Information for Speakers

The Conference will be held in two parts:

Water New Zealand Conference and Expo – Part 1 –  from Feb 22 Online programme

Water New Zealand Conference and Expo – Part 2 – May 25 – 26 Claudelands, Hamilton

This is the main event for the water industry in New Zealand.  The breadth of our industry calls for a wide and diverse programme of topics to be showcased at this event and we are calling for abstracts for papers to populate the technical programme.  We are keen for the conference to be relevant addressing hot current topics in the industry.


Abstracts submitted must be a minimum of 200 and a maximum of 500 words, excluding title and authors.

Font used should be Times New Roman or Arial size 11 and must be submitted in the same format as the Abstract Template and the example abstract.

The Water New Zealand team have been working hard to create guidelines on how to write a great abstract, conference paper and conference presentation, click here to check it out. Special thanks to the Water New Zealand Stormwater Education and Training subgroup.

Call for Abstracts have now closed.

If accepted into the programme, a full paper must be submitted for review by 5.00pm Monday, 12 July 2021. The abstract in the final paper will be 200 words. Presentations will be limited to 30 minutes, which includes 5-8 minutes for questions and discussion.

At the time of loading your abstract you will be given the opportunity to upload an optional short 2 minute video about your abstract.   You will be asked to paste the URL of your video (YouTube or similar) into the applicable section of your abstract submission.

Click here to download the Final Paper Guidelines

Click here to download the Final Paper Template

Paper Selection

The selection of papers to be presented will be determined by an abstract review process guided by the Technical Committee. Selection  will be based on:

  • Wider Applicability
  • Demonstrated results and conclusions
  • Relevance to the current state of the industry
  • Content, including innovation
  • Clarity and Quality

Papers and Posters will not be eligible for prizes if they have been substantially published or presented at regional or national conferences worldwide.

Papers will be eligible for consideration for inclusion in the conference programme, despite the fact that they have been substantially published or presented at regional or national conferences worldwide.

If you are eligible for the Young Author Award please ensure that you confirm this at the time you upload your abstract.

The eligibility criteria for this award are detailed below:

  • Lead author to be under 30 years of age at conference time or within 2 years of graduation
  • Support author to be responsible for mentoring author and reviewing paper
  • Lead author must present paper, with assistance from the support author
  • Paper will be judged in both Paper of the Year and Young Author of the Year categories

The Conference awards are currently being revised by Water New Zealand and their Board, more information will be available soon.

Disciplines / Topics

Please indicate which discipline(s) or topics that the proposed paper will cover. This will greatly assist in defining the conference programme and assigning markers to the abstracts

  • Te mana o te wai
  • Workforce – health & safety, capability & training
  • Procurement and project delivery
  • Smart water – digital and data
  • Science
  • Climate change – adaptation and mitigation
  • Drinking water quality and source water management
  • Asset management
  • Water Industry Operations
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Environmental Impacts of Water Industry Operations
  • Pipelines – New and Renew
  • Sustainability
  • Biosolids
  • Three waters reform