Research symposium focuses on innovation for industry and community

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This Thursday, the Whitireia Porirua campus will play host to 156 researchers from five tertiary institutions as they come together to present research from a diverse range of disciplines and teaching areas.

For the first time in the event’s five-year history, Whitireia, WelTec and the Open Polytechnic are jointly hosting the annual research symposium, which has grown each year and now includes 62 oral and poster presentations. Researchers from the three host institutions will also be joined by colleagues from Toi Ohomai and Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand.

The theme of this year's symposium is Innovating for Industry and Community and will showcases the strong connections that institutes of technology and polytechnics have with their communities and industry.

"The diversity of applied research undertaken at our institutions will be represented at the symposium," says Dr Ruth Anderson, Director Academic WelTec and Whitireia. Presentation sessions will feature research on resilience, information technology and information management, teaching and learning, seismic activity and disasters, health services, language, engineering and construction, social work, technical subjects, Māori/Pacific and Pakeha nexus, health care workforce and the creative arts

The symposium's keynote address will be provided by data scientist Kylie Reiri from the Social Investment Agency, the government agency charged with using data driven insights to improve outcomes for New Zealanders. Her address will provide an insight into the agency’s work and the use of ‘big data’ to support investment in the social system.

The WelTec, Whitireia, Open Polytechnic Research Symposium 2017 is being held on Thursday 23 November in Wikitoria Katene at the Porirua campus. More information about the symposium can be found in the Research section of this website.

WWOPRS 2018: Abstract Booklet ​(986KB PDF) 

WWOPRS 2017 abstract booklet