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.

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 Full Application Details including nomination guidelines and a nomination form are available at

Nomination deadline: 15 October 2021

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 and New Zealand is the Australasian Region of PIANC. 

PIANC is the International Navigation Association.

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

The Conference will award the Young Author’s award consisting of free membership of PIANC Australia and New Zealand 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 recognise 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 female lead 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 Award

The nextGen Award supports the next generation of coastal researchers.

Current and recent postgraduate researchers will present and discuss their research with Conference delegates at the NextGen Lightening Talk Session 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 Session. Awards for the best nextGEN Talk and Delegates’ Choice nextGEN Talk will be awarded.

New Zealand Coastal Society Sustainability Award

The New Zealand Coastal Society Sustainability Award was first introduced by eCoast in 2017. The award is focussed on creating awareness, aspiration, leadership and effort towards a sustainable future. Conference contributions are judged against three criteria that are central to our coastal life:

  1. Integration of the 4 well-beings (environmental, social, cultural, economic) for a balanced sustainable outcome
  2. Leadership/innovation in the application of a sustainability strategy (e.g. holistic systems consideration, minimised resource use, restoration and engagement of kaitiakitanga)
  3. Adaptation and social resilience strategies

The taonga (award) comprises a paua embedded greenstone pounamu mere on a kauri base, representing the connectivity between our whenua and takutai.

Previous recipients have shown us that not only can environmental impacts be balanced against growth and development, but through diligent and responsible process the quality of our environment can be maintained and improved.

New Zealand Coastal Society Student Award

The New Zealand Coastal Society is pleased to announce a student award to attend the Australasian Coasts and Ports 2021 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 2021, 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 for further information.