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Submission Guidelines & Selection Criteria



Please note the following important submission guidelines: 

  • Ozwater’20 submissions may be amended or withdrawn before midnight, Friday, 27 September 2019.
  • You must select from the list of conference themes in which your submission fits.
  • You must select the correct template and follow all formatting instructions in the submission template.
  • The title should be clear and concise (under 20 words).
  • You may submit more than one abstract, case study, or video pitch.
  • Presenters can only be featured in the Ozwater’20 program once as an oral speaker. If multiple submissions are selected, an alternative presenter will be required.
  • By submitting an abstract, case study, or video pitch, it will be assumed that all authors have consented to its submission and that all copyright provisions listed here have been met.
  • If accepted, you understand that a full paper is compulsory (including video pitch submissions)
  • The paper accepted into the Ozwater’20 program must not have been presented or published previously.
  • Abstracts & full papers will appear online and will be made available to attendees.
  • Submissions must be based on outcomes, not future projects.
  • Ozwater is the leading water sector conference in Australia and as such, the quality of presentation delivery should be of the highest standard.
  • Any submission of a commercial or marketing nature will not be accepted.
  • Full papers are made publicly available 3 months after the event date. 



You must apply using relevant submission templates provided here. Any submission that is emailed or faxed to Australian Water Association will not be considered. Peer review of abstracts and full papers will be made available once the reviewing closes.


Extended Abstract

An extended abstract should contain references, comparisons to related work, proofs of key theorems and other details expected in a research paper but not in a short form abstract. An extended abstract is a research paper whose ideas and significance can be understood in less than an hour.  For Ozwater, extended abstracts are to be no longer than 2 pages of text followed by up to 3 pages of tables or graphs.


Case Study

Case studies are suited to organisations or individuals who are able to describe a real-life water issue, have been able to analyse the issue, implement a solution and evaluate the results of the project, and can then present it in case study format.


Video Pitch

New to the submission process for last year was the video pitch. While some submissions are more suited to an extended abstract or case study template, the video pitch allows the industry to determine the best platform to communicate their message, particularly if their focus is on marketing campaigns, community engagement programs, or customer projects. If the video pitch results in program acceptance, a case study or paper is then required.



All abstracts for technical papers, case studies and video pitches are industry peer-reviewed by water industry professionals and academics and scored based on the below criteria. Australian Water Association staff are not involved with the reviewing process.

Top-scoring abstracts are then sent to the Ozwater’20 program committee for an additional review to ensure that they meet the Ozwater’20 themes and a draft program is established.

Technical papers, case studies and video pitches for consideration for oral presentations are judged on:

  • Relationship and significance to the themes of the conference
  • Contribution to the water sector
  • Technical and case study content
  • Interest and significance to the Ozwater audience
  • Status of the project
  • Quality (spelling, grammar and layout, and for videos that sound & visuals are clear)

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