eNewsletter Issue 19, June 2018

Themes emerging from Future Strategy consultation

Director’s update

Improving support of postdocs and early-career researchers, plus providing a range of career pathways across the science sector, are themes emerging from our Future Strategy consultation.

Finding new ways to strengthen the Mātauranga Māori in Challenge research is another need coming through as our Science Leadership Group travels the country visiting Challenge parties.

The intensive consultation process is part of the development of our Future Strategy – a large part of the assessment process in the mid-way review of all 11 Science Challenges. Please visit our website for a full update on where we’re at with this important process.

It’s with pleasure that we welcome early-career researcher Kathryn McRae as a Programme Leader to the BioHeritage Challenge. Based at Invermay with AgResearch’s Animal Genomics group, Kathryn is co-leading Programme 1 which has a focus on securing threatened species and resilient ecosystems by compiling a complete picture of Aotearoa’s natural and production environments.

The Māori Biosecurity Network now online

TTW lunch

The BioHeritage Challenge helped Te Tira Whakamātaki (TTW) – the Māori Biosecurity Network – get off the ground and now the group is sharing its story online.

Research highlight: Tracking kauri dieback

Selected native plant extracts may be able to attract and kill the spores of Phytophthora agathidicida – the pathogen causing kauri dieback, according to researchers.

Victoria University of Wellington researcher Dr Monica Gerth is leading a BioHeritage Challenge project that aims to find disease-fighting science solutions by combining a biochemical approach with Mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge).

Watch this video that illustrates zoospores navigating towards root extract.

Biosecurity 2025

We’re working closely with the Ministry for Primary Industries to deliver a statement of science priorities emerging from Biosecurity 2025.

Three people involved with the BioHeritage Challenge are on a working group that’s developing a statement of priorities for biosecurity research, science and technology.

Jordan Aria Housiaux, recipient of a SING scholarship.
Jordan Aria Housiaux

BioHeritage helps student to SING

Marine-freshwater researcher and educator Jordan Aria Housiaux has received a Summer Internship for Indigenous peoples in Genomics (SING) scholarship thanks to the BioHeritage Challenge.

Conservation reform and bioethics

EDS 2018

The BioHeritage Challenge is sponsoring the Conservation Reform session at this year’s EDS conference, plus a bioethics panel at the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Congress.

Collaboration is key

Host-range testing

Inter-disciplinary teams with people from numerous organisations are becoming the norm as the BioHeritage Challenge strives to enable collaboration between top global researchers. Click here to see some  examples of collaborations we have facilitated in the past year.

Early Career Workshop: registration extended to June 14

Registrations now if you're keen to attend this workshop for post-graduate and post-doctoral BioHeritage Challenge researchers in Lincoln on 23 and 24 July.

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