The Conference Committee is now calling for papers for the Floodplain Management Australia National Conference, hosted by City of Gold Coast.  

The theme for the 2018 conference is “Waterways of Success” Developing flood resilience in our communities”, which will focus on Australian and international achievements in flood risk management, with practical examples from the Gold Coast network of waterways, rivers, creeks, lakes, canals and coastline.

We are looking for a range of high quality presentations from across Australia dealing with riverine, overland and flash flooding, and coastal inundation. The content can be technical or non-technical to suit our varied audience. Tertiary students studying floodplain management or natural disaster management are particularly encouraged to participate.

The subject of the presentation should align with one or more of the following topic areas.

  • Flood resilience and risk management
  • Assessing flood hazard and risk
  • Modelling
  • Land use planning
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Flood policy, guidance and best practice
  • Building community resilience and engagement
  • Flood emergency preparedness and management
  • Recovery
  • Flood stories & case studies

Presentation Types

  • Oral Presentation: 10 minute presentation for concurrent session. Provision of a written paper is optional.
  • Oral Presentation: 25 minute presentation for concurrent session. Provision of a written paper or extended abstract is an essential requirement.
  • Poster Presentation: will be displayed during the conference and there will be an allocated time for authors to provide a 3 minute presentation and answer queries. Electronic posters will also be available this year.

Abstract Submission

Please note that abstract submission is only available online If you are interested in submitting an abstract for consideration, please complete the following steps:

  • Download and read the Author Instructions . Please print these instructions and have them nearby when you are ready to submit your abstract.
  • Save the Abstract Template to your computer, and use this to prepare your abstract.
  • 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 12 words, and abstract text should be a maximum of 300 words.
  • Ensure you have a short biography (max 50 words) for yourself, and every co-author listed on the abstract.
  • 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 23rd March 2018

Full Presentation Papers

If you wish to provide a 25 Minute Presentation you must provide a paper or an extended abstract before the conference.

Papers will be published electronically on the Floodplain Management Australia website, Members’ Section, following the conclusion of the conference. They will be publically available 12 months after the Conference. Guidelines on Full Paper submission will be distributed if your abstract is accepted. The deadline for Full Paper submission is Friday 27th April 2018.

Presentations will be published on the Floodplain Management Australia website following the conclusion of the conference

Optional peer review evaluation

As an additional option for authors where publishing is an important element, full papers can be submitted for peer review refereeing by Friday 16th February 2018. Authors will be advised of acceptance and/or any changes needed by Friday 30th March 2018. Acceptance of abstracts for conference presentation does not depend on submission for peer review. If you would like to take have your full paper peer reviewed, please type "Peer Review" in additional comments when submitting your abstract. (Please see step 10 above).


Critical Dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline : Monday 30th October 2017
  • Presenter Notification : Friday 15th December 2017
  • Peer Review Submission Deadline : Friday 16th February 2018
  • Early and Author Registration Deadline: Friday 23rd March 2018
  • Full Paper Submission (not being peer reviewed): Friday 27th April 2018