Call for abstracts OPEN.

We are now calling for submissions of abstracts to be considered for the core conference programme sessions.  We invite you to submit an abstract for an oral, poster, brilliant idea or workshop to share your research, practice knowledge and experiences and be part of the conference programme.

Abstracts should be targeted towards the conference theme of Equity | Diversity | Access.

Please note: if your abstract is selected to present, attendance at the Conference is at your own cost, and you need to register for a minimum of one day. 


Closing date of abstract submission – Friday 20 March 2020
Notification of acceptance – Thursday 30 April 2020

Presentations types

To encourage more people to present in a way they feel comfortable, we have included different presentation styles:

Oral presentation
This is a traditional presentation, which may be supported with audio visual aids. Oral presentations will be allocated 20 minutes to present followed by 10 minutes for discussion and questions.

Brilliant idea

This is an invitation to provide a snappy presentation on an idea you would like to share. It can be something innovative you have invented, a new twist on the tried and true, or a technique from the past whose time has come to be resurrected. Brilliant ideas are strictly limited to 5 minutes.


This is an activity-based interactive session. It may be supported with visual materials, activities and handouts. Workshops will be allocated 60 minutes.

Posters are especially effective for information that can be presented visually (eg: photos, charts, graphs, tables). Poster Guidelines will be provided at time of acceptance.

Format for abstracts

Title In bold
Author(s) first and last names (please also identify the presenting author/s in bold), with superscript number referring to the Origin of the author(s) in the next lines
Affiliations (Organisation, City and Country (if outside of New Zealand)

Abstract text


  • Microsoft Word document
  • Arial, 12 point
  • Maximum of 250 words
  • Single spacing without justified margins
  • You will be required to enter a short biography (maximum 400 words in total) on all presenting authors, during the abstract submission process.

Click here to view an example of an abstract

Have you not submitted an abstract before? Not sure of the process? Click here for some first time notes and tips, we strongly encourage those who haven’t submitted an abstract to get involved and give it a go!

Ready to submit?

Please allow at least 20 minutes to complete the online profile and abstract submission process.  You will be required to have:

  • Contact details of lead contact – All communications and correspondence regarding this abstract submission will be sent to the person.
  • Abstract written in the correct format (see below)
  • Authors affiliations (organisation, city, region, country)
  • Short biographies of presenting authors (maximum 400 words in total

Any issues with your abstract submission please email us.

Criteria for evaluating abstracts

All abstracts are subject to review by the Organising Committee. In evaluating the abstract the reviewers will be mindful of the following criteria:
•    Abstracts are in plain language, free of specialist jargon, unless it is clearly appropriate
•    The degree to which the substance for the abstract contributes to the conference theme(s)
•    Innovation and originality or application of existing ideas in a ways that provide new insights and progress the field

Conditions of submission

Late submissions will not be accepted.
The Organising Committee will review all abstracts and may contact authors or their nominated referees as part of the review process.
A condition of acceptance is that at least one author presents at the conference.
Presenters must register to attend for at least a day of the conference. They are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and registration expenses. 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.
By submitting an abstract you also grant the committee permission to publish the abstract in the Conference proceedings in hard copy and/or electronic format.

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