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Surveying seminar series, conferences and symposia

The School of Surveying runs a seminar series showcasing projects and results related to the School research themes. Our speakers are from within the School and wider University, as well as nationally and internationally renowned visitors.

View the list of seminars from previous years

2020 Seminar schedule

The seminar series normally runs weekly during semester time (the current slot is Thursdays at 12 noon in the L1 lecture theatre).

Some seminars are streamed and recorded – where this is provided you will find a weblink at the bottom of a speaker's poster, which is accessed by clicking on the 'Title' in the listing below. Remote access is monitored by the University of Otago’s eConferencing department, which can provide technical support (via Zoom or on 03 479 8997).

To be added to the mailing list for alerts about up-coming seminars, please contact:

James Berghan

Semester One
Date Presenter(s) Institution Title
27 February (in L2) Peter Frost University of Otago Wellbeing and Support Services at Otago - for Surveying students
28 February (Friday 10:00-11:30 in L2) John Hannah (S+SNZ, NZ), Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse (SSSI, AUS), James Kavanaugh (RICS, UK), Derek Shanks (Trimble, USA) & Don Grant (RMIT, AUS) Hosted by Survey and Spatial NZ (S+SNZ) Weblink: Online Panel: The Future of the Profession - for S+SNZ members (Click here for poster)
28 February (Friday 14:00-15:00 in L1) Bronwyn Clarke Library, University of Otago Literature Searching Workshop - for Surveying staff and students
5 March (in L2) Christina Hulbe, Fraser Jopson, Emily Tidey & Kelly Gragg School of Surveying, University of Otago Studying and time management, then, Computing tips and tricks at Surveying - for Surveying students
12 March Summer student presentations from Jessie Scurr, Liam McElwain, Devon Allen, Thorton Birchler-Stockdill, Hugo Collins & supervisors School of Surveying, University of Otago What did our Summer Bursary students get up to this year...?!
19 March James Weir Otago Regional Council GIS Development in Emergency Management Otago
19 March (PUBLIC LECTURE, 17:00 - 18:00 in L2) Toby Stoff Clark Fortune McDonald PUBLIC LECTURE to celebrate Global Surveyors Day (21 March):
You Call That Steep? A Madcap Adventure Where a NZ Surveyor Takes on Guinness
26 March -
9 April (inclusive)
POSTPONED - No seminars during first weeks of COVID-19 Alert Level 4--
14 April - webinar Cory Brooks (Unique Subsea Australia), Emily Tidey (School of Surveying, University of Otago) Hosted by NZ Region of the Australasian Hydrographic Society (AHS) Cory: The latest hydrographic technology to hire from Unique Subsea Australia, QLD
Emily: Hydrographic surveying in NZ's sub Antarctic Islands

Click here for weblink on AHS webpage
16 April MID SEMESTER BREAK - no seminar - -
23 AprilPOSTPONED - Some seminars planned to occur during COVID-19 response will move to Semester 2 - -
30 April Dr Paul Denys School of Surveying, University of Otago The ups and downs of coastlines: Implications of vertical land motion on coastal hazards
7 - 21 May (inclusive) POSTPONED - Some seminars planned to occur during COVID-19 response will move to Semester 2--
28 May Professor Kath Dickinson Department of Botany, University of Otago Botanic Gardens as biodiversity hotspots
Semester Two
Date Presenter Institution Title
16 July
23 July Dr Losā Moata’ane Division of Sciences, University of Otago Pacific knowledge and collaborations: A conversation with the Associate Dean (Pacific)
30 July Greg Leonard School of Surveying, University of Otago TBC
6 August Aubrey Miller School of Surveying, University of Otago
13 August School of Surveying staff School of Surveying, University of Otago Why everyone should do honours
20 August Saeed Rahimi and Martin Forbes School of Surveying, University of Otago Saeed: What sort of explanations agent-based models produce and how they contribute to our understanding of movement behaviours?, Martin: Ross Ice Shelf rift interaction study (RISRIS)
27 August MID SEMESTER BREAK - no seminar
3 September Bruce Robinson Global Survey Combining GNSS and Total Station Data
10 September Anselm Haanen Surveyor-General/Kairūri Matua, Land Information New Zealand TBC
17 September Peter Latu and Long Chen School of Surveying, University of Otago Peter: BSurv Honours presentation, Long: PhD research presentation
27 September
1 October
8 October
15 October
22 October
29 October
5 November

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GeoComputation 2019, Queenstown, 18th to 21st September 2019

The 15th International conference on GeoComputation, GeoComputation 2019, will run in the Rydges Lakeland Resort Hotel, Queenstown, from 18th to 21st September 2019.

Find out more about GeoComputation 2019

125th NZIS Conference, Dunedin, 2013

The New Zealand Institute of Surveyors will be celebrating its 125th anniversary at their annual conference to be held in Dunedin from 29-31 August 2013. The occasion also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National School of Surveying.

Find out more about the 125th NZIS Conference

SIRC NZ 2013

SIRC NZ 2013 is a new GIS and Remote Sensing research conference, running on 29th August and 30th August 2013 at the University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ.

Find out more about the SIRC NZ 2013


GIS@Otago 2019 Symposium

The School of surveying and University Library are hosting a GIScience Symposium to bring together students and staff from every corner of Otago University to learn about all things GIS.

Find out more about the GIS@Otago 2019 Symposium

2014 New Zealand Sea Ice Symposium

The New Zealand Sea Ice Symposium is a biennial event attended by New Zealand's sea ice research community. The 2014 edition is being hosted by the School of Surveying.

Find out more about the New Zealand Sea Ice Symposium

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