Christchurch secures CRISPR biology conference for 2025


Christchurch will host CRISPR 2025, marking the first time the genome biology conference has been held in the Southern Hemisphere.

The event is expected is attract 300 leading international scientists across 16-20 February 2025 at Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre.

ChristchurchNZ Business Events head Megan Crum says this is an exceptional win for Christchurch.

“We are thrilled to be chosen as the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to host this prestigious event,” she said.

“These international CRISPR researchers are set to share their knowledge and build networks with our local researchers to create significant legacy outcomes for our region, and for the world.”

The successful conference bid was led by Professor Peter Fineran from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Otago School of Biomedical Sciences.

“New Zealand research has advanced global scientific knowledge around the role of CRISPR-Cas defence mechanisms of bacterial populations, enabling further research and development to take place in the field,” said Professor Fineran.

CRISPR 2025 is being managed and run by local professional conference organiser, Composition.

Composition director Arna Wahl-Davies says the CRISPR meeting will put the global spotlight on Christchurch and New Zealand.

“We will be bringing together scientists from around the world to share their passion and curiosity about these fascinating systems and create a forum for the exchange of ideas on the international stage,” Wahl-Davies said.