14-16 March 2022, 9am-3pm
Via Zoom

Keynote speakers


Dr Olivia Angelin-Bonnet

I moved from France to Palmerston North to study for a Statistics PhD at Massey University, where I worked on unravelling genotype-to-phenotype relationships from multi-omics data, with a focus on polyploid organisms. I am now a Lecturer in Applied Statistics at Massey University. My research interests include Systems Biology, multi-omics data integration, and the study of biological networks from a statistical and computational perspective.

Dr Aisling Rayne

Aisling is a Pākehā researcher from a farm near Ōtautahi. Last year, she completed her PhD in the Conservation, Evolutionary, and Systematics Research Team at the School of Biological Sciences (University of Canterbury). For her PhD, she worked with Kāi Tahu whānui, local communities, and practitioners to examine relationships encoded in oral narrative and genomic markers for kēkēwai (freshwater kōura / crayfish). Aisling is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainability (University of Otago) and Te Pūnaha Matatini working on the Kindness in Science project.
Jeffrey Endelman

Assoc. Prof. Jeffrey Endelman

Jeffrey Endelman is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He trained as a computational scientist (PhD Caltech) before discovering his passion for agriculture and retraining as a plant breeder (PhD Washington State University, Postdoc Cornell). Endelman is an international leader in the application of quantitative genetics to plant breeding and has created several R packages used by hundreds of scientists. A major theme of his research has been the development of methods for genomic analysis and selection in autotetraploid species, which he applies as lead scientist for the University of Wisconsin potato breeding program ( Endelman is also active in the worldwide effort to create diploid, inbred lines of potato, which should improve the efficiency of variety development and gene discovery. 

Prof. Bruce Weir

Professor Bruce Weir is a distinguished biostatistician and statistical geneticist from the University of Washington Bruce Weir | Biostatistics ( Bruce is a Director of the Summer Institute of Statistical Genetics which has trained an estimated 10000 researchers over the last 26 years gaining international recognition for his impact in statistical genetics.

Bruce will also be leading the Statistical Genetics Aotearoa workshop : The Statistical Genetics course Aotearoa will take place from May 2nd to 5th May 2022 (5 days) - see short video below. The course is aimed at scientists wishing to apply current statistical methods to genomic data collected from plant and animal populations. The course will be led by Bruce Weir, who has led similar short courses over the past 25 years and who continues to develop statistical genetic methodology. The format will be hybrid, with opportunity to attend the morning lectures online. The course will be held at the Rugby Institute, Massey University, Palmerston North for those who wish to participate in person and attend the afternoon practical sessions.  

This link will allow you to register:

Please complete your registration by Friday 4th March 5pm.