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New Zealand Mathematics and Statistics Postgraduate Conference


The New Zealand Mathematics and Statistics Postgraduate society organises an annual conference for students from around Aotearoa. While maintaining a high standard of excellence, with superb plenary speakers, the NZMASP conference is a more relaxed and social student conference which emphasizes networking and developing friendships alongside the sharing of knowledge. Most of New Zealand’s universities are separated from each other by a considerable distance. For the last two decades, the NZMASP conference has been instrumental in creating friendships and connections between mathematics and statistics postgraduate students from these different universities which last well beyond their studies. The conference serves as a platform for students to deliver their research to a general mathematics audience, and many cherish this event for the constructive feedback they receive in preparation for international conferences and provisional year reviews.

The idea for the NZMASP conference series was born in 2006. At that time the South Island Mathematics and Statistics Postgraduate (SCIMASP) conference attracted twenty-six participants, many of which were postgraduate students from Canterbury and Otago. The two-day event in Queenstown was such a success that it inspired people to organize a conference for postgraduate students from all over New Zealand. This led to the first NZMASP conference which took place in Queenstown in November 2007. Since then NZMASP has been an annual event, each year hosted by statistics and mathematics departments from across Aotearoa. 

“I really enjoyed the social time NZMASP gives us. We get to build friendships with PhD students from other universities, who you then meet at all the domestic conferences. As an international student it helped me feel part of the New Zealand mathematics and statistics fraternity.”

Gray, 2018

“I particularly enjoyed listening to the early-career invited speakers at the NZMASP conference, it gave me an idea on what to expect after obtaining my PhD and it reassured me on some of my insecurities as a post-grad student.”

Giorgia, 2019

Previous NZMASP conferences

2007QueenstownUniversity of Canterbury
2008WhitiangaUniversity of AucklandLink
2009Foxton BeachMassey University (Palmerston North)Link
2010WestportMassey University (Palmerston North)Link
2011Lower HuttVictoria University of WellingtonLink
2012Shakespeare ParkUniversity of AucklandLink
2013Cass Field StationUniversity of CanterburyLink
2014WhitiangaUniversity of AucklandLink
2015TaupoUniversity of WaikatoLink
2016QueenstownUniversity of OtagoLink
2017KaiteriteriVictoria University of WellingtonLink
2018WaikanaeMassey University (Palmerston North)Link
2019WainuiUniversity of CanterburyLink
2020OnlineUniversity of AucklandLink
2021OnlineUniversity of WaikatoLink
2022WanakaUniversity of OtagoLink

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