Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1220

Speaker's Science Forum on food security in the face of global challenges

The first event in our Speaker’s Science Forum series for 2023 was held on 21 Huitanguru February at Parliament. The central focus of the forum was the major risks to food security in Aotearoa and how we can prevent or mitigate these issues to ensure a food secure future.

Dr Nicholas Cradock-Henry, Principal Scientist, GNS Science, gave a presentation called "Towards food system security and resilience in Aotearoa New Zealand" and Dr David Rankin, GreenTech Group Leader, Lincoln Agritech, gave a presentation called "The impact of climate change on food security – what are our options?"

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He Pito Mata 2023

The Early Career Researcher Forum Aotearoa will host a two-day event for early career researchers on 18-19 April at Te Papa, Wellington. He Pito Mata is a unique convergence of connecting, sharing and amplifying the kōrero of early career researchers in Aotearoa. Registrations are now open. 

Director  –  External Engagement

Reporting to the Chief Executive of Royal Society Te Apārangi, the Director – External Engagement | Tumu Tūhonohono, is a member of the senior leadership team, providing strategic leadership across the Society. This role leads a specialist team covering internal and external communications, education and learning, event management, brand management, and fundraising. 

Core activities include driving the Society’s relationship building and stakeholder engagement efforts, and supporting the implementation of the emerging long-term strategy to 2040 in support of science, technology, the humanities and mātauranga. 

People & Membership Advisor

Do you love engaging with a wide range of people?
Do you have experience in a generalist HR role?
Looking for a great new opportunity in 2023?

If this is you, then come and work with us! Royal Society Te Apārangi is looking for a People & Membership Advisor for a busy and varied role based in Thorndon – a person who thrives on engaging with people and ensuring those people have great experiences!

New social sciences journal issue

A new regular issue of Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online has been published. It includes articles on conceptualising positive ageing, intersections between housing affordability and meanings of home, junk food advertising near primary schools in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, changes in Māori roll choice and elder indigenous narratives about influenza immunisation and telehealth during COVID-19 lockdown. 

The Rolling Stones – Uncovering stone rolling dynamics and impact accelerations during floods

Little is known about the motion dynamics of stones as they move downstream. In this Marsden Fund Fast-Start project, Dr Hamish Biggs and his team of researchers at NIWA have addressed this knowledge gap by developing specialised equipment (rugged inertial sensor units) called ‘Kinematic Loggers’ to measure stone dynamics during floods.

New agricultural research journal issue

A new regular issue of New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research has been published. It includes articles on spawning runs of trout from Lake Otamangakau, multi-decadal observations of size structure of sperm wales at Kaikōura, population of New Zealand fur seal in Fiordland and riparian planting providing resources for stream invertebrates. 

You may publish your next paper Open Access in the Royal Society Te Apārangi journals at no cost to your research budget. Find out if you’re eligible.

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Weather explained: Why the North Island’s warm, wet summer will drag on into autumn

It’s what most in New Zealand’s rain-soaked north will have asked many times over their wet and wild summer: when is this miserable run of weather going to end? Unfortunately, meteorologists and climate scientists don’t have a happy answer, as big-picture drivers continue to keep our ocean-atmosphere state ripe for more rain-makers over the next few weeks.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald

Social Justice and the Free and Responsible conduct of Science

On the UN International Day of Social Justice, panellists from the ISC’s World Science Forum session on “Intersections between social justice and the free and responsible conduct of science” called attention to the responsibility of science to address social injustice.
@International Science Council

Young Kiwi explorers invited to retrace Shackleton’s South Georgia adventures

Wanted: 22 young Kiwis to visit one of the largest penguin colonies on earth. The Antarctic Heritage Trust has put out an open invitation to young New Zealanders to travel to South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands, some of the most remote islands in the South Atlantic Ocean. The trust’s acting executive director Francesca Eathorne says they are looking for young adventurers to join on a unique expedition.

Thomas Bywater @NZ Herald

The secret life of sea sponges

Shouts of surprise and excitement ring through the foyer of the Wellington University Coastal Ecology Lab. Four intermediate school students, with virtual reality headsets on, armed with controllers, are diving in to the ocean to count fish and lobsters.
Our Changing World @RNZ

Moving to a circular bioeconomy – Expert Reaction

How can we reduce waste and pollution, and regenerate natural environments, while still keeping our economy running? This week Scion hosted a symposium on the challenges and innovations required for a transition to a circular bioeconomy in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The SMC asked experts to comment.

Ngā take o te wā Events

24 Pēpuere February, Wānaka
Complicated world of prehistoric New Zealand fauna

Dr Nic Rawlence will speak at the Wānaka branch of Royal Society Te Apārangi on his work on ancient DNA research that seeks to answer where did New Zealand species come from and how did their ancestors arrive here?

1 Maehe March, Wellington and online

Shifting grounds: deep histories of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
In this talk, Lucy Mackintosh, author of ‘Shifting Grounds: Deep Histories of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’, will explore how histories told from particular places, at particular moments of time, open up new stories and perspectives that can change the way we currently tend to think about the past and the present in urban spaces.

24 Pēpuere February, Wellington and online
Covid-19 in the UK: risk factors, infections, and mortality postcards
For the first University of Otago, Wellington first public health seminar of 2023 hear from Professor Neil Pearce FRSNZ, Director of the Centre for Global Non-communicable Disease, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

2 Maehe March, Wellington 

2023 Ferrier Public Lecture—The roles of carbohydrates in human health and disease: from fundamental research to clinical applications
Join Professor David Vocadlo for a discussion of new therapeutics that may help treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ South Georgia 2023

The Antarctic Heritage Trust are seeking 22 Kiwis aged 18-30 to join them on their Inspiring Explorers Expedition™ from 28 September – 17 October 2023.

  • Do you have a strong curiosity to go out and explore the world and share your stories with others?
  • Do you want to get out of your comfort zone on an expedition to one of the world’s most incredible islands?
  • Are you interested in learning about polar history, the environment, climate change, science and wildlife?
  • Do you want to develop your leadership and positive risk taking skills in a supportive environment?
  • Do you have special skills so you can share your experience with other young people in New Zealand and around the world?
  • Are you a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident aged between 18-30 years?
If this sounds like you, apply by 19 March 2023.

French Embassy in New Zealand Mobility Grants

Funded by the French Embassy in New Zealand, the programme supports the mobility of New Zealand-based Academic staff, Researchers, PhD Students or Master Students to France for 1 or 2 months.
All academic fields (natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, arts …) are eligible.
Applications are evaluated as they come. The call for applications will close once all available grants have been awarded.

Horizon Europe updates and information roadshow

In light of New Zealand’s recent successful negotiations to become an Associate member of Horizon Europe (the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation), MBIE and EURAXESS Australia and New Zealand are conducting a roadshow to provide more information about the opportunities and prepare New Zealand’s research community to engage with the programme.

While free to attend, numbers are limited, so please secure your place by registering. 

For those unable to join the in-person sessions, a webinar will be held via Zoom on 2 March 2023 at 10am. Webinar registration.

Ngā hui | Conferences

22-26 May 2023, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
10th International Crustacean Congress
Crustaceans are ubiquitous in all of the world’s aquatic environments and are at the forefront of international studies of neurobiology, aquaculture, toxicology, biosecurity, biodiversity and evolution, to name just a few. The ICC 10 meeting is co-hosted by The Crustacean Society and the International Society of Invertebrate Reproduction and Development (ISIRD). The programme is dedicated to dissemination of all aspects of crustacean biology and to promote the exchange of information and ideas among persons interested in carcinology. #icc10

3-5 July 2023, Massey University Albany Campus
NZIP & PHYSIKOS 2023 Conference
The New Zealand Institute of Physics is the institute for professional physicists in New Zealand. We provide a forum for discussing physics education and research, a physics teacher network, and submissions to government concerning physics education and research. Our biennial conference offers presentations on the latest research, workshops looking at effective teaching methods, invited speakers highlighting special areas of interest and public lectures that reach a broader section of the physics community. There are also several social events to ensure plenty of time for networking. Abstract deadline: 31 March. #nzip2023

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