Research Symposium 2023

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Nau mai haere mai ki te Resilience to Nature's Challenges Research Symposium 2023

We're excited to gather all our research whānau together under one roof for our first Phase 2 all-of-Challenge event!

Through this symposium we will deepen our understanding of each programme's work and its impact on resilience across Aotearoa New Zealand. We'll explore what the final 12 months of the Challenge could look like and plan for the future - what will the legacy of our Challenge be?

Alongside this symposium, we're also really excited to be hosting a hui for our Kaupapa Māori researchers. While the details and kaupapa for this hui and the symposium itself are still under development, we hope to gather as many of you and your research communities together as possible.

Wednesday 28 - Friday 30 June

Rutherford House, Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus

Registration is free!

Please note we are running an "Expression of Interest" (EOI) registration process to help us manage the capacity of the symposium. Registering your interest in attending is NOT confirmation of your registration. The Directorate will regularly review EOI submissions and aim to notify you about the status of your registration as soon as possible.

Rangapū Rangahau Research Hui

This dedicated session is an opportunity for our Rangapū Rangahau (Māori researcher cohort) and their research communities to come together to share and discuss their kaupapa.

Symposium Day 1: This Is Our Challenge

Let's build whakawhanaungatanga across our research whānau and discover the impact our research is having. Hear from our Challenge leadership, each of our research programmes and their students.

Symposium Day 2: Future Focused

Join in collaborative planning for the final year of the Resilience Challenge! How can we ensure our learnings are embedded in the future of resilience research in Aotearoa New Zealand?

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Symposium Programme

The symposium programme has been developed in collaboration with our programme leads along our key themes of finishing well, and pathways to the future.

Wednesday 28th June

Rangapū Rangahau Kaupapa Māori Research Hui

The aim of this day is to provide a safe space for kaupapa Māori researchers to meet and engage in whakawhanaungatanga, while sharing their insights into how our research projects are enhancing kaupapa Māori, mātauranga Māori, and other indigenous approaches to research and resilience in Aotearoa. Hear from our students and established researchers and engage in a discussion around what's next for our kaupapa Māori research community.

This session is open to all kaimahi/kairangahau Māori, as well as those working in the kaupapa Māori space.

Thursday 29 June

This is Our Challenge

Join us as we continue to build whakawhanaungatanga across our entire research whānau and celebrate the successes of our Challenge so far before weaving the threads of our research programmes together to ensure we can finish strong and transition well into the future.

Workshops: Weaving The Threads Together - Transitioning Well

The workshops on Day 1 focusses on weaving the threads of RNC research together to ensure we can maximise our impact and finish strongly as RNC transitions into the future.

In Lecture Theatre 1 we will be offering Science Communication for Impact and Change - a workshop, hosted by Ceridwyn Roberts. This workshop will focus on communicating for impact, identifying different audiences and how they use research, communication theory 101 and plenty of real-world examples.

Our other workshop session on Day 1 provides an interactive opportunity to explore RNC's work across Aotearoa through a regional lens. Using CDEM geographic regions to define groupings, attendees will be able to 'visit' different regions across Aotearoa New Zealand to discuss the research occurring in that location and learn more about what others are doing nearby. Through working in this way, we hope to be able to increase the visibility of our research across the Challenge, identify cross-over linkages and ways in which researchers could work together to deliver impactful, excellent science that increases resilience. Each region will have several questions and prompts to assist discussions. Attendees will be able to move between rooms/regions throughout the workshop time to participate in multiple conversations.

For researchers involved in projects with national level lens, one breakout room will be dedicated to these conversations.

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STARR Posters and Networking Function

Come along to our first in-person STARR (Students Accelerating Resilience Research) event! STARR is a safe space for our students to share their mahi in poster format and deepen their connections across our Challenge research whānau. With canape style kai and refreshments on offer, this session will be a fitting close to our day focused on building whakawhanaungatanga.

We invite you to produce a poster (portrait, A0 size) showcasing your research project, to present during this session.

Not a student? No problem! The invitation is open to all of our researchers, so show your support and come and present alongside our STARRs!

Friday 30 June

Future Focused

What are our aspirations for the future? Invited speakers will set the scene before each of our programmes will give a rapid-fire presentation of their future research priorities.

Workshops: Whakamaua Kia Tina

Ko te pae tawhiti whāia kia tata, ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tina.

Seek to bring distant horizons closer; sustain and maintain those that have arrived.

The Day 2 workshop focusses on developing a collective RNC vision of what success looks like as we transition into a post-NSC phase. Some questions include:

    • What have we learnt from the NSCs that should be carried forward?
    • What are future research questions and capability gaps?
    • How can the collaborative research diversity of RNC continue?

Each workshop will be facilitated and look to tackle some of these questions while exploring a key theme:

    • Connectivity
    • Capability           
    • Legacy

As with Thursday's workshops, this session will be interactive, with space for collaborative discussion. Attendees will be able to move between the workshop rooms / themes allowing you to contribute to multiple conversations. The aim of this workshop session is to document thoughts and ideas, which may lead into future topic-focused workshops and a summary brief for MBIE.

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Te Pae Tawhiti

A "where to from here?" round up of the symposium before we bid everyone safe travel home.

Rangapū Rangahau Kaupapa Māori Research Hui Programme

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Symposium Programme

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The Resilience Challenge 2023 symposium will be held at Rutherford House at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington's Pipitea campus in downtown Wellington.

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Attendees are required to make their own accommodation arrangements. There are a range of accommodation options within the Wellington CBD that are close to the venue.

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COVID Policy

To ensure the health and wellbeing of all attendees we will be implementing a COVID-19 policy for the symposium. By registering, you agree to adhere to the policy and the safety measures contained within it.

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Important Information

Registration Process

Our research whānau is large - over 320 researchers are contributing to our mahi! For this reason, we are running an 'Expression of Interest' registration process to help us manage the capacity of the event. While we want to bring together every member of our research whānau, we have to work within venue capacities.

When registering let us know if you will attend one or all days of the all-of-Challenge research symposium, including the Rangapū Rangahau Kaupapa Māori Research Hui on Wednesday 28th.

What does 'Expression of Interest' registration mean?

Register for the symposium as normal but note that your registration will not be automatically confirmed. Instead, you'll see a message letting you know you have submitted your EOI successfully.

To help you plan your attendance with certainty, the directorate will be reviewing registrations on a regular basis, and we aim to notify you about the status of your registration as soon as possible.

Note that registration will close on the 16th of June.

Transport and Accommodation

All travel to Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington and accommodation will need to be organised and paid for by the individual / their programme / their institution. The Directorate is unable to fund these costs or make arrangements on your behalf so we recommend that you discuss your travel and accommodation needs with your programme leads before booking. Flights and accommodation have been in short supply recently so we recommend making arrangements as soon as possible.

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