Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1205

2022 Companions Ngā Takahoa a Te Apārangi

Today we announced Dr Jill Stanley and Dr George Hooper as new Ngā Takahoa a Te Apārangi Companions of Royal Society Te Apārangi.

This honour recognises outstanding leadership or eminent contributions to promoting and advancing humanities, science or technology in New Zealand.

Dr Jill Stanley has contributed greatly to the growth of the New Zealand and global summerfruit horticultural sector. Her leadership in developing the science, mentoring and knowledge transfer has greatly improved fruit quality and led to tree productivity gains of up to 50%.

Dr George Hooper has shown outstanding leadership across the New Zealand energy and resource sectors. He has made major contributions to New Zealand’s natural hazard research and his thought leadership and stakeholder communication have led to new approaches being adopted by the wider engineering profession.

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Apply now for 2023 Science Teaching Leadership Programme!

Applications and nominations for the Science Teaching Leadership Programme 2023 are now live, tono mai and apply now!

The Science Teaching Leadership Programme supports the Government’s strategic direction for Science in Society by providing opportunities for primary and intermediate schools and secondary science departments to enhance the teaching of science within their school communities.

We are accepting two cohorts, with the first intake starting in Term 1, 2023, and the second in Term 3, 2023. Deadline extended to 7 Whiringa-ā-nuku October.

Prime Minister's Science Prizes

Don't forget to apply and nominate for Ngā Puipuiaki Pūtaiao a Te Pirimia the 2022 Prime Minister's Science Prizes — New Zealand’s most valuable science awards.

The Government of New Zealand introduced The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes in 2009 as a way of raising the profile and prestige of science in Aotearoa. There are five prizes with a combined value of $975,000

Closing date: 18 Whiringa-ā-nuku October 2022  

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

After 700 earthquakes, what happens next at Taupō supervolcano?

Scientists watching our best-known super-volcano say underground rumbles around an unsettled Taupō could carry on through summer – and aren't ruling out more local shakes. But it's also possible that the episode has already peaked.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald

Slipping away: Can we keep fixing up after landslides?

Record-breaking rainfall in Wellington sent sodden earth tumbling down slopes all over the city in July - more than 600 slips in all. In Nelson, damage to roads and buildings from landslides and flooding in August is projected to cost more than $100 million to repair. Landslides are New Zealand's most costly natural hazard, but can we mitigate our way out of their impacts?​
Sarah Robson @RNZ The Detail

Stories of Transformations to Sustainability

The International Science Council has launched seven short films that showcase projects with communities in diverse places around the world to explore the complex relations between social structures, the material world and environmental and social change. 
@International Science Council

NZ biggest firms will soon have to disclose their climate risk – but will it really curb climate change?

Policymakers are now considering the introduction of mandatory climate-related disclosures to force large financial actors to consider their impact on climate change, and the impact of climate change on them.
Ilan Noy, Samuel Becher @The Conversation

Pathways between research, policy and practice for equitable evidence-informed health and wellbeing

Frustrated health researchers are asking for more transparent and system-embedded processes in the new health system so that the latest research evidence is used to improve the health of New Zealanders.
@Healthier Lives–He Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge

Ngā take o te wā Events

17 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Auckland
Secret lives on seabird island
Professor David Towns, winner of the Royal Society Te Apārangi 2019 Charles Fleming Environmental Achievement Award, is speaking about his work on ecological restoration and ecosystem function.
11 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Rotorua
Nutrition before and after birth – magic and mystery
Dr Anne Jaquiery will explore the importance of the nutritional environment on developing organs and physiological systems, and the magic of the non-nutritive elements of breast milk.
11&12 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Christchurch & Dunedin
Juliet Gerrard, Science in Dark Times
To celebrate women in science and raise money for Women in STEM Scholarship, The Association for Women in the Sciences is hosting viewings of 'Juliet Gerrard, Science in Dark Times'. The events are open to everyone and documentary filmmaker Shirley Horrocks will be attending and opening the events.
18 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Epsom Auckland
Tiny but Mighty – the role of pollen and palynology in the Geosciences
Kat Holt gives the Geoscience Society of New Zealand President lecture. Palynology provides an extremely valuable tool in many areas of the geosciences, including but not limited to biostratigraphy, petroleum exploration, and climate and environmental reconstructions. See also University of Auckland and Waikato talks.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Upcoming media training for researchers

The Science Media Centre has some new dates for its two-day Science Media SAVVY course for researchers looking to get in-depth training on how to communicate their science to the media.The course is designed to upskill researchers in science communication and improve engagement with the media.

The next session will take place in Auckland on 3-4  Whiringa-ā-rangi November 2022. Researchers can apply for Science Media SAVVY here.

The next Media SAVVY for Māori researchers will take place in Auckland on 16-17 Poutū-te-rangi March 2023. This is a fees-free workshop aimed at increasing the visibility of Māori researchers and impacts from their work in both mainstream and Māori media outlets. Researchers can apply for Media SAVVY for Māori researchers here.

Organisation: Science Media Centre

Apply for Powering Potential 

This event on 12-15 Hakihea December will give 60 Year 12 or Year 13 tauira who have a passion for science, technology, or social sciences the opportunity to research some big science questions or social issues.  Students will work in teams and be assigned a mentor.  All travel, kai, accommodation and activities are covered by the programme.  Powering Potential 2022 will be a blast!

Closing date: 14 Whiringa-ā-nuku October.
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Hui ā-Ipurangi Webinars

2-4pm CEST, 13 Whiringa-ā-nuku October
IAP webinar: Impact of climate change on food systems 
A recent systems-based approach to tackling climate change and health issues, from the global InterAcademy Partnership and its regional academy networks, examined how science can guide innovation, policy and practice for climate mitigation and adaptation. In this two hour online side event of the FAO Science & Innovation Forum outputs from the global assessment and specifically from Africa will be presented.
10am, 7 Whiringa-ā-nuku October
Human Pangenome Reference Consortium Seminar II

Genomics Aotearoa is hosting the second of its mini series on the Human Pangenome Reference Consortium (HPRC). It features international guest speakers Alice Popejoy and Nanibaa’ Garrison. The first Genomics Aotearoa seminar introduced the HPRC and broader application of the methods used to other species (YouTube link).

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