We have 450+ members from across the country

The Artificial Intelligence Researchers Association (AIRA) is a not-for-profit representative body established to support the production and dissemination of artificial intelligence research. The Association will connect, support and provide a voice for the artificial intelligence research community, with all its sub-disciplines, to position Aotearoa New Zealand as a frontrunner internationally in leveraging this transformational technology to benefit society. 

We encourage all individuals who are actively researching Artificial Intelligence (AI) or in an area related to or using AI, whether at postgraduate level, in industry, at a Crown Research Institute or Regional Research Institute or independent research organisation, or as a University academic, to apply for membership. 

Membership benefits

Annual conference

Multi-disciplinary conference with the intention to publish in full in conference proceedings or journal, depending on the discipline. 


Regular opportunities to participate in forums with members of the AI research community to make connections, share knowledge and potentially build long-term relationships and/or initiate collaborations and partnerships that are mutually beneficial. 

Knowledge exchange

Benefit from a forum tailored to the AI research community providing a platform for members  to share ideas, promote research excellence in the field of AI, and contribute innovative ideas that support the association's mission, purpose and objectives.


Connect with the wider AI research community nationally and internationally as well as with the public and industry through opportunities to speak at events, have research featured on the Association website and social media platforms, and be recognised for achievements in AI research.


Receive regular newsletters and communications, and access resources, covering news, activity and initiatives impacting the AI research community in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

At a glance

  • All eight Universities
  • Crown Research Institutes
  • Regional Research Institutes
  • Private research organisations
  • Researchers based in industry

Volunteer leadership

Engaged in discussion and through working groups to collaboratively deliver on the Association's vision.

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