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Whanaungatanga | Relationships

Download a copy of the 2023 Symposium Programme (PDF)

29–30 November 2023

St David Lecture Theatre Complex

The Graduate Research School invites our Graduate Research Masters and Doctoral candidates from all campuses to participate in our biennial research symposium. This is a forum for you to celebrate and share your research (and your research journey) with your peers, the University and wider communities. Our theme for 2023 is whanaukataka (whanaungatanga), which means relationship and connection through shared experiences and working together which provide people with a sense of belonging. The focus is about acknowledging excellence in graduate research and the rich constellation of relationships that have grown as a part of your research journey and will continue to be a part of your and our enduring legacy of graduate research excellence at Otago.

The primary goal is to share your research (no matter at what stage you are at), but also to reflect on the important relationships that have helped to guide you on your journey.  We welcome presentations on research in progress, as well as research findings / preliminary findings. Even if not presenting, students will gain valuable insights and networking skills.

There is limited funding available to support students from the other University campuses and distance students to attend and present at this conference. Preference will be given to those who register and submit their abstract early.

The whakataukī (proverb) below is our inspiration to encourage us to embrace and reflect on the communities we build and nurture through our research careers that guide us into the future.

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini.
My strength is not as an individual, but as a collective.

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Important dates

Registrations to attend the Symposium will be accepted until Monday, 5 November 2023.

If you are intending to present at the Symposium, your abstract must be submitted, via the registration form, by 4pm on 25 August, 2023.

25 AugustAbstract submissions close at 4pm
5 NovemberRegistrations for Symposium attendance close at 8:30am
29–30 NovemberGraduate Research Student Symposium

Presentation formats

1. Research presentations

An oral presentation. Presentations are 15 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions. You are required to submit a 250-word abstract.

2. Research exhibitions / interactive displays / poster

We invite students to showcase, display and create interactive stalls or exhibitions that showcase and highlight the diverse range of research being undertaken. You are encouraged to create new posters for this symposium, however, you are more than welcome to submit any posters that have already presented at other forum.

You are required to submit a 150-word abstract.

3. Ākonga Kōrero | Pecha kucha

You will have 5 minutes in which to present your thesis research using 20 PowerPoint slides, each timed to advance after 15 seconds.

You are required to submit a 150-word abstract.

Guidelines for abstracts

When submitting your abstract you will be asked to identify your preferred submission format. For ALL abstracts, irrespective of type of session, please note the following:

  1. Oral research presentation: 250 words
    Research exhibitions, interactive displays, posters and Ākonga Kōrero / Pecha Kucha: 150 words
  2. No sub-headings
  3. List all co-authors (and identify the presenter), and give their departments
  4. Please use references sparingly (if at all) and ensure they are detailed at the end of the abstract
  5. Ensure your abstract is proof-read before submission

The abstract should be prepared in Word and then cut and pasted into the online form. The abstract should normally include the aims, methodology/method, results, discussion and conclusions. For research in progress, it is common to have an abstract that focuses on the background context, aims and methodology/method, and, if results will be available in time for the presentation, an indication that preliminary results will be discussed.

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