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Whole Genome Sequencing for Better Public Health and Food Safety Outcomes - Session 1

  • 28 Oct 2020
  • 12:30 PM - 2:45 PM
  • Online


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Whole Genome Sequencing for Better Public Health and Food Safety Outcomes - Session 1

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) is becoming an essential tool in public health and food safety whether used for precision identification of virulent pathogens and food microbial contaminants, understanding genetic changes in pathogens, forensic tracing of public health incidents and food borne illness outbreaks, or developing preventive strategies. 

This conference, run over 2 consecutive afternoon sessions, considers the key question - ‘How can this powerful technology further protect public health and address food safety concerns in the 21st century?’  You will hear from leading scientists using WGS daily, in their research and development work. Practitioners will present case studies showing how these evolving technologies can be productively used by industry to inform food safety practice and mitigate food safety risks to protect public health

International Life Sciences Institute SEAR Australasia (ILSI), the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre and AIFST are collaborating to showcase the latest in WGS 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 WGS technology when applied to the critical matters of public health and food safety.

PROGRAM Session 1: Wednesday Oct 28, 2020

Using Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) for Better Food Safety and Public Health

Time (Sydney)



1230 – 1235

Welcome and Introduction: Session Chair

Mr Dean Stockwell – ILSI SEAR A’asia Vice President (Dean Stockwell Consulting)

1235 - 1250

Introduction: The world before WGS and how we managed

Prof Martin Cole – Head of the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine - University of Adelaide

1250 - 1320

WGS 101: The science essentials of WGS

Dr Verlaine Timms – Research Fellow, Westmead Clinical School – University of Sydney

1320 - 1350

WGS 102: How WGS is being used to get answers

Prof Vitali Sintchenko – Director, Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology – Public Health, University of Sydney

1350 - 1415

WGS 201: The implementation – applying WGS in today’s world

Prof Nigel French – Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health, Massey University; Chief Scientist, NZ Food Safety Science & Research Centre

1415 - 1440

Application of WGS in food safety (Case Study 1)

Dr Craig Shadbolt – Principal Food Safety Scientist, New South Wales Food Authority

1440 - 1445

Close: Session Chair

Mr Dean Stockwell

*There will be 5 min Q&A session after every presentation.

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ILSI/AIFST/NZIFST/NZFSSRC members - $60 for one day or $100 for both days

Non Members - $75 for one day or $120 for both days 

Student/ Graduate members - $30 for one day or $50 for both days. Student Non-members please contact for a discount code when you show proof of student status.

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