Postgraduate Research Symposium

The Postgraduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for AUT research students to take part in the abstract review process, and to showcase and present their research. The event includes a keynote address followed by a series of research presentations and creative exhibitions, with poster displays also offered throughout the day.

Past symposia

The event opened with a keynote address by Associate Professor Barbara Bollard, a Senior Lecturer at AUT in the School of Applied Sciences within the Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences, titled, 'To Infinity and Beyond: Fly Above to Sea Below'. Associate Professor Bollard ​discussed how she built an exciting research career based on a childhood fascination with satellites. ​

Watch Associate Professor Barbara Bollard's keynote address

The day then split out into eleven streams of student presentations, with over 30 students giving 15-minute presentations on topics from cloud computing, to healthcare for the elderly, to the experiences of non-standard workers. An array of student posters were also on display throughout the day.​ ​The day concluded with the 2019 AUT 3MT Competition finals.

Presenters Tanya Ewertowska and Amr Mahmoud took home awards for the Best Abstract and Best Poster, respectively.

Read about the 2019 AUT 3MT Competition finals here.

Check out photos from the event on the Thesislink Facebook page​.

Check out videos from the event on the Thesislink YouTube feed​.

The day opened with a keynote address, before launching into a variety of research presentations by postgraduate research students.

Keynote address

We had Dr Diana Albarrán González as our keynote speaker for 2021’s event, sharing her keynote address, “Corazonar: Weaving values into the heart of research”.

Diana is a Native Latin American design researcher from Mexico who completed her PhD here at AUT within the Faculty of Te Ara Poutama. Her PhD research focused on Decolonising Design in collaboration with Indigenous (Mayan) communities and ethical-sustainable consumption.

Diana has more than 18 years of international experience in places like New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Spain and Mexico applying, re-learning, researching and teaching design. This has given her the ability to address challenges in a variety of contexts, and the opportunity to develop a meaningful sense of culture and diversity awareness and sensitivity. She is a craftivist, a mother and an active member of the Latin American community seeking to contribute to community well-being and support connections between Moana-nui-a-Kiwa and Abya Yala.

Best Abstract award

The winner of the 2021 AUT Postgraduate Research Symposium Best Abstract award was Hazel Abraham.

The judging of the Best Abstract award was based on the student’s abstract submission meeting the following criteria:

  • Communicates the purpose of the presentation
  • Describes the research project
  • Communicates the methodology used (or planned)
  • Communicates the implication and significance of the research
  • Gives an indication of findings (or anticipated findings)

Best Poster Presentation award

All those who attended the 2021 Postgraduate Research Symposium were invited to cast a vote for Best Poster Presentation. The winner of the 2021 AUT Postgraduate Research Symposium Best Poster Presentation award was Awanis Azizan.

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