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Dr. Victoria Metcalf

National Coordinator Participatory Science

Office of the Chief Science Advisor, University of Auckland

Dr. Victoria Metcalf is a marine biologist, geneticist and science communicator committed to making a difference. Victoria is passionate about engaging the public with science and her role in the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor is as National Coordinator for a flagship initiative called the Participatory Science Platform. This initiative seeks to engage communities, educators and scientists to work together on locally meaningful projects. She finds it highly inspiring to be involved in these community science projects and to see what a difference they are making for those involved. As a scientist she has been researching Antarctic fish and invertebrates since 1998, making many trips to the Antarctic. Dr Metcalf also has an interest in New Zealand aquaculture species. She is learning more about how key species have adapted to their environment and the potential impacts of warming temperatures, ocean acidification and pollution. In her spare time she enjoys being a mother to a busy eight year old daughter, fostering her curiosity in the world around her, as well as exploring the outdoors on bike and foot and armed with a camera. You can find her on Twitter at @VicMetcalf_NZ
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Dr Fabrice Merien

Head of Department Biomedicine Medical Diagnostic

AUT

Director

AUT-Roche Diagnostics Laboratory

Dr Fabrice Merien is the Head of Department for Biomedical Sciences and the Director of the AUT-Roche Diagnostics Laboratory at Auckland University of Technology, a fast growing and dynamic university. He has been research active for 25 years in public and private institutions, in different countries overseas and New Zealand. His main areas of interest are immunology, infectious diseases and molecular diagnostics. He has a solid expertise in DNA-based technologies. This has helped him develop strong links with researchers at AUT and other business partners. He is a strong advocate of team working by bringing people together with different backgrounds and skills. He is described as a keen enthusiast with creative thinking and a positive attitude. Fabrice has published more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. Some seminal papers made a significant impact in the real world on patients’ life by giving them access to prompt diagnosis and early medication. His respected reputation has given him access to invitations in international meetings and events. In 2014, he led and inaugurated the AUT-Roche Diagnostics Laboratory, a unique industry and academic partnership between AUT and Roche Diagnostics.
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