This year three positions were filled on the Royal Society of New Zealand Council, the governing body of Royal Society Te Apārangi. We congratulate Dr Tony Conner FRSNZ CRSNZ for his election as Vice President (Biological and Life Sciences), Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles MRSNZ for her re-election as a general Councillor and Associate Professor Melinda Webber MRSNZ for her election as a general Councillor.
Dr Tony Conner FRSNZ CRSNZ, AgResearch, has been elected unapposed for a three year term as Vice President (Biological and Life Sciences). Dr Conner has held executive roles in several national and international scientific societies, editorial roles in six international journals, and several governance roles that currently include being a director of Grasslands Innovation Ltd, member of the Forage Strategy Governance Group, and member of the Better Border Biosecurity Collaboration Council.
Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles, Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, at the University of Auckland, has been re-elected as a general Councillor for a three year term. Associate Professor Wiles is a microbiologist and science communicator, her significant contributions to science and the nation were recently recognised by her selection as a finalist for the New Zealander of the Year award in 2018.
Associate Professor Melinda Webber, Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, has been elected as a general Councillor for a two year term. Associate Professor Webber is a Rutherford Discovery Fellow and a member of the Royal Society Te Apārangi Gender Diversity Steering Group. She presently works with a wide range of international Indigenous communities as an education and tribal researcher.