Keynote Speakers

Professor Margaret Hyland – Monday

Chief Scientist, MBIE
Prof. Margaret Hyland, Chief Scientist of Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), provides science leadership and works with teams providing advice on science. She is with MBIE on a part-time secondment from the University of Auckland where she is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering. Her research interests are in surface chemistry and phenomena that take place at surfaces began there. Her research is a blend of traditional chemistry, chemical engineering and materials engineering from both a fundamental and applied perspective. Prof. Hyland has gained international recognition for her pioneering work in environmental aspects of aluminium reduction technology and in thermal spray coatings. As Chief Scientist, she is tasked with building on the existing strategic direction of the science system, with a particular eye on the capability of the sector and opportunities going forward. She plays a crucial role in ensuring that the sector’s expertise and intelligence are captured and communicated during the development of policy and investment plans.

Talk title: The New Zealand Research, Science and Innovation System – Opportunities and Challenges for NESI

Speaking: Monday 12th February, 10.10am

Karthik Ram – Monday

Research Scientist, BIDS, Berkeley Initiative in Global Change Biology
Project Lead, rOpenSci
Karthik is a senior data scientist at the Berkeley Institute of Data Science and a co-founder of the rOpenSci project. Karthik is also a senior PI at the Berkeley Initiative for Global Change Biology. Prior to joining Berkeley, he earned his PhD in Ecology & Evolution from the University of California, Davis. Karthik’s interests are focused on reproducible research, especially as it applies to global change. Much of his recent work focuses on building tools and services around open data and growing diverse data science communities.

Talk title: Empowering the next generation of reproducible open science

Speaking: Monday 12th February, 11.30am


Christine Kirkpatrick – Tuesday

Executive Director, National Data Service, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Division Director, IT Systems & Services, San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego
Deputy Director, West Big Data Innovation Hub

Christine Kirkpatrick, is the division director for IT Systems & Services at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego, and the Executive Director of the National Data Service (NDS), a U.S. initiative focused on how scientists and researchers across all disciplines can find, reuse, and publish data. Kirkpatrick is also Deputy Director and co-PI for the National Science Foundation-funded West Big Data Innovation Hub. Read more…

Talk title: How Data Science & Big Data are Reshaping Research Computing

Speaking: Tuesday 13th February, 8.30am

Kim Handley – Tuesday

Senior Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland

Kim is a Rutherford Discovery Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland. Prior to this, she received her PhD from the University of Manchester, and undertook her postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley and University of Chicago. Her research aims to understand the lifestyles and communitywide interactions of uncultivated microorganisms in the environment, and makes extensive use of multi-omic approaches. She is currently leading a new Genomics Aotearoa project in environmental metagenomics, which aims to promote and facilitate uptake of metagenomic approaches.

Talk title: Computational strategies and challenges in meta-omics research, and the role of Genomics Aotearoa

Speaking: Tuesday 13th February, 9.30am

Comments are closed