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The Way Forward | Te Arā Whakamua

4–5 April 2018

University of Otago Conference Centre, Wellington

This event provided an opportunity for us all to discuss the key results from the Challenge so far, to think ahead about what land and water science we should do in the future and how we can do this together.

The Symposium welcomed industry guest speakers and thought leaders as well as our Challenge research teams. Several facilitated workshops were held to ensure that everyone had the opportunity to share their ideas and provide feedback.

Guest Speakers

Opening address

The Honourable Dr Megan Woods, Minister of Research, Science and Innovation

New Reality

Rod Oram, journalist and event MC

Challenges and successes for NZ agribusiness, value chains and international trade

Steve Carden, Chief Executive of Pāmu (Landcorp Farming Limited)

Challenges and successes of innovative and resilient land and water use in New Zealand

James Palmer, Chief Executive of Hawkes Bay Regional Council

What knowledge and skills do you need to be a good inter- or trans-disciplinary researcher?

Gabriele Bammer, Professor at The Australian National University

Our Land and Water Speakers

The future of Our Land and Water

Paul Reynolds, Board Chair, Our Land and Water National Science Challenge

What’s changed in Our Land and Water

Ken Taylor, Director and Rich McDowell, Chief Scientist, Our Land and Water National Science Challenge

Greater Value in Global markets

Caroline Saunders, Lincoln University and Our Land and Water Theme Leader

Innovative and resilient land and water use

David Houlbrooke, AgResearch and Our Land and Water Theme Leader

Collaborative Capacity

James Turner, AgResearch and Our Land and Water Theme Leader

The Way Forward – Key learnings and strategy validation discussion

Ken Taylor, Director, Our Land and Water

Future Research Idea Presentations

Diversified landscape

John Quinn, NIWA

Visualising and enhancing implementation

Seth Laurenson and Val Snow, AgResearch

Opportunities from connected data

Rogier Westerhoff, GNS Science

Precision productivity services

Carolyn Hedley, Manaaki Whenua

Critical traits

Paul Johnstone, Plant & Food Research

Future-proofing environmental credence attributes

Sarah McLean, Massey University

Achieving a low-carbon bioeconomy

Anita Wreford, Lincoln University

Fostering water management groups

Jim Sinner, Cawthron Institute

Biological agriculture

Melanie Davidson, Plant & Food Research

Our legacy

Clint Rissman, E3 Scientific

Value without capital gain

Shane Leith, AgResearch

Opting out

Chris Phillips, Manaaki Whenua

Future Capability Building


Ken Taylor, Director of Our Land and Water National Science Challenge

Embedding the next generation of influencers and leaders in to the Challenge

Adrian Hunt, Next Generation Influencers Lead

Maori engagement and partnership plans for the future

Tanira Kingi, Māori Engagement and Partnerships Lead, Our Land and Water National Science Challenge

Preparing our rangatahi for future careers in STEM

Naomi Manu, Director, Pūhoro STEM Academy

Future Think Piece Presentations

Thinking and doing Transformation

Ronlyn Duncan

UN Sustainable Development Goals research needs

Stephen Flood

Environmental non-government organisations research needs

Guy Salmon

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