Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions have been extended!

The abstract submission deadline is now 11:59PM AEST Friday 16 April 2021

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Presentation types

Oral presentation

An oral presentation consists of a brief presentation and question and answer time. Presentation slides are mandatory. Video clips, props and graphs are encouraged but not compulsory. A paper submission is required to deliver an oral presentation.

Poster presentation

A poster presentation consists of visual information (photos, graphics, text, references tables and figures) that will be displayed on the virtual platform. Posters should include a summary of key findings (whether from research, investigations, studies or project work) and recommendations for future research or projects. A paper is not required for a poster presentation.

General policies and requirements

The abstract submission deadline has been extended until 11:59PM AEST Friday 16 April 2021.

All abstract submissions will be reviewed by the HWRS Technical Committee. The Technical Committee may accept or reject abstracts and their decision is final. The outcome of abstract submissions will be emailed in May 2021.

By submitting an abstract the authors agree to the General policies and requirements and the Speaker/Author Agreement.

Presenting authors are required to register and pay to attend the Symposium by 11 July 2021 (co-authors are not required to register). Presenters that remain unregistered after the deadline will have their submission removed from the program and Symposium proceedings. No funding or discounts are available to presenting authors.

Authors can submit multiple abstracts but may only deliver a maximum of two presentations.

A presentation may be delivered by a maximum of two presenting authors, however, both presenters must be registered to attend the Symposium.

If the abstract is selected, consent is provided for the presentation slides, video, audio recording and photos taken during the presentation to be used and published by HWRS 2021 including being provided to delegates of HWRS 2021.

Online submission is the only method for submitting abstracts for HWRS 2021.

Following abstract acceptance, a paper must be submitted to present an oral at HWRS 2021, delivering a poster does not require a paper submission.

Abstract submission guidelines


All abstracts must be prepared in the format specified in the HWRS 2021 Abstract Submission Guidelines.

  • The abstract should be a maximum of 300 words.
  • The abstract must be written in English.
  • The presenting author must ensure that the abstract is submitted correctly.
  • Abstracts submitted via email will not be accepted.
  • Presenting authors must provide a biography (maximum of 100 words) and photograph (a passport style photograph in high resolution up to 2MB) at the time of abstract submission. Photos and bios for co-authors may also be provided but are optional.

Submitting an abstract

  • An eOrganiser account is required to submit an abstract for HWRS 2021.Upon creating an eOrganiser account, submitting authors will be asked to verify their email address. If a verification email is not received, please check your spam or junk folder.
  • Once logged in to eOrganiser, go to 'Submissions', and then copy and paste the content from the abstract into the relevant fields in the online submission portal. Alternatively, type directly into the fields within the portal.


Previewing the abstract

  • Once all fields have been completed, click Preview and Submit to generate a final preview of the abstract (Adobe Acrobat plugin may be required). Check this preview carefully to ensure the accuracy of the submission. Once you are satisfied with your preview click Submit to complete the abstract submission process.


  • Upon successful abstract submission, the submitting author will receive a confirmation email containing the abstract attached as a PDF file. Please contact [email protected] if unable to locate the confirmation email.
  • The abstract should not be resubmitted for any reason.
  • Authors can view their abstracts by returning to their eOrganiser account and selecting 'Submissions'. Edits can be made to abstracts until the review process begins.
  • The outcome of abstract submissions will be emailed in May 2021.

Members of Engineers Australia can claim CPD hours for presenting at and attending HWRS 2021.

HWRS 2021 Key Dates

Call for abstracts opens

09 Feb 2021

Abstract submission deadline

16 Apr 2021

Authors notified of outcome of abstract submission

07 May 2021

Early bird registration opens

07 May 2021

Draft program available

14 May 2021

Paper submission deadline

07 Jun 2021

Early bird & presenter registration deadline

11 Jul 2021

Standard registration opens

12 Jul 2021

Submission of final version of paper for proceedings

02 Aug 2021

Standard registration closes

23 Aug 2021

HWRS 2021 commences

30 Aug 2021

HWRS 2021 concludes

02 Sep 2021