Genomics for Aotearoa New Zealand is a charitable incorporated society focused on the benefits of genomics for everyone.
Genomics is the study of all or most of the DNA of living things. This kind of science has broad reach including: human health, ecology, agriculture, horticulture, climate change monitoring, and more.
GFANZ AGM 2020
Both Lisa Warbrick and Simon Hills were re-elected to their council positions for three more years. Lisa led a conversation about the IGI. This was an update on progress so far and plans for the future.
Dr. Peter Schweitzer (Genomics Facility Director, Cornell University) joined us to talk about key moments in genomics over his 20+ year career in the field. Peter has been working at the coal face of genomics research with many technologies and research disciplines. He brings a rare perspective on genomics and we really enjoyed having him at our AGM. You can watch the video of that conversation below.
Welcome to our little corner of the web. We are actively developing this site with input from our membership, previous efforts, and things we are doing currently. At the moment, there are a bunch of place holder pages which will be fleshed out over the coming weeks. Do not be surprised if you see things change as we respond to feedback.
The Library is where you go to get information. This includes definitions of terms, links to outside resources on specific topic areas, videos, and workshops. Things are happening in The Workshop. There you will find the activities that GFANZ is doing as well as those of affiliated groups.
We are keen to expand our Regional Meetings. Just get in touch if you would like to start one in your area.
Lisa, Wilson, and Taruke organised a lovely afternoon discussion and tour for Juliet Gerrard, the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor. There was a great korero around the challenges and opportunities in this Manawatu Māori farm community as well as those of being the PM's Chief Science Advisor.
Early Career Researcher Breakfast
Along with UC ConSert, the University of Otago, and The Elshire Group, GFANZ organised and sponsored and Early Career Researchers Breakfast in conjunction with the MapNet workshop. This breakfast was an opportunity for the ECRs to share experiences and discuss challenges.
GFANZ ran a non-model species bioinformatics workshop in Wellington. Most living things are not model (very well studied) species. Researching these species has many challenges, often including difficult computer analysis requirements. This workshop highlighted potential pitfalls and offered practical solutions.
Pint of Science 2019
Council members Rob, Lisa, and Simon participated in the world wide Pint of Science event. They each spoke to 'What do I do, Genomics!" at Brew Union in Palmerston North. Listen here!
Te Ira Moana
GFANZ founding member Te Rangi Kaihoro presented a public talk on Te Ira Moana at Massey University in Palmerston North. This was a great opportunity for scientists to learn from a kind and generous expert. A series of small group discussions followed - making new connections and expanding understanding.
Planning Hui 2020
Our annual planning weekend brought together the council, members, and friends who were interested in helping plan the direction we are taking for the year.