Poster of the Year

The Poster of the Year Award was first presented in 2000 and provides an avenue for presentation of information on initial findings of work that has been commenced, as well as work from completed projects. The Award affords a unique opportunity for authors wanting to share their knowledge or experiences through the medium of display posters at the Conference. Posters are marked by the Technical Committee.

Each eligible poster is marked against following five criteria:

  • Technical Content
  • Practical Content
  • Future Use
  • Clarity and Logic
  • Poster Author response to questions (Scored Zero if Author not in attendance)

Call for Poster Abstracts

The Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 2021 will be held at Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton from 21- 23 September 2021.

After a successful call for technical paper abstracts, we are now looking for a call for poster abstracts to supplement the technical programme and provide further insight into the industry and its people.

As per previous years, posters will be printed by the organisers and prominently displayed at the conference. Poster presenters will also have the opportunity to address delegates and judges during the lunch break on Tuesday, 21 September.

Click here to download the 2021 Poster Template

Click here to download the 2021 Poster Guidelines – partial information is outlined below.

Poster updates for 2021

This year, delegates will also get to vote for their favourite poster using the delegate attendee app. This overall vote will aid in the final selection of the poster award winner, along with reviews from the judges.

Poster Guidelines and Instructions

Poster summaries submitted must be a maximum of 200 words, excluding title and authors and must include:

  • Title (no longer than 10 words)
  • Author(s)
  • Keywords (up to 8)
  • References

All poster presenters agree to the following:

  • Design an A0-sized poster and submit by the deadline for printing
  • To be onsite for presentation of the poster to the delegation and to judges.

All poster summaries are subject to approval by Water New Zealand’s Technical Committee.

Entry Criteria

Entries are welcome on any topic of relevance to the water industry, with entries from students particularly encouraged.

The deadline for poster abstracts is Wednesday, 28 July and entries must be submitted through the portal.

Please click here to submit your poster 

Judges and Judging Criteria

Posters are assessed by the technical committee on the following criteria;

  • Technical content
  • Practical content
  • Future use
  • Clarity and logic
  • Standard of the verbal presentation

As mentioned above, this year delegates will also vote for their favourite poster within the Conference Delegate App.

Best Poster Award

The award for best poster will be presented at The Downer Gala Dinner and Awards on Wednesday, 22 September 2021.


  • Poster portal opens: Wednesday 23 June
  • Poster portal closes: Wednesday 28 July
  • Poster copy due: 5pm Thursday 2 September
  • Poster Question and Answer session Tuesday 21 September (during the lunch break)


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The winner will receive a cash prize.


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Click here to view past recipients of this award