The conference will be a series of exciting sessions convened by experts in their respective fields. We are also keen to hear about all the awesome work everyone is doing to make the concept of making room for rivers a reality. We would like to invite those working on the topic to present posters at this year’s NZ River’s Group conference.

We are looking for work that covers a wide variety of topics linked to the concept of giving rivers room, not just engineering or geomorphology.


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 must not exceed 200 words

  3. All abstracts are to be submitted via the submission portal by 31st August 2022.

  4. 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.

  5. All presenters will be notified of acceptance by 7th Sept 2022.

  6. Presentations will be in Poster format - A0 portrait orientation

Topics could include, but are not limited to:
Geomorphology & Ecology
Mātauranga Māori
Policy & planning 
Community Engagement


  • 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. The deadline for presenting author registration is 9 October 2022. 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 postpone the Conference.

  • 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 email to the submitting author by the 7th of Sept 2022.