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University of Otago Student Research Symposium

Te Wānaka Rakahau - Ākoka 2017

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About the Symposium

This Student Research Symposium provides an opportunity for students – both postgraduate and undergraduate – to share their research with the wider academic community.

Students can opt to present their research in an oral presentation, Pecha Kucha style session or by poster. Details on these different formats are given below.

Please note that we welcome presentations on research in progress, as well as research findings.

There are no registration fees, due to sponsorship from the University of Otago Graduate Research School.

Programme and Abstracts

Programme and Abstracts (pdf 1MB)

NB: The symposium attendees will get a hard copy of the Programme and Abstract Booklet when they chick in at the registration desk at the start of the Symposium.

Important dates

May 24: Deadline for submissions to present, including the abstract submission form and abstract. These documents must be emailed to Abstracts will be peer reviewed, so please note some changes may be required before acceptance.

June 30: Deadline for registrations for Symposium. Note all students submitting presentations MUST also register! There is no registration fee for students.

August 5 - 6: Symposium

Venue: St David Lecture Theatre complex

Presentation Formats

Oral presentations – students will have 15 minutes to present their research and 5-10 minutes for discussion.

Pecha Kucha presentations – students will have about 6 minutes to present using 20 PowerPoint slides, each timed to advance after 20 seconds.

Poster presentations – students can provide a poster of any size for this session, and these posters may have been used previously for other conferences. Note that the number of posters we can accept will be restricted.

Formatting guidelines for abstracts

Please download the abstract submission form and the abstract template.

For ALL abstracts, irrespective of type of session, please use the following general formatting criteria:

a) No more than 300 words excluding title and author(s) names (this will be strictly enforced);
b) No sub-headings; and,
c) Please use references sparingly (if at all) and ensure they are detailed at the end of the abstract.

The abstract should normally include the aims, methodology/method and key findings. 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.

Register your attendance

To register your attendance at the Symposium either as a presenter or an audience member please click on this link to the registration form.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please email