It’s still hard to believe that an elevator pitch to a bunch of kayakers could land you on the red spot! After describing how a gene drive system could be designed to manage pest species here in New Zealand, Anna was nominated by one of the organisers to speak at TEDxYouth@Christchurch: Tūrangawaewae - A Place of Belonging on the 24th August 2019. This is an independently organised event operated under licence from TED, to inspire youth with new ideas. In her talk, she calls for open public discussions on the use of new ecotechnology, in face of such urgent environmental challenges. This discussion includes the need to revise NZ gene editing legislation and stance on an application basis, in order to prevent disregarding potential solutions to improve environmental management systems and mitigate environmental impact.
To watch Anna engaging and compelling talk for gene drives, follow this link.