30-31 August 2018, Rydges Hotel,

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Organising committee:
Maren Wellenreuther (Senior Scientist Plant and Food Research, Associate Professor at the University of Auckland)
Nic Rawlence (Director - Otago Palaeogenetics Laboratory, Lecturer in Ancient DNA, University of Otago)
Michael Knapp (Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology, University of Otago)
Peter Ritchie (Associate Professor, Victoria University)

This satellite meeting, co-funded by Plant and Food Research, will focus on recent advances in the field of molecular marine biology and aquaculture. New Zealand harbours vast marine ecosystems that hold most the country’s biodiversity and supports a large fishing and aquaculture industry. Recent scientific advancements in the fields such as selective breeding, environmental DNA (eDNA), reproductive technologies and the management of wild species, have made the marine sector an exciting and rapidly evolving research area. This satellite meeting will provide the opportunity to bring together researchers and practitioners using genomics and other molecular approaches that advance our understanding of the marine environment and aquaculture. We encourage participants to present research that demonstrates the combination of molecular techniques with other disciplines such as reproductive biology, community biology, ecotoxicology, ecology, biogeography, invasive species management, environmental monitoring, marine megafauna, fisheries and aquaculture. Presentations could also focus on innovative ideas and solutions that address the challenges associated with using genomics in the marine environment; including sampling design, laboratory protocols and data analysis.

Speakers announced so far

Associate Professor Dianne Gleeson Head: School of Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Canberra
Mark Lokman Otago University
Neil Gemmell Otago University
Prof. Kerry Naish, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington
Mr Jim Sinner, Cawthron Institute, Nelson 
Mrs Fiona Hely, Abacusbio Ltd., Dunedin
Dr Dave Lambert, Griffith University, Australia
Dr Andrew Foote, Bangor University
Dr Xavier Pochon, Cawthron Institute
Dr Jane Symonds, Cawthron Institute


For those submitting abstracts we have a few special sessions on the following topics:
1. Ancient DNA
2. Environmental DNA
3. Social license (together with the Applied Genetic Technologies session)
4. Selective breeding (together with the Applied Genetic Technologies session)
5. Advances in marine biology



Key Dates:
Friday 13 July, 2018
QRW Earlybird Registration Deadline
Friday 13 July, 2018
QRW Abstract Submission Deadline
Friday 13 July, 2018
AWCBR Early Bird Registration and Abstract Submission Deadline
Friday 13 July, 2018
Major Awards Application Deadline
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