Registration and Information Desk
You can collect your registration pack at the Registration and Information Desk located in the foyer of the Commerce Building on both conference days. It will be open at the following times:

Wednesday 24 November 8:30am-3:00pm
Thursday 25 November 8:30am-2:30pm

Location of conference sessions
All sessions will be held in the Commerce Building at Lincoln University (see map).

Information for speakers

Please ensure you know which room you are presenting in, and have your presentation slides loaded before the first session of that day if possible, to ensure there are no delays to the sessions. Please bring your presentation on a memory stick! The SAANZ2021 volunteer in the room will load it onto the computer for you, and you can double check it before you leave.

Name badges
Please wear your name badge when attending all conference sessions and social events.

Morning/afternoon tea and lunch included!
Great news – along with morning/afternoon teas, lunch is now included in your registration fee! Food will be served in The Dining Hall (see map). If you notified us of special dietary needs, your food will be clearly marked. Please follow Lincoln University COVID-19 protocols given on page 12 or as directed by catering staff.

We made our lunch breaks nice and long so you can talk sociology to your heart’s content, and Lincoln township is a mere 15 minute walk from campus if you fancy browsing the shops while you do so – a great way to get some fresh air, sunshine and exercise into your day, while supporting local business!

The designated smoking area nearest the conference venue is the Commerce lawn, behind The Lodge.

Free Wi-Fi is available for conference delegates via the OpenCampus guest network – click here to find out how to get connected. You’ll need your mobile phone so you can receive an SMS verification code.

Mobile phones
Out of respect for speakers and other delegates, please turn your mobile phone off (or ensure it is on silent mode) during all conference sessions.


If you discover a fire: warn others and dial 111 (ask for the Fire Service).

If the fire alarm rings at Lincoln University: leave the building immediately by the nearest exit. Delegates should assemble on the grassy area between the Commerce Building and The Lodge. Follow all instructions given by wardens, do not use the lifts, stay at the assembly point until the ‘all clear’ is given, and do not attempt to extinguish the fire unless it is safe to do so.

In the event of an earthquake: move no more than a few steps, “Drop, Cover, Hold” and stay inside until the shaking stops. Safe places include underneath a strong table, or next to an interior wall away from windows that can shatter and tall furniture that can fall on you. If you are outside, move a few steps away from trees, buildings, streetlights and power lines, then “Drop, Cover, Hold”.


Getting to Lincoln University
Our campus sits in the Lincoln township, a friendly and thriving village with a population of around 4000, in the heart of Canterbury. It has cafes and pubs, as well as a supermarket and other shops and services. Lincoln is approximately 25 minutes’ drive from Christchurch Airport and from Riccarton.

Lincoln University is at the terminus of the number 80 Parklands/Lincoln bus route which passes through the Bus Interchange in the centre of Christchurch city. You are required to wear a mask on public transport.

Shuttle services
If you are arriving at Christchurch Airport and need assistance travelling to Lincoln University, there are local shuttle services available. NZ Look Shuttles operate between Christchurch and Selwyn, where Lincoln is located. Costs and online bookings are available on the NZLookShuttles website.

Parking on campus
Parking is free on Lincoln University campus. The most convenient carpark for the conference is the Orchard Carpark, which can be entered through Gate 3 off Springs Road (see map).


The SAANZ conference will go ahead if Christchurch is at Alert Level 2 or lower. Lincoln University’s Alert Level 2 COVID-19 protocols below must be strictly observed by all visitors at all times:

  • Physical distancing: Reduce close contact with strangers. Keep a distance of two metres from people you don’t know when out in social spaces. Keep a distance of one metre, where practicable, in controlled spaces such as offices, lecture rooms, labs and work areas.
  • Scan, scan, scan: All students, staff and visitors are required to scan the QR codes when moving about campus. This includes buildings, teaching rooms, meeting rooms and all on-campus facilities including social spaces and eating areas. Check that Bluetooth is enabled on the app.
  • Wear a mask: All students and staff are strongly encouraged to bring and wear their own masks as they move about campus, especially where physical distancing is not practicable. For example, in confined spaces with colleagues or students such as in meetings, interviews, in lifts, stairwells, labs, teaching rooms, etc. Masks must be worn in campus facilities such as Mrs O’s, the Bookshop and Canon Printshop, and the Health Centre.
  • Gatherings and events that are not directly education-related are limited to 50 people indoors or 100 people outdoors.
  • Practice good hygiene such as coughing/sneezing into the elbow, regular hand washing and using the readily available hand sanitisers.

You must stay home if you are feeling unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms. Please do not attend the conference – get a COVID-19 test and isolate until you have received a negative result. A list of testing centres in and around Christchurch is available at this link.

COVID protocols for morning/afternoon teas and lunches

Delegates are required to scan the QR code on entry to The Dining Hall (every time), wear masks, and once inside, ensure they are seated at a table (these are set up for the required distancing protocol). Delegates are not permitted to stand and mingle. Staff will serve platters of the menu items to the tables, and there will be tea/coffee stations set up. Delegates will need to follow instructions of the staff in this regard – tables will be invited up one by one to get their tea/coffee. Physical distancing is also required while lining up for tea/coffee.

If you wish to bring a packed lunch, you are welcome to eat it in the Commerce Building foyer, or there are picnic tables if you prefer to eat outside.

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