Pre-conference symposium

Opening the eyes and minds of biosecurity: Facilitating the pragmatic uptake of knowledge for biosecurity

Trinity Wharf, Tauranga
Monday, 7 August 2017

This workshop aims to draw together the collective views of people and organisations across the biosecurity system, therefore enhancing collaboration for improving biosecurity, resulting in more effective use of our assets, i.e. people, information, tools, science and infrastructure, while maintaining our social licence to allow the use of biosecurity tools and technologies.

Timely access to quality information is essential for evidence-based risk assessment for anticipating and responding to risk. The right information needs to be available rapidly to everyone who needs it across the biosecurity system. Major challenges include coordinating knowledge/data collection and access across organisations, facilitating knowledge/data sharing where possible, and turning data in to useful information and intelligence for risk assessment and management. How can big datasets be generated, maintained, monitored and analysed by automated systems with notification for decisions resulting in action taken, to make effective use of emerging information technologies and to mitigate risks? Smart, free flowing information needs to be utilised by tapping into the wealth of data available, building intelligence and using powerful data analysis to underpin risk management.

This workshop will bring together representatives of government organisations, industries, science organisations and the public to discuss biosecurity purpose, visibility of system performance, assurance about how their interests are being reflected in decision-making. How will the biosecurity system performance be monitored to support continuous improvement across the system? Open reporting and communication provides assurance about system performance and collaborative decision making resulting in the collective management for biosecurity risks, and therefore promoting continuous improvement by all biosecurity system participants. How can we assist with facilitating this process?

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Time Presentation / Workshop Speaker
9:00 - 9:10 Introduction Tim Herman (NZPPS President)
9:10 - 9:30 Opening - What do we know? Ian Ferguson (MPI)
Morning session: Using scientific & industry expertise in biosecurity
9:30 - 9:50 How do MPI's Technical Advisory Groups work? Veronica Herrera (MPI)
9:50 - 10:10 GIA and pest lists - How do we prioritise unwanted organisms? Graham Burnip & Christine Reed (MPI)
10:10 - 10:30 Adoption of new technologies for biosecurity - Challenges/constraints Mark Bullians (MPI) & David Teulon (B3)
10:30 - 11:00 Morning tea
11:00 - 11:40 Keynote: Using large regulatory datasets to inform science & biosecurity Andrew Robinson (CEBRA)
11:40 - 12:00 Role of scientific advice in BMSB preparedness, surveillance and response Ed Massey (NZ Winegrowers - BMSB technical working group)
12:00 - 12:20 Role of scientific advice in MPI surveillance programmes: Case study forest surveillance Paul Stevens (MPI) & Nicolas Meurisse (Scion)
12:20 - 12:40 How industry knowledge can be incorporated into biosecurity Karyn Froud (Biosecurity Research Ltd)
12:40 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 2:10 Keynote: Designing a biosecurity system from scratch: the Hawai'ian way Shahin Ansari (HT Harvey & Associates)
Afternoon session: Using public vigilance in biosecurity
2:10 - 2:30 Engagement for decision making - Maori engagement and social licence to operate Melanie Mark-Shadbolt (Lincoln University)
2:30 - 2:50 Citizen science for biosecurity surveillance Will Allen (Will Allen Associates)
2:50 - 3:10 Role of scientific advice & local community involvement in GWB eradication Chris Green (DoC)
3:10 - 3:30 Outcomes from 0800 80 99 66 Graham Burnip & Mark Bullians (MPI)
3:30 - 4:00 Afternoon tea
4:00 - 4:20 Enhancing passive surveillance through gadgets and apps Steve Pawson (Scion)
4:20 - 4:40 Co-managing risk at New Zealand's ports. Case study: Port of Tauranga Andrew Harrison (KVH)
4:40 - 5:00 Training future citizen scientists Chris Duggan (House of Science)
5:00 Concluding remarks followed by drinks and nibbles

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