Kia ora from Royal Society Te Apārangi | Issue #1181

International science organisations unite in support of at-risk, displaced and refugee scientists

On the 20th of Paengawhāwhā April, The World Academy of Sciences, the InterAcademy Partnership and the International Science Council launched the Science in Exile Declaration titled “Supporting at-risk, displaced and refugee scientists: A call to action”.

The Declaration, which benefitted from contributions from scientists and key partners in the growing Science in Exile network, outlines six key commitments necessary for both immediate and long-term support, and protection to scholars and scientists who are at-risk, displaced or refugees, so they can continue to make their rightful contributions to science.

Royal Society Te Apārangi kaimahi Frances Vaughan, who serves as Special Advisor to the International Science Council’s Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science, supported the development of the event.

The Declaration is officially open to signatures from universities, science academies, non-governmental organisations, governments, international organisations, diaspora groups and others.

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Muhammed Rehan reflects on his experience at Falling Walls Lab 2021 

Muhammed Rehan is a PhD candidate at Massey University in Palmerston North. He won first prize and the People’s Choice Award at the 2021 Falling Walls Lab New Zealand event in Wellington. 

Rehan went on to represent Aotearoa at the international Falling Walls Lab Finale, where he watched fellow finalists from all over the world share groundbreaking ideas and innovations. Though his attendance at the Finale was virtual due to border restrictions, Rehan said that hearing Nobel laureates and world-leading researchers share their wisdom was “overwhelming”.

Thorough feedback and compelling commentary from judges, attendees and other participants were incredibly encouraging, pushing Rehan to dive deeper into some areas of his research and to enhance his science communication skills.

Applications for Falling Walls Lab New Zealand 2022 close 2 Pipiri June. 

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He pitopito kōrero News bulletin

New Zealand and Singapore add climate to partnership priorities

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong have added a focus on climate and sustainability to the enhanced relationship between the two countries.

Ardern said 20% of New Zealand's exports are funnelled through Singapore, and there were opportunities in reducing emissions for both shipping and food.

Detecting pre-eruption warning signals at Whakaari White Island and other volcanoes

Researchers have used machine learning to sift through 40 years of seismic data from New Zealand volcanoes and three others around the world, listening for particular frequencies that track the depth where gas, magma or water are moving or building up. The data is helping researchers understand the potential warning signs of an imminent eruption
@The Conversation

Sorting our supply chain woes - Expert Reaction

Major challenges facing New Zealand’s freight and supply chain system have been laid out in a paper released for public consultation. The government paper says we’re unlikely to return to a pre-pandemic working environment, and suggests various solutions such as a low-emissions freight transport system. Meanwhile, the nation’s current supply chain problems are predicted to worsen, given lockdowns in China and their effect on Shanghai’s supply systems. 

The Science Media Centre asked experts to comment on the paper.

How Matariki will connect us all

In a couple of months, on June 24, we’ll be celebrating Matariki as a national holiday for the first time. It will be the first new public holiday introduced in Aotearoa in nearly 100 years, and the first purely Māori holiday that predates the arrival of Captain Cook.

Here’s Dr Rangi Matamua FRSNZ, a leading expert on Matariki and Māori astronomy, on what it means — and the science that underpins it.

Ngā take o te wā Events

12 Haratua May, Online
Racial dimensions of screen aesthetics. A discussion with Raqi Syed and Missy Molloy

In this Spotlight lecture, Raqi Syed and Missy Molloy discuss how we can account for the racial and colonial underpinnings of visual technologies in cinema.

As digital representations of people on screen continue to rise, Syed and Molloy ask, how can we look to mātauranga design for more equitable and future focused ways of accommodating genuinely diverse representations on screen?

This is an online event—you will need to register to get the Zoom link

25 Haratua May, Auckland
Café Scientifique: Squidology 102: The real weirdos

The salty waters around Aotearoa  are home to a great diversity of cephalopods—in fact, we have one of the highest diversities of squids and octopuses in the world! Come on a squishy evening adventure to learn about these mysterious deep sea creatures from Associate Professor Kat Bolstad - Squidologist and director of the AUT Lab for Cephalopod Ecology & Systematics. 

The Cafe Scientifique series is brought to you by the Auckland Museum Institute, the Auckland branch of Royal Society Te Apārangi.

30 Paengawhāwhā April, Wellington
Responsible Composting Workshop

It’s Compost Awareness Week (yes this is a real thing) – what better time to start responsibly dealing with your food waste?

People often underestimate the power of composting in the fight against climate change. This workshop will answer all your curly compost questions, including how to make sure you’re not attracting rats.

22 Paengawhāwhā April, Wellington
Earth Optimism Day Talks at Zealandia

Need a positivity fix? Come along to Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne this Earth Optimism Day to hear about projects and people making a positive change to help our planet. From conservation to sustainable living, there’s an exciting line-up of speakers to hear from and kōrero with around what positive action is currently going on in Wellington.

Ngā whiwhinga Opportunities

21-22 and 28-29 Pipiri June, Wellington
Science Media SAVVY workshop

Science Media SAVVY helps to upskill researchers in science communication and improve engagement with the media. Learn how to distill your message and explain your research to a wider audience with a series of interactive sessions that give you hands-on experience as you put your new skills into action.

Entry to Science Media SAVVY workshops is by selection. There is usually high demand for the 12 available places in each SAVVY workshop.

Read more about selection criteria and apply to the workshop here. 

Closing date: 10 Piripi June 2022
Research Funding Proposals for COVID-19 

Following the launch of a $9 million COVID-19 research fund, the Ministry of Health is requesting proposals for research into Aotearoa's COVID-19 response and COVID-19 vaccinations.   

“The pandemic continues to have far-reaching impacts on New Zealand society. We are looking to fund research projects that enable rapid application of national and international evidence to New Zealand,” says Dr Ian Town, Chief Science Advisor to the Ministry of Health. 

The request for proposals closes 10 Piripi June 2022. The Ministry is looking to fund projects with terms of up to 12 months up to a maximum value of $500,000 (excluding GST).  

Closing date: 22 Paengawhāwhā April 2022
JRSNZ Special Issue on Climate Change in Aotearoa and Antactica: Final Call for Papers 

The Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand is making a final call for papers for a 2023 Special Issue entitled 'New Zealand and Antarctica in a changing climate: current state, possible impacts and effective response'.

The geographical focus of the isue is mostly Aotearoa and Antarctica, but can include pieces on the South Pacific or other nearby regions. We are looking for submissions that explore the nature of how the climate is and will change, the implications of those changesupon natural ecosystems and different groups in society.

Please email a preliminary title, list of potential authors and a short descriptive paragraph outlining the scope of your proposed manuscript by 22 April 2022 to

Wānanga Ipurangi | Webinars

5 Haratua May 2022
Science Learning Hub: Get inspired about running Primary Science Week

Do you want to give science a boost at your school? Already have students passionate about science who want more?

Join the New Zealand Primary Science Association and the Science Learning Hub as they share ideas, resources and inspiration for running your own primary science week.

Running a science week provides opportunities to connect with your community including scientists, develop student capabilities, grow teacher confidence and have a whole lot of fun.

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