Call for abstracts

Future-Fit Aotearoa is a joint ACE New Zealand and IPWEA NZ member conference. Our approximately 14,000 combined members are engineers, architects, project managers, surveyors, scientists and planners who are at the front line of delivering critical technology, construction and infrastructure in Aotearoa.

At Future-Fit we’ll explore how our members and sector can survive and thrive through the disruptions of today and tomorrow.  

Be it a worldwide pandemic, our changing climate, global financial crises, or digital disruption, we need to be ready to face the challenges head on. This means having a strong, agile and productive workforce, bold and innovative solutions, collaborative and trusting relationships, and an awareness of our broader social responsibilities to Aotearoa New Zealand.  

Today we need to address the challenges of historical infrastructure under investment, significant demand on our infrastructure and communities looming from climate change, ongoing population growth and ever-increasing expectations of utility and performance, digitally enabled opportunities, and significant gaps in our talent capacity and capability. Preparing ourselves now for the challenges of tomorrow means making sure our workforce has the environment and skills to successfully deliver innovative solutions that advance Aotearoa as an enviable nation on the global stage.

We need to unlock our potential to create a Future Fit Aotearoa.

Submit your abstract addressing one of the conference key themes:

  1. Climate adaptation, mitigation and sustainability – meeting our commitments front-on
  2. Social responsibility  – delivering a better future together
  3. People and culture  – building a thriving workforce
  4. Digital innovations and disruption – emerging technologies that will shape our solutions
  5. Infrastructure innovations – new methods to slay the challenge
  6. Risk, contracts and insurance – making barriers from the past for our building blocks of the future
  7. Overcoming infrastructure bottlenecks – enhancing productivity and efficiency

Full papers are optional, except for the Hynds Pipelines Best Paper Award.


To submit an abstract for consideration go to eOrganiser and create an account. You’ll need:

  • A snappy title
  • To select a key theme (from above list of 7)
  • To select a presentation option
    • 20 min + 5 Q&A
    • 10 min + 2 Q&A
    • Under 35  7 min + Q&A
  • 50 word teaser and 150 word abstract
  • Short bio and photo (JPEG)
  • Referee contact of someone who has recently heard you present

Key dates

  • Abstracts CLOSED
  • Notification: 14 May
  • Full papers due for Hynds Best Paper: 15 June
  • Programme finalised early July


Contact Marg at The Conference Team at 03 359 2614 or [email protected]