NZES 2022 Conference

New Zealand Ecological Society 2022 conference

28 November - 1 December 2022

University of Otago, Dunedin


He Uru Kahika ki te Wao - Connections New Zealand


We invite our community to come together in Ōtepoti Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand for the 2022 New Zealand Ecological Society conference running 28 November - 1 December.  Please see the conference webpage for detailed information and the latest updates.

On Monday November 28th the Student day and evening conference icebreaker will occur with the core conference programme running Tuesday to Thursday.  Local field trips options will be offered on Friday 2 December.  View the programme page for more details.

In the 2022 conference theme we recognise the importance of hononga/connections" environmental connections, ecological connections, and human connections.  Subthemes include:

  • Ecology in a Warming World - recognising that global environmental changes will affect local conditions
  • Predator Free and Beyond - progress towards eradicating key introduced predators from New Zealand by 2050 and steps needed to understand how interconnected natural systems will respond
  • Working Together - conservation success is possible only through nurturing the connections between individuals, communities, tangata whenua, and organisations


He Uru Kahika ki te Wao - Connections New Zealand


The theme this year comes from a whakataukī that goes: He uru kahika ki te wao, he uru tangata ki te pā - Like a grove of kahikatea in the forest, so are the connections of the people in the pā.  Kahikatea have a shallow root system that interlocks with each other from which they provide stability and strength to each other.  This is important for the tallest of our native trees.  This metaphor is then transferred to people in the pā needing to have support systems in order to stay strong and healthy.  There is also another level to this that incorporates a human interdependence on nature, looking to nature to provide strategies for survival.

We look forward to seeing you all in Ōtepoti this year!


Your 2022 Organising Committee,

Yolanda van Heezik, Philip Seddon, Anne Besson, Jo Monks, Georgina Pickerell, Stephanie Godfrey & Travis Ingram (Otago University)
Gretchen Brownsein, Jo Carpenter & Anne Schlesselmann (Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research)
Clement Lagrue & Tara Murray (Department of Conservation)
Scott Jarvie (Otago Regional Council)


Key Dates


Call for Symposia Call for Abstracts Registration Programme

Submissions open:

March 2022

Call for abstracts:

June 2022

Registration Opens:

June 2022

Detailed programme:

Early October 2022

Submissions close:

13 May 2022

Abstract deadline:

4 September 2022

16 September 2022

Early bird deadline:

16 October 2022


Symposia advised:

Late May

Presentations accepted:

30 September 2022