Symposium initiates new Canterbury women’s research networks
Women researchers from across Canterbury gathered at Haere-roa at the University of Canterbury (UC) today, 9 June, to share knowledge, learn from each other’s experience and engage in discussions about future research.
UC Professor Ximena Nelson (centre) initiated the idea of a Women’s Research Symposium and was delighted with the outcomes of the event today.
She welcomed her colleagues from across UC, as well as researchers from Ara Institute of Canterbury, Lincoln University, Crown Research Institutes and other organisations.
The scene was set with a Mātauranga Māori panel featuring Kay Lee Jones, lecturer in the School of Education at UC, Liz Brown, Amokapua Māori | Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori, and Associate Professor Amanda Black, Bio-Protection Research Centre at Lincoln University.
The participants then went into a World Café session where they joined discussions on various topics from social media to sustainability, and generated an impressive list of preliminary interdisciplinary research topics.
UC’s Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey contributed to the mentorship session, sharing her experience of leadership at UC and at Pretoria University prior to coming to Aotearoa New Zealand.