ITP Research Symposium 2022


30th November – 2nd December, Southern Institute of Technology Invercargill Campus


The Southern Institute of Technology is pleased to announce that the 2022 ITP research symposium will be held at the SIT Invercargill Campus from Wednesday 30th November to Friday 2nd December.

Registration and Abstract Submission will open in August. We encourage staff from all ITPs and across all fields to attend and present your research and reflections on practice. There will be options for 15-minute talks, shorter talks, posters, and exhibition/performance options for other disciplines.

We look forward to welcoming you all in Invercargill.

Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen and Dr James Savage
Conference Organisers


Registration & Abstract Submission

Registration and Abstract Submission will open in August via a portal on the SIT website. All abstracts will be peer reviewed. 


Venue: Centre for Creative Industries

The Centre for Creative Industries /  Te Rau O Te Huia is the Southern Institute of Technology’s newest campus, located in the centre of Invercargill one block from the main campus. The $18 million facility opened in February 2022 and is home to courses in film, animation, game design, and music. It has soundproof studios, DJ booths, ensemble rooms and a number of computer labs and teaching spaces, and is built around the 140-year-old former St John’s Anglican Church. Classrooms feature the innovative HyFlex technology which increases learning options for students, allowing them to study in their own time remotely or in real time, or on campus.


About Invercargill

Invercargill/Waihōpai is the southernmost and westernmost city of Aotearoa/New Zealand, known as the “City of Water and Light”. Located beside the Waihopai river estuary and surrounded by farmland bordered by conservation areas, Invercargill has a close relationship with agriculture and sustainability. The city centre is currently undergoing an $80 million dollar redevelopment and will feature cafes, a gourmet food court, shopping, office spaces, car parks and open air spaces. At the centre of the city is Queens Park, 80 hectares of beautiful, sprawling gardens which feature a rose garden, a Japanese garden, bush paths, rock and herb gardens, a castle and a playground. The city is home to one of the last surviving licensing trusts, the Invercargill Licensing Trust (ILT), which oversees the liquor and gambling licensing in the city and contributes to events and community organisations.

Invercargill has a temperate oceanic climate. It receives less rain each year than Auckland or Wellington, and is Aotearoa’s second windiest city (after Wellington). In summer the days are long, with nearly 16 hours of daylight at the solstice. In late November / early December temperatures typically peak in the mid-high teens each day. 


Getting to Invercargill

You can fly directly to Invercargill from Christchurch or Wellington (several flights daily) or from Auckland (one flight daily). There is a local bus service and taxis to get you from Invercargill airport to the city (no Ubers yet): these take around 10 minutes. 

Alternatively, you can fly into Queenstown airport, hire a car, and then drive approximately two hours to Invercargill.


Accommodation near the venue

All of the below are within 10 minutes walking distance. There are also a number of Airbnbs available in the city.



Birchwood Manor Motel,189 Tay St (

295 on Tay Motel, 295 Tay St (

The Quest Serviced Apartments, 10 Dee St (



Langlands Hotel, 59 Dee St (

The Kelvin Hotel, 20 Kelvin St (



Tuatara Lodge, 30-32 Dee St (


Out and About in Southland


Things to do in Invercargill

Queens Park, a great space in the heart of the city, and winner of the 2021 Kiwi’s Choice Keep New Zealand Beautiful Award.

Transport World, the largest private collection of automobiles in the world, plus a great café (

Motorcycle Mecca, the best motorcycle museum in the Southern Hemisphere (

Stadium Southland, Climbing walls, courts, velodrome etc. (


Food & Drink

Cafes: The Batch (173 Spey St); The Black Shag (136 Dee St); Meccaspresso (25 Tay St);  The Auction House (20 Don St)

Restaurants: Koji (76 Tay St); Louie’s (142 Don St); Speight’s Ale House (38 Dee St); The Rocks (11 Courtville Place); Indian at the Crescent (11 The Crescent).


Destinations Nearby

Consider extending your stay and exploring some of what the south has to offer. There are tramping, native bush, fishing, adventure sports, and sightseeing opportunities in every direction from Invercargill.

South: Bluff and Stewart Island (

East: The Catlins (

North: Queenstown (, Arrowtown ( and Wanaka (

West: Fiordland, Te Anau, and Milford Sound (