Biosecurity in Action: Protecting Aotearoa Today, for Tomorrow

Join us for our biggest event of the year, the fourth annual Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Excellence Symposium.

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

8:30am - 4:30pm

Trustpower Baypark Arena

Free to attend

We’ll be joined by committed biosecurity doers and thinkers across the country who are sparking action through technology, new ways of working and collaboration towards biosecurity excellence.

It’s a great day to make connections across the biosecurity network and have your say on where to next for biosecurity in the Bay of Plenty region. 

This full day's event includes tea, coffee, morning tea and a networking lunch.


Due to COVID-19, unfortunately this event has been postponed.  We'll be in touch as soon as a new date is confirmed.

Symposium programme and keynote speakers

Click here to view the full programme.

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Shaun Hendy

Professor of Physics, University of Auckland

"The power of science to guide a biosecurity response: the COVID-19 experience."

Shaun Hendy is known in New Zealand for his science communication, often contributing to publications such as The Spinoff and to discuss his latest research and issues related to science policy. He was awarded the Prime Minister's Prize for Science Media Communication in 2012 and is also the current president of the New Zealand Mathematical Society.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hendy led a team of scientists at Te Pūnaha Matatini to study the spread of infection under various mitigation scenarios. His team's modelling showed that if no measures were taken, COVID-19 could infect 89% of the New Zealand population and kill 80,000 people.

In 2020, Shaun was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to science, in the 2021 New Year Honours. 


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Neil Gemmell

Professor of Genetics, University of Otago

"Environmental DNA for biodiversity, biosecurity, and monster hunting."

Professor Neil Gemmell is the AgResearch Chair in Reproduction and Genomics at the University of Otago. He is also Director of the associated Centre for Reproduction and Genomics, based at Invermay. He leads the Evolutionary Genomics Group, which applies recent advances in genomic technology to the fields of ecology, population, conservation and evolutionary biology. In 2020 Neil was a Hutton Medal Winner for his application of genomics and genetic technologies to better understand the natural world.

Neil's research areas cover evolutionary genetics and genomics, molecular ecology and conservation biology.  Significant work includes the search of the Loch Ness Monster (2018) and the sequencing of the tuatara genome (published in 2020).