The symposium is partly funded by the New Zealand Foundation for Research, Science and Technology to provide better understanding of and the analytical and technical tools to detect the presence or absence of biota that are required to underpin research and management of several key problems facing New Zealand, and other countries, such as:
- The feasibility of eradicating diseases such as bovine tuberculosis from wildlife vectors.
- Designing optimal surveillance for national or internal border biosecurity for emerging diseases or new pests.
- Certifying success of insular pest eradication operations.
- Matching monitoring effort of rare ‘events’ with the costs and risks of being wrong.
- Identifying the presence and distribution of rare or endangered species to focus protection management.
Potential contributors should submit a title and brief abstract of their paper in the following format:
- Title of paper (14 pt bold times roman)
- Authors (12 pt bold times roman)
- Address of first author (12 pt times roman)
- Abstract (300 words, 12 pt times roman)