Online presentation and Q&A with The Conversation’s New Zealand Editor: Science, Engineering and Health + Environment

An online presentation and Q&A with The Conversation’s New Zealand Editor: Science, Engineering and Health + Environment Veronika Meduna, and Executive Editor, Liz Minchin is taking place:

Why we’re running this presentation: to share practical advice and make the process of ‘pitching’ clearer and easier for everyone.  There will be also plenty of time for questions and Q&A.

Further information about The Conversation is below.
Fifty-three UC academics have registered for The Conversation and 37 academics and PhD candidates have written for the site.  Their articles alone have had 1.5 million article views around the world.

Conversation articles can be freely republished by other media across Aotearoa New Zealand and the world. That’s how our authors have been republished in 28 languages and 97 countries by outlets including Scientific America, the South China Morning Post, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Guardian, Quartz, The Jakarta Post and The Washington Post, as well as Stuff, The Herald, RNZ and more in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

But what’s the process for becoming a new author? And what should you know before you pitch a new idea?

The Conversation is a not-for-profit publisher of research-based news and analysis articles by academics, aimed at a broader, mostly non-academic audience. Its readers include Nobel laureates, school students, business leaders, prime ministers and presidents.

There are now Conversation websites based in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, Africa, Indonesia, the UK, US, Canada, France and Spain. The Conversation Australia and New Zealand edition alone reaches a monthly audience of 8.5 million unique readers on site, and 17.7 million article views on site and via republication (in May 2020).

But because it’s become such a popular way to reach a wider global audience, only a small proportion of article ideas submitted to The Conversation can be published. Every week, our two Aotearoa New Zealand editors, Finlay Macdonald (Politics, Business + Arts) and Veronika Meduna (Science, Health + Environment), receive far more ‘pitches’ than they can edit and publish.

About the presenters:
Veronika Meduna is an award-winning journalist and author, with two decades of experience in radio, print and digital. Before joining The Conversation in 2017, she produced and hosted a weekly science programme for Aotearoa New Zealand’s public broadcaster RNZ, for which she won several journalism awards, including the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union’s prize for best documentary. She has also contributed to other broadcasters and publications in New Zealand and internationally, including the NZ Listener, NZ Geographic, New Scientist and Deutsche Welle.

Liz Minchin is an award-winning journalist and author, who worked in newspapers, radio and online before joining The Conversation in 2012. Liz’s current role is as Executive Editor, New Zealand.

Professor Ekant Veer secondment into the VC’s Office

Professor Ekant Veer has accepted a secondment from the Business School to the Vice-Chancellor’s Office during 2020 to work on implementing the strategic objective of UC as an Engaged University.  He will focus on developing the concept of a city knowledge commons and multi-agency research platform which has been supported by mana whenua Ngāi Tūāhuriri and  a number of city leaders. 

As part of the secondment, Ekant will retain his role in the Postgraduate Office as Associate Dean (Scholarships). He looks forward to engaging with university and external stakeholders and hearing ideas about how to advance UC as an Engaged University.

QR Codes around campus

COVID-19 QR codes around campus have been updated to the Ministry of Health’s NZ COVID Tracer app. The government’s official app is a useful tool to help you to track your movements around campus. Keep track of where you go to continue to keep yourself and your whānau safe, while supporting New Zealand’s efforts in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Register here>

As we move forward to Semester 2, make a point of encouraging and supporting students to track their movements around campus.

UC Business School Meta-Research Cluster (UCMeta) Hui 8 July 2020

Kia ora koutou
The UC Business School Research Committee recently provided support for a research cluster to support multi-disciplinary research that focuses on meta-research. Loosely translated, meta-research is research on research. A good introduction can be found here. The cluster is co-directed by Prof. Bob Reed and Assoc. Prof. Tom Coupe and goes under the name of UCMeta.

We will have our first hui on Wednesday, July 8th, 12-1 PM, in the Meremere Staff Lounge (Room 236). The tentative agenda is:
– Welcome and introduction from Bob Reed
– Opening remarks from Angus MacFarlane, Professor of Maori Research
– Opening remarks from Steve Ratuva, Director of the Macmillan Brown Centre
– Surprise announcement (maybe!)
– Presentation of recent research on meta-analysis from Sanghyun Hong, PhD student, Dept. of Economics and Finance
– Closing remarks

The purpose of the hui is to provide a brief introduction to UCMeta and facilitate networking for researchers who share an interest in this subject. Please forward this invitation to others who you think may want to attend. All are welcome.

Feel free to bring your lunch along. Tea and Coffee will be provided.
No RSVP is required

This hui will also be available on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 939 5527 8945

Ngā mihi
Prof Bob Reed

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