Call for Abstracts

Guidelines & Submission

Thank you for your interest. Abstract submissions have now closed, the reviewing process is currently underway and authors will be notified in accordance with the key dates schedule below.

Abstracts must be submitted online as Microsoft Word documents only using a specific format – an abstract template is available online and must be used for all abstracts submitted.

  • Abstracts must be a minimum of 250 words, and no longer than 300 words
  • Abstracts must be submitted in Arial 11 point font
  • The abstract title must be typed in Arial 14 point, bold and centred font
  • The presenting author/s name/s must be typed in bold
  • All author details and affiliations must be included
  • The first author’s email address must be included
  • Authors must include a maximum of five keywords sufficient to highlight the relevant topics addressed in your paper.
  • Abstracts must be text only – graphics, pictures or graphs should not be included.

Please note that while there is no limit on the number of abstracts you can submit, the Conference Program Committee will, where possible, limit the number of presentations per first author to one.

Presenters of accepted abstracts are required to register and pay to attend the Conference as a delegate for at least the day they are presenting.

Submission of abstracts implies the author’s agreement to publish their extended abstract in the final Conference Program Handbook and on the Conference website once the event has concluded.

Authors of accepted abstracts are required to submit a full paper for review. Submission of full papers implies the author’s agreement to publish their full paper on the proceedings USB.

Successful papers must be presented by the lead author/s or a nominated co-author. The presenting author’s name must be listed in bold font in the author list.

Acceptance of abstracts does not imply any payment from the Conference Committee. Authors must arrange and pay their own accommodation, travel etc. to attend the Conference.

Acceptance or otherwise is at the discretion of the Conference Program Committee whose decision is final.

Terms of Publishing

All full peer-reviewed papers will be published on the RMIT Informit database. In order to be published on the RMIT Informit you must agree to the Engineers Australia Copyright Author Agreement, as part of the online submission process.

Brief overview of RMIT Informit

Engineers Australia is a Learned Society and one of the major function of the Learned Society is to produce a Body of Knowledge in a form of peer-reviewed technical papers, conference papers, practice notes, etc. This body of knowledge has been systematically collected, preserved and made available to members by EA library since the formation of the institution in 1919.

The Informit Engineering Collection covers the majority of engineering publications produced by Engineers Australia since 1973 – 40 years of engineering research by engineers, for engineers. It is one central repository for EA publications with 70,000 papers and 600 conference proceedings, technical journals and reports. The collection covers across all engineering disciplines such as aeronautical, electrical or chemical.

Benefits of RMIT Informit: Visibility and Discoverability
  • Members get free access to the whole collection, at no costs, as a member benefit, via Library section of MyPortal.
  • Majority of Academics can get free access via their University Library subscription (at all major Universities)
  • Non-members get free access to metadata with abstracts via a different link (located on the general website) and can then purchase papers on a pay-per-view basis at $4 per paper –
  • Engineers Australia’s publications are now available to all Australian and international libraries on subscription basis via Informit.
  • Currently there are more than 70 subscribing organisations in Australia and overseas.
  • Comprehensive metadata and abstracts can also be found via Google Scholar, and purchased on pay-per-view basis from Informit –
  • National Library of Australia gets metadata feed from Informit and via international data feeds makes it available on different aggregator’s platforms for further discoverability
All Full Papers must be submitted by midnight AEDT, Sunday 5 May 2019


Abstract Template
Extended Abstract Template
Full Paper Template


Our Conference Theme “Future directions from 40°S and beyond” reflects the increasing awareness about the need to find suitable means for adapting to change in the “right” direction. It also identifies a geographical location (in latitude) at the northern extremity of Tasmania. Beyond 40°S is the world at large but specifically alludes to two continents- a frozen one southward, and a warmer one above. A deeper understanding of the frozen continent, Antarctica, will aid an increasing knowledge about its influence on oceans and coasts around Australasia, Oceania and beyond.

Papers on theory, measurement, analysis, environmental effects, modelling, planning, design and construction, operation, maintenance and management are invited on the following topics:

Coastal Processes

  • Monitoring, instrumentation and information systems
  • Tides, storm surges, long waves and tsunamis
  • Shelf and shallow water wave dynamics
  • Sediment transport, sediment processes and morphology
  • Coastal processes in coastal ecosystems (estuary, mangrove, coral, etc.)
  • Coastal meteorology, storms, tropical cyclones and extreme events
  • Coastal response to extreme events and to climate change

Port and Maritime Engineering

  • Ports and marine facilities
  • Deep water terminals
  • Navigation
  • Dredging and reclamation
  • Fate of dredged material and morphologic response to dredging
  • Dredging management, community and ecosystems

Coastal and Ocean Engineering

  • Wave-structure-soil interactions
  • Breakwaters and Erosion and flood mitigation coastal structures
  • Recreational facilities, waterfront development and marinas
  • Beach nourishment and shoreline protection
  • Ocean monitoring, resource, energy and exploration

Port and Coastal Planning, Policy and Management

  • Integrated coastal zone management
  • Shoreline management
  • Coastal risk and management
  • Climate change adaption
  • Sustainability, and stakeholder engagement

Blue Economy

  • Multi-use of space, multi-use platforms and management in the blue economy
  • Marine renewable energy
  • Environmental characterisation and assessments
  • Aquaculture
  • Marine biotechnology
  • Economic, social, legal and political aspects

Key Dates

10 September 2018 Abstract Submissions Open
11 February 2019 Registration Opens
13 February 2019 DN Foster Award Nominations Open
17 February 2019 Abstract Submission Deadline
1 April 2019 Authors advised of Submission Outcome
5 May 2019 Full Paper Submission Deadline
2 May 2019 DN Foster Award Nominations Close
19 June 2019 Deadline for Final Papers Submitted with Changes
19 June 2019 Extended Abstract Submission Deadline
14 June 2019 Earlybird Registration Closes

Information for Presenters

Oral Presentations

  • Oral presentations will be 15 minutes in duration plus 3 minutes discussion.
  • Times will be strictly enforced by chairpersons – presentations running over 15 minutes will be cut short.
  • Presenters are encouraged to practice talks and timing.
  • Presentations must be provided in PowerPoint format.
  • Presentations must be checked by the presenter with the audio-visual technician in the speakers’ presentation room as soon as possible after registering at the Conference venue.
  • Presenters should arrive at their session room, introduce themselves to the chairperson and familiarize themselves with the audio-visual facilities including checking their presentation at least 10 minutes prior to session commencement.

Poster Presentations

  • Each poster board is 2.4m high x 1m wide, mounted vertically. Posters must be portrait size, 841mm high x 594mm wide (A1 size).
  • There is limited space in the Poster Display area and so it is not possible to accommodate posters in landscape format.
  • Velcro will be supplied by the Conference organiser.
  • Authors must prepare all posters beforehand in a form enabling easy mounting.
  • Posters should be typed in clear bold print that can be easily read from distances over one metre with the title displayed in block capitals of minimum size 25mm (1″) at the top of the poster. The title should also display the names of the author(s) and the institution(s) of origin.
  • Contents should summarise the accepted paper, i.e., the study purpose/objectives, methods, results and conclusion(s).
  • Illustrations should be professionally drawn (hand drawn material will not be accepted).
  • All contents should be simple and not overburdened with detail – “minimising detail maximises information transfer”.
  • Authors may provide handout material relating to their poster.
  • All posters must be mounted by the author between 8.30am and 10.00am, Wednesday 11 September, prior to the beginning of morning tea, and removed after 4.00pm, Friday 13 September. All posters must be removed no later than 5.00pm on Friday 13 September.


D.N. Foster Award

In recognition of Doug Foster’s contribution to Australian coastal engineering, the National Committee on Coastal & Ocean Engineering created the Doug N. Foster Memorial Fellowship Fund in September 2001.

The Fellowship Fund is to encourage engineering students to pursue career opportunities in coastal and/or ocean engineering. Up to four Awards will be offered to students who are in the final two years of their first engineering degree at the time of the conference (Australian Citizens or permanent residents, and enrolled at an Australian University), to assist attendance to the Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference. The Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference is an amalgamation of the Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the Australasian Port and Harbour Conference.

Each student winning an Award will receive a certificate which is conferred by the Engineers Australia, free registration and up to $1000 worth of travel and accommodation, to attend the Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference.

Students applying for the award are invited to submit a single A4 page outlining why they should receive the fellowship to develop their interests in Coastal &/or Ocean Engineering. The applications are to be accompanied by a copy of academic record and a reference in support of the application.

Further information on the award and past winners is available on the NCCOE website.

Full Application Details including nomination guidelines and a nomination form are available at with submissions closing 2 May 2019.

Kevin Stark Memorial Award

The Kevin Stark Memorial Award was established in 1993 in honour and memory of the Late Professor Kevin Stark of James Cook University whose untimely death in 1989 ended a most remarkable career which, amongst many other achievements, greatly contributed to the advancement of coastal and ocean engineering within Australia.

The National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering (NCCOE) established the award to foster and encourage excellence in coastal and ocean engineering across the range of professional practice, research and teaching. Any author who has had accepted and subsequently published a paper at this Australasian Coasts and Ports Conference is eligible for the Award. There is no formal entry process; all papers accepted for the conference will be assessed against the listed criterion by a panel of reviewers and oral presentations assessed by a subcommittee of the NCCOE.

The NCCOE reserves the right not to make the Award in the event that no suitable candidate is available.

The award recognises excellence in coastal and ocean engineering. The criteria for selection include the following considerations:

  • Potential contribution to state of knowledge and practice
  • Extent of multi-disciplinary expertise applied
  • Quality and clarity of the written presentation
  • Potential for fostering further enquiry
  • Technical quality

The Award is in the form of a bronze Medal which will be engraved in personal recognition of the chosen author’s attainment and is presented personally by the Chairperson of the NCCOE at the Conference. In the event of multiple joint authors, individual Medals may be awarded. An Honour Roll of past award recipients will be published in the conference proceedings and on the NCCOE website. Additionally, the author will be invited to submit the chosen conference publication for consideration by the editorial board of Engineers Australia, Civil Engineering Transactions Journal.

PIANC Young Authors Award

The PIANC Young Authors Award has traditionally been awarded at the Australasian Coasts and Ports Conferences since 1988. This Conference continues this tradition.

PIANC Australia is the Australasian Region of PIANC.

PIANC is the International Navigation Association.

Further information of PIANC can be obtained by visiting or the Australian PIANC website

The Conference will award the Young Author’s award consisting of free membership of PIANC Australia for 2 years.

The winning paper can be entered in the PIANC International De Paepe – Willems Award.

Eligibility criteria are as follows:

  1. The author should be no more than 40 years old at the date of the Conference.
  2. The author should be a citizen or permanent resident of either Australia or New Zealand.
  3. The author is required to present the paper at the Conference.
  4. The paper should be directly related to the fields of design, construction, improvement, maintenance, monitoring, environment considerations, and operation of:
    • inland and maritime waterways including rivers, estuaries, canals, port approaches, and;
    • inland and maritime ports and coastal areas.
  5. The theme of the paper should be well developed for application.
  6. The author should be the lead author for the paper and be the sole presenter at the conference. Both paper submission and presentation are assessed for the award.
  7. The author/s, when submitting their paper, should indicate that they would like to be considered for the award.

Women in Coastal Geoscience and Engineering Award

The Women in Coastal Geoscience and Engineering Award was established in 2016 to recognize and promote the achievements of women in the areas of coastal geoscience and engineering and to foster a positive commitment to future gender equity within the discipline. The award aims to encourage student and early career females to pursue a career in the Coastal/Ocean Engineering and Geoscience discipline. Any lead-female author who has had accepted and subsequently published a paper at this Australasian Coasts and Ports Conference is eligible for the Award. Upon submission of your final paper, you must indicate that you wish to be considered for this award.


  • The award is open to any paper submitted to the Australasian Coasts and Ports conference which is led by a female author.
  • The female lead (or female co-author) must present the paper at the conference.
  • The lead author must indicate they wish to be considered for the award upon final paper submission.
  • The award will be made based on the innovation, and scientific excellence of the paper.

nextGEN Poster Award

The nextGen Poster Forum supports the next generation of coastal researchers.

Current and recent postgraduate researchers will present and discuss their research with Conference delegates at the nextGEN Poster Forum, to be held on the opening afternoon of the Conference.

All nextGEN delegates will present a summary poster of their research and be available to meet and discuss their work with other Conference delegates during the Forum. Awards for the best nextGEN poster and Delegates’ Choice nextGEN poster will be awarded.

NZ Coastal Society Student Award

The New Zealand Coastal Society is pleased to announce a student award to attend the Australasian Coasts and Ports 2019 Conference.

The award will cover conference registration, attendance at the conference dinner and $1000 towards travel and accommodation. The award winner will be judged on the quality of the accepted paper and alignment with the goals of the New Zealand Coastal Society. To be eligible the paper must be accepted to present at Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017, the lead author must be enrolled at a recognised Tertiary institution based in New Zealand and a student member of the NZ Coastal Society at the time of submission. Contact [email protected] for further information.