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MWC & Catalyst Trust bring COVID-19 experts to Queenstown

20 June 2021

MWC hosted a joint event with Catalyst Trust Queenstown to bring a panel of experts to the Wakatipu Basin on Sunday 21st June.


MWC investigators Dr Anna Brooks (UoA), Dr Jemma Geoghegan (UoO) and Prof Vernon Ward (UoO) teamed up with Prof Shaun Hendy (Te Pūnaha Matatini, UoA) and Dr Amanda Kvalsvig (UoO, Wellington) to a the public discussion on Aotearoa New Zealand response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each of the researchers gave a short presentation on their area of expertise, describing the basic science behind COVID-19 virology, the modelling of the pandemic, NZ's elimination strategy, genomic tracing and immunology. A Q&A session followed and the audience were able to actively engage with these complex topics and ask robust questions of the panel. 

The free event was a huge success, with over 100 attendees filling up the Queenstown Memorial Centre and a flood of questions for the floor. MWC is proud to play our part in bringing science to local communities across the country and increase awareness of the important role that our investigators and peers play in keeping New Zealand safe and well.

We'd like to thank our colleagues at Catalyst Trust Queenstown for their enormous effort in pulling this event together and congratulate their ongoing work to support science outreach in the Queenstown community and "bring big ideas to life". Find out more about Catalyst Trust Queenstown and their events at their website.

Missed out on this event? View the presentations here!