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 2022 will be held at Te Pae Convention Centre in Ōtautahi Christchurch from 18 – 20 October 2022.

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.

The Poster Abstract Portal will open on Wednesday 27 July, and the link will be included on this page.

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 Wednesday, 19 October.

Click here to download the 2022 Poster Template

Click here to download the 2022 Poster Guidelines – partial information is outlined below.

Poster updates for 2022

This year, the Technical Committee will vote for the posters based on visual appeal, content and readability.

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 Friday, 16 September 2022 and entries must be submitted through the portal.

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

Best Poster Award

The award for best poster will be presented at The Downer Gala Dinner and Awards on Wednesday, 19 October 2022.


    • Poster portal opens: Wednesday, 27 July 2022
    • Poster portal closes: Friday, 16 September 2022
    • Poster copy due: Friday, 30 September 2022
    • Poster Question and Answer session: Wednesday, 19 October 2022 (during the lunch break)


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Click here to view past recipients of this award