Coming up

Invited presentation at MapNet 2019

18-19 November 2019, Wellington, New Zealand

Project coordinator, Dr. Libby Liggins, will present an invited talk about the Ira Moana Project highlighting the progress and achievements of the network, and a prospectus for future use of genetic and genomic data, and the practice of molecular ecology in New Zealand.

Final Ira Moana Project Workshop

20-23 January 2020, Auckland, New Zealand

This Workshop will facilitate the International Project Team, DIPnet collaborators, and New Zealand researchers to come together to develop final research outcomes, and form research focus groups to determine future research directions and funding opportunities for collaborative genomic work on New Zealand’s biodiversity.

Institutional visits

Do you and your colleagues have an interest in contributing to the Ira Moana Project, but want some hands-on guidance? Get in touch – we can organise a visit to your institution, or can set up a meeting online.

What we’ve done

1st Ira Moana Workshop + Datathon

30 November 2018, Massey University Manawatū

This event was held alongside the 21st Molecular Ecology Conference. We had 21 participants from 8 different institutions/organisations. During the Workshop attendees were introduced to the Ira Moana Project, familiarised with the metadata format, and online data upload/download tools. John Deck (GeOMe developer) and Dr. Eric Crandall (DIPnet coordinator) both joined us via Zoom for some presentations regarding GeOMe and DIPnet respectively, and discussion. Participants got to interact with the Ira Moana Database using example data files and uploading their own data.

Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics (SING)

21-25 January 2019, Massey University Manawatū

This was a week long event hosted by Genomics Aotearoa. Dr. Libby Liggins, Ira Moana Project Coordinator, participated in a few days and gave a presentation detailing the opportunity for GEOME to help acknowledge Māori values (through the Ira Moana Project), and mediate indigenous data sovereignty.

Taiātea – Gathering Oceans

3-11 March 2019, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Tāmaki Paenga Hira

A UNESCO funded meeting among Pacific Ocean Indigenous environmental leaders, hosted by Ngāti kuri and the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Dr. Libby Liggins, Ira Moana Project Coordinator, participated in discussions and gave a presentation outlining the availability of, and infrastructure for, genetic data resources for the Pacific including New Zealand, as a result of the efforts of the Ira Moana Project and the Diversity of the Indo-Pacific Network.

Ira Moana Early Career Workshop

27-31 May 2019, Massey University Auckland

This workshop helped to develop the base skills and solidify the networks of New Zealand early career scientists interested in genetic and genomic data, preparing them for the new data resource created by the Ira Moana Project and producing a prospective roadmap for what they’d like to see in in the future of New Zealand’s genomic research on biodiversity.

Metadata workshop: how to recognise indigenous rights and data sovereignty

3-5 June 2019, Wellington

A three day workshop including: indigenous leaders; AProf. Maui Hudson, Waikato University; AProf. Jane Anderson, New York University; John Deck, GeOMe developer and Ira Moana Project Team member, University of California Berkeley; and Dr. Libby Liggins, Ira Moana Project Coordinator, Massey University Auckland.

2nd Ira Moana Workshop + Datathon

2 July 2019, University of Otago

Held alongside the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society + Oceania Chondrichthyan Society Conference (3 – 5 July), this free workshop and datathon hepled participants contribute to and interact with the Ira Moana data resource, and foster collaboration and discussion regarding useful data products that could be created for end-users.