Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1101

Royal Society Te Apārangi is seeking a new Chief Executive

This December, after six years, Dr Andrew Cleland will be stepping down from his role as the Chief Executive of Royal Society Te Apārangi. Andrew has been in Te Apārangi since 1995 when he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Prior to his role at the Society, he was Chief Executive of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ, now called Engineering New Zealand) for 14 years, following a 23 year-career as an academic staff member at Massey University. We thank Andrew for his significant contribution to the Society.
The Royal Society Te Apārangi is starting the journey to find a rangatira to guide and motivate, he Tumu Whakarae Chief Executive to provide strategic leadership and foster the Society’s inclusive and diversity-led approach. A Chief Executive who is engaging and collaborating with other equivalent national and international membership bodies, iwi, hapū and hapori Māori, research organisations, and government departments, amongst others. Is this you? Or you know someone that may be interested? More information can be accessed below. Please review and please share. Mauri ora.

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The 180 Seconds of Fascination video competition is now open!

What stories can our Early Career Researchers tell in just 180 seconds? The 2020 Early Career Researchers video competition is now live. This is an opportunity to showcase your awesome rangahau research for the chance to win one of five prizes. To enter, produce your own ataata video that features yourself or your team explaining your research in no more than 3 minutes.

The competition closes on 18 September 2020. Karawhuia go for it, tuku atu upload! 


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 are looking at recycling and biodegradable plastics.


Committee appointed to strengthen links with the SIDS scientific community

Royal Society Te Apārangi and the Australian Academy of Science are thrilled that three of the eight appointments to the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Liaison Committee by the International Science Council are from the South Pacific.


Call for papers on environmental DNA

The New Zealand Journal of Zoology is calling for papers for a special isssue on zoological applications for environmental DNA: detection, diversity and health. The Guest Editors are Dr Jonathan Banks and Associate Professor Gavin Lear.


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

No long-term link between video games and aggressive behaviour in youth
According to a new meta-analysis supported by Marsden Fund—Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, there is no evidence to show a long-term link between aggressive video games and youth aggression.
The Māori Language Act was passed this week, 33 years ago

On July 20, 1987 te reo Māori became an official language, leading to the establishment of Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission). This short Facebook video documents the fight for te reo Māori in Aotearoa.
@Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori

Funding helps winter lecture series bring guests to Ngā Manu
For the third year running Ngā Manu Nature Reserve in Waikanae is hosting a winter lecture series aimed at educating, entertaining and informing Kāpiti locals on conservation topics.
Rosaline Willis @Kāpiti News
Stoat breakthrough could be the key to eradication
Emile Donovan talks to scientist Dr Andrew Veale about mapping the stoat genome, the implications for eradicating stoats in New Zealand, and the blurry potential applications of genetic research.
@RNZ The Detail
Zoologists call for beach closures to reduce impact on wildlife
New Zealand zoologists are calling for seasonal beach closures to be considered at sites where increasing numbers of visitors are likely to have detrimental impacts on wildlife.
@University of Otago
New alert system could have warned of Whakaari White Island tragedy
Scientists have pioneered a new eruption alert system they say could have given 16 hours' warning of December's deadly disaster at Whakaari White Island.
Jamie Morton @NZ Herald
Auckland scientist makes 'world first' giant bump-head sunfish discovery
Dr Marianne Nyegaard has helped genetically identify the larvae of a giant bump-head sunfish.
Danielle Clent @Stuff

Ngā take o te wā Events

27 July, Wellington

Just how on Earth do we know what Mars is made of?

As part of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand's 2020 President's Tour, Associate Professor James Scott will explain just how on Earth we know about Mars. He will summarise some of his research on the high-P ejecta, and will bring some (very small) Martian meteorites for show and tell.
4 August, Rotorua

Cannabis, social enterprise & sustainable development

Manu Caddie will discuss Rua Bioscience Ltd, a leading medicinal cannabis research and development company, and its journey over the past five years. He will also talk about research on native bioactives and implications of the upcoming referendum on cannabis legalisation.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

2021 applications open for the Science Teaching Leadership Programme

Are you passionate about science, teaching and your community? In the STLP (Science Teaching Leadership Programme), participant schools select a teacher to spend six months with a host science research organisation to experience real science in action.

On returning to school, the teachers work with others in the school to improve science teaching and student learning, and forge links with local science organisations and groups which can enhance scientific experiences for students. 

Closing date: 4 September 2020
Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi
Last chance to enter the 2020 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards

These awards celebrate the people, projects, teams, businesses, students and communities that are making an outstanding contribution to biosecurity in New Zealand. Have you been working hard to keep Aotearoa safe from pests and diseases? You have one week left to submit your entry for the chance to win.

Closing date: 30 July 2020
Organisation: Biosecurity New Zealand

Global Young Academy - call for new members

The GYA is committed to a broad range of programmes around the world to support young scholars, promote science to a broad audience, engage in policy debate, and foster international and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Applications are sought from young, independent scholars who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering impact. The call is open to all scholars working in any research-based discipline, including the natural, physical and social sciences, as well as the arts and humanities. 

Closing date: 15 September 2020 
Closing date: Global Young Academy

Contribute to the review for the IPBES Transformative Change Assessment report

This change assessment by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services looks at the underlying causes of biodiversity loss, the determinants of transformative change and options for achieving the 2050 vision for biodiversity.

The draft scoping report for the assessment is now open for external review. The aim is to increase policy relevance by engaging governments and stakeholders early in the process of defining the policy questions that this assessment will address.

Closing date: 28 August 2020
Organisation: IPBES
The INGSA-Asia Science Advice Essay contest

The International Network for Government Science Advice Asia is organising an essay contest around the question: “How is science advice used for the government in your country?”. INGSA-Asia will be selecting five winners whose entries will be published on the INGSA website. Winners will also be awarded a certificate of recognition and will be invited to speak at an INGSA online conference.

Closing date: 31 August 2020
Organisation: International Network for Government Science Advice Asia
Applications for the 2020 John Schofield Three Rs Implementation Award are now open

New Zealand encourages the principles of humane experimental techniques when animals are used in research, testing, or teaching. This award recognises achievement in the development and implementation of the 3 Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement) in these areas.

Closing date: 25 September 2020
Organisation: Ministry for Primary Industries

Wānanga ipurangi | Webinars

27-30 July
Māori and Antarctica: Ka mua, ka muri
Organised by Dr Billy Van Uitregt (Ngā Rauru), this eight-part seminar wānanga series will offer a range of perspectives to inform whānau, hapū and iwi, and open a conversation that asks hapū and iwi how Māori aspirations for the Ross Sea and Antarctica might be met in future.

Mō Te Apārangi | About us

Royal Society Te Apārangi supports New Zealanders to explore, discover and share knowledge. Our varied programmes provide support and opportunities for researchers, teachers and school students, together with those who are simply curious about the world. To learn more visit
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