Kia ora koutou and welcome to the 2022 OPSITARA research symposium, hosted this year by Otago Polytechnic.

This symposium provides an opportunity for oral presentations of research undertaken on any topic by staff of Otago Polytechnic, Southern Institute of Technology or Ara Institute of Canterbury. Research can be co-authored with students, however the lead researcher and presenter must be a staff member. This year the symposium is again online due to uncertainty over national or institutional travel restrictions due to COVID-19. 

We were delighted with the number of submissions. To accommodate as many as possible without resorting to multiple streams, we developed a programme with a mix of 15 and 5 minute presentations. To maximise the time available, the 15 minute presentations are live and the 5 minute presentations are pre-recorded.

It is encouraging to see the broad representation of topics and of emerging and experienced researchers amongst our presentations this year. We hope you enjoy the programme.

2022 OPSITARA Organising Committee
Jenny Aimers and Lesley Brook

Image credit: Bernard Spragg. Public domain.