Events Calendar


21-22 February 2013, Symposium: 'Quakes, Meltdowns and Outbreaks', Christchurch, NZ

A two-day symposium dedicated to leading-edge disaster communication will take place next February, bringing together science communicators from around the world.

The conference theme: ‘Disasters – Communicating in the Crisis and Aftermath’ will explore the challenges of communicating science during major events, from earthquakes, tsunamis and pandemics to agricultural disease outbreaks, as well as sustainability and disaster prevention planning.

Hosted by the Science Communicators Association of New Zealand (SCANZ), the Symposium is being co-organised by SCANZ and the global science communication network PCST (Public Communicators of Science and Technology).

“The PCST network grants symposium status to conferences relatively infrequently, so it is something of a coup for New Zealand to get this coveted international accreditation for our event in February,” SCANZ President Phil Johnstone said.

“Holding the conference on the 2nd anniversary of the devastating 22 February 2011 quake will add a poignant dimension to the symposium, and our programme will include opportunities for reflection and remembrance.

The conference will be held at the Chateau on the Park hotel complex in Christchurch on 21-22 February 2013. Visits to a range of science sector and other destinations around Canterbury will be offered on 23 February.

A call for abstracts is now open. For more information visit or email SCANZ President, Phil Johnstone at


11-15 February 2013 UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland: ACCESS4EU:NZ Promotion Tour on Food and Health

The objective of this tour is to invite a delegation of research and industry representatives from New Zealand to Europe to promote opportunities for collaboration in research and innovation with New Zealand, to strengthen existing and to stimulate new collaboration with European research organisations, and innovation partners. The overall interdisciplinary theme of the tour is on food/health, while the specific topics are:

• Food for health, efficacy testing and biomarkers (medical foods);

• Food processing, novel processing technologies for generating new products;

• Food integrity e.g. traceability, safety, anti-tampering;

• Minimizing food wastage at all stages of the food value chain.

It is planned to visit institutions in UK, The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland.

For further information, please contact Dr. Gerd Ruecker (



7 December 2012, Forum: 'Algal and Cyanobacterial Biomass, Bioenergy and Bioproducts’, Dunedin, NZ

The University of Otago and the Cawthorn Institute are hosting a one-day forum on algal and cyanobacterial biomass and are calling for expressions of interest.

Worldwide interest in the role photosynthetic microorganisms in renewable energy value chains has increased dramatically and broadened from lipid and biodiesel products to many other areas including: nutraceuticals; carbon capture and commodity products; plastic precursors; bioelectrochemical systems; phycoremediation, and wastewater treatment. The attraction is high productivity and efficient biomass generation. There are several hurdles for large-scale commercial deployment. These include: cost-effective production; harvesting and dewatering; strain improvement, and investigation of the many thousands of species yet to be properly characterised.

Guest speakers include Prof Tony Larkum (University of Sydney and the Solar Fuels Consortia, Australia) and Prof Imre Vass (Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary). Both are internationally renowned researchers in photosynthesis and algal biotechnology.

For further information, email


16 November 2012, Open information meeting on “Opportunities for European researchers to access New Zealand’s research programmes”. 

The ACCESS4EU:NZ project and the New Zealand Mission to the European Union are pleased to invite you to attend an open information meeting on “Opportunities for European researchers to access New Zealand’s research programmes”.This meeting is organised on the occasion of the visit of a New Zealand research delegation in Europe in the framework of a tour on ICT and smart, sustainable cities from November 12th to 16th, 2012 (see below for further information on this tour).

The major focus of this meeting is to provide European organizations interested in cooperation in ICT research with New Zealand, with an opportunity to meet key New Zealand research organizations and to get detailed information on how to participate in New Zealand research and innovation programmes.

Meeting details:

Date Friday 16 November 2012
Time 09.00am – 12.30am
Venue The New Zealand Mission to the EU, Level 7, 9 - 31 Avenue des Nerviens (Metro Schuman)

Please find, attached to this email, the agenda of this meeting for complementary information.

This meeting is available upon registration, you can follow this link to register.





19-20 November 2012, NZ Meteorological Society Conference, Wellington, NZ

The 2012 conference of the New Zealand Meteorological Society will be held at the Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay, Wellington, on 19-20 November.

The Society invites contributions on topics such as: weather and climate forecasting, the large-scale circulation of the atmosphere, modelling, ocean-atmosphere interactions and physical oceanography, global change, remote sensing, atmospheric chemistry, urban meteorology, hydrological applications, agricultural- and bio-meteorology, hazards and impacts, and the history of New Zealand meteorology and atmospheric research.

The deadline for submission of titles is 31 August 2012.

More information is available at



14 September-14 October 2012, New Zealand IceFest, Christchurch, NZ 

To celebrate the Antarctica and New Zealand relationship, IceFest is a new biennial festival which is set to become one of the biggest events on the New Zealand festival calendar.

If you’re in awe of explorers Scott and Shackleton, have a personal connection to the ice, are passionate about big issues, wondering what to do with the kids during the school holidays in September, or simply want to romance someone on skates, then NZ IceFest is for you. Real-life “Antarcticans” will share their personal experiences and expertise through a wide range of debates and discussions throughout the month of NZ IceFest.

New Zealand IceFest celebrates the Antarctica – New Zealand relationship and our 100 year history of being an Antarctic gateway. See for further details.


6 September 2012, 'Engaging Science' Comvita Science Symposium, Auckland, NZ

The fourth annual Science Symposium is about creating a link between natural products science and consumers.

Industry leaders share new findings and latest publications; share innovative ways of making the science of natural products consumer-friendly; and explore collaboration opportunities for natural products.See presentations from: The Liggins Institute, AgResearch, Plant and Food Research, The University of Auckland, The University of Reading (UK).

Register and learn more at Science Symposium or email

2-6 September 2012, XII International Conference for Agricultural Biotechnology, Rotorua, NZ

The conference theme for ABIC 2012 is ‘Adapting to a Changing World’. ABIC 2012 will be a mix of high-impact plenary and streamed sessions. The programme themes will be centred on the key drivers of change. These key drivers will provide the platform for the programme structure currently in development:

• Environmental change

• Social change

• Economic change

It’s the right time in history to focus on agricultural biotechnology which is why interest in ABIC 2012 is running high. We’ve already confirmed a strong line-up of keynote speakers from some of the world’s leading research, investment and commercial companies in the fields of biotechnology, energy, health, nutrition and food. That includes Du Pont Agricultural Biotechnology, energy crop producer Ceres, Monsanto and investment firm Burrill & Company.

For further information, visit:

Conference queries should be directed to:


25-29 August 2012, Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research, Queenstown, NZ

Registrations and abstracts are being called for this year’s Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research (AWCBR), to be held 25-29 August 2012 at the Copthorne Resort Hotel in Queenstown.

Invited speakers include:

• Professor Perry Bartlett, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland

Distinct neurogenic stem cell populations in the hippocampus: How are they regulated and what are their functions

• Professor Andrew Lawrence, Howard Florey, University of Melbourne

Neuropeptides and reward-seeking

• Dr Philip Corlett, Yale University Medical School, Department of Psychiatry

Glutamatergic model of psychoses: prediction error, learning, and inference

More details:

24-25 August 2012, Translational Nephrology: From Mechanisms to Therapeutics, Queenstown, NZ

We extend a warm invitation to you to participate in Translational Nephrology: from Mechanisms to Therapeutics, just prior to Queenstown Research Week, Queenstown, New Zealand

Meeting of the Renal Scientists, Australia and New Zealand Society of Nephrology, in conjunction with The Kidney in Health and Disease Research Theme, University of Otago

Conveners: Rob Walker, Jennifer Bedford, Greg Tesch, Kevan Polkinghorne

Speakers who have accepted are David Weiner, University of Florida; Hans Peter Marti, University of Berne; and Horst Schirra, University of Queensland. .

To have your name added to a mailing list for information, suggestions and questions, contact Jennifer Bedford or Rob Walker. See also If you have any queries please contact Jennifer Bedford or, phone 64-3-578-8207.

JULY 2012

1-5 July 2012 Joint New Zealand and Australian Marine Science Conference, Hobart, Tasmania

“AMSA-NZMSS 2012”, the joint conference of the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society and the Australian Marine Sciences Association, will be held in Hobart, Tasmania between 1-5 July, 2012. This will be only the fourth time that the two societies have come together for their annual conference, but the theme of the meeting, “Marine Extremes – and Everything in Between”, has attracted over 400 abstracts for oral and poster presentations.

This will be an interesting, lively and important gathering of Australasian marine scientists, together with delegates from further afield, to discuss current marine science issues in 18 symposia and 12 themed sessions.

Details of the programme, the keynote speakers, and how to register for the conference can be found on the conference website at or you can contact the New Zealand representative on the organising committee, Bob Hickman,

JUNE 2012

30 June- 8 July 2012, NZ International Science Festival, Dunedin, NZTheNew Zealand International Science Festival is taking place in Dunedin from 30 June to 8 July.

Attendees include:

• NASA astronaut Stephanie D. Wilson, a veteran of three space flights who has logged more than 42 days in space

• Award-winning Stanford (USA) science rapper and biologist, Tom McFadden aka The Rhymebosome, who will be visiting and performing at schools in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin from 21-30 May 2012 as part of the festival's science idol rap competition

• Alice Roberts, popular BBC presenter and professor of public engagement in science at the University of Birmingham, who will, amongst other events, give a public demonstration of anatomical body painting, with a focus on muscle anatomy and function.


APRIL 2012

30 April - 1 May 2012 Identity Conference, Te Papa, Wellington, NZ

The conference theme for 2012 is “Managing Digital Identity in a Networked World”. This two day conference focuses on managing digital identity, and attendees will take part in a dialogue between key managing identity stakeholders from government, business and academia. It will evolve thinking on the broader topic of identity as well as share knowledge and engage in discussions.

Topics will include:
• How do we manage our identity information within and across multiple e-enabled relationships with friends, family, businesses, government agencies, NGOs, and community service providers?
• Have our concepts of personal identity and managing identity changed in the social networking era, with a quarter of a billion people using Facebook on any given day?
• Who ‘owns’ our digitised identity information and what are the challenges and opportunities around new forms of accessing, sharing, processing, storing or tracking identity information? How can we protect our identity information against current and future security threats?
• How could businesses and government agencies build and develop trusted, authentic relationships with their customers in an online environment?
• What could be considered ‘good’ governance arrangements of large digitised datasets in the public or private sector?

While New Zealand leads the world in a number of identity areas, we continue to learn from international experience and debate. We also cannot act alone. Finding solutions to many of the problems in the identity field rely on international agreement, standardisation and co-operation

For queries and registration, visit:

MARCH 2012

9 March 2012 Public Lecture by EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation & Science in NZ

The University of Auckland’s Europe Institute and the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Engagement) are inviting attendance at a public lecture by the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation & Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. The Commissioner will address European Union-New Zealand cooperation in research and innovation: recent achievements and new opportunities under Horizon 2020 on Friday 9 March 2012.

The lecture will take place at the University of Auckland Conference Centre Lecture Theatre, 23 Symonds St, at 10 am. To register please follow the details in the link:



Global ambition: achieving business growth in New Zealand and beyond 27-28 February 2012, Langham Hotel, Auckland

The Medical Technology Association of New Zealand (MTANZ) and the New Zealand Health IT Cluster are hosting the 3rd Medical Technology Conference to bring together key business executives, healthcare stakeholders, policy makers and appropriate government officials to address the major themes for these New Zealand high-technology manufacturing sectors.

Invited speakers include:
 Hon Tim Groser
 Prof Sir Peter Gluckman
 Murray Horn, Chair, National Health Board (Confirmed)
 Dr Jonathan Lasch, Executive Director, AMI-USC (Confirmed)
 Tony Alexander, Chief Economist, BNZ (Confirmed)
 Gerallt Owen, Head of International and Corporate Crime, Crowell and Morings, London (Confirmed)
 Brett O’Riley, Deputy Chief Executive, Innovation and Investment, MSI (Confirmed)
 Michael Daniell, CEO, Fisher and Paykel Healthcare (Confirmed)
 Janine Hunter, General Manager, Molteno Opthalmics (Confirmed)
 Ian McCrae, CEO, Orion Health (Confirmed)

For further information and registration, visit

Inaugural Asia Pacific Science Policy Studies (SPS) Research Conference, 8-10 February 2012, Wellington, New Zealand

The theme of this conference is "National Wellbeing through Science and Innovation". What is the relationship between science and policy decision-making? How do nations make decisions to invest in science and technology - and how are citizens involved? The aim of this conference is to showcase the latest international thinking in the field of Science Policy Studies and to support emerging SPS scholarship in the Asia Pacific region. If you are concerned about the future of science and technology, and if you have ideas about how science policy systems work best, you should be part of this event.

For further information, visit

Visit from the President of the European Research Council, 8 February 2012, New Zealand

The President of the European Research Council, Professor Helga Nowotny, is visiting New Zealand. Prof Nowotny is a social scientist and Professor Emeritus at ETH Zurich (a technical and research university) who is now based in Vienna. She served as chair of the European Commission European Research Advisory Board during the founding of the European Research Council and has long been a vocal supporter of its goals to support cutting-edge basic research across Europe.

For further information, visit


Prime Minister's Science Prizes16 December 2011, Wellington, New Zealand

The Government of New Zealand introduced The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes in 2009 as a way of raising the profile and prestige of science among New Zealanders. There are five prizes in total - The Prime Minister's Science Prize, Science Teacher Prize, Emerging Scientist Prize, Future Scientist Prize and Science Media Communicator Prize, with a combined value of 1 million dollars.

For further information, please visit


New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Conference 27 Nov-1 Dec 2011, Hamilton, New Zealand

As part of the International Year of Chemistry 2011, the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Conference is being held at the University of Waikato from 27 November to 1 December 2011.

For details visit

'Foods for Health & Wellness: Perspectives for Industry, Whole Foods and Novel Ingredients' 11th Annual Functional Foods Symposium, 30 November 2011, Auckland, New Zealand

Consumers are demanding more from their food products, over and above traditional expectations. They want foods to improve digestive health, promote wellness and energy, manage weight and support immunity. They want to counter the effects of their busy lifestyles with foods that taste great, have pleasing texture and are ultra-convenient. At the same time the demand for whole foods and fresh produce is growing. To meet consumer demands products are incorporating more functional ingredients derived from milk, fruit, vegetables and cereals. Each year this symposium attracts researchers, technical managers, food technicians, government representatives and academics. It is an opportunity to not only learn about the latest research and regulatory developments, but also learn about technological advancements, and develop contacts.

Full programme details and speaker profiles can be found at


International Conference on Environmental Technologies, 5-8 September 2011, Gdansk, Poland

Regional focus of the event: Brazil, Canada, Korea, Republic of, New Zealand, Russian Federation, South Africa

Thematical focus of the event: Environment (including Climate Change)

This Conference will merge three scientific meetings: X Scientific Symposium Environmental Biotechnology 2dn International Conference on Bioremediation of Soil and Groundwater Brokerage Event - Environmental Technologies We hope it once more will be the platform for exchanging experience and ideas. The Brokerage Event, as a part of the Conference will be held on 05-06 of September as a free of charge Event. It is organized in the frame of FP7 Project ENV-NCP-TOGETHER and the aim is to facilitate the cooperation between research organizations and companies from EU and Third Countries, and initiate common competitive proposals for the upcoming calls of the EU Framework Programme in the field of Environmental Technologies.

NCP Poland: Environment
Maria Antosiewicz

Patrick Ziegler

Link to event website http://,1.html

New Zealand's Research Potential in Europe, 5-8 September 2011, Poland, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands

Regional focus of the event: New Zealand

Thematical focus of the event: Environment (including Climate Change)

Within the framework of the ACCESS4EU:NZ project, to support EU-Access to New Zealand research programmes ( five researchers and research multipliers from New Zealand will promote research opportunities of New Zealand in Europe. From 5th until 8th September the delegation will participate in the international conference on Environmental (Bio)Technologies in Gdansk, Poland with posters and oral presentations. In the related EU FP7 Brokerage Event the team will have the opportunity to promote the research landscape in bilateral talks to colleagues in Europe ( and to find partners for future activities.

Gerd Ruecker

JULY 2011

2011 Annual Antarctic Conference: Value and Relevance of Antarctic Science, 4-6 July 2011, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

The Conference will consist of a workshop, oral and poster presentation sessions, an Icebreaker function and a conference dinner at the Academy of Performing Arts on campus. Student travel grants will be available for those students presenting a poster or talk. Online registration will open on May 2 and will include the option to book hotel accommodation.

For further information, visit:

JUNE 2011

'Back to the Future' Conference: NZ Veterinary Association, 21-24 June 2011, Christchurch, New Zealand

2011 is the 250th anniversary of the veterinary profession and the New Zealand Veterinary Association is holding a conference from 21 to 24 June as a major part of their celebrations of this anniversary. Entitled "Back to the Future", the conference will be a celebration of the past present and future of the profession internationally and in NZ. This will be the biggest and the best conference NZVA has run for many years.

For further information visit

Annual NZIFST Conference, 29 June-1 July 2011, Rotorua, New Zealand

The NZ Institute of Food Science and Technology's annual conference will be held from 29 June - 1 July 2011 in Rotorua. This major annual food industry conference usually attracts up to 550 delegates who will enjoy over 80 oral and poster presentations, while the trade exhibition will feature some 35-45 companies. The draft programme and details as they come available can be found at or for inquiries, contact Rosemary Hancock, Executive Manager, NZIFST, Ph +64 6 356 1686, Fax +64 6 356 1687,

Health research opportunities in Third Countries, 9 June 2011, Brussels, Belgium

Regional focus of the event: Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Russian Federation, South Africa, United States

Thematical focus of the event: Health

The infosession focuses on (funding) opportunities that exist for European researchers to do health-related research in Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa and the USA. The infosession is part of the official FP7 Health-infoday organised by the European Commission. Programme owners from each country will present the opportunities under their international RTD programmes and there will be time for networking afterwards.

• 17.30h Registration and welcome cocktail
• 18.00h Individual country presentations by programme owners
• 19.30h Start networking session

Crowne Plaza Europa Hotels
Rue de la loi - 107 - Wetstraat


Ben Kubbinga

Agency for the Promotion of European Research in cooperation with 7 Access4EU projects


Euro Asia-Pacific Cooperation Forum on ICT Research, 26 October 2010, Sheraton Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

ACCESS4EU:NZ will be taking part in the Euro Asia-Pacific Cooperation Forum on ICT research to be held on 26 October 2010 in Brussels. The forum is organized by the EURASIAPAC Project.

Registration: This event is free of charge but registration is compulsory and can be made online at

Event Objectives: Held only some weeks after the launch of an important FP7 call for proposals related to the ICT theme (Call 7), this workshop will be a key occasion to thoroughly discussing opportunities of strategic cooperation. The event outputs will also help the project in developing a European-Asian-Pacific roadmap with concrete recommendations to the European Commission for actions on ICT research cooperation between Europe and the Asian-Pacific target countries.

The cooperation forum will start with an opening address from the International Relations Units of DG Information Society and Media and of DG for Research, followed by an overview of S&T Cooperation activities in Asia-Pacific given by the S&T counsellors from the missions of Asia-Pacific countries in Brussels.

The coordinator will then introduce the EURASIAPAC project followed by a presentation from the European Commission on how ICT organisations from the given countries can be involved in joint EU-funded R&D projects and national programs with European organisation, with a specific focus on upcoming calls.

The forum will continue with a panel discussion involving European initiatives focusing on Asia-Pacific with the objective to foster international cooperation, and an open session devoted to generate recommendations and actions to promote further cooperation between Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

To close the meeting, a networking cocktail will be organized to facilitate further interaction amongst participants.

Further information: