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Whole Genome Sequencing for Better Public Health and Food Safety Outcomes - Session 2

  • 29 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 2

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 2: Thursday Oct 29, 2020-

Applying WGS and Communicating to Stakeholders

Time (Sydney)



1230 – 1235

Welcome and Introduction: Session Chair

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

1235 - 1300

WGS 301: Communicating WGS findings to industry, government and consumers

Ms. Veronica Polegubic – Manager, Communication & Stakeholder Engagement, Food Standards Australia New Zealand

1300 - 1325

The current status of instrumentation and IT relevant to WGS

Dr. Belle Yan – Scientific Affairs Manager – Industry Microbiology (ASEAN & South Asia), bioMérieux

1325 - 1345

Panel Session: Moving from research to application

Panel Chair: Mr Glen Neal – General Manager, Risk Management & Intelligence, Food Standards Australia New Zealand


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

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

Mr Joe Lederman - Co-Principal & Exec Chair FoodLegal (Lawyers & Compliance Risk Advisors), Melbourne

1345 - 1350

Panel Q & A

1350 - 1410

Application of WGS in food safety (Case Study 2)

Pre-recorded presentation

Prof Steve Musser - Deputy Center Director - Scientific Operations

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, US FDA

1410 - 1415

Comments from audience


1415 - 1430

Panel Session: Bringing it all together

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


Dr Philip Wescombe– R&D Manager, Yili Innovation Centre Oceania, NZ

Mr Brian Astridge – Group Technical Services Manager, Tegel Foods Ltd, NZ

1430 - 1435

Panel Q & A

1435 - 1440

Close: Session Chair

Mr Dean Stockwell

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

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CLICK HERE to see the Speaker Bios


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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