In 2020 the combined Southern Institute of Technology, Otago Polytechnic, and Ara Institute of Canterbury Research Symposium (OPSITARA) was hosted by SIT. Abstracts were submitted by staff from all three institutions for 15 Minute Papers and 5 Minute Research 'Bite' Presentations.
Many presentations were co-authored with students. 

All abstracts were peer reviewed, and those accepted were presented on Thursday 26 November and Friday 27 November at the main SIT campus in Invercargill. The abstracts for these presentations are published in the following proceedings alongside presenters’ biographical information, contact email addresses, and ORCID® iDs.

The symposium was organized by Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen (SIT Research Manager), and these proceedings were collated and edited with Dr James Savage (SIT Research Coordinator).