Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1100

Happy Matariki Aotearoa!

Matariki tāpuapua. Matariki nāna i ao ake te kai ki runga. Matariki hunga nui. Matariki ahunga nui. Te ope o te rua Matariki. Ka rewa a Matariki, ka maoka te hinu. Ka rewa a Matariki ka rere te kanakana.

Matariki is the star that signifies reflection, hope, our connection to the environment and the gathering of people. Matariki is also connected to the health and wellbeing of people.

Matariki marks the Māori New Year and is a time to commemorate those who have passed on, to spend time with whānau and friends and to whakangahau and celebrate an incoming year of hope, abundance and success. 

Last year we joined Professor Rangi Matamua (Tūhoe) on a roadshow across Aotearoa and Australia where Rangi educated thousands on the significance of Matariki in Aotearoa. To celebrate the rising of Matariki, watch our highlights from 'Ko Matariki e ārau ana | The gathering of Matariki' and learn more about the importance of looking up as the star cluster rises each year.

Watch to hear from lecture attendees and to learn more about Rangi's illuminating research.

Watch the video

Understanding the problem of plastic waste in Aotearoa 

For #PlasticFreeJuly we have been sharing a series of resources across our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels with information and ideas on how to take action on our plastics pollution problem. This week we're focussing on microplastics and how plastics affect human and animal health.


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Specialists develop new ventilator hood
A Dunedin-made ventilator hood that could be a major support for hospitals managing COVID-19 outbreaks is now being manufactured.
Jacob McSweeny @Otago Daily Times
Crown Research Institute review – Expert Reaction
Experts weigh in on the commissioned review of New Zealand’s Crown Research Institutes by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. 
@Science Media Centre 
Havelock North gastro outbreak could have hit more than 8000
The disastrous gastro outbreak could have infected thousands more than first thought, a major new DNA analysis has found.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald 
Wellington researcher joins world’s largest polar research expedition
Dr Ruzica Dadic will become the first New Zealand researcher to join MOSAiC, the world’s largest international polar research expedition. 
@Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington
Warmer winters will mess with marine communities
Winter warming is often overlooked when considering the impacts of climate change. Rutherford Discovery Fellow Associate Professor Ceridwen Fraser is part of a team of researchers seeking to address this gap in scientific knowledge. 
@University of Otago
Research to find new Covid test and light technology to combat virus
New research is attempting to find a new method to detect COVID-19 infection before the onset of symptoms, and to develop a new light sterilisation method to kill the virus on surfaces and in the air.
Lincoln Tan @NZ Herald

Ngā take o te wā Events

21 July, Online

Large Earthquakes and Tsunamis: Ask us anything

An expert scientist panel will answer your questions on the Hikurangi subduction zone, the Alpine Fault, earthquakes, tsunamis and how to better prepare for these events. Submit your questions here ahead of time, or come along with questions you would like answered. The talk will be livestreamed through Facebook and shared on YouTube the following day.
29 July, Auckland

Cafe Scientifiqué: Cannabis Referendum - your questions and some answers

Dr Ali Seyfoddin and Associate Professor Khylee Quince of Auckland University of Technology, and Associate Professor Chris Wilkins of Massey University will address your questions regarding cannabis use to help prepare you for the 2020 cannabis referendum.
22 July, Dunedin

The interplay of mechanical properties and stress in uplift and dynamic landscapes

As part of the Hochstetter lecture tour, Phaedra Upton of GNS Science will give a talk on recent developments in modelling tectonics and surface processes. She will focus on collisional settings such as New Zealand’s Southern Alps, SE Alaska and the Himalayan mountains where rapid uplift combines with vigorous climate regimes to create dynamic landscapes.
6-20 August, Online

Women of Influence virtual speaker series

This series is a chance for you to hear from and engage with a range of Kiwi women who are helping make their communities and the country a better place. Session one on 6 August will feature fashion designer Kathryn Wilson, Muslim women’s rights campaigner Anjum Rahman and champion athlete and community business leader Beatrice Faumuinā ONZM with host Ali Mau.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Nominations open for the Women of Influence Awards

The Women of Influence programme helps share the remarkable stories of women who are making a difference to the lives of New Zealanders. Each year, the awards programme showcases the amazing work Kiwi women are doing from grassroots level to the global stage, and helps propel our future leaders and rising stars to bigger and better things.

Closing date: 31 August 2020
Organisation: Stuff and Westpac NZ
Second call for applications for the Pacific Fund 2020

The fund for economic, social, cultural and scientific cooperation in the Pacific, referred to as the "Pacific Fund", is a tool for regional cooperation for France in the Pacific. A second call for applications, launched by the Permanent Secretary for the Pacific, is open. New Zealand partners are invited to submit their applications for projects contributing to the regional insertion of French collectivities: New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna. 

Closing date: 6 September 2020 
Organisation: Embassy of France in Wellington
Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) - Postdoctoral Fellowship

The HFSP fellowship program supports proposals for frontier, potentially transformative research in the life sciences. The fellowships encourage early career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country. Two different fellowship programs are available:

  • Long-Term Fellowships are for applicants who will broaden their expertise by proposing a project in the life sciences which is significantly different from their previous PhD or postdoctoral work.
  • Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships are for applicants with a PhD from outside the life sciences.
Closing date: The next fellowship initiation deadline will be 13 August 2020 with a submission deadline on 27 August 2020
Organisation: Human Frontier Science Program

Wānanga ipurangi | Webinars

27 July
Iwi relationships with the Southern and Antarctic Oceans
As part of the Māori and Antarctica: Ka mua, ka muri seminar series, Associate Professor Sandy Morrison and Aimee Kaio will speak about their research that aims to document Māori narratives of voyaging and knowledge of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. 
27 July
How on earth can space improve our lives?
With a focus on Global Navigation Satellite Systems, this webinar gathers key players in the New Zealand space sector to discuss new and innovative ways in which space is influencing our everyday lives. 

Mō Te Apārangi | About us

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