Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1200

Powering Potential applications open

Royal Society Te Apārangi would like to announce the opening of applications 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 of 5-6.  Each team will be assigned a mentor who will work with the students over the course of three days.  All travel, kai, accommodation and activities are covered by the programme.  Powering Potential 2022 will be a blast!
Applications close 14 Whiringa-ā-nuku October.
View the website for more about Powering Potential as well as the application form.

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New social sciences journal issue

A  new issue of Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online has just been published. It contains articles on a Māori perspective of flourishing whānau, planning the urban foodscape, first foods for Māori infants, landscape change for environmental and social healing and more... 

Kaitohutohu Pāpāho Communications Advisor role

The Kaitohutohu Pāpāho Communications Advisor role for Royal Society Te Apārangi is to provide communications and public relations support to key internal and external stakeholders, focusing on progressing critical projects and programmes, creating effective communications and relationships between the Society and key stakeholders through our media platforms and digital communications.

Applications are due 19 Mahuru September.   

New zoology journal issue

A new issue of the New Zealand Journal of Zoology has just been published. It contains articles on the historical importation of stoats and weasels into New Zealand, 1080 deer repellent, a new species of Leiopelma frog from the late Pliocene, estimating the population of orange-fronted parakeet on offshore islands and more... 

Programme Manager, Expert Advice Kaiwhakahaere Mātanga Rangahau

Last chance to apply for a rare opportunity as Kaiwhakahaere, a new senior role within the Society. We are looking for a capable thought leader, people leader, and project manager in the Expert Advice team. Do you have excellent writing and communication skills? Post-graduate qualification? 

Applications are due 2 Mahuru September.   

He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Aotearoa and Canadian Governor-Generals Support Decade of Indigenous Languages

Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Kahu) and her Canadian counterpart the Rt Hon Mary Simon (Inuk), speak about the importance of te reo Māori and the indigenous languages of Canada , and the efforts to revitalise them in Aotearoa New Zealand and Canada.
@UNESCO New Zealand

How the Ice Ages spurred the evolution of New Zealand’s weird and wiry native plants

Recent genetic research has shed new light on the long-running debate about the evolutionary origins of some of New Zealand’s quirkiest plants. Nowhere else on Earth has this “divaricate” growth form arisen independently in so many plant families.
@The Conversation

Record greenhouse gases and sea levels in 2021, international climate report confirms

Records were broken again in 2021 with greenhouse gases, ocean heat and global sea levels the highest ever recorded, the latest State of the Climate report confirms. The report is an international, peer-reviewed annual summary of changes and significant events in the global climate.
@Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Expert reaction: A "pervasive and ongoing invasion" of radiata pine

New research says invasive radiata pine is spread more widely across New Zealand than was previously appreciated, with modelling showing that up to 76% of the country's land is climatically capable of supporting populations of the trees. The SMC asked experts to comment.

Ngā take o te wā Events

7 Mahuru September, Palmerston North
The Shear Zones that hold back the ice sheets
David Prior, University of Otago, will showcase the lateral thinking of using geophysical and geological methods to study the physics of ice in the 2022 Hochstetter Lecture.
7-8 Mahuru September, Wellington
Dangling Bonds Science and Technology Expo
The School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington is hosting a public expo to showcase cutting-edge research and technology.
2 Whiringa-ā-nuku October, Tauranga
Tauranga STEM Festival 
Free tickets are now available for STEMFest, the world's largest STEM street festival. This family-friendly festival aims to inspire a new generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians, with rockets, robots, sharks, and plenty of great photo opportunities!
7 Mahuru September, Wellington
Pacific people’s perceptions of accessing fertility treatment in Aotearoa New Zealand
In this talk, titled ‘Obese in fertility clinics, but skinny in my community,’ Edmond S. Fehoko and Rhonda M. Shaw will explore why Māori and Pacific people who experience fertility issues are generally less likely than Pākehā to seek fertility clinic assistance. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Prime Minister's Science Prize: Portal now open  

Applications and nominations for Ngā Puipuiaki Pūtaiao a Te Pirimia the 2022 Prime Minister's Science Prizes — New Zealand’s most valuable science awards — are open! 

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
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

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.

Closing date: 29 Mahuru September 2022
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi

Hui ā-Ipurangi | Webinars

7 Mahuru September, Online and Wellington
Public History Talk: Mahuru Māori
For Mahuru Māori, Māni Dunlop (Ngāpuhi) and Jamie Tahana (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Makino, Te Arawa) will speak about their experiences, challenges, and triumphs of being at the front line of change in public radio. 
22 Mahuru September, Online
Aotearoa in space
Free online professional development webinar for teachers to celebrate the Science Learning Hub's new suite of resources designed to grow New Zealand students' interest in space. Discover ways to utilise the vast range of articles, activities, videos and interactives.

Mō Te Apārangi | About Us

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