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

The 2022 ITP research symposium was held at the Southern Institute of Technology Invercargill Campus from Wednesday 30th November to Friday 2nd December.

The aim of the ITP symposium is to bring together staff from across the sector, fostering collaboration in research and creative practice as we move towards becoming one entity under Te Pūkenga. We welcome abstract submissions from staff and postgraduate students from all ITPs who would like to present and share their research or creative practice. We invite (but are not limited to) presentations in the following areas:

  • Creative Industries
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Sustainability
  • Built Environment
  • Business
  • Information Technology
  • Education
  • Research Approaches and Methodologies

Abstract submission was open from 15 June to 29 August (extended to 5 September) 2022 through the following link: If you have not submitted to a CMT conference before you will first need to make an account: please see below for guidance on the submission process and presentation options. After submission you can review your submission and engage with the review process using the same link.

Thank you for joining us in Invercargill in 2022, and we hope to see you at the 2023 symposium.

Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen and Dr James Savage
Conference Organizers

If you have any questions about the symposium or submission process, please contact us:



The symposium will start at 13:00 on Wednesday November 30 (registration from 12:00) and finish around 12:00 on Friday December 2. The venue will be the new Te Rau o te Huia / Centre for Creative Industries, Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill.

Entrance to the venue from Tay StreetEntrance to the venue from Esk Street

For in-person attendees arriving on the morning of 30 Nov and departing on the afternoon of 2 Dec, transfers are available between the venue and Invercargill airport. For those arriving and departing at other times, a taxi from the airport to the venue will take approximately ten minutes.


Key Dates

15 JuneCall for abstracts opens
29 August (5 September)Abstract submissions due (extended deadline)
23 September – 3 OctoberNotification of abstract acceptance & Registration opens
14 OctoberFinal deadline for revisions and responding to reviewer comments
17 OctoberDraft programme released. The full programme is now available.
30 October (4 November)Registration closes (extended deadline)
25 NovemberDeadline for submission of pre-recorded presentations
30 NovemberSymposium begins
31 MarchSubmission of full papers for conference proceedings


Presentation Options and Guidelines

There will be six categories of presentation at this event. You may make one abstract submission per category. The ITP Research Symposium will be primarily run as an in-person event this year, however, there is one option (five-minute findings online) for those who cannot or do not wish to attend in person. New formats this year are Five-minute Findings presentations, and being a panel member for the ‘Birds of a Feather’ sessions based around the emerging Te Pūkenga Research Communities of Practice.


Format / Description

Submission Guidelines

Five-minute Findings (in person)

5-minute presentation, in person

Maximum of THREE slides.

Submit a title and a short abstract (maximum 100 words).

Five-minute Findings may present completed research, work in progress, literature reviews, methodology, teaching practice, or share useful tools or resources.

Five-minute Findings (online)

5-minute presentation, pre-recorded.

Maximum of THREE slides.

Submit a title and a short abstract (maximum 100 words). Your pre-recorded presentation will need to be uploaded following abstract acceptance, and will be presented during the conference and made available online to attendees.

Five-minute Findings may present completed research, work in progress, literature reviews, methodology, teaching practice, or share useful tools or resources.

Research Presentation

15-minute presentation plus 5 minutes for questions

Submit a title and an abstract (maximum 300 words) containing the following:

·         The aim/objectives of the study

·         The context / relevance of the research / problem statement

·         A description of the methodology and method(s)

·         An indication of the results

·         The significance and implications of your research

Citations and references should NOT be included in your abstract.

Creative Practice Presentation

Examples include (but are not limited to) a musical performance; static work of art (sculpture, painting, installation, fashion design, photography etc); or audio-visual work (game/interactive experiences, short film, animation). Accepted presentations in this category will be presented during a 2-hour creative showcase. The suggested timeframe for this category is up to 20 minutes in length.

Submit a title and an abstract (maximum 300 words) explaining the creative practice that you intend to present. Please also include any technical requirements needed for the creative presentation (e.g. space requirements, piano, sound system, audio visual system).

Optionally, you may also upload supporting documentation such as photos of the artwork, audio files of music, links to games or video clips of films, animations or performances (up to 20MB per file), and executable files for game/interactive experiences. Hyperlinks to larger files may be included at the end of the abstract if needed.

Birds of a Feather Panel Member

Leading a 60-minute panel session in one of the Research Communities of Practice (Creative Industries, Health and Wellbeing, Sustainability, Built Environment, Business, Information Technology, Education)

A written summary (maximum 300 words) of why you would like to be on the panel, and your relevant skills and experience. You may also identify potential issues of relevance for the Community of Practice, suggest discussion points, or make other suggestions for the session.

Please title your submission ‘Panel Member Application – <PANEL>, for example “Panel Member Application – Education”. 

Your CV may be uploaded as supporting documentation.

Research Poster

Posters must be A1 (portrait or landscape).

The presenter will be expected to stand by the poster during the dedicated poster session so that other delegates can ask questions while viewing the poster.

Submit a title and an abstract (maximum 300 words) containing the following:

·         The aim/objectives of the study

·         The context / relevance of the research / problem statement

·         A description of the methodology and method(s)

·         An indication of the results

·         The significance and implications of your research

Citations and references should NOT be included in your abstract.

The organizing committee may offer to accept a submission in a different format than the type selected. For example, following peer review an abstract submitted as a Research Presentation may be offered acceptance as a Five-minute Findings.

Abstract Submission Process

Please submit your Abstract through this link:

If you do not already have a Microsoft CMT account, you will first need to register for one and verify your email. After creating your account and logging in you should reach the Author Console page pictured below. Click on the ‘Create a New Submission‘ button and fill out all the required fields as instructed, then click ‘Submit‘ at the bottom. You will be taken to a printable confirmation page, and will also receive an email confirmation of submission. 

If you make a mistake during submission, you can edit any part of your completed submission from the Author Console page up until the submission deadline of 29 August

If you are submitting a creative practice presentation and would like to upload supporting documentation, or are applying to be a Birds of a Feather Panel member and want to upload your CV, you can add Supplementary Material to a submitted presentation on the Author Console page.

All abstracts for research or creative presentations will be double-blind peer reviewed. Applications to be on a Birds of a Feather panel will be assessed by the chairs of those sessions. We aim to complete the review process by 23 September.


There are no fees to attend or present at the symposium for staff affiliated with Te Pūkenga or any Te Pūkenga subsidiary. Postgraduate students currently studying at Te Pūkenga or any subsidiary are also welcome to make a submission and present free of charge. Catering will be provided during the symposium at no cost.


Publication Opportunity

Following the symposium, full papers of approximately 4,000 words (plus references) may be submitted by authors who made any category of presentation at the symposium. Eligible submissions will be peer-reviewed, and accepted papers will be published in an edited conference proceedings that will represent a PBRF eligible output.

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). SIT will provide transport from the airport to the center of town for those arrive on Wednesday and departing on Friday. Alternatively, 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 (