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  • 10
    ABRN Science Symposium: Next Generation Liquid Biofuels and Co-Products

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    The Advanced Biofuels Research Network is combining with the Bioenergy Association to host the 7th Science Symposium on Next Generation Liquid Biofuels and Co-Products to be held on 10th of November at the Novotel Hotel, Rotorua. Abstract submission for the ABRN Science Symposium is now open.

    The Advanced Biofuels Research Network aims to promote better coordination and collaboration across biofuels research in New Zealand.

    Our Science Symposium is being held this year in conjunction with the IEA Bioenergy meetings, bringing a number of international bioenergy experts to Rotorua. A number of these researchers will speak at our symposium on their latest research activities and provide updates of the situation of liquid biofuel markets in their respective countries.

    The Science Symposium will give you an opportunity to:

    • Receive an update on world-wide developments from international experts.
    • Understand the biofuel research landscape in New Zealand.
    • Further develop collaborations with other New Zealand research groups.
    • Interact with researchers, government, and industry interested in biofuels.

    Poster Session
    To increase the visibility of the posters, all presenters will be expected to give a short oral presentation on their work immediately prior to the informal poster session. The scientific organising committee will award a prize to the top student poster presentation.

    Call for Abstracts
    Abstract submissions are invited for scientific presentations and posters. Please email a 250 word abstract to by 19 September. Indicate your preference for a poster or an oral presentation and include your contact details. Due to the number of international speakers we will have this year, we encourage poster presentations. Microsoft Word documents and email text will be accepted. Abstracts will be evaluated by a scientific steering committee.


    Registration for the Symposium will be opening shortly.

    For all enquiries, please email:

    More Information
    For more information please visit the ABRN website.

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    Accident Prevention through Learning Workshop

    Venue: University of Canterbury, Forestry Building, F3 Lecture Theatre

    Cost: $55.00 (GST included)


    Traditionally and currently, incident investigations based on causal analysis typically just scratch the surface of what we can learn from an incident. We try to make plausible conclusions regarding the outcomes of an event, classify the root cause, justify actions and allocate responsibility. Unfortunately, this leads to an incomplete understanding of an incident beyond basic labels like ‘failure’, ‘error’ and ‘violation’. These common causal labels often masquerade as explanations and lead to overly simplified findings and impractical recommendations.

    It is more important to understand why something happened, than to simply say what happened. In understanding the ‘why’, we can build the context and identify the conditions that shaped actions and decisions of those involved to learn from their experiences. Research has shown that this commitment to learning is a key pathway to accident prevention. The WORKSHOP is a practical, interactive demonstration of the impact and success of accident prevention through learning, using a process developed by Dr Ivan Pupulidy and employed by the US Forest Service: The Learning Review.

    The Learning Review is specifically designed to develop an understanding of human action(s) in context to facilitate a learning culture and improve industry resilience to incidents. If we remove the assumptions of the causality model by looking at errors as decisions in context, we can determine the conditions which supported them to give a more realistic representation of what the individuals experienced as the incident unfolded and why it made sense to them to do what they did. Revealing the context of the event will assist the industry in understanding how to recognise, change and react to conditional pressures. We can then use this approach to maximise incident learning opportunities and utilise those learnings to develop strategies that result in meaningful change.


    Workshop Guest Speaker and Facilitator: Dr Ivan Pupulidy

    Dr Pupulidy is currently the Director of the U.S. Forest Service, Office of Human Innovations and Organizational Learning (HIOL), where guides research and development to create tools that facilitate sensemaking organizational learning and resilience. He led the development of the Coordinated Response Protocol and Learning Review Processes (CRP/LR). Field study and experimental practices were coupled with detailed academic research in the fields of Resilience Engineering, Organizational Culture, High Reliability Organizing, Dialogue, Team Dynamics, Social Construction, Technical Investigation, Complexity (complex adaptive system theory), Organizational Learning and Social Psychology. Dr Pupulidy’s research has resulted in a new approach to the organizational response to incidents, which has received international acclaim and is now being used on three continents.

    For further information please contact:
    Brionny Hooper
    +64 27 322 9999

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  • 09
    UAV: A remote sensing platform for primary industries

    UAV: A remote sensing platform for primary industries, Marie Heaphy, Scion

    Scion has spent the past 9 months acquiring a UAV [Unmanned Aerial Vehicle] and sensors to gather remote data for New Zealand’s primary industries. Forestry is the key application but we are finding there are uses in horticulture, predator pest management and animal health. I will cover the process of becoming familiar with flying a UAV and meeting Civil Aviation regulations, outline how the different sensors work, provide case studies on research completed so far and finish with future work.
    The aircraft will be setup so you can have a closer look. The lecture will be followed by coffee and cookies.
    All Lectures are in the Rimu Room at Scion, 49 Sala Street, Rotorua, 6:00 pm.

    Lectures are open to the public - $5 entry, or free entry for Royal Society, Rotorua Branch members.

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  • 15
    Forecaster User Group Meeting

    Forecaster User Group Meeting

    Tuesday 15 November 2016 – Scion, Rotorua (Kauri/Totara Suite)

    Draft Programme

    8.30 am - 9.00 am
    Arrival – tea and coffee
    9.00 am - 10.00 amForecaster 101 – ideal for new staff or clients keen to know what Forecaster is/does.
    10.00 am - 10.30 amMorning tea break
    (NB: people that don’t need to attend Forecaster 101 session or already know what it does may choose to arrive here instead)
    10.30 am - 12.00 noonSilvicultural workshop – presented by John Moore
    12.00 noon - 1.00 pmLunch
    1.00 pm - 1.30 pmPresentation: Speaker TBA
    1.30 pm - 3.30 pmForecaster User Group meeting
    - What’s new
    - System refresher
    - Presentation on modelling
    - Issues, wish lists
    - Open forum
    3.30 pmAfternoon tea
    4.00 pmClose

    By email please to or phone 07 343 5416.

    Please provide:

    Full name:     

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