Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

News & events

IPL: Alison Cree: Primitive or just misunderstood? Evolution of function in New Zealand reptiles

Monday, 9 October 2017 - Archway 4 Lecture Theatre, Union Street East, Dunedin
Professor Alison Cree, Department of Zoology, Division of Sciences, presents her Inaugural Professorial Lecture.

^ Top of Page

$1 million MBIE "Smart Idea" grant to advance augmented reality

Friday, 22 September 2017 3:45pm

A $1 million MBIE Endeavour "Smart Ideas" grant has been awarded to Department of Computer Science’s Dr Stefanie Zollmann and her team from Computer Science, Information Science and Physical Education for their research titled “Situated visualisation to enrich sports experience for on-site spectators”.

^ Top of Page

2018 Zonta Science Award

Thursday, 21 September 2017 3:04pm

The Zonta Club of Wellington is calling for applications for the 2018 Zonta Science Award. Applications must be received by 5 February 2018.

^ Top of Page

RoboCup Nationals in town this weekend

Thursday, 14 September 2017 3:50pm

Regional competitions of Robocup Junior New Zealand were held up and down the country between July and September this year, with the nationals taking place in Dunedin on Saturday. Robocup is a unique event that excites and motivates school students, and allows them to choose between Robot Theatre, Rescue or Soccer. Any brand of robot may be used, provided they can be programmed and are not remote controlled. Students are also encouraged to build their own robots. Now played in over 30 countries around the world it is a regular feature of the annual university run RoboCup World Finals, where it is the largest league. Come along and see what all the fuss is about!

^ Top of Page

Challenging the mental health struggle

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:10am

The inaugural Silverline Festival, being held next weekend on 15-16 September, is all about exposing students to ways of wellbeing. The festival will include speakers, all passionate about what they do, and excited to share their knowledge and experiences; one of these being Dr Damian Scarf, Senior Lecturer in Psychology who suffered from severe anxiety throughout undergraduate and into postgraduate study.

^ Top of Page

New Genetics Otago Director excited by challenge

Thursday, 7 September 2017 9:19pm

The new Director of Genetics Otago, Associate Professor Julia Horsfield, is thrilled to be taking the helm of the University of Otago Research Centre during an exciting new era in genetics.

^ Top of Page

Opinion: New Zealand’s fisheries quota management system: on an undeserved pedestal

Wednesday, 6 September 2017 8:53pm

Otago researchers Liz Slooten, Bruce Robertson and Steve Dawson are among experts arguing in the influential web publication The Conversation that New Zealand’s fisheries management needs a comprehensive review. We reproduce their Opinion Piece here on the Otago Bulletin Board.

^ Top of Page

Chasing atoms, electrons and optics there and back again

Saturday, 19 August 2017 11:01am

Growing up in Dunedin, Professor Blaikie's academic career began at Otago in the late 1980s, leading to a doctorate from the University of Cambridge, and then onto an incredible position as a visiting researcher at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory. Deciding it was time to come home, he and his family moved back to New Zealand - firstly to Canterbury and finally back to Otago.

^ Top of Page

Orokonui tuatara alive and well after July’s downpours

Friday, 18 August 2017 12:46pm

University of Otago researchers have confirmed that tuatara are alive and well at Orokonui Ecosanctuary following the torrential rain and flooding last month.

^ Top of Page

And the winner is... and the winner is

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 3:06pm

Hearing her name announced as winner of the Division of Sciences Supervisor of the Year award was gratifying enough, but then when Dr Tamlin Conner, a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology heard it called again, this time for the ‘OUSA Supervisor of the Year’ award, she was stunned.

“Receiving these two awards mean the world to me,” said Dr Tamlin Conner. “I invest an incredible amount of time and effort into my students, and to receive this recognition gives me the motivation to keep up that investment,” she continued.

^ Top of Page

The penguin that never was

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 12:35pm

A Tasmanian penguin long thought extinct never even existed, University of Otago-led research has discovered.

^ Top of Page

Early Career Award springboard for international collaboration

Wednesday, 9 August 2017 9:17pm

Dr Ting Wang of Otago’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics hopes her Early Career Award will help her build new international collaboration and strengthen the bridge between statistics and geoscience.

^ Top of Page

Excellence awards for Otago postgraduates

Tuesday, 8 August 2017 9:22pm

Four Otago postgraduate students are among 31 New Zealand university students from India to benefit from a new award.

^ Top of Page

University recognises its outstanding early-career researchers

Thursday, 3 August 2017 10:02am

The impressive contributions of seven up-and-coming University of Otago academics have been recognised through the University’s annual Early Career Awards for Distinction in Research.

^ Top of Page

Researchers prove existence of unique but ill-fated New Zealand black swan

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 4:11pm

New Zealand once had its own species of black swan but, like the moa, it was hunted to extinction soon after humans arrived in the late 13th century.