The NSW Coastal Conference Committee invites you to participate in our 26th Annual NSW Coastal Conference, hosted this year by Port Stephens Council. The theme for the 2017 Conference is: "The Next Wave".

The theme of "The Next Wave", evokes the idea of potential, and new beginnings. We hit 2017 with a new legislative framework that promises to reshape the way we look after our coastal environments. We've chalked up 25 years of NSW Coastal Conferences and collectively possess considerable experience in managing coastal problems. It's now time to put it all into practice and make this next wave, if not the perfect ride, then as good as we can manage. We're always striving to be better, work smarter and implement everything we've learned – and the thing that binds us together is our love for the coast in all its forms. Doing it together is more fun, so we warmly invite you to join us on The Next Wave and make this year's conference the new high water mark in best practice coastal management.

Our coast has a varied and dynamic character, and its many faces require us to be flexible, innovative and respectful. In recognising this, the selection of papers this year will aim to be representative of the diversity of all coastal environments, and all coastal managers and communities. The NSW Coastal Conference Committee would like to encourage papers from anyone that has an interest in making their coast a better place.

The Conference Committee are now calling for papers and presentations from individuals or organisations to come and share their experience and ideas with the NSW Coastal Conference 2017.

This year we turn the spotlight onto the following conference topics:

The conference offers researchers the opportunity to showcase their research to coastal managers and decision makers. Post-graduate students of all disciplines studying issues of relevance to coastal management are encouraged to submit abstracts.

Abstract submission

Please note that abstract submission is only available online.

General Policies and Requirements for Submission of Abstracts


If you are interested in submitting an abstract for consideration, please complete the following steps:

  1. Download and read the Author Instructions Please print these instructions and have them nearby when you are ready to submit your abstract.
  2. Save the Abstract Template to your computer, and use this to prepare your abstract.
  3. Write your abstract using the Microsoft Word template, adhering to the formatting guidelines outlined in the Author Instructions. Save your abstract on your computer, in an easy to find location. Please note that abstract titles should be a maximum of 20 words, and abstract text should be a maximum of 300 words.
  4. Ensure you have a short biography (max 50 words) for yourself, and every co-author listed on the abstract.
  5. Click on the "Submit Abstract" button below, and follow the steps outlined in the Author Instructions.

If you experience any difficulties with the abstract submission process, or have any questions, please contact Amy McIntosh at East Coast Conferences by emailing or by calling 02 6650 9800 or 0408 220 188.

Please note that abstracts need to be submitted by the main presenting author of the paper.

If accepted, all presenting authors will need to register and pay to attend the conference, at least for the day of the presentation. The deadline for presenters to register is Friday 28th August 2015.

Full Papers

FULL PAPERS are a requirement for those who are accepted to provide a 20 minute presentation. This will greatly enhance the information sharing benefits of participation at this conference. Full papers will be published electronically on the conference website following the conclusion of the conference. Guidelines on full paper submission will be distributed if your abstract is accepted.

  • The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday 23rd June 2017
  • Authors will be notified of abstract status by Friday 11th August 2017
  • The deadline for presenters to register is Friday 22rd September 2017
  • The deadline for full paper submission is Friday 20th October 2017