On May 6-8, the European Union Centres Network NZ (in association with the National Centre for Research on Europe) ran its annual international Post-Graduate Research Weekend School – this time at UC’s Kaikoura Field Station.
The Weekend School was attended by 20 post-graduate students from New Zealand and Australia – all researching the European Union and European affairs from multidisciplinary perspectives (including EU and European Studies, Law, History and Politics and International Relations).
The Australian attendees came from three EU Centres of Excellence in Australia – ANU (Canberra), RMIT and University of Melbourne (Melbourne). Students presented their research, discussed it in a highly interactive atmosphere, honed their research skills in a series of research mini-seminars, and celebrated Europe Day with an interactive Euro Quiz.
Student attendee Katharina Stirland said the following about the event :
This year’s Postgraduate Weekend School took place from 6 to 8 May in Kaikoura and was attended by 19 students from different universities in New Zealand and Australia. Proceedings kicked off with an informal Europe Quiz on Friday evening and got underway properly on Saturday morning (although students and staff were slightly distracted by the beautiful sunrise and breath-taking views from the Field Station). Students were put into panels and then had the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback from staff and students. Topics ranged from medieval history to cancer detection and climate change issues and proved to be highly interesting and thought-provoking as well as a great opportunity for networking. Students also benefited from a number of different skills sessions, such as thesis survival tips, an insight into publishing and finding employment after graduating. The Weekend School finished with a trip to Ohau Point on Sunday where everyone enjoyed watching the seal pups play at the bottom of the water fall. Many thanks to all the staff involved in organising and running the event!
The Academic Programme of the Research Weekend School was led by Associate Professor Natalia Chaban and Dr Serena Kelly (both of the NCRE) and Dr Chris Jones (UC History Department). UC Chancellor John Wood presented a key note address to the participants of the Research Weekend School followed by a spirited discussion.
The EUCN NZ Post-Graduate Weekend School is an annual event funded by the European Union Centres Network NZ. The 2017 School will be held across the Tasman, and any UC student studying the European Union or European related topics is eligible to apply to attend.