featuring a range of interactive workshops, inspiring presentations and fun social activities. Participants will be immersed in student life and experience the range of engineering subjects on offer at UC.

Organisation: University of Canterbury 
Closing date: 16 August
Forestry scholarships 
Te Uru Rākau is offering six scholarships for the 2020 academic year for qualifying Māori and/ or female students enrolling in the Bachelor of Forestry Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Forest Engineering at the University of Canterbury.

Organisation: Te Uru Rākau
Closing date: 15 August.
Job opening: Curator Mātauranga Maori
An opportunity to join the Mātauranga Māori curatorial team of Te Papa Tongarewa. Reporting to the Head of Mātauranga Māori, this role will work with a team of Curators and Collection Managers in the Mātauranga Māori team of the Collections and Research Directorate.

Organisation: Te Papa Tongarewa
Closing date: 11 August
Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund
The Fund aims to encourage innovative projects that enhance or broaden the connection and engagement of ‘harder-to-reach’ New Zealanders with science and technology. Hard to reach audiences include, but are not limited to, youth, Māori and Pasifika, and rural New Zealanders.

Organisation: Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment
Closing date: 12 September 

Ngā hui Conferences

9 - 13 December/ Lincoln
Mahika Kai Conference 2019 
Lincoln University is holding its inaugural Mahika Kai Conference to celebrate indigenous food innovation, practice and research.
10 - 11 December/ Wellington
5th One Health Aotearoa Symposium
One Health Aotearoa’s symposia aim to bring together experts from the fields of animal, human and environmental health in order to address important health issues in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
15 August/ Auckland 
The Public Sector Conference 2019
The focus for the programme will be on the big issues facing the future of work for the public sector.

Plastic Free July 

Get your reusable mugs out of the cupboard and dust off your bulk food bags because Plastic Free July is underway. During July we will be putting out content on how to live your best plastic-free life in the build-up to the release of our report 'Plastics in the Environment - evidence summary'.

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