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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:

Emily Tidey

Post-grad presentations: Clare Lewis, Maren Richter, Martin Forbes

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 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 - POSTPONED No seminar this week
2 April Dr Greg LeonardSchool of Surveying, University of OtagoAntarctic sea ice research at the University of Otago: where we've been and where we're going
9 April Dr Lyn Carter Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, Waitaha me Te Rapuwai
Kati Huirapa ki Puketeraki
Te Tumu, School Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, University of Otago
Stories sit in places. How Maori placename narratives make visible the landscape over time: changes, challenges, and adjustments to land use.
16 April MID SEMESTER BREAK - no seminar - -
23 AprilPost-grad presentations: Clare Lewis, Maren Richter, Martin Forbes School of Surveying, University of Otago Clare: Haeckel Peak, Mt. Jervois and Mt. Haast: discovering three new rock avalanches with photogrammetry
Maren: Not straight(forward). Finding the bottom of the sea ice.
Martin: Ross Ice Shelf rift interaction study (RISRIS)
30 April Paul Denys School of Surveying, University of Otago The ups and downs of coastlines: Implications of vertical land motion on coastal hazards
7 May Post-grad presentations: Craig MacDonnell & Saeed RahimiSchool of Surveying,University of Otago
(Craig is now at the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow)
Craig: An eye on coastal change: Characterising spatio-temporal coastal sensitivity at high-resolution - Okia Reserve, Otago Peninsula, NZ
Saeed: What sort of explanations agent-based models produce and how they contribute to our understanding of movement behaviours?
14 May Hamish Price School of Geography, University of Otago
21 May Mark Dyer
28 May Professor Kath Dickinson Department of Botany, University of Otago Botanic Gardens as biodiversity hotspots
Semester Two
Date Presenter Institution Title
9 July Michael Cutfield Downer
16 July Bruce Robinson Global Survey Combining GNSS and Total Station Data
23 July
30 July
6 August
13 August
20 August
27 August
3 September
10 September Science and Tech week at Otago - Surveying and Spatial Careers presentation
17 September BSurv Hons presentations: Ryan Cogswell and Peter Latu
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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