INTECOL 2021 Conference Closing

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Our first virtual conference is currently drawing to a close and last night we held our first fully virtual AGM. Although it was hugely disappointing that we didn’t get to meet in person I hope, like me, everyone who participated in the conference learnt some new knowledge to carry with them into their future study and work. Although I got very sick of the inside of my office I did enjoy the interactions in the Q and A sessions and discussion forums and it was great to see so many of you on the AGM Zoom. There was still some sense of togetherness and collaboration, despite the physical distance between us. Click here for a copy of the 2021 President’s Address.

To our conference organisers an enormous thank you, particularly Philippe and Amy who have worked very hard over the last two years to bring us a high-quality international conference. An INTECOL working party are working on wording some conference resolutions over the coming week, which NZFSS can sign up to if members support doing so. Details on the conference resolutions will be sent out to all members for your consideration once they are available.

Awards and prizes

Usually during our annual conference and towards the end of the year we confer our awards and prizes. In the absence of a conference dinner we are announcing the awards via email. At last night’s AGM I got the opportunity to announce Professor Jon Harding as the recipient of the NZFSS medal for 2021 and Dr Tara McAllister as our Early Career Science Awardee. Congratulations to you both. Katie Brasell has been awarded Best Student Paper for 2021, well done Katie.

Student prizes for oral presentations and posters were determined by the judging panel today. As always the student presentations and posters were of a very high calibre. Our congratulations to all of the recipients listed below. Amy will be in touch with each of you soon to arrange getting your prizes to you.

Awards and Prizes 2021

Award Recipient
NZFSS Medal 2021 Professor Jon Harding
NZFSS Early Career Science Award Dr Tara McAllister
NZFSS Best Student Paper Katie Brasell
SIL Trust Best Oral Presentation Mailys Picard
SIL Trust Best Masters/Honours Oral Presentation Brittany Earl
SIL Trust Best Poster Motia Ara
DOC Best Contribution to Conservation Award Rachel Crawford

Conference 2022 – save the date

Our next conference is planned to be a joint meeting with the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society in Auckland in the week beginning 21 November 2022 so please save the date. We are looking for volunteers to join the organising committee with NZMSS so please contact us if you are interested at

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