Chris Phillips has been appointed to the One Billion Trees (1BT) Strategic Science Advisory Group. Te Uru Rākau established the Group to provide independent peer review of research proposals submitted to the 1BT Partnership Fund and to recommend to the 1BT panel what science should be supported. The Group includes representatives from CRIs and other research institutes; as well as the forestry industry with a focus on smaller non-corporate entities, the New Zealand Farm Forestry Association, and those specialising in non-radiata/ indigenous planting.
Zhi-Qiang Zhang has been invited to join the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Institute of Zoology (IOZ), Chinese Academy of Sciences. This honour is in recognition of Zhi-Qiang’s international standing in the field of systematics, biodiversity and biosecurity, and of his existing collaborative relationship with the Institute. IOZ is substantial, with 420 staff including 75 professors plus 530 postgraduate students and 113 postdocs.