Creating a healthy balance with our land and ecosystems is essential to ensure a prosperous future...
Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique biodiversity is becoming increasingly threatened by climate change, biosecurity, land-use intensification, urban development and a variety of other pressures. Protecting this natural ecosystem requires remarkable science and groundwork, practical solutions, and the support and participation of each and every one of us.
As the Crown Research Institute (CRI) for our biodiversity, biosecurity, land and environment, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research (MWLCR) supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Join us for our next VIBE Event to get an update from Richard Gordon, Chief Executive of Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research . Richard will provide a brief overview of the organisation focus and strategy and ongoing priorities, as well as provoke some conversation around the opportunities to collaborate around future land-use, biodiversity and biosecurity and climate change.
Thursday 28th March
4.00pm - 5.30pm
We'll provide drinks and snacks to get you through your 4 o'clock munchies and get your networking juices flowing.
About the Speaker
Richard Gordon has been Chief Executive at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research since 2011. He joined the CRI in 1995 and has had a range of science and team leadership roles through the years. His career-long goal has been to help passionate and professional scientists achieve positive impacts for society. His preference is to bring groups together and he has had great pleasure from collaborating with diverse organisations who share his vision. An example has been Blinc Innovation, which Richard always believed could bring us closer together to achieve great things.
Richard was born in England, raised in Northern Ireland, married a Kiwi while living in Japan, and now has NZ citizenship! He graduated and was doctored at Cambridge; studied insect behaviour as a pathway to novel forms of pest control; did a post-doc at Imperial College, and worked for twelve years in commercial R&D at the global agrichem company, Syngenta.
Product stewardship was a major theme in the company and this predisposed Richard for his work on corporate sustainability in New Zealand. Richard is also Chair of Science New Zealand, which is the association of seven CRIs and Callaghan Innovation, and holds two-thirds of New Zealand’s science capability outside of Health and ICT. In that role he is working for closer collaboration between CRIs on themes such as workforce, Māori engagement and international linkages for career development.
4.00pm - Networking and Drinks
4.15pm - Presentation from Richard Gordon
4:45pm - Q&A Session
5.00pm - Networking
5.30pm - Event finishes
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