Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1052

Our new Companions

Congratulations to John Bongard, Dr Barb Hayden, Dr Rob Whitney,  Dr Judith Bateup and Dr Ian Griffin who have been elected as Companions of Royal Society Te Apārangi (CRSNZ). This honour recognises outstanding leadership or sustained contributions to promoting and advancing science, technology, or the humanities in Aotearoa.
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New insect species discovered on Dunedin’s doorstep

In the New Zealand Journal of Zoology, a team of zoologists from the University of Otago report on their discovery of a new species of insect – the Maungatua stonefly – from the slopes of the Maungatua Range, on the doorstep of Dunedin.

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Significant funding boost for Kiwi Antarctic research programmes
The Antarctic Science Platform announced a $26 million funding boost that will be vital in helping to understand the impact of climate change on New Zealand and the global community.
Jamie Ensor & Hayley Jacobsen @Newshub
Weta inspired hearing aids 
Kate Lomas is the co-founder and chief science officer of a hearing solutions company that has created a "revolutionary" hearing implant inspired by Aotearoa New Zealand's very own weta. 
Sustainability is paramount - Chef Charles Royal on foraging for native plants and herbs
Chef Charles Royal foraging in the bush near Lake Rotoiti talks about the importance of sustainability, the practice of Rongoa Māori and native plants and their medicinal properties.
@RNZ Te Ahi Kaa
Supporting young people to give local streams a helping hand
A project that supports students from around Wellington to learn about local streams and how to look after them received a boost of $270,000 over three years from the Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund.
Climate expert warns of 'losing the carbon war'
A leading Pacific climate scientist says the global climate crisis will continue with devastating effect unless fossil fuels are completely phased out.
Christine Rovoi @RNZ Pacific
Predator Free NZ - dream or reality?
New Zealand has set the “crazy and ambitious” goal of completely eradicating seven species of introduced predators by 2050, to create a secure future for native biodiversity. Five experts sit down to debate how feasible it is.
Allison Ballance @RNZ Our Changing World

Ngā take o te wā Events

22 June, Wellington.
Matariki whānau day
Celebrate Matariki at the National Library in our Starlab Planetarium! Play amongst the stars this Matariki and weave your own Matariki constellation! 
26 June, Auckland.
Cafe Scientifique: Environmental DNA for biodiversity, biosecurity, and monster hunting
Professor Neil Gemmell will discuss eDNA, organic materials left behind by living things as they pass through their environment. Branch event.
21 June, Wellington & webinar.
Climate change, climate action, and links to public health in New Zealand
Professor James Renwick will survey the science of what’s happening and what we have to do to meet the Paris Agreement goals. The talk will also touch on some of the public health issues associated with a changing climate.
2 July, Wellington.
Antibiotic resistance: the end of modern medicine?
Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles will explain how the antibiotic resistance crisis came about and the very real threats we face from this.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

2019 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards
The New Zealand Biosecurity Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to protecting our country. If you or someone you know is doing great work to protect New Zealand against pests and diseases, it’s time to shine a light on their achievements.

Organisation: Ministry for Primary Industries
Closing date: 18 June.
Apply for 2020 Science Teaching Leadership Programme 
This programme enhances science programmes to better engage students, contributes to the professional learning and development of teachers and builds links between schools and practising scientists.

Organisation: Royal Society Te Apārangi 
Closing date: 11 September.
SCANZ Excellence in Science Communication Award 
The SCANZ Excellence in Science Communication Award recognises outstanding communication of Aotearoa New Zealand science to a non-scientific audience

Organisation: Science Communicators Association of New Zealand 
Closing date: 18 August.
PCE Chief Scientist job opening 
The Chief Scientist is responsible for reviewing and critiquing environmental issues from a scientific standpoint. The appointee will advise and support the Commissioner by ensuring that the work of the office is based on sound and credible scientific analysis.

Organisation: Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
Closing date: 10 July.

Ngā hui Conferences

30 October - 1 November / Auckland
Australasian Mental Health Outcomes and Information Conference 
This conference is a space to create new connections, share learnings and talk about how we break down enduring barriers to using and sharing information to make a positive difference in mental health and addiction recovery journeys. 
24-28 August / Dunedin
International Penguin Conference 
For its tenth anniversary, IPC comes to Dunedin where the 1st International Penguin Conference was held. This conference is fully devoted to a range of sciences that impact penguin health and environments. 

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