COVID-19 Update | 27 March 2020

As of this week the NZ Government has put the country on a 4-week mandatory shutdown.  In line with this announcement we have scheduled our next committee meeting after the lock-down period at the end of April at which stage we will review the current situation at that given time.  Throughout it all, we are still working remotely and are committed to working though any challenges and hopeful we will be in a position to announce date to open online registration soon.

If you need any further information, please contact alton@conferenceteam.co.nz


It is with pleasure we invite you to be part of the 16th biennial conference of the South Pacific Environmental Radioactivity Association (SPERA) held on the Mon 30 Nov – Wed 2 December with an optional RACI Workshop held on Thursday 03.  The conference is being held at Haere-roa Event Centre, Christchurch New Zealand.

The program will cover all aspects of environmental radioactivity, ranging from advances in methods, new research in radioecology and work being conducted on emergency preparedness and in contaminated sites.  We aim to have as many oral presentations as possible in the various sessions, as well as a large selection of posters that shall boost debate and discussion amongst attendees.  This will be complemented by several exciting talks by invited speakers.  Our four themes are Instruments & Method Development, Contaminated Sites – impact assessment & Emergency preparedness, Radioecology and Radiotracers of environmental process.

Our keynote speakers will address our  theme Connecting People, Developing Solutions for a Changing environment and will provide opportunities to meet the experts, listen, debate and network with your colleagues. Of course we also have a fabulous Conference Dinner planned which will be held at the International Antarctic Centre.

On behalf of the organising committee, we look forward to receiving your registration and welcoming you to Christchurch.

SPERA 2020 Organising Committee
Michael Lechermann, Conference Convenor, ESR (Institute of Environmental Science and Research)
Sarah Guy, University of Canterbury
Maxie Christison, ESR (Institute of Environmental Science and Research)
Oksana Golovko, ESR (Institute of Environmental Science and Research)
Sally Gaw, University of Canterbury