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Katie has a BA in Sociology from the University of Canterbury, and an MA (Applied) Social Science Research from Victoria University of Wellington. She has over ten years work experience in community-based sustainability projects. The role of the Sustainability Projects Facilitator is to foster communities of sustainable best practices, working with both staff and students. This is achieved primarily through initiating and supporting university-based demonstration projects.

Waterways Post Graduate Symposium reveals depth of student talent

The Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management hosted its annual Post Graduate Student Symposium at Lincoln University on 19 November. Students from both Lincoln and Canterbury universities presented topics from a wide array of disciplines including human and physical geography, genetics, fresh water invertebrates and fish, groundwater, climatology.

Issie Barrett from the UC Freshwater Ecology Research Group (FERG) group won the first prize for her oral presentation on her research into negative resistance and resilience in freshwater communities. For the first time in the history of the symposium three UC students tied for the second place in the oral presentations competition (Alice West – FERG, Bridget White – FERG, and Rasool Porhammat – Geography). Deborah Paull (UC Biology) won the Water New Zealand People’s Choice for best presentation on the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in surface drinking waters.

The quality of presentations (both oral and posters) improve with every year and new categories of prizes may be required to acknowledge and celebrate the hard work students put into their presentations. Numbers of attendants (some flew in from all over New Zealand) also set a new record, reinforcing the fact that interest from the wider community in multi-disciplinary research into freshwater management issues continues to be strong, and that the symposium is an excellent product which meets this demand.

Deborah Paull, winner of Water New Zealand’s People’s Choice Award for Oral Presentation

Register for the Waterways Center for Freshwater Management Postgraduate Student Annual Symposium

Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere opening into the Pacific Ocean. Credit: Katie Colucio

Thinking about researching freshwater management issues, or supervising promising students who want to do the same? Brought to you by the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management, postgraduate students from the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University are showcasing their research from a wide range of disciplines. This includes the extent of micro-plastic contamination within the Avon/Ōtakaro river or the impact of climate change on water resources in Cambodia. You can also find out about ‘who is eating who’ in South Island alpine tarns or the effects of off-road vehicles on the shores of Lake Ellesmere/Te Waihora. Attendance is free and the day is fully catered!

When: Tuesday 19 November, 9-5pm

Where: Lincoln University, Stewart Building.

Registration closes 5 November and can be done here.

Submissions invited for Waterways Postgraduate Student Conference

Are you supervising a post graduate student researching a fresh-water management issue? No matter what discipline, Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management really, really, REALLY wants to hear about their work.

The Waterways Centre hosts an annual event which showcases post-graduate students who are researching fresh water issues. It is set for Tuesday November 19, 2019. This year we are casting our net wide and calling for abstracts for oral or poster presentations across the whole university.

The conference offers students a chance to make new contacts within a supportive  community of emerging thinkers and researchers, and polish their science communication skills. Participating in the conference is an opportunity to present their research to a wide range of potential employers and water stakeholders. Beyond that, it is a great opportunity to understand how their work fits into, and contributes to a broad multidisciplinary research and policy context.

If you think your student is ready to present, please encourage them to submit an abstract, and pencil the conference into your own calendar. Submissions close August 31.

Go here for more information about the conference and copies of the abstract form.

Attendance is free and includes lunch.

Visit this page for prior conference abstract books. If you have any questions please contact


UC to become a Fair Trade University!

UC Council have approved UC to become a Fair Trade University! UC is committed to the principles and practices of being a socially responsible institution. Supporting Fair Trade growers and producers is an important way to demonstrate this and to encourage students to become aware of key global social and environmental issues.

One of the minimum requirements for accreditation is to supply Fair Trade beverages to staff via university kitchenettes. From 18 November, all new beverages (tea and coffee) purchased by UC must be Fair Trade.  A wide range of Fair Trade products are already available through OfficeMax and our suppliers would welcome feedback on expanding the range.

More information about Fair Trade and the process of UC becoming a Fair Trade campus can be found here.  Please send any questions that cannot be addressed through the FAQ page to

Thank you for playing your part to make a difference to hundreds of vulnerable communities all over the world.

Go By Bike Day is coming! (Wednesday 10 February)

To celebrate “Go By Bike Day” Cantabrians are being asked to leave their cars at home and cycle to work or school on 10 February.

Between 7am-9am the Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch City Council, CPIT and others will host cycle-celebration stations along our city’s most popular cycle routes.

Stations will be set up at in North Hagley Park, close to the new signalized cycle crossing  from Deans Ave to Matai Street East, Antigua Boatsheds bridge, outside Community and Public Health on Manchester Street, and at the Madras and St Asaph street corner of CPIT.


All cycle celebration stations will give away healthy breakfast snacks  and cycle-related goodies from Bike Wise. At North Hagley park cyclists can also get their bikes checked by a mechanic and trial an e-bike.

Cycling for just 15 minutes will help you to wake up in the morning and wind down in the evening after work. It makes you fitter, healthier and more productive. And cycling helps to reduce green-house gas emissions from your car, so you (and thousands of other cyclists) are doing your bit towards addressing climate change.  So have a go at ticking all those boxes on February the 10th!