Call for abstracts

On behalf of the Organising Committee, I invite you to the 10th International Water Sensitive Urban Design and Hydropolis 2018 Conference.

WSUD18 is one of Australia’s largest events devoted to water sensitive urban design, and the conference has a long history as
Australia’s pre-eminent forum for discussing emergent and innovative approaches for practitioners in this field.

The 2018 conference theme “Creating Water Sensitive Communities“ aims to challenge delegates thinking and knowledge,
and expand their views on what represents urban water management best practice and its vital role in developing our future communities.

There are two types of abstract submissions available – Long abstract and Short  abstract for Oral presentations.

  1. Long abstracts are for those who DO NOT wish to submit a full paper if they are selected to present at the conference.
  2. Short abstracts are for those who DO wish to submit a full paper if they are selected to present at the conference.

For those who wish to present a Poster at conference, please use the SHORT abstract template for the submission.

On behalf of the organising committee I encourage you and your colleagues to submit an abstract to WSUD 2018.

Martin Anda
Technical Committee Chair, WSUD2018 Organising Committee


We encourage professionals, student, young professionals, institutes, universities and organisations to submit abstracts and share their experience under the technical streams listed below.

Selected and presented full papers will be published after the conference by Informit/RMIT.

Please note that a small number of full papers may be selected and published in the Australian Journal of Water Engineering.

Below are the call for abstract themes:

  1. Thinking big picture – A shared, inspiring vision is essential to bring people together to work towards creating water sensitive communities. This theme explores visioning, strategic and master planning, and the advocacy and leadership required to deliver water sensitive cities and towns of the future.
  2. Creating an enabling environment – To enable the transition to water sensitive communities, modern policies, legislation, governance structures and economic valuation frameworks are required, for example encompassing all forms and values of urban water. This theme focuses on understanding the social and institutional change required to support water sensitive communities, including how to build the business case and provide incentives for water sensitive projects, engage stakeholders in decision-making, establish strategic partnerships, foster cross-organisational collaboration and integrate disciplines.
  3. Hitting the ground – This theme includes design and implementation of water sensitive systems, technologies and infrastructure, as well as urban and landscape design. Opportunities to implement water sensitive urban design in a retrofit context will be discussed, for example as part of urban renewal, infill and infrastructure upgrade projects.
  4. Mainstreaming – An enduring water sensitive community requires water sensitive thinking and behaviours embedded in day to day practice. This theme explores building capacity, influencing and changing organisational culture and community attitudes. Bridging activities, education and training and initiatives to foster peer to peer learning, connections and knowledge sharing will be discussed.
  5. Pushing the boundaries – New research continues to address key knowledge gaps and empower industry with the science and tools required to advance water sensitive cities. This theme will explore innovation in urban water management, future thinking about water sensitive cities and research outcomes that are expanding our knowledge and horizons. Ideas from new water industry professionals are encouraged to be put forward under this theme.
  6. Making it work long term – This theme will help guide operation and maintenance of water sensitive urban design projects to ensure long term performance and success. Monitoring and evaluation are essential for continual learning and improvement in urban water management.
  7. Seeing is believing – Water sensitive urban development exemplars and demonstration projects are crucial to test novel concepts, provide proof-of-concept and generate learning opportunities. Demonstration sites and exemplars help to raise community awareness, promote the benefits of water sensitive development approaches and inspire industry.


  • All submissions and papers must be original work
  • All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission facility
  • An abstract must contain sufficient information so that if published it will be a complete report independent of presentation. The text should not contain statements alluding to results nor conclusions that refer to results that are not presented within the text. Download the Abstract Template with helpful instructions for authors
  • Submission acknowledges consent to publication of the abstract in the conference proceedings
  • The presenting author will be required to register for the conference. Presenters who have not registered by the deadline date time will be removed from the program
  • The abstract should describe objectives, results, conclusions, innovative steps and the significance of your work. Short abstracts will be de-weighted in the selection process
  • All abstracts and papers must be prepared according to the template provided. Abstracts and papers will only be accepted and published if submitted using the correct format in the supplied template
  • The Conference Organisers will not be held responsible for abstract submissions not received via the official email address or for submission errors caused by internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events


Please click here to download and use the WSUD 2018 LONG abstract template:
Download the template

Please click here to download and use the WSUD 2018 SHORT abstract template:
Download the template


Please click on the button “Submit an Abstract” to link to the WSUD2018 presentation portal.

Submit an Abstract

Key Dates

Call for Abstracts opens – 22 May 2017
Conference Registration opens – 6 June, 2017
Abstract submission deadline – 15 August 2017
Abstract review / acceptance – August 2017
Full paper submission deadline – 24 October 2017
Full paper review completed – 13 November 2017
Edited Final paper submission – 8 December 2017
Full paper acceptance – December 2017
Speakers notified of session allocation – December 2017
WSUD2018 Conference- 13 February -15 February 2018