A virtual NETS this year
Category: National. Posted: 11 May 2021
The importance of coming together
Business as usual - sort of: NETS 2021 - Save the date
The New Zealand Biosecurity Institute is pleased to announce that it will hold its annual national education and training seminar (NETS) online on July 28, 29 and 30.
The NZBI Executive believes that the ongoing uncertainty around Covid-19 requires us to minimise the risks that would be associated with an in-person NETS conference this year.
However, we are acutely aware of the importance our members place on coming together to share knowledge and discuss how we can collectively minimise the risk of biosecurity threats to New Zealand.
Save the date now for July 28, 29 and 30. We will let you know more details in the near future, but we expect the conference to run morning and afternoon sessions during all three days – so please block out your calendars accordingly. The NZBI AGM will be on Thursday, July 29th.
Because of the constraints of an online conference, we are approaching speakers individually this year instead of issuing a general call for abstracts. We would also like to incorporate our ever-popular GEMS sessions featuring five-minute presentations from students working on cutting edge biosecurity projects.
NETS 2021 will be free for NZBI members or most likely $60 for non-members, which also will entitle them to a one-year NZBI membership.
The Executive met on 8 April for a full meeting, however a number of mini executive meetings have been carried out early in the year to discuss the implications of postponing the in-person NETS2021.
We were joined by an independent contractor who offered advice on hosting a virtual NETS.
We invite suggestions through our branch representatives for topics and hope members will access the conference from whatever platform, as if they were attending in person.
Will still plan Biosecurity Week activities in the Monday to Friday of the same week which should function undisrupted, as it does every year.
On behalf of all the NZBI executive members, I look forward to seeing you online on July 28, 29 and 30.
Alice McNatty, NZBI President