Call for Papers

Are you keen on expressing your ideas (even if they do sound a bit crazy!), ambitions, research progress, experiences and future plans? Then come and present at our first national meeting!


Call for Papers is now closed


Tuesday 28 February 2017                    Abstract submission closes
Friday 17 March 2017                             Presenters notified of acceptance
Monday 27 March 2017                         Early bird registration closes

Symposia will be organised around the following themes, broadly including all aspects of New Zealand’s Biological Heritage:

Indigenous session: cultural and biological heritage
Reversing the decline of NZ’s threatened and endangered species
Beyond the halo: widescale predator control and a Predator-Free NZ
Restoring resilience in freshwater ecosystems
Partnerships in Conservation
Social licence to operate
Biosecurity: protecting NZ’s primary industries from damaging weeds and pests
Distruptive technologies: the role of genetics, genomics and eDNA in protecting NZ’s biological heritage
Open session

Abstract Format
The abstract should be no longer than 300 words, and should outline the aims and content of the presentation.  All abstracts are to be submitted electronically via the abstract link.

Presentation Formats
Oral presentations will be allocated 15 minutes, made up of 12 minutes presentation with 3 minutes for questions and discussion.

Posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference.  Each poster will be allocated a 1 metre wide x 2 meters high board and the poster must fit within this area.  The boards are covered in a front runner material which are suitable for Velcro (supplied by the organisers). Poster presenters will have the opportunity of presenting their poster during the Poster Session/Reception on Tuesday 9th from 5.30pm.

You will have the opportunity to select your preferred format during the online abstract submission process.

Abstract Review
Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Challenge’s Science Leadership Group who will do their best to accommodate the wishes of the submitters for oral, speed or poster presentations. However, it is expected that due to the large number of submissions some requests for oral presentations will have to be assigned as posters.  If your submission is not accepted for an oral presentation it is not a reflection of the quality of your submission but rather due to time constraints and the need to ensure all aspects of the conference topics are adequately covered. The organisers reserve the right to reject submitted abstracts that are poorly written, do not follow the submission guidelines and/or are outside the scope of the conference.

Audiovisual Equipment
Each room at the conference venue will have a minimum of the following:

  • Dataprojector
  • Laptop
  • Screen

Presenters should bring their presentation to the conference on a memory stick.  A technician will be onsite to load your presentation.  You will be emailed 2-3 weeks prior to the conference by the organisers who will ask for you to email your presentation if you have it ready.

Presenters Registration
All presenters, other than those specifically sponsored, or those advised by the Conference Committee as being registration fee exempt, are required to register and pay for the conference.  Presenters also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs. Presenters need to register by the early registration deadline (Monday 27th March 2017) otherwise they risk having their paper being removed from the programme.

Re-Accessing your Abstract Submission

When you submit your abstract you will be given an access key.  If you wish to submit a new abstract or replace an existing abstract you can do this through the abstract link prior to the closing date of Tuesday 28th February.