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 can be short – approx 250 words - not including title and authors (text only, no sub-headings needed) – or long – up to a maximum of 2 pages (including figures and tables). If you choose to submit a short abstract (250 words) please note this should still be submitted using the guidelines provided in the abstract template.

  3. All abstracts are to be submitted via the submission portal by midnight 24 August.


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.


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.

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

  • presentation ratio is 16:9 widescreen

  • please bring a copy of your presentation with you on a USB stick to be uploaded on arrival.

  • we would advise having a backup copy of your presentation with you in the event of any unforeseen circumstances. (e.g. laptop and USB stick)

  • presentations will be loaded at the AV desk, next to registration.

Poster Presentations:​

If your abstract is accepted as a poster, you will be required to print a poster for on-site display, if attending in person. All poster presenters will also need to upload a pdf of their final poster for display to virtual conference attendees. Physical 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.

Virtual Presentations:​

Virtual presentations will be pre-recorded, with presenters online to answer questions. Further detailed instructions will be sent to all confirmed virtual presenters by the end of September.

If you have any questions please email

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  • 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 23 October 2020. Similarly, no speaker fee is paid to authors or presenters.

  • Student Prizes are available to full time students only, if you qualify and would like to be considered please select this option when submitting your abstract.

  • 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.


Notification of acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the submitting author by the 23rd of September 2020.