Media Advisory 24 July, 2017

24 July 2017

International Marine Biotech Convention comes to the Bay
The Bay of Plenty will host the International Marine Biotechnology Convention next month, which is being held in New Zealand for the first time. The ‘Blue2Green’ Marine Biotechnology Convention will take place from August 8–10 in Tauranga and will constitute a joint meeting between the newly formed Australia New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Society (a member of the International Marine Biotechnology Association), the International Conference on Coastal Biotechnology (convened in China), and the New Zealand Aquaculture Science Association. Convention Chair and Director of the University of Waikato’s Coastal Marine Research Station in Tauranga, Professor Chris Battershill, says Blue2Green is designed to splice research interests, and explore new opportunities with a central theme of environmental sustainability linked to development of new high-value marine industries. To register or for more information visit
Contact: Elle Stewart, 021 0878 4659 or

Tauranga hosts leading sports performance innovators
The University of Waikato is hosting a Sports Performance Innovation Forum in August as part of Tauranga’s inaugural Groundswell Festival. Taking place at the University of Waikato’s Adams Centre for High Performance Sport at Mount Maunganui, the forum will feature a line-up of leading sports performance professionals who will cover the anatomy from head to toe. Speakers include Steve Stanley from Siliconcoach - a software company advancing sports performance - who will cover the eyes, cricket commentator Peter McGlashan who will cover the hands, exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist Dr Stacy Sims from the University’s High Performance Centre, who will cover the belly, and Wade Flanagan, Innovation Developer at Nike, who will cover the feet.  The event takes place on Wednesday 9 August from 9am-2pm at 52 Miro Street, MountMaunganui. Spaces are limited. To register or for more information visit:
Contact: Anthea McLeary,, 07 557 8960

Wanted: more women to study cyber and STEM
A team of Waikato computer science alumni took first place in the annual national Cyber Security Challenge hosted by the University of Waikato. The 150 participants came from business, university and secondary school, and over two days had to hack into computer programs, evaluate cyber policies, repel attacks and secure at-risk systems. Director of the GCSB (the Government Communications Security Bureau) Andrew Hampton spoke at the event acknowledging the importance of cyber security in all aspects of life and the need for cyber experts. He also announced a new $10,000 scholarship for women, supporting efforts to attract more females into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.
Contact: Alison Robertson 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or

Northland Future Leaders Scholarship
Northland secondary school students can get a kick-start at the University of Waikato in 2018 with a Future Leaders Scholarship. There are 10 scholarships available to Northland students, worth $5000 each. The scholarship recognises the long-standing relationship and strong ties the university has with secondary schools in the Northland region and can be put towards tuition fees or accommodation in the University's halls of residence. Students are selected on the basis of leadership, community involvement, contribution to cultural and sporting activities and other factors including character, academic ability and commitment to succeed. Applications close 31 August 2017.
Contact: Alison Robertson 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or

Chidgey wins again
Waikato University writing tutor Catherine Chidgey has just added another award to her long list of wins. She is the recipient of a Janet Frame Literary Trust Award worth $5000. Her fourth and most recent novel The Wish Child picked up the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the 2017 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards and has been number one on New Zealand bestseller lists. It’s also been published in the UK, with US publication to follow in 2018. Ms Chidgey and Waikato University writer in residence Bob Orr are both taking part in Hamilton Book Month which starts August 3.
Contact: Alison Robertson 07 858 5135, 027 309 4420, or

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