SepSoil Sampling in Planted Forests Workshop
Soil Sampling in Planted Forests Workshop
Wednesday 23rd September 2015
Starting location: Scion, Te Papa Tipu Innovation Park, 49 Sala St, Rotorua
A practical workshop on how to sample soil in New Zealand’s planted forest. The day long programme provides a practical and simple guide to sampling the soil in Permanent Sample Plots across forest estates.
Online registration are now available at http://gcff.nz/news-and-events.
For more information contact Graham Coker at Graham.Coker@scionresearch.com, phone (03) 3642987 ext 7740.
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Oct2015 International Year of Soils Seminar Series
The importance of soil science research in New Zealand is amply demonstrated by the wide range of soils related research that is currently being carried out at various institutions in the Canterbury region.
This series of 10 weekly seminars in September, October and November this year seeks to highlight the scope and quality of this research.
Open to all comers, free, and no need to register – just turn up.
Commerce Lecture Room 1 (C1) – Lincoln University
Fridays 3.00 - 4.00 pm (11 September to 13 November)
11 September: Steve Wakelin [AgResearch]
Soils: a key reservoir of life on Earth - what we know and don’t know.
18 September: Jen Owens [AGLS Lincoln University]
Evaluating soil oxygen as a determining factor in nitrous oxide emissions.
25 September: David Hawke [CPIT]
Mobilisation of selenium on the South Island West Coast.
02 October: Simeon Smaill [SCION]
Supporting sustainable intensification in the New Zealand forestry industry.
09 October: Andre Eger [Landcare Research]
Extending the vertical perspective on Earth’s skin – soils within the Critical Zone framework.
16 October: Ian Dickie [BPRC Lincoln University]
Plants, soil biota, and ecosystem development.
23 October: Gwen Grelet [Landcare Research]
Ericoid root symbioses and soil carbon cycling.
30 October: Brendon Malcolm [Plant and Food Research]
Options to reduce nitrate leaching losses from agricultural soils.
06 November: Amy Whitely [AGLS Lincoln University]
Soil acidity and aluminium toxicity in New Zealand soils.
13 November: Nicole Schon [AgResearch]
Earthworms and soil function.
Scion and LIC are proudly hosting the 10th anniversary of MAPNet on 28 to 30 October 2015 at Scion’s Te Papa Tipu Innovation Park, 49 Sala Street, Rotorua.
This meeting focuses on the research of genetic and genomic variation in plants, animals, humans and microbes. It will include a diverse range of oral presentations on the results and methodologies from the NZ molecular and statistical genetics and genomics community. The meeting provides a unique chance for New Zealand researchers working on different biological systems to share approaches and expertise.
What is MAPNet?
Initiated in 2005, MapNet is a collective of NZ-based researchers from organisations involved in gene mapping, including University of Otago, AgResearch, AbacusBio, Scion (NZ Forest Research Ltd), NIWA, Livestock Improvement Corporation, Plant and Food, and the University of Auckland. This encompasses most of the gene mapping research undertaken in New Zealand, with other New Zealand organisations welcome to participate. A key driver for MapNet is the co-ordination of scientists from disparate sectors working with common technologies to foster the development of multidisciplinary and cross-sector teams.
Registrations and Abstract Submissions are now closed.
The draft programme is now available:
Wed 28 Oct
Registration 2.30pm -3.30pm
Welcome, keynote address and submitted talks 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Poster session with drinks and nibbles 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Thurs 29 Oct
Invited speakers and submitted talks 8.30am – 5.30pm
Dinner at Urbano Bistro 6.30pm
Fri 30 Oct
VISG2, GBS and NZ Inc discussions 8.30am – 10.30am
GBS pipeline demonstration 11.00am -12.00pm
Mike Goddard - Animal Genetics, Faculty of Land and Food Resources, University of Melbourne, Australia
Richard Spelman - Chief Scientist, Livestock Improvement Corporation
Richard Winkworth - Department of Natural Sciences, Unitec Institute of Technology
Thomas Buckley - Research Priority Leader, Invertebrate Systems, Landcare Research
Geoff Gill - Founding scientist, MAB Services
For more information, please contact email@example.com
Accommodation specials have been negotiated.
Thank you to our SPONSORS:
NovNo milling around: EPDs for the NZ wood industry
An industry initiative to achieve a level playing field
Environmental Product Declarations, or EPDs, present the environmental impacts of any product in a comparable way, similar to a nutrition label. Each EPD must follow the same set of rules, helping to create a level playing field. Third-party verification ensures all information is credible and consistent.
For construction products, the main driver for EPDs is green building, with many rating systems now awarding credits for EPDs, including Green Star in New Zealand and Australia. Large developers in Australia, Europe and North America have already begun to request EPDs as part of the tendering process.
For pulp and paper, EPDs provide market differentiation and enable green procurement. In markets where FSC and PEFC are increasingly common, EPDs allow manufacturers to tell an environmental story that brings together their many different environmental initiatives.
Local competitors in Australasia – concrete, steel, and the Australian wood industry – have already produced their own EPDs, creating pressure on the New Zealand wood industry to act. The purpose of this workshop is to understand what would be required to respond.
Experts will help answer your questions on EPDs: What? Why? How? The interactive workshop that follows will clearly outline the business case for an industry-wide approach for producing EPDs of New Zealand wood products.
When: Thursday, 5th November 2015, 9:30am (for 10am start) to 3pm
Where: Rimu Room, Scion, 49 Sala Street, Rotorua
Target audience: foresters, wood processors, wood product manufacturers, pulp and paper
Cost: $30 per person (includes tea/coffee and a light lunch)
Registrations close: Thursday, 29th October 2015
NovDeveloping best practice for steepland forestry
Developing best practice for steepland forestry
Workshop and field day in Gisborne (sustainability cluster activity)
Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th November 2015
Agenda and online registration available on the GCFF website.
Nov6th Science Symposium on Next Generation Liquid Biofuels and Co-Products
The 6th Science Symposium on Next Generation Liquid Biofuels and Co-Products will be held on 18th of November at the University of Waikato, Hamilton. Abstract submission for the ABRN Science Symposium is now open. The Network aims to promote better coordination and collaboration across biofuels research in New Zealand.
The Science Symposium for 2015 is being held jointly with the Bioenergy Association of New Zealand Conference “Advances in heavy biofuel market opportunities” on the 17th of November. Further information on the BANZ conference can be found on their website http://www.bioenergy.org.nz/
The Science Symposium will give you an opportunity to:
- Understand the biofuel research landscape in New Zealand.
- Further develop collaborations with other New Zealand research groups.
- Receive an update on world-wide developments from international experts.
- Interact with researchers, government, and industry interested in biofuels.
The Symposium will feature a keynote presentation by Professor Jöerg Sauer who is head of the Institute of Catalysis Research (IKFT) at the Karsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. This institute is very active in catalysis and bioenergy research, including having an impressive demonstration-scale plant for converting biomass (straw) via pyrolysis to syngas and synthetic petrol. Professor Sauer’s attendance at the Symposium will provide a valuable update on international biofuel developments, particularly in Europe.
To increase the visibility of the posters this year, presenters will have the opportunity to give a short oral presentation in addition to the informal poster session. The scientific organising committee will award a prize to the top poster presentation.
Call for abstracts:
Abstract submissions are invited for scientific presentations. Please email a 250 word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by 28 September 2015. Indicate your preference for a poster or an oral presentation and include your contact details. Microsoft Word documents, pdf files, and email text will be accepted. Abstracts will be evaluated by a scientific organising committee comprised of Michael Jack (University of Otago), Martin Atkins (University of Waikato), Ian Suckling (Scion), Rupert Craggs (NIWA), Mohammed Farid (University of Auckland), Tana Levi (CRL) and Shusheng Pang (University of Canterbury).
Registration for the Symposium will be opening shortly.
For all enquiries, please email: email@example.com.
NovProduct Quality Improvement Innovation Cluster meeting
Product Quality Improvement Innovation Cluster meeting
Wednesday 25th November 2015 (9.45 am - 4.15 pm)
Agenda and online registration now available on the GCFF website.
MarForest Genetics for Productivity Conference
Scion is proud to host an IUFRO Division 2 (Physiology and Genetics) conference in 2016 in our home city of Rotorua, New Zealand.
In the unique setting of Rotorua we offer you a conference experience to remember. World-renowned as a tourist and conference destination Rotorua is famous for its natural geothermal wonders, beautiful lakes, outdoor pursuits and centre of Māori culture.
The five-day conference includes a full day field trip, partner programme and a post-conference tour to the South Island, which finishes in Queenstown, another top tourist destination.
This conference will be sponsored by a number of IUFRO groups:
Unit 2.02.20 - Breeding and Genetic Resources of Southern Pines
Unit 2.02.02 - Breeding theory and progeny testing
Unit 2.02.05 - Breeding and genetic resources of Pacific Northwest conifers
Unit 2.04.06 - Molecular Biology of Forest Trees
Research topics for the conference are:
• Breeding productive and resilient forests
• Finding the synergies in genotype, environment and silviculture
• Genomics and phenomics
This conference is for academics, scientists, molecular and quantitative geneticists, silvicultural scientists interested in genetics, national, regional and international governmental organisations and industry stakeholders, as well as geneticists from sectors outside forestry.
Anyone who is interested in open dialogue on how to maximise productivity as well as those interested in the application of new technologies, particular genomics and remote sensing, to the development of genetically improved trees, should attend.
The forest genetics team at Scion looks forward to welcoming you to New Zealand.
Visit the FGPC2016 website for more information
MarNZLTC Annual Conference 2016
New Zealand Land Treatment Collective Annual Conference 2016
16 - 18 March, Gisborne
Community Engagement and Land Treatment
How sustainable solutions can be implemented for Land based Waste Treatment, through Community consultation and engagement with key stakeholders, policy makers and advisors.
The New Zealand Land treatment Collective (‘the Collective’) was established in 1989 to support research on treatment of waste products by land application. We provide members with the most recent information on land treatment technology, research and information, and improve communication to all stakeholders in the industry. The Collective is managed through and based at Scion, where land treatment of waste products has been researched since 1978. Many other New Zealand organisations are also involved in land treatment research, most of whom are members of the Collective.
Abstracts close 16 November 2015
Online registration opens 25 November 2015
Early bird registration closes 5 February 2016
Final papers and manuscripts 5 February 2016
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For further information
Marie Dennis, Technical Manager
Scion, 49 Sala Street,
Private Bag 3020, Rotorua 3046, New Zealand
Telephone +64 7 343 5723. Mobile +64 27 489 6525
MayAnnual GCFF programme conference and field trip
Annual GCFF programme conference and field trip
10-12 May 2016, Auckland (TBC)
Further details will be made available on the GCFF website in due course.