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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.


ONT Festival Event

The ONT Festival Event will be held on the 8th and 9th November 2021.

Events showcasing Oxford Nanopore Technology and the OGF GridION facility have been postponed. The event will follow the format: a full day bioinformatics workshop, hands-on chip loading activities, sequencing project design clinics and an introductory seminar to Nanopore, Otago resources and New developments presented by experts from ONT. You can attend all or select events across the two days

The venue has been secured for these dates: University of Otago Biochemistry Department, George Petersen Room (Seminar room 2.31)

Please contact Augustine Chen ( if you have any questions.

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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 and spaces are limited we ask that you please register using the link below if you plan on attending (and please also let us know if something comes up and you are no longer able to attend, there are often waiting lists for these events).



Dr Sarah Diermeier
(Founder and CSO Amaroq Therapeutics and Project Leader, Lecturer & Rutherford Discovery Fellow, Department of Biochemistry)

Dr Diermeier is a Principal Investigator in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Otago with an interest in long non-coding RNAs and their application as novel therapeutic targets and biomarkers in cancer. Her group uses cutting edge technologies such as single-cell sequencing, CRISPR/Cas9, organoids and animal models. Sarah has recently founded Amaroq Therapeutics to apply her research in a commercial capacity, hoping to provide a treatment option for many forms of cancers, with far fewer side effects than chemotherapy, in the first instance with the potential to expand the therapy into other diseases.

Come along to hear Sarah speak about the commercialisation of her research and the pros and cons of academia vs industry.

Date: Friday 3rd September 2021
Time: 9am
Location: Health Science Divisional Boardroom, 4th Floor Physiotherapy Building, Great King Street

Spaces at this event are very limited, please register here to secure your place.

Zoom Details
We are able to accommodate some attendance via Zoom for members located outside of Dunedin. Please email us if you require a Zoom connection.

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Annual Symposium

Genetics Otago will be hosting its annual Symposium for all members on the 18th of November 2021. This is an in-person Symposium, utilising Zoom to connect three main rooms in Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington, to showcase speakers from across Genetics Otago in this flagship event for 2021. Details will be updated here as they become available.

The Genetics Otago 2021 Annual Symposium is proudly brought to you by:


Date: 18th November 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Dunedin: TBC
Christchurch: TBC
Wellington: TBC

Registration for this event is now open, please register using the button below. Registration will close on 4th November 2021.

Abstract submission is completed as part of the registration process. You are able to register and add your abstract later – please keep the link provided at the end of the registration process to do this. Abstract submissions close on 29th October 2021.

Register Here

Poster Guidelines
Abstracts should be of no more than 200 words (plus authors and references) and must be uploaded to the registration form as a PDF before the 13th of September at 5:00 pm.

Posters should be no bigger than A0 in size and portrait orientation is preferred, but landscape will be accepted. Posters must not be attached to poster boards with staples, velcro or pins are to be used (we will have some available). Uniprint is able to print your poster and provide templates on their website. Please remember to allow sufficient time to print your poster – same day printing is not always available for documents of this size.

There will be several awards up for grabs on the day for mentorship and publications. All awards require a prior application or nomination see details in below PDF.

Award details 2021

Submit Nomination

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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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Early and Mid-Career Researcher Annual Conference @ Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum
Nov 11 @ 9:15 am – 5:00 pm

The University of Otago Division of Health Sciences Early and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) management committee is holding a one-day conference on 11 November 2021.

The theme of the conference is collaboration, where we will invite EMCRs within the Division to present where you see your research going, and what collaboration you might be seeking.

Professor David Murdoch (Vice-Chancellor Designate, University of Otago), Professor Gary Evans (MBIE Chief Science Advisor) and Dr Sarah Diermeier (founder of Amaroq) are confirmed keynote speakers. They will present on strengthening collaborations between academic institutions and government agencies and creating a start-up company from your research.

The EMCR management committee warmly invites you to attend the Conference.

We look forward to seeing you soon!