Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1132

A fair economic future? 

A new expert commentary by Te Tapeke Fair Futures panel member Dr Alan Bollard CNZM FRSNZ explores the impact of COVID-19 on a fair economic future. In his commentary, Alan discusses the size of the COVID-19 shock on economic forecasting, the social and political challenges on economic settings, and whether a return to normal conditions is possible. He questions the fairness of distributional effects, economic and social, and whether these are unavoidable or able to be mitigated by policy decisions.
Alan Bollard is a Professor of Practice at the Wellington School of Business and Government, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington. He is the former Executive Director of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and former Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand responsible for monetary policy and regulations, helping to steer New Zealand through the global financial crises.

Photo credit to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

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Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles named 2021 New Zealander of the Year 

Microbiologist Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles, a Royal Society Te Apārangi council member, has been named Te Pou Whakarae o Aotearoa New Zealander of the Year for her tireless mahi helping the public to understand the pūtaiao science behind the COVID-19 pandemic response. Siouxsie received the award from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a gala dinner in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland yesterday evening.

Last year, Siouxsie joined forces with cartoonist Toby Morris to make the science behind the pandemic clear and accessible. This work has been viewed by millions around the world and is even being used by international governments and organisations as part of their official pandemic communications.

Siouxsie's passionate, courageous, and influential leadership has helped us kia kaha stay strong throughout this pandemic.
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2021 Call for Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellowship nominations

The Academy of Royal Society Te Apārangi is now calling for nominations for new Ngā Ahurei a Te Apārangi Fellows and Ngā Ahurei Honore a Te Apārangi Honorary Fellows for 2021. Fellowship is an honour proposed by one’s peers and conferred for distinction in research or the outcomes resulting from intellectual endeavour or advancement.

A web portal has been set up to receive new and updated nominations. Please email if you wish to submit a new nomination and you will be provided with a URL to access the web portal. Nominations close on 30 June.

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JRSNZ call for papers: Artificial intelligence

This special issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand invites submissions with a focus on artificial intelligence applications and innovation. This issue aims to highlight recent advances in AI research from the New Zealand community in terms of theory and applications of AI.

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New issue of agriculture journal

The New Zealand Journal of Agriculture Research has released a new issue which includes articles on methane emission from beef cows in Argentina, soil microbial communities in New Zealand, and impacts of temporal trends on wheat. 

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Taonga: Ngā Kete Mātauranga

"Education is the silent weapon of colonisation. Military invasion is only ever one aspect of the blueprint for conquest."

Professor Joanna Kidman (Ngāti Maniopoto, Ngāti Raukawa) is a sociologist who teaches in the field of Indigenous youth studies at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington. Joanna's research focuses on the politics of indigeneity, Māori youth and settler-colonial nationhood. 

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Invasive wasp species living together in harmony
Researchers have spent the last year digging through wasp faeces, proving four species thrive on Ahuahu Great Mercury Island without being in competition with one another.
Matthew Scott @Newsroom
Climate change adding issues for at risk species 
Aotearoa is a biodiversity hot spot, but climate change is now accelerating concerns for many species already considered at risk due to predators and habitat loss.  
Cate Macinnis-Ng and Angus Mcintosh @Sciblogs
GNS summer scholarship students
In this video, summer interns share their experience interning at GNS Science, what their highlights have been, and what insights they’ll be taking with them as they head into further study. 
@GNS Science 
Antarctica brought to life for Kiwi kids with a modern twist to explorer's journal
Young science student Anzac Gallete has teamed up with the Antarctic Heritage Trust in an effort to get rangatahi interested in the frozen continent.
The world before us: How science is revealing a new story of our human origins
Tom Higham Hon FRSNZ has written a new book that follows the scientific and technological advancements that have enabled us to learn more about not just how long ago other humans lived, but how they lived.

Ngā take o te wā Events

8 April, Timaru
Infectious diseases, COVID-19 and vaccinations
Ben Harris, a Christchurch-based medical microbiology scientist, will give an illustrated talk about how new infectious diseases emerge, the impact of COVID-19, vaccinations, and how medical science and society are responding. 
15 April, Wellington
Weighing the Antarctic ice sheet: A decade of geophysical imaging
For the 18th annual S.T. Lee Lecture, Professor Emerita Terry Wilson will explain how ice sheets are coupled with bedrock below, provide an overview of surprising observations on the deforming earth in Antarctica, and explore implications for the future of the Antarctic ice sheet and global sea level.
15 April, Wanaka
New Zealand's COVID-19 response
Professor Michael Baker MNZM, one of the country’s top epidemiologists, will explore key aspects of the New Zealand response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He will also talk about the importance of effective science communication, managing misinformation and disinformation, and where we go to from here.
20 April, Auckland
The important role of community translation
In this inaugural professorial address, Professor Ineke Crezee ONZM will discuss the important role of community translation and community interpreting in promoting language access to healthcare.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Catalyst: Seeding -  call closing
Catalyst: Seeding facilitates new small and medium pre-research strategic partnerships with international collaborators that cannot be supported through other means, and with a view to developing full collaborations.

Closing date: 15 April
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Catalyst: Leaders -  call closing
Catalyst: Leaders supports incoming and outgoing targeted international fellowships for exceptional individuals that cannot be supported through other means.

Closing date: 15 April
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Job opportunity to become a Coastal Ecologist with Cawthron Institute 

This is a fixed term (1 year) opportunity for a highly creative and collaborative scientist to join a team that prides itself on connecting science and society. 

The successful candidate will lead and contribute to impact assessment and monitoring projects. The position offers opportunities for fieldwork in remote parts of the country, liaising directly with clients and funding agencies, delivering technical reports and research outputs.

Closing date: 18 April 
Organisation: Cawthron Institute

Have your say on new draft subject content for NCEA Level 1
In December 2020, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced significant changes to NCEA Level 1 for the National Curriculum that would provide tauira students with a broader foundation and more pathways for their learning, whilst reducing student and teacher workload.

Last week, the Ministry of Education released the draft content for each NCEA Level 1 subject. The public is now invited to provide feedback on the draft through online questionnaires. 

Closing date: 19 April
Organisation: The Ministry of Education
Call for nominations for the Scientific Steering Committee

The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research invite nominations of qualified individuals to serve on the Southern Ocean Observing System Scientific Steering Committee, for terms beginning on 1 July 2021.

Closing date: 19 April
Organisation: The Southern Ocean Observing System
Applications open for the ASPIRE prize for young scientists

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) is an annual award that recognises young scientists who have demonstrated a commitment to both excellence in scientific research, as evidenced by scholarly publication, and cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies. This year's theme focuses on diverse knowledge for a sustainable future. 

To apply to be New Zealand’s candidate for this regional prize, please complete the nomination form and return by 30 April to

Closing date: 30 April 
Organisation: The Policy Partnership on Science Technology and Innovation (PPSITI) in partnership with Wiley and Elsevier

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

7 April
Strings attached: Managing ex-situ plants highly susceptible to pathogens
Emma Bodley, a conservation specialist at Auckland Botanic Gardens, will present the challenges faced by botanic gardens when a plant is threatened by an invasive pathogen, and the considerations needed to overcome some of these barriers to conservation.   
8 April
The value of science
In advance of the 2022 Nobel Prize Dialogue in Brazil, this online discussion (led by Nobel Prize laureates May-Britt Moser and Serge Haroche) will explore what science, and scientists, can contribute to society, and in turn, what society can contribute to science.

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