New Zealand's Biological Heritage National Science Challenge
Creating major and enduring benefits for New Zealand requires collaboration across science disciplines and organisations. So when the Government decided to invest in a National Science Challenge as a ‘beyond business as usual’ approach to tackling the biological heritage issues that matter to all New Zealanders, we embraced the opportunity to shape its future.
The result is New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, or the BioHeritage Challenge as it is known – New Zealand’s first integrated science initiative to protect our biodiversity, improve biosecurity, and enhance the country’s resilience to harmful organisms. The best and brightest researchers from 17 partner organisations from around the country have taken up the challenge that encompasses virtually the whole of New Zealand – our terrestrial and freshwater environments, conservation land, farmland and other productive landscapes.
As official host of the BioHeritage Challenge, we are proud to host the secretariat at our Lincoln head office. We are also delighted Landcare Research scientists have key roles in the Challenge – Dr Andrea Byrom was selected from an international field of applicants for the role of Challenge Director and Dr Robert Holdaway and Dr Phil Lyer lead Challenge projects. Dr Lyver also sits on the Kaihautū as part of the Science Leadership Group for the Challenge along with Dr Thomas Buckley and Dr Duane Peltzer.