Full Papers – Guidelines & Submission

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Next Steps

A full paper must be submitted no later than 11 June 2021 for external peer review. Full papers should be uploaded online using the link provided.

Final acceptance of papers will be subject to approval by the Review Committee and authors will be given confirmation of changes required no later than 23 July 2021.

Any paper revisions required by the Review Committee will need to be submitted no later than 20 August 2021.

A full paper template has been provided and should be used to prepare papers. The guidelines are designed to create a uniform style and a professional appearance for the publication of the Conference Proceedings, and also contribute towards the task of publishing the papers. Please follow all the requirements carefully.

A failure to comply with the requirements of the Guidelines may result in a particular paper being rejected. Some additional guidelines around the writing of full papers are below: 

  • Papers are expected to be of high technical quality and contribute knowledge to the wider industry.
  • Papers are expected to be clear and grammatically correct – please use proof readers if required.
  • Please define all acronyms at first use and define terminology. You must follow template and paper guidelines or risk rejection of your paper pre-review as it is not the reviewers job to edit your work.
  • Papers that comprise a sales pitch for a particular product, without sufficient evaluative and research context, will be rejected – please refer to the sponsorship prospectus for trade exhibition opportunities.
  • Case studies are acceptable but must be novel and/or draw specific and novel conclusions applicable across the wider industry.
  • Assertions made in papers need to be backed up with evidence such as robust data analysis and/or meta study reviews and evaluations – opinion without such backup are not publishable as research paper content and will lead to paper rejection.

Exemptions from full paper requirements may be provided for attendees to present recently published work. This work must have been published in reputable, peer reviewed academic journals* no more than 2 years prior to this Australasian Coasts and Ports Conference  (i.e. post November 2019) and must be accepted for publication before final papers are due (i.e. 20 August 2021). Exemptions will be reviewed and accepted or rejected at the discretion of the Conference Programme Committee.

*or similar outlets such as significant peer-reviewed, published book or monograph chapters but not papers in the proceeding of alternative conferences.

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

Accepted full papers will be accessible on the RMIT University Informit Database.

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

Extended Abstract

All authors must also submit an extended abstract via the full paper submission portal, by 20 August 2021.

Please refer to the extended abstract template provided.


Publication of papers in the Conference Proceedings is conditional upon Conference registration by the nominated presenting author. If the presenting author has not registered by  31 January 2022, the presentation will be removed from the programme.

Registration for the Conference is now open, and a discounted earlybird rate is available until 14 February 2022.

Key Dates

Call for Abstracts Open


Call for Abstracts Close


Registration Open

19 April 2021

Accepted Abstracts Notified

19 April 2021

Full Paper Submission Deadline

11 June 2021

DN Foster Award Nominations Close

13 August 2021

Final Paper Submission Deadline

20 August 2021

Extended Abstracts Submission Deadline

20 August 2021

Speaker Registration Deadline

31 January 2022

Early Bird Registration Close

14 February 2022


Conference Special Topics & Themes

Special Topics

Special topics have been developed to support issues that are of particular relevance to the conference theme or location or are topical at the moment. Special topics will feature key note speakers and/or panel discussions. Special topics for Coasts & Ports 2021 are:

Indigenous Perspectives on Coastal and Port Environments

The Pacific Ocean, Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, is vast and its indigenous peoples have always been closely connected to the sea, both through long ocean going voyages and more locally through coastal settlements, livelihoods, and practices. The recognition of indigenous rights and the value of indigenous knowledge systems are integral features of coastal and port environmental management. This special topic invites papers on the theory and practice of planning and decision-making that recognises and accommodates indigenous and non-indigenous world views in addressing environmental management in port and coastal contexts.


Coastal Earthquake Resilience and Recovery

The Christchurch and Kaikōura Earthquakes caused significant impacts to the natural and built environments that include lasting changes to coastal communities and ecosystems at a considerable scale. While much of the initial effects were destructive, the earthquakes have also presented opportunities to rebuild better, taking into account changes in communities and accommodating future challenges. This special topic invites papers on the changes to natural systems, and the science, engineering, policy and community responses to these major events.


Emerging Technologies in Coastal Science and Engineering

Coastal science and engineering is dependent on our understanding of the natural systems and processes. Recent advances in technology have greatly increased the volume, frequency and quality of data that can be obtained. This special topic invites papers on emerging technologies including (but not limited to) mobile technologies, remote sensing (e.g. satellite/ UAV imagery), remote vehicle and machine learning applications.

Surf Science, Engineering and Management

The surf zone is one of the most dynamic, energetic and resource rich coastal zones, extending from the shoreline to the edge of the breakers. This topic invites papers concerned with any aspect of surf zone use, management, science and engineering, including (1) the morphodynamics of surf zone waves, currents and sediment transport; (2) applied science applications such as recreational amenity (e.g. surf break engineering and modelling) and beach safety; and (3) community engagement with and values relating to surf zones and their management.


Coastal Hazards Adaptation Planning in Practice

With sea levels projected to rise by up to 400mm within 30 years and up to a metre by 2100, many low lying coastal and inland communities across the country need to understand and plan for increased flooding, erosion and rising groundwater. The theory behind adaptation planning has been extensively outlined in national guidance and is a strong focus for the research community. However, the practical realities of applying this approach to communities remains an issue. The focus of this special topic will be turning theory to practice for adaptation planning. Discussion could range from establishing and building a mandate for adaptation work, keeping communities engaged and empowered throughout the process, minimising equity issues, and consideration of funding and implementation commitments.

Conference Themes

Our Conference theme Te Oranga Takutai – Adapt and Thrive” recognises the dynamic coastal environment that we live in and the need for coastal communities to be resilient and adaptable to thrive.

Ōtautahi Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region are outstanding examples of this, with major seismic events having caused rapid and significant changes to the coastal environment and substantial damage to public and private assets and infrastructure. These events provide an ideal laboratory to examine the ongoing physical and built environment adjustments, and the possibilities for building stronger, more resilient and vibrant communities.

Working with Nature

  • In coastal, port and maritime environments
  • In urban coastal settlements
  • In dune and beach environments
  • Soft and hybrid solutions
  • For climate change adaptation

Future Proofing Coastal and Port Environments

  • Coastal response to extreme events and to climate change
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Managed retreat planning, implementation and economics
  • Adaptation in the Pacific
  • Resilience planning & practice, disaster prevention & recovery
  • Coastal earthquake resilience and recovery
  • Probabilistic hazard assessment, including shoreline responses and projections
  • Hazard assessments on non-sandy beach coasts (gravel beaches, cliffs, hydrosystems)
  • Coastal multi-hazards

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
  • Coastal and marine tourism
  • Economic, social, legal and political aspects

Coastal and Ecological Processes

  • Monitoring, instrumentation and information systems
  • Tides, storm surges, long waves and tsunamis
  • Shelf and shallow water wave dynamics
  • Nearshore currents and morphology, sediment processes,
  • Coastal meteorology, storms, tropical cyclones and extreme events
  • Coastal ecosystem processes (in estuaries, mangroves, coral reefs, etc.)
  • Coastal hydrosystems (estuaries, lagoons, lakes, ICOLLS, river mouths)
  • Surfzone hazards and drowning prevention

Port and Maritime Engineering

  • Ports and marine facilities
  • Deep water terminals
  • Navigation
  • Internal waterways
  • Dredging and reclamation
  • Fate of dredged material and morphologic response to dredging
  • Dredging management, community and ecosystems
  • Sustainable port and maritime infrastructure: e.g. extension of life, repurposing and re-use solutions
  • Green port initiatives
  • Port automation: impacts on port planning and operations
  • Ferry facilities and operations

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 other forms of ‘shoreline protection’
  • Ocean monitoring, resource, energy and exploration

Port and Coastal Planning, Policy and Management

  • Customary tenure and rights
  • Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act / customary rights
  • Integrated coastal zone management
  • Coastal, shoreline and port management
  • Risk management and adaptation
  • Sustainability, and stakeholder engagement
  • Greenfields development