Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1174

Rutherford Discovery Fellowships – announcing the 2022 funding round and virtual roadshow

The 2022 Rutherford Discovery Fellowships application portal is now open. Last day for submitting applications is 29 April at 5 PM (NZST).

The Rutherford Discovery Fellowship supports recipients for a five-year term with a total funding of $800,000 (excl. GST).  With this scheme, the New Zealand Government is supporting the development of future research leaders, and assisting with the retention and repatriation of New Zealand’s talented early- to mid-career researchers. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • have a PhD conferred between 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2019
  • be either New Zealand citizens OR be applicants who have continuously resided in New Zealand for at least three months before their application and hold, or are deemed to hold, a New Zealand resident visa.

Rutherford Discovery Fellowship Roadshow
A recorded roadshow and information on virtual FAQ sessions for the Rutherford Discovery Fellowships is also available. 

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Reminder: Te Aroha ki a Papatūānuku Love for our World

Tomorrow (Friday 4 Poutū-te-rangi March) Royal Society Te Apārangi is hosting he kōrerorero a public discussion on the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group I and Working Group II, and what they mean for Aotearoa New Zealand.


He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

Prepare now for climate turbulence or pay extra when it hits, says mammoth global report
Human ingenuity can't get us out of suffering from climate change – but preparing fast could seriously limit the damage, says the latest authoritative report on global heating: IPCC AR6 Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.
Eloise Gibson @Stuff
Indigenous knowledge and climate adaptation – Expert Reaction
A major report on climate adaptation calls for indigenous knowledge and science to be brought together to help secure a liveable future.The IPCC’s Working Group II report recognises that indigenous knowledge and practices will be critical in responding to climate change in Aotearoa and the Pacific. 
New report: Knowing what's out there - regulating the environmental fate of chemicals
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton FRSNZ, is proposing changes to the way New Zealand manages chemicals to make sure their environmental impacts are not overlooked.
@Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
Nations make historic commitment to tackle plastic pollution by 2024
The legally-binding treaty is expected to reflect diverse alternatives to address the full lifecycle of plastics, the design of reusable and recyclable products and materials, and the need for enhanced international collaboration to facilitate access to technology, capacity building and scientific and technical cooperation.
@United Nations
PhD research promotes new path for COVID-19 vaccines

PhD graduate Dr Theresa Pankhurst (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou) has taken important strides towards a new category of vaccines for respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. She has been researching adjuvants—additives that make vaccines more efficient—that could be added to mucosal vaccines. 
@Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Ngā take o te wā Events

9-11 March, Online
Ocean Decade Laboratories: A Healthy and Resilient Ocean
Registrations are now open for the March UN Ocean Decade Healthy & Resilient Ocean virtual laboratory. The lab features a range of presentations and activities from around the globe including New Zealand and Pacific participants.
Until 20 March, Wellington
Kura Moana
The Weta FX season of Kura Moana by artist Lisa Reihana for the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts is on now. This bold art project features six free installations, from the big and beautiful Wheke in Whairepo Lagoon to an AR experience and digital projections on the walls of Te Papa. 

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

Human Frontier Science Program

This programme offers research grants for scientists at the frontiers of knowledge and risk on the complex mechanisms of living organisms in Life Sciences Research.

Closing date: Initiate an application by 24 March
Organisation: Human Frontier Science Program

Wānanga Ipurangi Webinars

7pm 10 March
Fishes for the Future
MERC (Sir Peter Blake Marine Education & Recreation Centre) will run an activity Fishes for the Future – Marine Management Tools across Aotearoa New Zealand which is based on a webinar from the successful series Ngā Kōrero: Exploring ocean kaitiakitanga in Aotearoa New Zealand. This panel discussion will be moderated by former Radio New Zealand producer Alison Ballance MNZM.

2-4pm UTC, 24 March
Webinar: Inclusion and Participation of Women in Global Science Organisations
Women remain underrepresented in global science. In this webinar, the results of a collaborative study conducted by GenderInSITE, the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and the International Science Council (ISC) will be presented.

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