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2020 New Zealand Sea Ice Symposium

Monday, 27 January 2020


Pat Wongpan and a penguinThe purpose of this symposium is to bring together the community of sea ice researchers in New Zealand to share their recent work and discuss future projects. The focus of the symposium will be sea ice physics and sea ice engineering, and in particular, celebrating Professor Pat Langhorne's many valuable contributions to these research fields.

The 2020 New Zealand Sea Ice Symposium is being hosted by the University of Otago and will take place on the 27th and 28th (Monday and Tuesday) of January 2020 at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

Further information about the symposium can be found by following these links to the sections below.

Registration and call for abstracts

Registration for the symposium is now open! To register, please send an email to Kate Turner. If you would like to present, please include in this email a short abstract (<250 words) with title, co-authorship and affiliations by 5pm on the 20th of December 2019. We will try to accommodate all abstracts as talks, but if anyone has a strong preference to present a poster instead, please let us know.

Please also include in the email whether you have any special dietary requirements and whether or not you would like transport to and from the venue.

There is no registration fee for attending as the symposium is generously supported by the University of Otago (lunch included, but travel and accommodation costs need to be met and arranged by supervisors/institutions).

Keynote speaker

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 New Zealand Sea Ice Symposium keynote speaker is Professor Pat Langhorne of the Physics Department, University of Otago.

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Orokonui EcosanctuaryOrokonui Ecosanctuary is a 307-hectare native forest, and is home to some of New Zealand's most fascinating and rare forest wildlife.

Find out more about the ecosanctuary here.

Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a 20-25 minute drive from Dunedin city, and we will have transport available for attendees. However, if you would like to make your own way to the symposium, parking is availabe at the venue. There will be an opportunity to take guided or self-guided walks through the ecosanctuary throughout the course of the symposium.


NZ Sea Ice Symposium 2020


A symposium dinner is planned for the Monday, after the first day of the symposium. Further details will follow, but please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

Accommodation & Transport

There are many motels within a short distance of the University, such as:

Here is a complete listing of accommodation options recommended by the University. Information about the University's Executive Residence can be found here.

The airport is 22kms from the city and there are two options for transport into the central city: Taxi (roughly $90) or shuttle van (roughly $20).

Transport via minivan between central Dunedin and the venue will be provided on both days free of charge. Please contact Kate Turner if you would like to book a seat.


The organisers would like to thank the following organisations for supporting this symposium.


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If you have any enquiries or wish to receive further information, please contact Kate Turner at:

T 03 479 5474


NZ Sea Ice 02        NZ Sea Ice 03Photo credit: Dr Pat Wongpan