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The value of the conference is in the diverse range of presentations offered by a wide range of researchers, amateur's, enthusiasts, sponsors and industry representatives.

Anyone is able to submit a presentation for consideration by the conference committee for inclusion in the programme. You do not need to be an attendee, however it is usual practice to be registered for at least the day of your presentation in order to network with those who want to discuss your talk further.

If you are interested in presenting at the 2023 conference please submit your application using the form below.


1 / Keynote(s)

The keynotes are allocated 40 minutes (30 minutes presentation / 10 minutes questions) and should have broad appeal to the widest range of attendees.

Typically two to four keynote presentations are included in the conference programme, and delivered by local and international speakers who are at the forefront of their field.

2 / Session Speaker(s)

The mainstay of the conference is a series of 20 minute (15 minutes presentation, 5 minutes questions) primarily by New Zealand based research astronomers, industry and societies covering an aspect of their work or interest.

3 / Student Talks

The development of the Students With A Passion for Astronomy program (SWAPA) has seen the opportunity for the young astronomers to contribute in a meaningful way.  Typically high school students are afforded 5 minutes and undergraduate students 10 minutes to present on an area of personal interest or study.

4 / Posters

All attendees are welcome to submit a poster on any relevant topic. These should be A1 in size and readable at arms length. If time allows in the conference those presenting posters may be given an opportunity to introduce their poster at the podium. (1 minute)

Conference Speakers

Top Influencers

Man in Grey Suit

Alex Smith


Smiling Man in Suit

Max Johnson


Woman in Grey Suit

River Watts


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