Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1131

Meet Dr Sereana Naepi, an early career researcher

Dr Sereana Naepi is a mother of two, a lecturer at the University of Auckland and co-chair of the Early Career Researcher Forum. She is dedicated to addressing and challenging systemic inequalities within academia through storytelling. Sereana is driven by a desire to see an education sector where her daughters can thrive, where researchers are supported and where ancestral knowledge is valued.

Sereana is the latest researcher featured in our Tūrama series, which aims to illuminate the mahi of early career researchers in Aotearoa. Learn more about Sereana's journey, her passions, and her hopes for the future in a written and video interview.
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Special issue call for papers: Celebration of Roger Cooper FRSNZ

A special issue of the New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics invites submissions in honour of, and to celebrate, the late Roger Cooper’s many contributions to New Zealand and global geology and paleontology. The guest editorial team includes James Crampton FRSNZ, Alan Cooper and Richard Jongens. 

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New issue of crop and horticultural science journal

The New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticulture Science is releasing a new issue with articles on pollination requirements of kiwifruit, drought restricting yield of wheat, and shoot characteristics predicting crop potential of sweet cherries. 

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JRSNZ call for papers: Longitudinal research in Aotearoa New Zealand 

This special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand invites submissions with a focus on health and medical longitudinal research. The issue aims to highlight key past findings and the latest evidence, as well as to consider the past impact and future implications of longitudinal research in supporting policy-making decisions, clinical practice, and pure research.

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Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga

"Probably the most important thing I’ve learnt from my whānau is that te reo, tikanga and mātauranga are close friends."

Associate Professor Anne-Marie Jackson (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu o Whangaroa, Ngāti Wai) is a co-leader of a Māori research excellence kaupapa Te Koronga. Her research and teaching focus on Māori physical education and health (applied hauora), the role of the environment for hauora, and examining mātauranga as Indigenous science. 

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

How particles ejected from the Sun affect Earth's climate
When the Sun ejects solar particles into space, how does this affect the Earth and climate? Are clouds affected by these particles? 
Annika Seppälä @Stuff
New documentary on science and commercial fisheries
The Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor, Professor Dame Juliet Gerrard FRSNZ, has just released a report on science and commercial fishing. A new documentary as part of the 'Science &' series, which features a range of scientists from Dame Juliet's advisory group and industry stakeholders, explores key issues highlighted in the report. 
@Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor
How our brains can talk to each other 
Ihshan Gumilar, a doctoral candidate at the University of Auckland, says that studies reveal the secrets of our brains when we communicate face-to-face, which might help us all become more empathetic.
Ihshan Gumilar @Newsroom
Women in STEM - voices from around the world
Dr Natalie Robinson, a marine physicist at NIWA  and Marsden Fund recipient, has just been recognised by Forbes magazine for her outstanding mahi as a women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) alongside Dr Michelle Dickinson MNZM.
Clues to 7.3 quake off East Cape downloaded at the sea floor
A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) has been retrieving earthquake data gathered by observatories that reach hundreds of metres under the sea floor off the North Island's east coast.
Housing policy: What the changes mean 
A significant suite of policy changes was announced on Tuesday, intended to make the property market fairer for first-home buyers.
Susan Edmunds @Stuff
Two psychologists receive international honours
Two University of Waikato academics, Professor Vincent Reid and Dr Aleea Devitt, who have recently won Marsden Fund grants, have been recognised by the Association for Psychological Science, one of the world’s leading international bodies for psychology.
@Sun Live
Most Māori experience racism every day
New research shows that 93 percent of Māori in Aotearoa experience racism every day. The research - Whakatika: A Survey of Māori Experiences of Racism - was launched by the independent Māori institute for environment and health, Te Atawhai o te Ao, which is co-founded and co-directed by 2020 Te Tohu Rapuora Award winner Dr Cherryl Waerea-i-te-rangi Smith and Dr Rāwiri Tinirau.
Moana Ellis @RNZ

Ngā take o te wā Events

30 March, Dunedin
Thirst for knowledge - wisdom in teeth
Teeth can tell us a surprising amount about the ways in which animals interact with their environment. Using ancient fossils and samples from more recent species, Dr Carolina Loch will tell us the secrets that teeth reveal about the ways mammals have evolved over time.
14 April, Wellington
Sugars and viruses - the roles that carbohydrates can play in both viral infection and immune evasion
For the 2021 Ferrier Public Lecture, Professor Antony Fairbanks will discuss how some viruses can either profit from, or even hijack, the human cellular machinery that attaches sugars/carbohydrates to biomacromolecules such as proteins.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Call for POGO-SCOR Fellowships

The Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) and Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) are pleased to announce that the POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowship programme for 2021 is now open for applications. This programme is designed to promote training and capacity building, leading towards a global observation scheme for the oceans.

Closing date: 30 April 2021
Organisation: POGO and SCOR
James Cook Research Fellowship – Call for applications
The James Cook Research Fellowships are awarded to researchers who have achieved national and international recognition in their area of scientific research. The fellowships allow them to concentrate on their chosen research for two years without the additional burden of administrative and teaching duties.
The funding package annually is $100,000 plus GST and up to $10,000 plus GST in relevant expenses. It is expected that a major piece of research will be undertaken that will benefit New Zealand and advance research in the particular discipline.

For the 2021 round, fellowships are available in the following research categories:
  • Health sciences
  • Physical sciences (including chemical sciences; geosciences, mathematical and information sciences)
  • Social sciences (including research of relevance to peoples of New Zealand and/or the South-west Pacific) 
Closing date: 13 May
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi 

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

30 March
Wasp busting biocontrol
Wasps are an invasive pest in the Southern Hemisphere, but biocontrol of wasps is a promising technique to bring balance back to our ecosystems. In this webinar, Bob Brown will cover the science of wasps, explain how and why the biocontrol will work, outline any potential risks and benefits, and discuss the next steps in the programme.

Ngā hui Conferences

25-27 July, Queenstown
ANZCCART Conference 2021
Early bird registration for the 2021 ANZCCART conference is now open. This year’s conference will explore the benefits and risks of openness in regards to the use of animals in Australian and New Zealand research. A draft programme for the conference is now available.
There will be a range of registration options available, as well as online-only participation options for those not able to attend in person. If you have any questions, please contact the conference organisers at

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