Category Archives: Events

Biketober is coming to Ōtautahi next month!

Biketober (=Bike + October) is Christchurch’s annual festival of cycling, and is all about giving cycling a go. Whether you ride a bike already, would like to try, or just want to join the fun, there will be cycling events and activities for you and your whānau to enjoy almost every day this October!

Curious? Check out the website & event calendar here.

Some of the Sustainability Office’s top event picks this year are:

So grab a bike, check out the entire month’s event calendar here and have fun!

Biketober 2021 events are being run according to MOH guidelines to keep everyone safe. Please refer to the Biketober website here for event specific updates.

GRISS: Geospatial Research Institute Seminar Series – Free Seminar

HUMANISM IN A TECHNOLOGY CENTRIC WORLD: Enabling a Digital Twin for Industry 5.0

Speaker: Keri Niven, Digital Practice Leader, Aurecon

Keri is a passionate Digital Technologist, with a strong background in Geospatial technologies, and over 20 years international experience in designing enterprise collaboration platforms. She is the New Zealand Digital Practice Leader and is focussed on identifying digital possibilities and creating opportunities to embed new technologies into our organisational way of working. Keri represents Aurecon on the ANZ Smart Cities Council and on the ANZ Digital Twin Taskforce.

Abstract
As engineers and designers, we have a responsibility to create sustainable and responsible human-centric physical and digital legacy. Our decisions, particularly regarding how we use technology to solve problems, will profoundly shape our future. 

This obligation has been recognised by the shift towards industry 5.0.  This latest revolution represents the return of human-centric activities that are enabled by technology – and a refocus of technology towards supporting the collaboration and creativity that we as humans crave. 

This is wonderful news for an organisation like Aurecon who for the last 6 years has been teaching 6000 people to think like designers. Working and thinking like designers is how we approach all our work. It’s a considered way of combining our creativity and expertise to move from existing situations to preferred ones by putting people at the centre of the solution.

When:  Friday 24th September 1 PM – 2 PM
Light Refreshments from 12.30 PM

Where: Beatrice Tinsley 111

 Registration:

  • Register at Eventbrite if you’re planning to attend in person.
    In-person Registration Link: here
  • If you prefer to join us online, then please register via zoom only. Zoom Registration Link: here

All Welcome

Geospatial Research Institute
University of Canterbury
www.geospatial.ac.nz
Email: gri-enquiries@canterbury.ac.nz

 

Rā Tōmene | Mini Online Open Day a big hit!

We were delighted to welcome 1171 prospective students and their whānau to UC’s Rā Tōmene | Mini Online Open Day on Thursday 9 September. 

From the comfort of their own home our guests watched course info sessions, chatted with staff and found out more about uni life from the Info Hub.

The online version of Rā Tōmene | Open Day was put together  during the national Covid-19 lockdown, and we want to thank everyone who has worked tirelessly over the past couple of weeks to give attendees the best UC experience. From filming content, to staffing the event on the day and to ensuring attendees came along – we couldn’t have run this event without you! 

Free Tickets to SDG Summit for UC Staff!

The Sustainability Office is delighted to announce that tickets to the two-day Aotearoa Sustainable Development Goals Summit, 2-3 September, have been made available at no cost for UC staff! (If you have paid for a ticket, you will be reimbursed).

Join us to share your knowledge, discuss ideas with other sectors, take what you learn back to your department and contribute to collaborative action planning to driving change in Aotearoa.

What is the SDG Summit?

This event is the third face-to-face national Summit, intended to build momentum and drive change in Aotearoa towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. This is the first time this is being held in Ōtautahi Christchurch, theming ‘Collaboration for Systemic Change’.

Both days are an action packed programme of keynote speakers, interactive workshops, a community feast and field trips. Included in the programme are a wonderful dialogue between Distinguished Professor Dame Anne Salmond (Auckland University) and our own Sacha McMeeking (Kāi Tahu) on the special place of the SDGs in Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as an engaging session with Climate Change Commissioner Dr Rod Carr.

The focus for the two days is on interactively building action plans that will move our country forward along critical pathways. We’d love to have you there.

With the theme of ‘Collaborating for Systemic Change’, it is important that you are able to attend as much of the Summit experience as possible. This is to ensure we can create collaborative pathways for national and local action beyond the Summit. The most important pieces of the programme for staff to attend are the entirety of Day One, and the afternoon of Day Two. Both these slots are held at UC.

Please visit the event website here for more information and to view the full programme of incredible speakers, session leads and workshop facilitators.

When is it happening?

The Summit is taking place here at UC on 2-3 September!

How to get your free ticket

In order to access this opportunity, staff should first get approval in writing from their Head of Department or manager to attend for the full two days. This approval should be forwarded to sdgsummits@canterbury.ac.nz.

Once received, staff will be sent a registration code for their free registration. It is important that staff register using this code, for catering and seating allocation purposes. 

Community Feast

Instead of a traditional conference dinner, this Summit features a Community Feast, which is being held in the central city. We are working with mana whenua, local farmers, the chef school at Ara, food rescue organisations, community gardens, homelessness advocates and others to bring together an amazing event that touches on the SDGs No Poverty, Zero Hunger and Responsible Production and Consumption. This will weave in the themes of mahinga kai, food waste, food insecurity, and food resilience to create an event like no other.

The Community Feast will be held in the central city on the evening of September 2 (day one). Due to the special nature of this event, staff will need to register for the Community Feast separately, for a nominal fee of $5. Registration information for this event will be circulated shortly.

Project Showcase

Do you want to share your work on the SDGs with other participants at the Summit? We have session called the SDG Project Showcase on Day 2 (3 September, in the mid-afternoon) where participants can share ten slides in ten minutes about their SDG aligned projects, research, or mahi. If you would like to use this opportunity, you should register and send your slides to us by  Friday 13 August using this form here.

This Summit is co-hosted by the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University, with support from the partners Christchurch City Council, Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch NZ, Tourism NZ, NZ National Commission for UNESCO, Te Pokai Tara | Universities New Zealand, UC Centre for Entrepreneurship,  Humanitix and others.