The NZFSS Conference Organising Committee invites proposals for Special Sessions and/or Workshops at the 2018 meeting in Nelson (10-14 December).

Our meeting theme this year is “Ka mua, ka muri: looking back, moving forward” and allows us to reflect on the 50 year anniversary of the NZFSS conference meeting, but also to acknowledge the importance of past knowledge in shaping the future of freshwater science and management in Aotearoa New Zealand. We invite all special session/workshop topics, but encourage organisers to consider weaving this meeting theme into their session.

Approximately 90-100 minute long session times are available. Prospective organisers of Special Session/Workshops should submit proposals indicating:

Title and abstract:
Propose a title and a brief abstract of approximately 100 words that will allow conference attendees to understand the topic and the focus of the special session/workshop (If accepted, this information will appear on the conference website and handbook).

Please explain why the topic of the special session/workshop is novel and timely, why it is relevant to the NZFSS community, and how it possibly fits within the conference theme.

Proposed speakers:
Please provide the name and contact details (organisation and email address) for the nominated special session/workshop chairperson. For Special Sessions – Provide a list of invited speakers and provisional titles for their talks. Sessions are normally expected to have 5 papers including an overview presentation with future directions for the topic. For Workshops – Provide a list of workshop co-ordinators and proposed structure for the session. For example, panel-led discussion in theatre seating, or tables of 8 people lead through game scenario. Please estimate participant numbers (to assist with venue planning).

Special session/workshop proposals must be submitted to Joanne Clapcott via email ( by 15 June 2018. Please begin the subject heading of your email with the following text: NZFSS 2018 Special Session/Workshop Submission. Proposals for special sessions will be reviewed by the Conference Organising Committee; the committee may ask for changes and resubmission of proposals, if appropriate. Results of the review will be sent to chairs of proposed sessions/workshops by 30 June 2018 (prior to the call for abstracts).

The procedure for the submission of special session abstracts is the same for all conference abstracts, and it will be made through the NZFSS 2018 webpage. Authors will be asked to indicate the Special Session title to which their abstract is submitted.
Feel free to contact Joanne with questions about hosting a special session/workshop. In anticipation of the following, yes double sessions are possible if relevance to the NZFSS community can be demonstrated and space in the programme permits.