Call for Conference Papers


The Water Industry Operators Group of New Zealand (WIOG) is already calling for papers for the 2019 Conference.  More details will follow soon, but meantime we encourage you to think about preparing and presenting in May 2019. 

This conference is recognised as the major event in New Zealand Water Industry Operators calendar.

The Conference Technical Committee will organise the technical programme and has sole discretion concerning the selection of abstracts for platform and poster presentations.  The committee may also invite presentations from other sources. 

Platform presentations will be limited to 30 minutes (possibility of a shorter time frame by request), including 5-8 minutes for questions and discussions.

Who Should Submit an Abstract?

All water industry personnel involved in the operation, maintenance or construction of urban, rural and industrial water related infrastructure for the management, conveyance, treatment, discharge and reuse of water and trade wastes.   

The technical program will cover various aspects of the industry. Past presentations have discussed issues relating to:

  • Management of dams and storages
  • Wastewater collection and treatment
  • Use of reclaimed water or bio solids
  • Consultation and public education
  • Development and application of new technologies
  • Water & wastewater treatment
  • Water & wastewater reticulation
  • New infrastructure projects relating to water & wastewater
  • Project management
  • Asset management
  • Training and safety issues
  • Sharing of operator experiences

Our industry is often involved in upgrading, new projects, new technologies, maintenance programmes or everyday smart operations.

If you have ideas or have completed works that could influence the operational aspect of the water industry, there’s no better place to share them than here. You are encouraged to submit and abstract for the program for platform presentations. All papers are considered equally important to the technical program.

Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts for platform papers and posters must be submitted electronically by email.

Intending presenters should submit a half page (approx. 200 word) abstract outlining the contents of the proposed paper by email to the following addresses: [email protected]  and [email protected]

Refer to later in this document for the template which is also available on the WIOG website –

Please include the following information:

  • Title of Abstract
  • Tertiary qualifications held if any (to determine eligibility for operator awards)
  • Contract details including name of principal author
  • Organisation
  • Postal Address
  • Email
  • Contact phone number

Selection Criteria

Abstracts will be reviewed and judged on the basis of:

  • relevance to the industry,
  • suitability of content to a broad audience,
  • originality of work (including new concepts,
  • improvements or new research or operational data),
  • technical content and
  • practical application.

Abstracts may be accepted subject to changes being made to the content or focus of the final manuscript. Abstracts with an overt commercial message will be rejected.

Format for Platform Papers

Successful authors will be sent guidelines and a template to assist in formatting their final manuscript. This format must be strictly adhere to.

Authors must manage their own time appropriately and should ensure they complete their paper in time for internal review by their own organisation if necessary.

Delays caused by waiting for internal review is not a relevant excuse for the late submission of papers. To meet printing deadlines, the final manuscript submission date is not negotiable and late papers will be withdrawn from the program.

The manuscript will be made available in pdf format to conference delegates on a USB.

Format for Poster Papers

Authors of eligible operator posters are required to be present to provide a short oral description of their work at a time designated in the conference program.

All poster papers should be a summary of research, trial or operationally based activity and should contain an overview of objectives, methods and materials used, results obtained and conclusions relating to the work undertaken.

Posters should:

  • not exceed a maximum size of A0 (841mm x 1189mm),
  • be easily readable from a distance of two metres,
  • contain photos and charts (where necessary), and
  • adequately convey the message using a minimum of text.

Posters should not advertise commercial services, logos or Trademarks. Specific products may be mentioned by name only in the poster text. Product brochures will not be accepted.

Note: It is a condition of entry that a copy of the poster be provided in electronic format for submission into the conference proceedings and for posting to the WIOG website after the conference. Posters will be included in the manuscript in pdf format to conference delegates on a USB.

Template for Submission of Abstract



Platform or Poster                                                                                                                                                                          

Abstract Details

Title of Abstract:                                                                                                                                               _             

Abstract (approx.200 words):

Contact Details

Name of Principal Author:                                                                                                                                                


Postal Address:                                                                                                                                                              





Do you hold a qualification at bachelor level or above (Yes or No?)                          



Email to Nigel Hesford and WIOG Office    [email protected]  and [email protected]   

Conference Best Operator Papers

Kevin Sears,Taupo District Council, won Best Operator Paper in 2018with his presentation "Taupo Land Disposal 25 years on"


Steve Watts, Wellington Water won Best Operator Paper in 2017 with his presentation " INSTALLATION OF A 900MM FLEXTEND SEISMIC COUPLING ON A BULK WATER MAIN


© 2018 WIOG | Terms & Conditions
Powered by Rainbow Creative | 19 Aug 2018 | Admin