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Full Paper Submissions

Full Papers

Authors of accepted abstracts are required to submit a full paper for review. Submission of full papers implies the author's agreement to publish their full paper on the proceedings USB.

Successful papers must be presented by the lead author/s or a nominated co-author. The presenter is to be underlined in the author list.

Feature Requirements
Paper size A4
Margins 2 cm (top, bottom, left and right)
Layout Abstract text is the width of the page.Main paper is to be in two-column format.
Fonts Arial 10 pt for main body
Arial 9 pt for Figure/Table headings
Arial Bold 14 pt for paper title
Spacing and Spaces Single line spacing and single lines between sections and paragraphs
Section headings In bold, as per defined style (Heading 1, 2, 3)
References A style has been created with 6pt after paragraph line spacing, so full carriage returns are not required between each reference
Text justification Fully justified, left and right margins
Number of Pages Maximum of seven A4 portrait pages, including references

Acceptance of abstracts does not imply any payment from the Conference Committee. Authors must arrange and pay their own accommodation, travel etc. to attend the Conference.

Acceptance or otherwise is at the discretion of the Conference Program Committee whose decision is final.

All full papers must be submitted by 9.00am AEDT Monday 20 February 2017


Our Conference theme "Working with Nature" reflects the increasing recognition of the need to design and operate projects from a perspective that places the natural environment at the forefront of the project, to benefit the community and nature.

An increasing awareness of the value for ecosystem services, both marine and terrestrial, complements this philosophy, and provides opportunity for maximising the benefits of multi-disciplinary collaboration between engineers, scientists and regulatory bodies.

Papers on theory, measurement, analysis, environmental effects, modelling, planning, design and construction, operation, maintenance and management are invited on the following topics:

Coastal Processes

  • Monitoring, instrumentation and information systems
  • Tides, storm surges, long waves and tsunamis
  • Shelf and shallow water wave dynamics
  • Sediment transport, sediment processes and morphology
  • Coastal processes in coastal ecosystems (estuary, mangrove, coral, etc.)
  • Coastal meteorology, storms, tropical cyclones and extreme events
  • Coastal response to extreme events and to climate change

Port and Maritime Engineering

  • Ports and marine facilities
  • Deep water terminals
  • Navigation
  • Dredging and reclamation
  • Fate of dredged material and morphologic response to dredging
  • Dredging management, community and ecosystems

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 shoreline protection
  • Ocean monitoring, resource, energy and exploration

Port and Coastal Planning, Policy and Management

  • Integrated coastal zone management
  • Shoreline management
  • Coastal risk and management
  • Climate change adaption
  • Sustainability, and stakeholder engagement

Key Dates

8 August 2016 Abstract Submissions Open
14 November 2016 Abstract Submission Deadline (9.00am AEDT)
14 December 2016 Authors advised of Submission Outcome
12 December 2016 Registration Opens
20 February 2017 Full Paper Submission Deadline (9.00am AEDT)
14 February 2017 DN Foster Award Nominations Open
17 March 2017 Earlybird Registration Closes
28 March 2017 DN Foster Award Nominations Close
18 April 2017 Deadline for Final Papers Submitted with Changes
18 April 2017 Deadline for Extended Abstracts

Information for Presenters

Oral Presentations

  • Oral presentations will be 15 minutes in duration plus 3 minutes discussion.
  • Times will be strictly enforced by chairpersons - presentations running over 15 minutes will be cut short.
  • Presenters are encouraged to practice talks and timing.
  • Presentations must be provided in PowerPoint format.
  • Presentations must be checked by the presenter with the audio-visual technician in the speakers' presentation room as soon as possible after registering at the Conference venue.
  • Presenters should arrive at their session room, introduce themselves to the chairperson and familiarize themselves with the audio-visual facilities including checking their presentation at least 10 minutes prior to session commencement.

Poster Presentations

  • Each poster board is 1.2m wide x 2.4m high, mounted vertically. Posters must be portrait size, 841mm wide x 594mm high (A1 size).
  • There is limited space in the Poster Display area and so it is not possible to accommodate posters in landscape format.
  • Velcro will be supplied by the Conference organiser.
  • Authors must prepare all posters beforehand in a form enabling easy mounting.
  • Posters should be typed in clear bold print that can be easily read from distances over one metre with the title displayed in block capitals of minimum size 25mm (1") at the top of the poster. The title should also display the names of the author(s) and the institution(s) of origin.
  • Contents should summarise the accepted paper, i.e., the study purpose/objectives, methods, results and conclusion(s).
  • Illustrations should be professionally drawn (hand drawn material will not be accepted).
  • All contents should be simple and not overburdened with detail - "minimising detail maximises information transfer".
  • Authors may provide handout material relating to their poster.
  • All posters must be mounted by the author between 8.30am and 10.00am, Wednesday 21 June, prior to the beginning of morning tea, and removed after 4.00pm, Friday 23 June. All posters must be removed no later than 5.00pm on Friday 23 June.


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 final year of first engineering degree (Australian Citizens or permanent residents, and enrolled at an Australian University) to assist attendance to the Coasts & Ports Conference. The 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 at the winners' discretion, to attend the 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 with submissions closing 28 March 2017.

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 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

PIANC Young Authors Award

The PIANC Young Authors Award has traditionally been awarded at the Coasts and Ports Conferences since 1988. This Conference continues this tradition.

PIANC Australia is the Australasian Region of PIANC.

PIANC is the International Navigation Association.

Further information of PIANC can be obtained by visiting or the Australian PIANC Website on

The Conference will award the Young Author's award consisting of free membership of PIANC Australia 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 recognize 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 lead-female author who has had accepted and subsequently published a paper at this 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 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 Poster Award

The nextGen Poster Forum supports the next generation of coastal researchers.

Current and recent postgraduate researchers will present and discuss their research with Conference delegates at the nextGEN Poster Forum, 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 Forum. Awards for the best nextGEN poster and Delegates' Choice nextGEN poster will be awarded.

NZ Coastal Society Student Award

The New Zealand Coastal Society is pleased to announce a student award to attend the Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017 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 abstract and alignment with the goals of the New Zealand Coastal Society. To be eligible the abstract must be accepted to present at Australasian Coasts and Ports 2017, 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.