Postgraduate Research Workshop by PATA New Zealand AUT Student Chapter

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AUCKLAND, July 4, 2018 — During the Critical Hospitality Symposium Studies (CHSS) held at AUT from 02 to 04 July, several members of our PATA family here at AUT had the chance to volunteer at the conference, socialise with international hospitality scholars and listen to their inspiring presentations and workshops! All volunteers agreed that it was a fantastic platform and opportunity for them to network and get hands-on experiences how an academic conference could look like – particularly interesting beating in mind the importance of critical studies towards a sustainable development of the tourism and hospitality industry!

Once the official conference programme of the CHSS was finished, the PATA AUT New Zealand student chapter took over and organised a postgraduate research workshop. As our chapter is the only one in New Zealand, we decided to invite postgraduate students from other universities across New Zealand to enhance networking opportunities, showcase what our PATA student chapter is doing and which benefits it brings to anyone involved. We were thrilled to welcome PhD and master students from the University of Waikato, University of Otago as well as guest from Edinburgh Napier University (Scotland) and kicked off the workshop with 25 students – 15 of them PATA members! In an interactive workshop around Passion, Motivation, Success: How to survive a postgraduate journey, we talked about the typical issues of postgraduate life – Strategies to motivate yourself, barriers and distractions, managing time and getting it down and mental well-being – the life outside of the thesis. After that we had the pleasure to have Prof Paul Lynch as our guest speaker. Paul shared his 10 things of a successful postgraduate journey and reminded us several times how important it is to simply enjoy the journey! He also emphasised how important it is to talk about the own research and get exposed – that is exactly what we did the rest of the afternoon – everyone got the chance to present their topics in a 10 minute presentation – when do you every get the chance to talk about 12 amazing and inspiring research topics on one day!

As the icing on the cake – or maybe I should better say ice cream on the cone – we had a fantastic ice cream degustation. Of course not just in any kind of ice cream shop, but at Giapo, a place where food science and technology brings creativity on a plate that not only filled our tummies, but inspired us all to be part of this amazing industry!