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Upcoming events hosted by or involving Genetics Otago will be listed here. Please check back regularly for updates. A calendar of events that may be of interest to our members can be found at the bottom of this page and in the sidebar of other pages on this site, please note that this includes events hosted outside of Genetics Otago.


Ira Rangahau Māori

Genetics Otago together with Allan Wilson @ Otago is pleased to bring you the second Ira Rangahau Symposium in June 2021. Initiated in 2019 by Dr Phillip Wilcox (Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungnu ki te Wairoa), Ira Rangahau brings together Māori kaipūtaio (scientists) from around the motu to present on their genetics-related research ranging from the primary sector, to health, to whakapapa and te taiao (the environment).

Date: Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th June 2021
Time: Thursday 9 am – 5 pm and Friday 9 am – 11 am/1 pm (depending on optional activities)
Location: Main Common Room, University Union Building

Registration
Registration for this event is now open and is essential. Please use the below button to register

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Keynote Speaker – Ka hoki whakamuri ki tua: a genetic journey
Dr. Mere Roberts is of Pākeha and Māori (Ngāti Apakura; Ngāti Hikairo) descent. A biologist, her Ph.D was on the ecology of the kiore rat on Tiritiri Matangi Island. She has been a staff member of the University of Auckland’s Schools of Medicine and Biological Sciences. In 2004 she was appointed Head of Science at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Whakatane before returning to the University of Auckland as an Honorary Research Fellow in Anthropology. Mere has represented Māori on a number of committees including the Foundation for Research Science and Technology; Ngā Kaihautū Tikanga Taiao (for the Environmental Risk Management Authority); the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Biosecurity; the Ministry for Economic Development on protocols for bioprospecting, the UNESCO (NZ) science subcommittee, and Trustee of the Auckland War Memorial Museum where she was responsible for developing the first Maori Natural History gallery. She has also served on the Governance Boards of two Crown Research Institutes (Scion and ESR). Her academic interests are in cross-cultural understandings particularly in the area of indigenous science (mātauranga pūtaiao) and its interface with mainstream science. Among her research publications are those on kaitiakitanga; maramataka; the whakapapa of plants and animals; Maori values and perceptions of transgenics; biosecurity and bioprospecting protocols. In 2003 she was made an Officer of the Order of Merit NZ for services to Maori and to science.

Mere is now retired and enjoys participating in local restoration projects, and as a member of the Te Raki Paewhenua (North Shore) branch of the Māori Council.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Melissa Taane – University of Otago
  • Dr Blaise Forrester-Gauntlett – AgResearch and University of Waikato
  • Dr Helen Wihongi – Director of Māori Health Research (Waitematā and Auckland DHBs)
  • Chrissy Marshall – Plant and Food Research
  • Associate Professor Karyn Paringatai – University of Otago
  • Jordon Lima – University of Otago
  • Dr Catherine Collins – University of Otago
  • Howard Maxwell – University of Otago
  • Essie Van Zuylen – University of Otago

Programme

The full programme for the two days can be found here: IraRangahauProgramme, (please note that this schedule is subject to change up to the date of the event).

Thursday will feature a full day of talks and Friday will include the remaining talks as well as two optional activities:

Lab Tour

A lab tour of a laboratory working with human sequencing data. Closed footwear will be required. More details to come.

Hands-On Workshop

A hands-on workshop for those with little or no experience in a genetics lab. This workshop is aimed at high school students and 100-level students with an interest in studying genetics, however all are welcome.  The workshop will be based around the attack of a kiwi by an unknown predator, using various methods we will identify the predator responsible. Techniques included in this workshop are the use of pipettes, gel electrophoresis, microscope use and critical analysis of data. Closed footwear will be required, all other safety equipment will be supplied.

Zoom Connection

We are able to accommodate attendance via Zoom. Please email us if you require a Zoom connection and we will pass on the details to you.

Sponsors
Thank you to Allan Wilson @ Otago for sponsoring this event.

 

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An Audience With…

Our ‘An Audience With…’ series is aimed at our postgraduate students (but early career researchers are also welcome to attend) and will provide the opportunity for discussion with experts in their field. As catering will be provided we ask that you please register using the link below if you plan on attending.

Date: TBC
Time: 9am
Location: Health Science Divisional Boardroom, 4th Floor Physiotherapy Building, Great King Street

Registration
Registration for this event is not yet open.

Zoom Details
We are able to accommodate some attendance via Zoom. Please email us if you require a Zoom connection.

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Postgrad Writing Mornings

Open to all postgrads working on genetics (you do not need to be enrolled as a GENE major). These are very informal sessions to get together and get some writing done on your thesis or paper, to have a chat with other students and have a cuppa.

Date: First Friday of every month (starting February 2021)
Time: 9am – 12 noon
Location: Genetics Meeting Room, G12 Biochemistry Building

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Jul
26
Mon
What statistical software should I use (and how much does it really matter)? @ Room 033, Adams Building,
Jul 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Feeling like there are too many statistics programs and/or not sure which one (or ones) would be best for you? Come along to this seminar to learn about the software biostatisticians work with, find out why we use certain programs and for what, and discover sources of information so you can learn more about the software best for you and your research.

Presented by: Andrew Gray, Senior Research Fellow, Biostatistics Centre

 

Biostatistics Forum July 2021

Jul
28
Wed
2021 BMS Postgraduate Symposium @ The Terrace Lounge, 1st Floor, Union Building
Jul 28 all-day

The School is delighted to announce the 2021 BMS Postgraduate Symposium will be held on Wednesday 28th July 2021.

Venue: The Terrace Lounge, 1st Floor, Union Building

 

Registration and Abstract submissions now open!

A flyer for display and registration form are attached – further speaker information to follow.

2021 BMS PGS Registration Form

2021 BMS Postgrad Symposium

We look forward to receiving your entries!

Entry deadline: 30th June 2021 to: bmsadmin@otago.ac.nz

 

Department of Botany Seminars @ Room 2.13Physical Education Building,
Jul 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Department of Botany Seminars—Semester Two 2021

Wednesdays at 12 noon in the Physical Education Building, 55 Union St West, room 2.13 (unless otherwise stated please see schedule below).

For those who cannot attend in person, you are welcome to join via the Zoom link below: https://otago.zoom.us/j/94239463064?pwd=d051YWFwdVB1bi9FSzBjYzkwNWJBUT09 Password: 807740

Botany Seminars 2021 Schedule

Botany Seminar 21.7.2021 Poster

Jul
29
Thu
SYNAPSE 2021 @ University of Otago Business School
Jul 29 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Chiasma’s flagship event of the year, SYNAPSE, brings you the opportunity to connect with science and technology employers!

The theme for SYNAPSE 2021 is ADAPT – A fast-paced future!

This year’s synapse is all about adapting to new technologies, innovative ideas, and collaborations.

Synapse will include a keynote speaker, a panel discussion, and an expo. In the expo portion, STEM-related companies will hold booths that interested students can approach, as a networking opportunity.

Guests are invited to enjoy refreshments and nibbles while networking with industry professionals.

The event is FREE but registration is essential so click the button below to register. We can’t wait for you to join us for another year at Synapse!

Speakers, panellists and booth holders will be announced via social media in the weeks prior to the event (https://www.facebook.com/chiasmadunedin).

Synapse 2021 is proudly sponsored by Pacific Edge and Genetics Otago.

Aug
4
Wed
Department of Botany Seminars @ Room 2.13Physical Education Building,
Aug 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Department of Botany Seminars—Semester Two 2021

Wednesdays at 12 noon in the Physical Education Building, 55 Union St West, room 2.13 (unless otherwise stated please see schedule below).

For those who cannot attend in person, you are welcome to join via the Zoom link below: https://otago.zoom.us/j/94239463064?pwd=d051YWFwdVB1bi9FSzBjYzkwNWJBUT09 Password: 807740

Botany Seminars 2021 Schedule

Botany Seminar 21.7.2021 Poster

Aug
11
Wed
Department of Botany Seminars @ Room 2.13Physical Education Building,
Aug 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Department of Botany Seminars—Semester Two 2021

Wednesdays at 12 noon in the Physical Education Building, 55 Union St West, room 2.13 (unless otherwise stated please see schedule below).

For those who cannot attend in person, you are welcome to join via the Zoom link below: https://otago.zoom.us/j/94239463064?pwd=d051YWFwdVB1bi9FSzBjYzkwNWJBUT09 Password: 807740

Botany Seminars 2021 Schedule

Botany Seminar 21.7.2021 Poster

Aug
18
Wed
Department of Botany Seminars @ Room 2.13Physical Education Building,
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Department of Botany Seminars—Semester Two 2021

Wednesdays at 12 noon in the Physical Education Building, 55 Union St West, room 2.13 (unless otherwise stated please see schedule below).

For those who cannot attend in person, you are welcome to join via the Zoom link below: https://otago.zoom.us/j/94239463064?pwd=d051YWFwdVB1bi9FSzBjYzkwNWJBUT09 Password: 807740

Botany Seminars 2021 Schedule

Botany Seminar 21.7.2021 Poster

Aug
25
Wed
Department of Botany Seminars @ Room 2.13Physical Education Building,
Aug 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Department of Botany Seminars—Semester Two 2021

Wednesdays at 12 noon in the Physical Education Building, 55 Union St West, room 2.13 (unless otherwise stated please see schedule below).

For those who cannot attend in person, you are welcome to join via the Zoom link below: https://otago.zoom.us/j/94239463064?pwd=d051YWFwdVB1bi9FSzBjYzkwNWJBUT09 Password: 807740

Botany Seminars 2021 Schedule

Botany Seminar 21.7.2021 Poster

Sep
1
Wed
Department of Botany Seminars @ Room 2.13Physical Education Building,
Sep 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Department of Botany Seminars—Semester Two 2021

Wednesdays at 12 noon in the Physical Education Building, 55 Union St West, room 2.13 (unless otherwise stated please see schedule below).

For those who cannot attend in person, you are welcome to join via the Zoom link below: https://otago.zoom.us/j/94239463064?pwd=d051YWFwdVB1bi9FSzBjYzkwNWJBUT09 Password: 807740

Botany Seminars 2021 Schedule

Botany Seminar 21.7.2021 Poster

Sep
8
Wed
Department of Botany Seminars @ Room 2.13Physical Education Building,
Sep 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Department of Botany Seminars—Semester Two 2021

Wednesdays at 12 noon in the Physical Education Building, 55 Union St West, room 2.13 (unless otherwise stated please see schedule below).

For those who cannot attend in person, you are welcome to join via the Zoom link below: https://otago.zoom.us/j/94239463064?pwd=d051YWFwdVB1bi9FSzBjYzkwNWJBUT09 Password: 807740

Botany Seminars 2021 Schedule

Botany Seminar 21.7.2021 Poster