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Council elections

Each year we hold elections for positions on the Royal Society of New Zealand Council, the governing body of Royal Society Te Apārangi.

2019 Council elections

We are now calling for nominations for one position on the Royal Society of New Zealand (Te Apārangi) Council:

  • Councillor representing Early Career Researchers for a three-year term

Nominations close 11 April 2019. 

Role of Royal Society of New Zealand (Te Apārangi) Council members

 All Councillors must have:

  • Strategic perspective, vision
  • Mana, integrity, courage, passion for Society
  • Emotional intelligence, listening skills, openness
  • Network of value to Society
  • Governance understanding
  • Criticality
  • Appreciation across research/scholarship/innovation


The Council meets typically 6 or 7 times annually.  In association with Council meetings there may be other activities. Hence two of the meetings each require two days of commitment and the other Council meetings normally one day.  Councillors also host Research Honours Aotearoa which takes about another day.  New Councillors also have a one-day induction. With the necessary reading time, the minimum core time requirement is about 100-120 hours (12-15 days).

Additionally, Councillors may be called on to serve on specific working groups, to host public lectures or speakers in their locality, or to represent the Society from time to time. Such work tends to come in small time slots, but may take up to a further 25-40 hours per year, some of it outside business hours.

Councillors work as volunteers, and whilst their reasonable travel and accommodation costs, public liability and professional indemnity insurance costs are met, there is no honorarium or other payment for their service.

Who can be nominated

  • Any Professional Member who holds ECR status may be nominated for election as Councillor representing Early Career Researchers.
  • Nominees must be paid-up members of the Society.

Having read the role descriptions, please ensure that you feel confident that your nominee will fit the role and can make the time commitment.

The Society is committed to following best practice in being inclusive of diversity in all its activities.  As part of its diversity strategy the Council is keen to receive nominations from all sections of the research community – universities, CRIs, independent research organisations, and the public and private sectors; and different geographic regions. Council encourages those wishing to make nominations for the positions on offer this year to consider this diversity strategy.

How to nominate

To make a nomination, please download and complete the following nomination form: 

Nominations must be submitted to gill.sutherland@royalsociety.org.nz by 5pm on Thursday, 11 April 2019.