Abstract submissions are now closed
Presenters are welcome to submit ONE Pecha Kucha / Oral abstract and ONE poster abstract.

Pecha Kucha: Offered for the first time this year, Pecha Kucha is a great opportunity to reach a wide audience as all presentations will be during plenary sessions (or at the most during 2 parallel plenary sessions).  If your abstract is accepted as a Pecha Kucha talk you will have 7 minutes for your presentation. Pecha Kucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each.    Click here for presentation tips

Oral: If your abstract is accepted as an oral presentation you will have 12 minutes to present followed by 3 minutes for discussion and questions.

Poster: If your abstract is accepted as a poster, you will be required to print a poster. Posters should be no larger than portrait 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.

Poster presenters will have the opportunity to deliver a 1-min overview of their poster via a live in-house feed at the start of the poster session. A checkbox for this option will be available on the abstract submission.
The Conference will consist of several broad scientific sub-themes and special sessions. Upon submission, please select one of the following sub-themes or sessions that best suits your presentation.


  • Ka mua, ka muri / Looking back, moving forward
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Citizen science in freshwater
  • Natural history of freshwater biota
  • Community ecology and biological interactions
  • Waterscape (landscape) science
  • Restoration ecology
  • Environmental indicators monitoring and reporting
  • Technology and modelling tools to assist freshwater decision making
  • Freshwater science, management and policy
  • Environmental flows and eco-hydraulics
  • Molecular approaches to understanding whole systems
  • Land use legacies and climate change adaptions
  • Water quality and biogeochemical processes
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Other

Special Sessions:

Click here for a description of the Special Sessions
  • RSNZ-Sponsored session on Mātauranga Māori shaping freshwater futures
  • OLW-Sponsored session on Freshwater Collaboration Inside and Out
  • SETAC-Sponsored session on ANZECC water quality guidelines
  • Constructed wetlands for treatment of diffuse pollution from intensive agricultural landscapes in New Zealand
  • Revisiting ‘swimmability’: Updates in freshwater microbiological sciences
  • Lake snow: past and future perspectives on an emerging nuisance slime
  • Citizen science and water monitoring in NZ
  • Joining up land use and freshwater – tools for scientists and managers from the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge
  • Freshwater Policy Update from Ministry for the Environment
  • Characterising lake communities: challenges and solutions
  • Native Freshwater Mussels as Freshwater Sentinels
  • Resistance, Resilience, and Restoration

While efforts will be made to accept an abstract for the presentation type selected in the submission process, the NZFSS2018 Scientific Programme Committee reserves the right to allocate a different presentation type if more appropriate and if programme space is limited.

Abstract Guidelines:

 Titles should ideally be <15 words and should reflect the topic area, key finding or implication of the work.
Abstracts should:
  • Cover the aim or hypothesis, research approach, key result(s), conclusion and implications.
  • Be no more than 300 words (excl title, author affiliations).
  • Be clear, concise, written in plain English and proof-read.
The conference committee reserve the right to reject abstracts that do not meet a basic quality standard of writing.

Conditions of Submission:

  1. Original content: All abstracts must be original work. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract.
  2. English language: All abstracts and presentations must be in English. Presentations in Māori are welcomed if an English translation is provided
  3. Copyright: Material presented at the conference must not violate any copyright laws. If figures/graphics/images have been taken from sources not copyrighted by the author, it is the author’s sole responsibility to secure the rights from the copyright holder in writing to reproduce those figures/graphics/images for both worldwide print and web publication. All reproduction costs charged by the copyright holder must be borne by the author. The submission of an abstract indicates that the author/s undertake to respect and ensure compliance with any applicable copyright.
  4. Exclusion of commercial products and services: Abstracts promoting commercial products or services will not be accepted. Product vendors and others who wish to promote a product or service are invited to contact the Conference Manager for the Sponsorship information.
  5. Consent to publish: By submitting an abstract you give consent to the publication of the abstract in conference material, including but not limited to, the conference website, conference handbook, email promotions, etc.
  6. Conference registration: All presenting authors whose abstracts are accepted for the Conference, are required to register to attend the conference on a relevant day and pay the relevant fee in order to ensure their abstract is included in the Conference programme. The discounted early-bird registration closes on 31st October 2018. To qualify for this rate you need to have registered and paid by this date. Please note, all presenters must have registered before 31st October 2018 or your abstract will automatically be withdrawn.
  7. Online submission: All abstracts must be submitted electronically via the online submission form. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact for further information.  

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