The B3 NZ Conference will be held on 17-18 May 2021 at Te Papa Museum, Wellington.

The fourth B3 Conference brings together New Zealand’s communities of interest for plant border biosecurity research and uptake that includes government, Māori, industry and science (CRIs, universities) representatives, students as well as wider community interests.

This year’s B3 Conference will reinforce the importance of science for an effective border biosecurity system to safeguard the security and welfare of our natural environment, to protect retain and build value in our important plant systems, and provide investor confidence for continued sector growth and innovation, as well as maintaining important market access for exports from our forestry, horticulture, arable and pastoral agriculture industries.

The program includes keynote presentations from Dame Juliet Gerrard and Melanie Mark-Shadbolt.

As part of the MOU with PBRI, this conference will include a trans-Tasman session highlighting the importance of New Zealand and Australian collaboration on plant biosecurity research.

B3 will be recognising the International Year of Plant Health 2020 (IYPH) at its 2021 conference. This event has been extended into the first half of 2021 due to Covid-19. An IYPH breakfast event and guest speaker, Penny Nelson, is planned to celebrate this occasion.

Registrations are available to join the conference via livestream or in person.