Calendar Events

  • 23
    Soil 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

    For more information contact Graham Coker at, phone (03) 3642987 ext 7740.

    Download the flyer [248 kB PDF]


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  • 09
    2015 International Year of Soils Seminar Series

    soils logo 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.


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  • 28
    MAPNet 2015

    MAPNet logo 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
    Close 12.30pm

    Confirmed Speakers

    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


    Accommodation specials have been negotiated.

    Thank you to our SPONSORS:

    ScionDnature LIC ThermoFisher  NZGL logoIllumina Neogen


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  • 05
    No milling around: EPDs for the NZ wood industry

    An industry initiative to achieve a level playing field

    No milling around

    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)

    To register:

    Registrations close: Thursday, 29th October 2015

    For more: Email Jeff Parker ( or Jeff Vickers (     

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  • 11
    Developing 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.

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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 will be opening shortly.

    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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  • 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 16 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]

    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


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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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