2021 Symposium

Image of mixed logos for Open Polytechnic, Whitireia, Weltec and the IPT 2021 Research Symposium

Important Notice:

The 2021 ITP Research Symposium will now be held online.

Given the fluctuating Covid cases in various regions across the country, the Organizing Committee has made the decision to hold this as on online only event.

Further details regarding the programme and presenter guidelines will be made available on the official 2021 ITP Research Symposium website which can be found here.


Please join us at the 2021 National ITP Research Symposium this November.

The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, Whitireia and WelTec are jointly hosting the 2021 ITP Symposium. This will be an in-person event. Call for abstracts below.

 The symposium theme is Resilience | Aumangea

The aim of the symposium is to bring together staff from across the many ITPs, postgraduate students and our key industry stakeholders who are interested in research. The symposium organising committee are particularly interested in fostering research collaborations amongst attendees as we move towards becoming one entity under Te Pūkenga. The symposium welcomes contributions from academic staff and tutors, as well as postgraduate students from across the ITP sector who would like to present on their research work. We welcome abstract submissions under the following streams:

  • Education, Teaching & learning (from ECE to Tertiary level)
  • Health & Social Services
  • Business and Accounting
  • Creative Industries
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Information Technology and Information Studies (Library)
  • Rangahau Māori
  • Pacific and diversity issues
  • Miscellaneous (Includes but is not limited to the following.
  • Hospitality, Tourism, Funeral Services, Real Estate amongst others)

Keynote Speakers

We have great keynote speakers lined up for this event.

  • Jehan Casinader (Journalist, public speaker and mental health advocate; 2020 Broadcast reporter of the year)
  • Dr Mereana Selby (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Huia, Ngāti Porou Tumuaki,Chief Executive, Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Dr Selby has a passion for language revitalisation and intergenerational language transmission)

Submission Options and Guidelines

There will be three main types of submission at this event. All submission must include an abstract with a word limit of 400-500 words. All research and poster abstracts must:

  1. State clearly the objective of the study
  2. Concisely describe the methodology or method employed in gathering the data, processing and analysis
  3. Summarise the results and state the principal conclusion

If including references, please use APA style formatting. Submission options are provided below:

1. Presentations

  • Research Presentations: Research presentation are sessions for delegates who wish to present on research projects which include forming hypotheses, collecting data, analysing results, forming conclusions, implementing findings into real-life applications and forming new research questions. Both positivist and non-positivist research, and critical literature reviews would fit under this category. A 15-minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of question and discussion time.
  • Information Presentations: Information sharing presentation are for staff who wish to present on a specific topic relevant to their discipline areas but which doesn’t follow the formal research process (reviewing literature, collecting data, analysing data etc). A 10-minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of question and discussion time.

2. Posters

  • Research posters summarize information or research concisely and attractively to help publicize it and generate discussion. The poster is usually a mixture of brief text mixed with tables, graphs, pictures, and other presentation formats. The researcher is expected to stand by the poster display during a set session while other delegates view the presentation and interact with the author. Posters must be portrait and either A1 or A2 in size.

3. Creative Works and Exhibits

  • We welcome visual artworks, fashion displays, music, cultural performances and so forth. There is an exhibition space available for visual works and performances.

Review process

All submissions will be sent out to a qualified reviewer in your field. Applicants will be notified and invited to present if their submission is accepted. All submissions (presentations, posters, creative works) must relate to the theme and subthemes. Please note that given the number of submissions only high-quality submissions will be invited to participate. Please note that failing to answer questions on the submission form or adhere to the guidelines above may lead to your abstract being declined.


Peer-Reviewed Proceedings

Papers of approximately 5000-6000 words (including references) can be submitted in support of any of the above presentation formats. Eligible submission will be double-blind peer-reviewed, and accepted papers will be published in a proceedings journal as a PBRF eligible output. Publication will likely be in late 2021 or early 2022.


Key Dates

First Call for Papers Open22 June 2021
Deadline for Submissions15 August 2021 
Registration open1 September 2021 
Registration Ends31 October 2021 


This event is free for all staff attending from any one of the ITP across the country.

If you are not a staff member from one of Te Pūkenga subsidiaries, but would like to attend, a $100NZD per day registration fee will apply.

Any questions?

If you have any questions regarding the ITP Symposium you can email us on ITPsymposium2021@openpolytechnic.ac.nz