Strategic Science Advisory Group
Science is critical to the Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) response. The Strategic Science Advisory Group strengthens New Zealand's efforts to eradicate the disease.
Role of the group
The Mycoplasma bovis Strategic Science Advisory Group (SSAG) provides independent, expert scientific advice to the Mycoplasma bovis Governance Group. Drawing on a wide range of expertise, it is also developing a science plan to prioritise eradication research and guide funding decisions.
The group is focusing on:
prioritising M. bovis eradication research
finding and addressing any gaps in our knowledge – including looking into new technologies and ideas to get rid of M. bovis
ensuring alignment of current and future science
learning from other research in New Zealand and internationally.
Science plan will help speed up eradication
The SSAG science plan prioritises research needs and suggests the achievable outcomes if the research is undertaken. It will be used to inform any funding decisions on Mycoplasma bovis eradication research.
The science plan identifies 9 key science areas and prioritises the science needed to help us better understand the disease and speed up the eradication of the disease. Successful implementation of the science plan relies on science organisations, government agencies, and educational organisations working together to deliver the science in the 9 priorities. It requires putting farmers and rural communities at the heart of all eradication efforts and actively applying successful research findings into practices as quickly as possible.
SSAG science plan [PDF, 1.2 MB]
Members include local and international expert scientists, vets, and government representatives.
Departmental science adviser – Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
Distinguished professor and executive director – Infectious Disease Research Centre, Massey University.
Senior scientist – AgResearch.
Director – North Canterbury Vets.
Professor of Agribusiness – Massey University.
Resource economist and senior social scientist – AgResearch.
Director – Te Pūnaha Matatini, University of Auckland.
General manager – Science System Investment and Performance, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Mary van Andel
Principal adviser – MPI.
Professor and director Asia-Pacific Centre for Animal Health – Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne.
Senior research scientist – Australian Animal Health Laboratory, CSIRO.
Independent agribusiness consultant and scientist – Kaiārahi Ahuwhenua, Federation of Māori Authorities.
Private consultant with extensive M. bovis research experience, UK.
Find out more
Strategic Science Advisory Group terms of reference [PDF, 717 KB]
- M bovis workshop – media release
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