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2018 Research Honours Aotearoa

Wellington | Wednesday 17 October
Awarding those who have striven and achieved excellence in their research discipline, or who have made a significant contribution to New Zealand through their researching career.

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Video: The future needs scientists - panel discussion on teaching science

Prime Minister's Science Teacher Prize winners, including one from Australia, join Science Teaching Leadership Programme coordinator Jenn Corbitt to consider what will benefit s...

The health benefits and risks of folic acid fortification of food

2018: This report reviews the health benefits and potential risks of adding folate (folic acid) to packaged bread to reduce the rate of neural tube birth defects in New Zealand...

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News  

Second feedback round for code of professional ethics:  New submissions are being welcomed on a second revised version of our Code of Professional Standards and Ethics in Science, Technology, and the Humanities, with these due by 21 September 2018.

New issue of NZJC: Climate change could render kiwifruit capital fruitless: Rising global temperatures spur a need for thoughtful future planning from the industry to ensure the sustainability of kiwifruit in New Zealand.

Making local streams swimmable again:  Freshwater ecologist Dr Richard Storey is praising the efforts of the community group responsible for driving a plan to restore the Lyell Creek/WaikMau catchment.

2018 Kudos Awards finalists: Finalists in Hamilton and Waikatos prestigious regional science excellence awards The Kudos Awards have been announced.

Bug-busting game teaches kids how to keep pests out of NZ: Invasion Busters is a new board game designed to teach kiwi kids about biosecurity

Video:  The man behind Rocket Lab, Peter Beck

RNZ:  Micro-fossils, filing cabinets and past climate change | Can an introduced parasitic wasp control a nuisance beetle?Mori professor snaps up major geography award

Events

The life and times of Supervolcanoes: 25 July - 12 September, 22 locations nationwide from Invercargill to Kaitaia. The 2018 New Zealand Rutherford Lecture with Professor Colin Wilson FRSNZ.

A Matter of Fact: Talking Truth in a Post-Trust World: 11 and 13 August, Auckland and Wellington. How do we convincingly explain the difference between good information and misinformation? Jess Berentson-Shaw will be joined by Shaun Hendy FRSNZ and Emily Beausoleil to tackle this question head-on.

Scaling up: Getting 'to' language from individual differences: 16 August, Wellington. The 2018 Hudson Lecture of the Wellington branch of Royal Society Te Aprangi will be delivered by Professor Miriam Meyerhoff FRSNZ speaking on linguistics and what happens when different dialects come into contact.

Womens History in the Otago Museum Collection: 19 August, Dunedin. Historian Barbara Brookes and Otago Museum curators will explore the history of New Zealand women through objects and artworks from the museums extensive collection.

Arts + Climate Innovation Roadshow | Tauranga: 20 August, Tauranga. A timely conversation with climate scientists James Renwick and Tim Naish FRSNZ with facilitator Sarah Meads, local artist Elliot Mason and other creative practitioners. 

Island Time with Damon Salesa: 21 August, Dunedin. What would it mean for New Zealand to act like a Pacific Island nation? Damon Salesa will explore this question in an energising public lecture.

The Ocean's Skin with Philip Hoare: 3 September, Nelson. Philip Hoare draws on his new book, RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR and looks at the way we humans relate to the sea's natural history - its whales, its birds, its tides, its myths.

Opportunities

Science Teaching Leadership programme: Applications are now open for the STLP, a programme that provides opportunities for schools to enhance the teaching of science within their school communities. Closing date 3 September.

Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund open for applications: Communities, kura, schools and organisations are being invited to think up creative ideas for innovative, engaging and collaborative projects relating to science, technology, engineering, maths and/or mtauranga Mori. Closing date 21 August.

2018 Prime Ministers Science Prizes - applications open: There are five prizes available for future scientists, science teachers, science communicators and research teams or individuals with a combined value of 1 million dollars prize money. Closing date 5 September.

Manager Science Strategy and Investigations: Environment Southland are seeking a passionate and driven manager with postgraduate experience in a science discipline to lead a key team within the organisation. Closing date 17 August.

Senior Scientist - Coastal Water Quality and Contaminants: Cawthron Institute is looking for an experienced coastal water quality scientist to join the Coastal & Freshwater Group. Closing date 26 August.

2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards - entries now open: There are two submission dates, for books published between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018 the closing date for submission is 10 September; for books published between 1 September 2018 and 31 December 2018 submissions open 11 September and close 24 October.

Marsden Fund Council: There is a vacancy for a Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour panel convenor on the Marsden Fund Council, which supports excellent, investigator-led research in New Zealand by allocating funding in the full range of disciplines.

Conferences

New Zealand Forum for Local & Community Energy: 24 August, Wellington. Discussing how to achieve broader and deeper engagement of consumers, local authorities, Mori and community organisations in energy efficiency, renewable heat and power generation, storage and ancillary services in New Zealand.

He Toa Takitini: Strength in Diversity: 31 August -1 September, Auckland. The 122nd National Council of Women New Zealand conference, the keynote speaker is Rt Hon Helen Clark and the theme is exploring diversity through leadership, grassroots diversity and a future focus.

Environmental policy to practice: preparing for a low-emissions future: 14 September, Christchurch. This symposium will look at current practice and work in the field of low-emissions and develop ideas on how to possibly implement the recommendations of recent reports on NZ strategy and policy around the topic.

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