Tagged: Royal Society of New Zealand

Deciphering scientific history (and handwriting) - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Mar 08, 2017

Dr Simon Nathan The human side of James Hector, the dominant scientist of nineteenth century New Zealand, long lay hidden in the illegible scrawl of Hector’s handwriting. Then Dr Simon Nathan began writing a biography of the man who established the museum that became Te Papa and the institute that became the Royal Society of New Zealand. In making … Read More

How should New Zealand scientists engage with the public? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jan 29, 2016

The Royal Society is inviting feedback on draft guidelines for researchers engage with the public. This work is part of A Nation of Curious Minds He Whenua Hihiri I Te Mahara; A National Strategic Plan for Science in Society. (PDF file) A series of consultation meetings are to be held through the country from … Read More

A spoonful of perception intervention helps the medicine go down - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Nov 25, 2015

Two people have heart attacks. Who gets back to work sooner? The one who thinks their illness will be short, even if their symptoms were worse, according to research in the rapidly expanding area of patient illness perception. But the main reason for this, explains new Royal Society of New Zealand Fellow and Mason Durie Medal recipient, Professor … Read More

Help at hand for scientists to get media SAVVY! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Sep 07, 2012

It was great to see the announcement last week of the Science Media SAVVY initiative by the Science Media Centre, the Royal Society of New Zealand and the Australian Science Media Centre. Science Media SAVVY is a two day training session and skills workshop which aims to bridge the media and research cultures, and provide scientists with the … Read More

Creative science writing - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Nov 20, 2011

This weekend the Royal Society announced the winners of the New Zealand Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing. There are two categories, fiction and non-fiction, and this year entrants were asked to write about chemistry and our world. This is … Continue reading → … Read More

A more transparent approach - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 11, 2010

A recent statment from the Royal Society of NZ has drawn out some comment. Entitled Science, Climate Change and Integrity it is by  Professor Keith A Hunter. Of course some of the local climate change deniers have been busy raking up pseudo-scientific arguments to discredit the article (see Errors in Royal Society of NZ climate [...] … Read More