Call for Abstracts

Call for abstracts have now closed. If accepted into the programme, a full paper must be submitted for review by Thursday, 18 August.  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.

Paper presenters are expected to register and pay delegate fees.

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.

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Key Dates:

  • Call for Abstracts – Thursday, 10 March
  • Call for Abstracts Close – Wednesday, 27 April
  • Abstracts Reviewed – Monday, 2 May – Wednesday, 8 June
  • Final Papers Due – Thursday, 18 August
  • Presentations Due – Friday, 14 October

Paper Selection

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

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

Stream Selection

Upon receipt abstracts (and therefore accepted papers) will be allocated to the appropriate stream.

Disciplines / Topics

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

1. Drinking water
For example:
  • Drinking water quality and microbials
  • Innovations in water treatment
  • Environmental impact of operations
  • Water safety plans
  • Source water management
  • Source Water Risk Management Plans
  • Acceptable Solutions
  • Science
  • Nitrates
  • Forever chemicals / emerging contaminants
  • Safe water for everyone everyday
2. Wastewater
For example:
  • Wastewater treatment and networks
  • Wastewater Risk Management Plans
  • Wastewater environmental performance measures
  • Improving environmental performance of wastewater networks
  • Environmental impact of operations
  • Biosolids treatment and reuse
  • Science
3. Procurement & asset management
For example:
  •  Asset management
  •  Design and construction
  •  Procurement and project delivery efficiencies
  •  Pipeline – new and renew
  •  Investment
  •  Dynamic or adaptive pathway planning
  •  Integrated water management
  •  Case studies
  •  Standards & Specifications (opportunities for alignment /national consistency)
4. Policy changes/framework
For example:
  • Three waters reform – transitioning to a new governance model
  • Three water reforms – transforming the sector
  • Regulatory framework
  • Economic regulation and consumer protection
  • RMA reform – Natural & Built Environment, Spatial Planning and Climate Adaption Bills
  • NES-Freshwater / NPS-Freshwater M / NES – Drinking Water Sources
5. Science & digital
For example:
  • Data sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Digital twin – Using digital to drive asset management decision making
  • Connecting with customers
  • Risk mitigation
  • Future focus – a lens on the future/innovation
  • Learning from other sectors – smart cities, transport, energy
  • Materials innovation
6. Climate change, sustainability & customers
For example:
  • Climate change adaptation & mitigation – building long term resilience or thinking further ahead vs short term budgets
  • Circular economy – net zero carbon, resource recovery, policy and regulation
  • Sustainability
  • Customer focus – communication & engagement
  • Valuing the services provided
  • Level of service / performance measures – obligations and benefits – national, regional, local
  • Leaving no footprints and valuing water
7. Te Ao Māori
For example:
  • Te mana o te Wai – restoring and preserving the balance between the water, the wider environment, and the community
  • Te Oranga o te Taiao
  • Valuing water – lakes, rivers, streams
  • Partnering with iwi and water management
  • Water as the life force
8. Workforce
For example:
  • Health, safety and well-being
  • Capability, training and qualification
  • Growing the workforce – adaptive and resilient
  • Cultural transformation: shifting perceptions, behaviours and capabilities in the water sector
  • Diversifying leadership – new models and practices
  • Change management – building resilient organisations
  • Fostering D&I across organisations, supply chains and service delivery
  • Making water the career of choice
  • People, Culture, Diversity & Inclusion
9. Other
  • Australasian Society of Trenchless Technology
  • International Water Association
  • CIWEM
  • WRF – Water Research Foundation
10. Non-technical or thought leadership
  • Let us know if you have some great non-technical or thought leadership ideas to share with the sector

Water New Zealand once again welcomes ASTT members to attend the conference. Subject to sufficient high quality abstracts there will be a dedicated stream at the conference on trenchless technology.