Whole Genome Sequencing in Public Health and Food Safety Practice – the 21st century is now!

Wellington, New Zealand
Flax and Fern Room, Massey University, Entrance A, Wallace Street, Mount Cook, Wellington


Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) are now essential tools in public health and food safety whether they are used for precision identification of virulent pathogens and food microbial contaminants, understanding genetic changes in pathogens, forensic tracing of public health incidents and foodborne illness outbreaks, or developing preventive strategies.

This one-day conference considers the key question – ‘How can these powerful technologies further protect public health and address food safety concerns in the 21st century?’ You will hear case studies of how these evolving technologies are being increasingly used by industry to protect public health while informing food safety practice and mitigating food safety risks.

International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) SEAR Australasia, the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre and CSIRO are collaborating to showcase the latest in WGS and NGS science and implementation practice. Drawing on international expertise and Australasia’s leading researchers and industry practitioners, this conference will not only bring to you the latest science, it will reveal the enormous potential of these technologies when applied to the critical matters of public health and food safety.


    • What is WGS and NGS? The scientific essentials of WGS and NGS and their application to improve public health and food safety.
    • What are their applications and use in the industry?  Hear directly from industries’ experience including dairy, horticulture and seafood case studies and learn how WGS/NGS can build consumer confidence in your products/brands.
    • What are the their applications and use in public health in New Zealand, Australia and USA.
    • What are the benefits, hurdles and risks? Data protection, intellectual property and risk management issues will be discussed.
    • What are the regulatory perspectives? A panel will discuss the national, international, legal implications of using this technology.


ILSI SEAR Australasia
New Zealand Food Safety Science & Research Centre


Whole genome sequencing of foodborne pathogens: from global to local applications – by Prof. Nigel French, Massey University, New Zealand

Implementation of WGS in FDA’s Food Program: past, present, and future – by Prof. Steve Musser, Food and Drug Administration, USA

Whole genome sequencing – learning by doing – Dr. Jeremy Hill, Fonterra Cooperative Group and Riddet Institute, Massey University, New Zealand.

How whole genome sequencing can improve food safety outcomes for seafood and horticulture industries – by Mr. Graham Fletcher, Plant & Food Research, New Zealand

WGS, part of the solution or part of the problem – using WGS to increase confidence in process outcomes – by Mr. Roy Biggs, Biggs Food Consultancy, New Zealand

How can WGS impact on consumer confidence in your products/ brands? – by Prof. Phil Bremer, University of Otago, New Zealand

Using genomic to track antimicrobial resistance in enteric pathogens – by Assoc. Prof. Deborah Williamson, Doherty Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia

The role of WGS in the identification and investigation of food and waterborne disease outbreaks – by Dr. Brent Gilpin, Institute of Environmental Science and Research, New Zealand

Transitioning from conventional molecular testing to whole genome sequencing in a public health microbiology laboratory: lessons on embracing a distruptive technology – by Assoc. Prof. Amy Jennison, Queensland Department of Health Australia

Panel discussion – Moderator: Prof. Phil Bremer

Data protection, Intellectual Property, and Risk Management Issues

Presentations from:
Mr. Glen Neal, FSANZ
Representative from the Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand
Ms. Kate MsHaffie, Litigation Principal, AJ Park Law, New Zealand

Panel discussion – Moderator: Prof. Phil Bremer

Panel members:

Prof. Nigel French
Dr. Brent Gilpin, ESR
Dr. Tom Kiedrzynski, Ministry of Health, New Zealand


Download E-flyer: HERE.


ILSI Member/ NZFSSRC/ CSIRO : $ 335.00 NZD
Non-Member : Early bird rate ($ 395.00 NZD, before September 28, 2019)
Standard rate ($ 445.00 NZD, from September 28, 2019)
Students : $ 60.00 NZD

*All fees include GST


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