Speaker Biographies.

Join us online for our 77th Annual Lecture and hear three expert speakers offer their perspectives on the theme ‘Science Matters’, which will explore the value of scientific research and development to New Zealand’s society, now and in the future.

Featuring Keynote Speakers

Dr Siouxsie Wiles is a microbiologist and Associate Professor at the University of Auckland. Siouxsie heads up the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab where she and her team make bacteria glow in the dark to understand how infectious microbes make us sick and to find new medicines. She is also passionate about demystifying science, often collaborating with artists and animators to do this. In 2017 she published her first book, ‘Antibiotic resistance: the end of modern medicine?’ and in 2019 appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to microbiology and science communication. During COVID-19 Siouxsie joined forces with Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris to make the science of the pandemic clear and understandable. Releasing their work under a Creative Commons licence, their graphics have been translated into multiple languages and have been adapted by various governments and organisations as part of their official pandemic communications.

Dr Serean Adams is the Aquaculture Group Manager at Cawthron and is passionate about New Zealand’s Aquaculture industry and its future. Serean has led a number of scientific programmes at Cawthron and currently leads Cawthron’s Shellfish Aquaculture Programme. Its research spans from improving hatchery reliability and efficiency through seawater manipulation, to increasing post-harvest shelf-life and on-farm biosecurity.

Serean’s primary areas of technical expertise are shellfish developmental biology, cryopreservation and triploidy. She is also interested in shellfish as functional foods and in the development of novel functional food ingredients from marine species including shellfish and algae.

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