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International food safety experts in NZ for Food Integrity Conference

Global experts on how to protect our food systems and build strong food export brands are in Auckland this week for Food Integrity 2017.

Attended by some of New Zealand’s leading food producers, the two-day conference
at the Crowne Plaza, Auckland, today and tomorrow brings together international food experts to help local companies navigate the complex international food export market place, assisting them to understand risks and mitigate against them while building profitable export brands.

The conference will hear from a range of national and international food safety experts.

Food Integrity 2017 Is being followed by a one day Professional Intentional Food Adulteration Course. This will be run by the Food Protection & Defense Institute and hosted by the Associate Director Food Protection and Defense Institute, Dr Jennifer van de Ligt. It will help food producers develop strategies to guard against acts intended to cause wide-scale harm to their consumers and ruin brand reputation.

The 2017 Food Integrity Conference is convened by the Asia Pacific Centre for Food Integrity in association with AJ Park, one of Australasia’s leading intellectual property law firms.

Women in science to be celebrated at conference in Auckland

New Zealand’s female scientists will be celebrated in July when the ninth triennial Association for Women in the Sciences conference is hosted in Auckland.

The two-day conference will offer opportunities for women working, or wanting to work, in any field of science to develop their skills to benefit both their careers and personal lives. Networking opportunities will allow attendees to learn from each other’s stories.

The organisers say the programme has been developed to appeal to all women with an interest in science, including research scientists, administrators, businesswomen and educators. The programme is also intended to be accessible and of interest to young women nearing the end of their secondary or tertiary studies.

“AWIS was created more than 30 years ago, and the conference offers a great opportunity to reflect on how the science sector has changed over this time and how the organisation can best support its members into the future,” says National Convenor Emma Timewell.

“Over the course of the two day event, we will identify the changes in science that have influenced women in the past and, more importantly, the factors influencing the decisions young women are making when entering a career in science, and how we can support them to ensure gender balance at all levels of the science system into the future.

“Women are still under-represented in the New Zealand science system, particularly in the upper levels of both academia and industry. AWIS provides opportunities, like the conference, for women to share their issues, learn from each other, and celebrate their achievements. We hope that women at all stages of their careers, from secondary students to the most experienced, will attend the conference and benefit from the topics under discussion, learn something new and extend their network.”

Registration for AWIS2017 is now open at, with early bird pricing valid until mid-May. The conference is taking place on July 13 and 14 at the Heritage Hotel in Auckland.

The conference is being sponsored by Te Pūnaha Matatini, the Ministry of Business, Innovtion and Employment, Plant & Food Research, the NZ National Commission for UNESCO, The MacDiarmid Institute, The University of Auckland Faculty of Science and the Cawthron Institute.

NZ agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation conference next week

The New Zealand Agricultural Green House Gas Mitigation Conference will provide the full breadth of updates from policy, science and industry when it comes to agricultural greenhouse gases in New Zealand.

The focus is on how the agricultural sector will contribute to New Zealand’s commitments under the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which seeks to hold the rise in global average temperatures to well below 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels and has been ratified by more than 130 countries.

Presentations will cover the role played by agricultural emissions in climate change, industry perspectives, life cycle analysis, the role of land use change in emissions levels, projections to 2030, technology updates (myths and realities!) from methane and nitrous oxide programmes, and the role of soil carbon in on-farm solutions.

Registration is free and includes a networking lunch and a post-conference drinks function.

Pre-registration is required at

Details: 9am – 4.20pm Tuesday 28 March, Palmerston North Convention Centre, 354 Main St, Palmerston North.

Assn of Scientists to celebrate 75th anniversary by thinking about the future at Te Papa

The New Zealand Association of Scientists will celebrate its 75th anniversary by bringing together some of New Zealand’s most original thinkers at Te Papa on April 26 to discuss the future for scientists in New Zealand.

Among the questions to be tackled are:

  • What does it mean to be an emerging scientist in 2016?
  • What do scientific careers look like now, how have they changed, and how should they change in order to keep pace with international trends?
  • Are we doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past, or can we learn from what has – and has not – worked in the science system over the last 75 years?
  • What does success in science look like, and how can we evaluate it?

These questions, and more, will be addressed with an emphasis on what early career researchers think of the funding system that will make – or break – their careers within the next 75 years.

Speakers include:

Dr Rebecca Priestley, Victoria University of Wellington; award-winning science writer and historian, editor of The Awa Book of New Zealand Science (2012), the winner of the inaugural Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize.

Bernard Beckett, writer and secondary school teacher; author of the multi-award winning Genesis (2006), a dystopian science fiction novel for young adults.

Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward, University of Canterbury political scientist, and author of Children, Citizenship and the Environment (2012).

Professor Shaun Hendy, University of Auckland physicist and Director, Te Pūnaha Matatini; author of Get Off the Grass (2012) and Silencing Science (2016).

Details, including registration instructions, can be found here.