Presentation Guidelines




Abstract Submission Instructions:
  1. Download the Abstract Template document and insert/add your abstract text. Save as a .doc or .docx document to your computer.

  2. Abstracts must not exceed 2 pages (including figures and tables and references). 

  3. All abstracts are to be submitted via the submission portal by 9th August 2021.


All abstracts must be correctly formatted before they can be reviewed. If the Abstract is incorrectly formatted it may be returned to you for formatting prior to review.

If you have any questions please email



Oral Presentations:​

If your abstract is accepted as an oral presentation you will have 15 minutes to present followed by 3-4 minutes for discussion and questions.

Presenters should continue to plan for an in-person conference presentation. 

If you are in an area with restricted travel then you can present and attend virtually - further instructions will be sent to you directly if you are registered as a virtual presenter.


If the conference needs to become fully virtual, due to a change in Covid alert level rules, then additional instructions will be provided to all presenters at that time.

All presenters should be registered for the conference by 29 October.

AV Tips for Oral Presentations:​
  • Each room is equipped with a laptop, data projector, pointer, and lectern microphone.

  • Please ensure any video or audio files embedded in your presentation are also brought with you as separate files

  • Both Mac and PC formats will be fine

  • Screens are 16:10 ratio

  • Please bring a backup copy of your presentation with you in the event of any unforeseen circumstances.

Poster / Virtual Poster Presentations:​

If your abstract is accepted as a poster, you will be required to print a poster.  Posters should be no larger than portrait layout A0 (841mm width x 1189mm height).  The poster display boards are Velcro compatible and Velcro fixers will be provided to all poster presenters at the conference.


All poster presenters will also need to upload a pdf version of their final poster, to enable all virtual attendees to see your poster.

Virtual conference attendees will be able to contact and ask questions of both poster and oral presenters via the conference app.

  • Allocation and accounting: Water takes and contaminant discharges

  • Catchments and communities

  • Citizen science

  • Data: monitoring, visualisation and management

  • Drinking water, stormwater and wastewater

  • Ecosystem health measures and management

  • Essential Freshwater: Science for implementation

  • Estuaries and their management

  • Freshwater restoration

  • Future-proofing water management


  • Geothermal waters

  • Groundwaters and their management

  • Human health

  • Integrated management

  • Lake catchments and management

  • Mahinga kai

  • Mātauranga Māori/Indigenous Knowledge  

  • Modelling development, prediction and data assimilation

  • NZWaM – NZ Water Model

  • Rivers and their management

  • Rural catchments

  • Sediment quality and quantity

  • Source protection, NES-DW and new water services bill.

  • Taking the past into the future

  • Te Mana o te Wai

  • Technology application in Hydrology

  • The value of water data for future decision making

  • The water-energy-food nexus

  • Threatened species

  • Translation of science to policy, planning and management

  • Understanding, mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change

  • Urban catchments

  • Water quality

  • Water quantity

  • Wetlands


  • Late submissions will not be accepted.

  • A condition of acceptance is that at least one author presents, preferably in person, at the conference.  If an author is unable to attend, due to Covid 19 restrictions, there may be the option to present virtually.  This alternative option may be implemented at the discretion of the organising committee.

  • The presenting author will be required to register for the Conference to ensure their abstract(s) is included in the final programme. Deadline for presenting author registration is 15 October 2021. Similarly, no speaker fee is paid to authors or presenters.

  • It is the responsibility of the submitting author to ensure the accuracy of the content, spelling, grammar and formatting of the abstract, as it will be published as it is submitted.

  • If NZ reverts to Covid Alert Level 2,3 or 4, the organising committee reserves the right to amend the conference format to a Virtual Conference and all presentations will then be made via a virtual platform.

  • By submitting an abstract, you also grant the Committee permission to share the live version of your presentation to other registered attendees, publish the abstract and presentation in the Conference Proceedings in hard copy and/or electronic format.  


Notifications of acceptance will be sent via email to the submitting author by the 14th September 2021