Researchers from across the country are converging in Wellington on Friday 3 February to showcase their research and innovation across an incredibly diverse range of disciplines and teaching areas.

The Symposium – Enriching the Future – is the fourth to be held jointly between Whitireia and WelTec – an event which has grown each year to now include 53 presenters and exhibitions.

As well as researchers from WelTec and Whitireia there are presentations from the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, Manukau Institute of Technology and Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology with participants attending from Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) around the country.

The diversity of applied research undertaken at Whitireia and WelTec will be on show at the symposium – from engineering to nursing, paramedics, construction, ICT, creative technology, social work, youth development, publishing and Te Tiriti o Waitangi – almost every area of teaching and learning at Whitireia and WelTec is featured. Click here for a PDF of the abstract.

An exhibition of R&D projects will accompany the Symposium. This includes a broadcast digital collage, “The Bricoleur”, which uses everyday objects and experimentation to create a collision of sculpture, performance, broadcast and visual arts.  A prototype for a CNC Plywood house which provides an accessible and affordable construction option is also part of the exhibition (see image of CNC Plywood House Prototype below).


“The Research Symposium is further evidence of the strength of research and innovation in ITPs and showcases the beneficial ways applied research contributes to teaching and learning, well-being, business, industry, and society,” says Chris Gosling WelTec and Whitireia Chief Executive.


Background Information:
The WelTec Whitireia Research Symposium 2016 is being held on 3 February 2017 at the WelTec Petone Campus starting at 9am.
Keynote presentations will be provided by Dr Andrew Cleland, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and Dr Kathy Holloway, Director of the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health from Victoria University of Wellington.
More information:
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