Calendar Events

  • 24
    New Zealand Forestry Industry Value Chain Optimisation Workshop

    24 November 2015,  09:00 – 15:30
    Scion – Rimu Room, Te Papa Tipu Innovation Park, 49 Sala Street, Rotorua

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    Scion’s second Forestry Industry Value Chain Optimisation Workshop aims to (a) bring industry people up to date on various value chain ideas, trends and opportunities, (b) allow industry people to meet new connections and (c) help to shape Scion’s value chain optimisation research programme in order to deliver pertinent results. The workshop will have several talks and a few discussion sessions. Various industry general managers, researchers, supply chain managers, marketing managers, traders and government groups have indicated their interest to attend.


    The list below is incomplete and we are still confirming a few last presentations:

    Adding value and minimising costs along the NZ forestry value chain
    - Dave Robinson (Nelson Forests Ltd)

    Understanding different collaborative value creation strategies for the wood industry 
    - Prof Hamish Gow (Massey University)

    The top-end of the value chain; land-use, a balancing act
    - Dr Tanira Kingi (Scion)

    Wood export opportunities to India – challenges and trends
    - Jacob Mannothra (Zindia)

    An overview of some of Scion’s VCO research projects: markets, logistics and sustainability risk
    - Dr Carel Bezuidenhout (Scion)

    A review of log export ports, shipping and the challenges
    - Mark Bendall (Tenco) and Ginny Christians (Massey University)

    Using discrete event simulation to improve Sawmill and log yard logistics
    - Graham West (Scion)

    Supply chain integrity within the export log landscape
    - Dr Csaba Pusztai (Scion) and Jason Syme (Rayonier)

    Biomaterial developments: An overview of bio-based materials and chemicals being developed at Scion which demonstrate the potential for a bio-based economy and bio-refineries to enable a sustainable future
    - Dr Jeremy Warnes (Scion)

    This workshop is free of charge for the first 50 delegates who register; thereafter a fee of $30 per person will contribute towards catering. Sponsorships are welcome.

    For more information contact: 

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  • 18
    6th 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


    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.

    Keynote speaker:

    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.

    Poster session:

    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 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 is now open, visit


    The detailed programme is now available, visit

    For all enquiries, please email:


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  • 25
    Product 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.

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  • 27
    Celebrating Soils in the Hub!

    NZSSS logoA 1-day workshop for the International Year of Soils, also incorporating the 2015 Norman Taylor Memorial Lecture.

    Friday 27th November
    Stewart Block, Lecture Theatre 1, Lincoln University

    NZ Society of Soil Science (NZSSS) presents the workshop on ‘opportunities for soil research’ to celebrate soil in this International Year of Soils (#IYS2015). The workshop will be held at Lincoln University on Friday 27th November 2015 and will also incorporate this year’s Norman Taylor Memorial Lecture by Prof Richard McDowall, AgResearch, Invermay.

    The  event is open to all and free to attend, but for catering purposes if you are planning to attend please send an email message to to book your place.

    Download the flyer including programme [556 Kb PDF]

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  • 14
    Forest 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

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  • 16
    NZLTC Annual Conference 2016
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    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.

    Background information

    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.

    Diary Dates

    Abstracts close 30 November 2015
    Online registration opens 25 November 2015
    Early bird registration closes 5 February 2016
    Final papers and manuscripts 5 February 2016

    Download the flyer [188 kB PDF]

    Register now 

    For further information

    Gillian Todd, Interim Technical Manager
    Scion, 49 Sala Street,
    Private Bag 3020, Rotorua 3046, New Zealand
    Telephone +64 7 343 5441. Mobile +64 27 489 6525


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  • 10
    Annual 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.

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November 2015

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6th Science Symposium on Next Generation Liquid Biofuels and Co-Products
New Zealand Forestry Industry Value Chain Optimisation Workshop
Product Quality Improvement Innovation Cluster meeting
Celebrating Soils in the Hub!