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Upcoming events

Ngā kaupapa e heke mai

07 Aug August

Irish Film Night

Wednesday, 7 August 2019 at 5:30pm - Burns 7, Arts Building at 5:30pm.

25 Sep September

Making social housing healthy and sustainable

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 at 12:00pm - Adam Auditorium, City Gallery, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington
Much of NZ’s housing stock, particularly rental, is cold and in poor condition and this has impacts on health. Social housing is often home to the most vulnerable so can remediation of social housing make a difference?


1869 Conference and Heritage Festival

Wednesday, 25 September 2019 at 5:00pm - 25 September - University of Otago
26 & 27 September - Otago Museum
28 September - University of Otago

Join us in Dunedin, New Zealand for conversations on topics of wide scholarly and public interest. What happened in 1869 in your field of research or scholarly interest?

26 Sep September

Pacific Voices XVI Postgraduate Research Symposium 2019

Thursday, 26 September 2019 at 9:30am - Mark Parker Room - University College
The Pacific Voices symposium is an annual event that showcases the research being conducted by Pacific postgraduate students at the University of Otago.


Teaching what you never learnt: Coding and Codable Toys

Thursday, 26 September 2019 at 12:00pm - ERG04 – Education Centre, Union Street East, University of Otago College of Education

Dr Steven S. Sexton's study seeks to address the research question, ‘How effective for teachers is a series of scaffolded professional development and classroom lessons (on coding with codable toys) in addressing the requirement to implement a new subject area that has not been a part of their teaching and learning programme?’


The “Pink Vote” in Aotearoa

Thursday, 26 September 2019 at 4:00pm - Richardson 6.N4
Some queer communities in Europe and the United States are supporting right, and far-right, political parties. Can we see the same trends in Aotearoa?

27 Sep September

The Construction of the 2018 Census File

Friday, 27 September 2019 at 12:30pm - Small Lecture Theatre, Level D, University of Otago Wellington
Join us in person or by webinar for this public health lunchtime talk hosted by the University of Otago, Wellington. Presented by Vince Galvin, Chief Methodologist, StatsNZ


Noticing Peter Olds: A symposium on the Dunedin poet

Friday, 27 September 2019 at 2:00pm - OBS119 – Otago Business School Lecture Room 1.19

A symposium on Dunedin writer and former Burns Fellow Peter Olds, whose work has been important to poets and other readers of New Zealand poetry since the 1970s.

29 Sep September

East Otago Bioblitz

Sunday, 29 September 2019 at 10:00am - East Otago Fishing Club
15 Barvas Street
Karitane, OTA 9471

Join a day at the beach, connecting with scientists, rūnaka and the community to discover what makes Dunedin’s northern coastline special.


Lilburn Trust Students Composition Concert

Tuesday, 1 October 2019 at 5:30pm - Marama Hall
Lilburn Trust students composition concert pieces will be performed, with prizes awarded at the end of the concert.

03 Oct October

Allen Hall Lunchtime Theatre: Voyager 23

Thursday, 3 October 2019 at 1:00pm - Allen Hall Theatre
Presented by the THEA152 Theatre Technology class, Voyager 23 takes you to where no theatre has gone before.

08 Oct October

2019 Otago Spotlight Series: Mental Health Research

Tuesday, 8 October 2019 at 9:00am - Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre, Wellington Campus, 23a Mein Street Newtown, Wellington
Otago Spotlight Series, held on Wellington Campus, showcases our researchers working in the field of mental health. 


Café Babel: the last for 2019!

Wednesday, 9 October 2019 at 4:00pm - Humanities Common Room (top of the western stairs in the Arts/Burns building)
It's the last Café Babel! Do come along for an informal chat.


Irish Film Night (5) - Brooklyn

Wednesday, 9 October 2019 at 5:30pm - Burns 7
Young Irish immigrant Eilis Lace (Saoirse Ronan) navigates her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her past disrupts her new vivacity, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

10 Oct October

What is Celtic Noir?

Thursday, 10 October 2019 at 5:00pm - Burns 7 Lecture Theatre, Arts Building 
Professor Liam McIlvanney explores the long and intertwined history of crime writing in Scotland and Ireland. 

14 Oct October

Inaugural Rural Doctor CME Webinar: AF and SVT update

Monday, 14 October 2019 at 7:30am - Online
Guest presenter: Dr Gerry Wilkins, Cardiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine. RNZCGP MOPS points accredited

Free registration:

Contact: Dr Matilda Hamilton, Rural Hospital Specialist and CME convenor


Digital Humanities Expo 2019

Monday, 14 October 2019 at 1:00pm - BURNS2 Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Dunedin campus
Join us for this year's Digital Humanities Expo, where we mix in critique and current events in heavy measure as we think about DH practice in our curiously polarising contemporary moment... 

15 Oct October

Wanaka alumni event 2019

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 at 6:00pm - Edgewater
Pavilion | Function Room
54 Sargood Drive
Wanaka 9305

17 Oct October

Earthquakes, geometry, the mantle wedge and tsunami – Bill Fry

Thursday, 17 October 2019 at 5:30pm - Moot Court, 10th floor Richardson Building 
Bill Fry is a research seismologist with GNS Science, a NZ Crown Research Institute tasked with public good Earth science, including monitoring and researching geohazards.

18 Oct October

Symposium – Late Effects of Polio

Friday, 18 October 2019 at 9:30am - Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre, Level D
University of Otago Wellington, 23a Mein Street, Newtown

This highly interactive one-day symposium will bring together the clinical teams, the researchers and those with lived experience of this debilitating condition to improve outcomes for all.

20 Oct October

A Fair Go? Educational outcomes of former refugees in New Zealand

Sunday, 20 October 2019 at 2:00pm - Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin
Join us for the fourth talk in the 2019 Global Migrations Public Lecture Series as Dr Rachel Rafferty discusses educational outcomes of former refugees in New Zealand.

23 Oct October

Acupuncture in Musculoskeletal Disorders: One Day Course and Workshop

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 at 9:00am - School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago
This course will contribute to evidence-based musculoskeletal practice, and combine presentations on current evidence on mechanisms and clinical effectiveness, as well as hands on practice. The course is intended for those with some experience of acupuncture, but is also suitable for novices.

28 Oct October

Labour Day

Monday, 28 October 2019

29 Oct October

To Not Die of History – A Lecture with Cherry Smyth

Tuesday, 29 October 2019 at 5:30pm - Moot Court Lecture Theatre (10th floor Richardson Building, Dunedin campus)
'To Not Die of History' will draw on "Famished" (Pindrop Press, 2019) Cherry Smyth’s book-length poem that explores the Irish Famine (1845-52) and how British imperialism helped cause mass starvation and the largest refugee crisis of the 19th century.

31 Oct October

Sports Medicine New Zealand Conference 2019

Thursday, 31 October 2019 at 12:30pm - Dunedin Events Centre (Town Hall complex), Moray Place, Dunedin
Sports Medicine New Zealand’s annual scientific meeting is held in a different location each year and provides a multi-disciplinary learning environment for sports medicine clinicians. Delegates number on average 140-160 with the majority coming from the fields of medicine and physiotherapy. Keynote speakers are international with guest speakers either Australian or NZ based. The programme is comprised of podium presentations, including free paper sessions, workshops and panel discussions.


Famished: A Performance by Cherry Smyth

Thursday, 31 October 2019 at 5:30pm - 4th floor Dunedin Public Library, Dunningham Suit, Moray Place.
Famished presents an innovative understanding of the Irish Famine and the postcolonial legacy for the Irish in Ireland and the diaspora.

02 Nov November

Washington, USA Alumni event 2019

Saturday, 2 November 2019 at 6:00pm - New Zealand Embassy, Washington DC
37 Observatory Cir NW
Washington DC 20008

05 Nov November

Toronto alumni event 2019

Tuesday, 5 November 2019 at 6:00pm - University Club of Toronto
380 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario

06 Nov November

Otago Global Health Institute (OGHI) 12th Annual Conference

Wednesday, 6 November 2019 at 12:00pm - Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre, University of Otago, Wellington (23A Mein Street, Newtown, Wellington 6021)


Our annual global health conference is an opportunity to meet researchers working across diverse disciplines in global health, discuss projects, and to foster new collaborations.


150th Anniversary Celebrations - Leap Dance symposium

Friday, 15 November 2019 at 8:30am - Allen Hall Theatre, University of Otago, Dunedin
The Leap Dance symposium invites dance scholars, pedagogues, curators, choreographers and practitioners to celebrate iconic choreographers and dance educators in New Zealand.

17 Nov November

The Scottish role in developing the Ceylon tea enterprise

Sunday, 17 November 2019 at 2:00pm - Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Gardens, Dunedin
Join us for the final talk in the 2019 Global Migrations Public Lecture Series as Professor Angela McCarthy explores the Scottish role in developing the Ceylon tea enterprise.

18 Nov November

Performing Artefacts conference

Monday, 18 November 2019 at 8:30am - Allen Hall theatre
The Performing Artefacts conference considers how peoples’ experiences and knowledge of ‘the real’ are communicated via performances involving artefacts – performances of the everyday, as well as activities explicitly labelled ‘performances.’

20 Nov November

Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network symposium

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 at 10:00am - St Margaret's College, 333 Leith St
The 5th Pharmacoepidemiology Research Network Symposium will provide an opportunity to meet colleagues who share an interest in the utilisation and safety of medicines, medical devices, and vaccines.


2019 Carl Smith Medal Lecture: Neural signatures of stress

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 at 5:30pm - Burns 1 Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, 75 Albany St, Dunedin
The 2019 Rowheath Trust Award and Carl Smith Medal reipient Dr Karl Iremonger will present his lecture "Neural signatures of stress".
The Carl Smith Medal is awarded annually to recognise the outstanding scholarly achievement of researchers in the early stages of their career.

27 Nov November

The inaugural Assembly of Investment Chairs 2019: Sustainable Finance and Climate Risk

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 at 9:00am - University of Otago Auckland Centre 3&4/385 Queen St, Auckland, CBD
The inaugural Assembly of Investment Chairs will run in November 2019 and focus on the topic of Sustainable Finance and Climate Risk. The invite is an invite only event with parties attending discussing challenges and opportunities at a time when businesses, policy-makers and communities face new challenges in the field of sustainable finance and climate risk.


Centre for Bioengineering & Nanomedicine 10th Anniversary Showcase

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 at 10:00am - Main Common Room, Student Union Building, 364 Leith Walk, University of Otago
Celebrate 10 years of Bioengineering at the University of Otago at this event showcasing our achievements over the past 10 years and across four research themes.


Migration, health and wellbeing conference

Thursday, 28 November 2019 at 8:30am - University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
This two-day conference will bring together experts in research, policy and practice for sharing, learning and paving the way for optimising migrant and refugee health and wellbeing.


Idioms of distress: Wellbeing and mental resilience in displaced peoples, refugee populations and global mental health

Thursday, 28 November 2019 at 5:15pm - Castle Lecture Theatre 1 (located between the Arts, and Richardson Buildings, if accessing via walkways from Albany Street)
Join us for the seventh lecture in the De Carle Distinguished Lectureship Series given by Professor Alison Phipps (UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, University of Glasgow) on the topic 'Idioms of Distress: Wellbeing and Resilience in Displaced Peoples, Refugee Populations and Global Mental Health'.

01 Dec December

Encounters & Exchanges Conference 2019, Blenheim

Sunday, 1 December 2019 - ASB Theatre and Marlborough Convention Centre, Blenheim
Encounters and Exchanges: Exploring the history of science, technology, medicine, and mātauranga (indigenous knowledge)


16th Asian Conference on Transcription, 2019

Sunday, 1 December 2019 at 2:00pm - St David Lecture Theatre Complex, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ
The Asian Conference on Transcription will include cutting-edge research in genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of gene transcription in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, chromatin structure, cancer biology, antimicrobial resistance, developmental biology, and genomics.


5th One Health Aotearoa Symposium

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 at 9:30am - Nordmeyer Theatre, University of Otago, Wellington
Bringing together experts from the fields of animal, human and environmental health in order to address important One Health issues in Aotearoa.