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Rangahau: Te Mana o te Mahi Kotahitanga; Research: The Power of Collaboration

  • Research: The Power of Collaboration

Unitec  – Te Whare Wananga o Wairaka and the Manukau Institute of Technology Ltd - Te Whare Takiura o Manukau warmly welcome staff from Te Pūkenga and all Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics in NZ and their research partners to register and to submit abstract(s) to present a paper or poster(s). There will be no charge for this event.

This symposium aims to:

  • Connect researchers from across the sector;
  • Foster research collaboration between ITPs, industry and community;
  • Disseminate quality applied, industry and community partnered research

On this page

1. Event details
2. Key information
3. Key dates
4. Call for abstracts
5. Registration

Event Details

When: December 8 and December 9. 2022
Where: Online, via Zoom

Key information

- Open to all NZ ITPs and Te Pūkenga staff
- All abstracts lightly peer reviewed and published for developmental purposes (not resulting in a quality assured output)
- Option to submit a full paper for publication by Unitec ePress in Symposium Proceedings, which will result in a quality assured output
- Presentations and posters
- Keynote Speakers
- Māori and Pacific Streams
- Awards: Research with Impact, Early Career Research, Student Undergraduate Research Excellence, Māori and Pacific Research Excellence 

Key dates

Abstract submission deadline: October 10
Final submission: November 21
Registrations open: August 1
Registration closed: November 21
Deadline for academic poster submission: November 21
Event: December 8 to December 9, 2022

Call for abstracts

- All presenters and authors of posters must submit an abstract.
- All abstracts are to be submitted online no later than October 10th 2022. Abstracts will be subject to a “light” peer review, the intent of which is to strengthen the quality of presentations.
- All presenters and authors of posters must register to participate in the symposium and sign up for EasyChair, the software being used to manage abstracts.
- The Peer Review Panel reserves the right to accept or decline any submissions.
- The acceptance of an abstract does not imply provision of costs associated with preparation or presentation of the abstract.
- All accepted abstracts will be published in the Symposium Proceedings by Unitec ePress and the presentation or poster will result in a non-quality-assured research output for the authors.
- All presenters and authors of posters who have abstracts accepted will be invited to develop their research into full papers for blind peer-review, quality-assured publication in the Symposium Proceedings, by Unitec ePress.
- Requirements, guidelines and tips for writing an abstract can be found below. 

Abstract guidelines

2022 MIT/Unitec Research Symposium
December 8th and 9th

NB – Abstracts will be peer-reviewed; the process is a “light” review intended mostly for the purposes of researcher development and quality enhancement. Reviewers will be instructed to provide practical, concise feedback for the researcher to improve the abstract. Decline of the abstract is unlikely but possible if it cannot be readily improved or the presentation is clearly just an opinion piece, a description of teaching with no research or inappropriate in accordance with institutional values and research ethics. Assessors may decline a paper that they feel would not meet the standard even with required changes, but recommend that it can be presented as a poster. Authors will be given ample time to respond to requirements and recommendations.

The symposium convenors reserve the right to decline an abstract.

Abstract Requirements
350 words maximum

1 - Describe the research you are presenting. What is it about? Why is it important? What is the critical background or context?

2 – What did the research aim to achieve? New knowledge, impact?

3 – What question, hypothesis or creative challenge does the research pose?

4 – Who are the community/industry partners and why?

5 - How does the research answer the question or respond to the challenge? (methodology/methods)

6 – Include a sentence in summary referring to outcomes, findings or conclusions or which entices the reader to want to hear more.

7 –Please indicate 3-4 keywords for your abstract – example – sustainability, grease traps, hospitality industry.

8 – References are welcome and will not be included in the word count

9 – One diagram, illustration, table, reference or graphic is allowed but not compulsory

Note well;
- All abstracts must be the original work of the authors, with all listed authors having significant contribution to the completion of the work.
- Provide maximum and only relevant information in the abstract
- If the subject matter is empirical, the following structure is obligatory: The objective, methods, results, conclusions.

Title: appropriate, meaningful and should be as brief as possible but long enough to indicate clearly the nature of the study.

Aims/Objective: explicitly state the aims and objectives.

Content: explain the purpose and background of the topic and why this would be of interest.

Method: Identify if a case study or describe your selection of observations or experimental subjects and how the study was conducted.

Results: Present your case study /results in a logical sequence in text showing the overall significance of the topic. If results are pending at the time of your submission, please highlight this and confirm if the results will be available for the conference.

For more tips on how to write a good abstract and samples see here:

Criteria for Light Peer Review used by reviewers (FYI)
Accept with improvement

1 – On reading the abstract, do you understand what the research is about, why it is important and a little of the critical context?

2 – Do you know what it is trying to achieve?

3 – Is there a coherent question, hypothesis or creative challenge?

4 – Bearing in mind that not all projects will be partnered, do the community or industry partnerships declared appear genuine and relevant?

5 – Is the project design convincing? Bearing in mind that the abstracts are very short, are the methodology and/or methods appropriate?

6 – Are there any clues to outcomes or findings in summary? Does the summary make you want to hear more? Is there a concise summary of the findings?

Disclaimer; Please note that by submitting an abstract, you agree to its publication by Unitec ePress if it is accepted for the symposium.

Abstract submission

Sign up for EasyChair
Submit your abstract (requires login from above)