Call For Abstracts


The Call for Abstracts is now closed.  Thank you to those who submitted an abstract.

The Conference will be held on 17 & 18 August 2017 at Mac’s Function Centre in Wellington.  The conference theme is Repositioning Risk Management.

RiskNZ is the peak sector and professional body in New Zealand for those involved in managing risk, it has the vision that New Zealand prospers because risk is well managed.

Conference 2017 presents leading edge thinking; offering insights to emergent issues and practices domestically and abroad; sharing best practice, knowledge, expertise and skills; enabling learning from shared experiences; and nurturing productive professional networks.

New Zealand organisations will face opportunities and challenges as humans across the globe adopt new technologies, change political landscapes, adopt new trading relationships, and react to war and natural hazards.

The conference provides a forum to discuss today’s thorny risk management issues and the tools and techniques that will be needed in future years: How can organisations position themselves to take advantage of opportunities whilst protecting their assets, operational base, and workforce?  How can risk management provide competitive advantage?

The Conference will include papers delivered over two days.  There will be two conference streams and plenary sessions with keynote speakers.  The Conference Committee is seeking papers and presentations that are topical, relevant, and stimulating.

Indicatively, abstracts should detail research work, highly developed new thinking, or case studies offering clear learnings. The subject matter must be recent and highly relevant in nature. The abstract must relate to work the submitter has been personally involved in.

It is anticipated the conference will feature streams covering (but not limited to):

  • Cyber (including fraud and data theft)
  • People, Property and Physical security
  • Future of work
  • GeoPolitical
  • Innovation, disruptive technologies and new business ventures (including data analytics)
  • Risk Communication
  • Governance and risk leadership (people managing risk)
  • Research and Standards

Conference sessions are presently planned to be 45 minutes in duration. Some opportunity exists for workshop styled sessions and for shorter presentations of approximately 20 minutes.

We encourage you to submit an abstract, this is an exciting opportunity to share knowledge and experience with peers.

Key Dates
Close-off deadline for the submission of abstracts 4pm, Friday 10 March
RiskNZ notifies which abstracts/proposals will be short-listed for final consideration in the context of wider conference content 31 March
RiskNZ confirms those abstracts/proposals confirmed for inclusion in the conference 28 April
Full paper and biography required 31 May
Deadline for presenting authors to register for conference 16 June


Terms and Conditions
  • Abstracts and/or presentation proposals must be submitted by email to by the close-off deadline of 4pm, Friday 10 March 2017.
  • Abstracts / proposals must be limited to 450 words, on one A4 page that must also contain the full contact details, role/employment and relevant qualifications of the person submitting.
  • Multiple abstracts may be submitted, but each must clearly detail a distinctly different subject matter.
  • RiskNZ will in its sole discretion determine and notify by Monday 31 March 2017 which abstracts/proposals will be short-listed for final consideration in the context of wider conference content.
  • RiskNZ will subsequently at its discretion, but no later than Friday 28 April 2017, confirm those abstracts/proposals confirmed for inclusion in the conference.
  • A 100 word (approx) biography is required by Wednesday 31 May 2017.  The biography will appear on the Conference website and will be used to introduce the presenting  author at Conference.
  • At least one of the authors must be registered for Conference by 16 June 2017.  Authors/speakers who do not meet these requirements will have their papers and details withdrawn from the conference website and the conference programme.  
  • The primary author/speaker submitting an abstract  paper is responsible for obtaining any copyright clearance required for all materials supplied to the Conference.
  • By submitting it is acknowledged and confirmed that RiskNZ may use the abstract (or part thereof) in conference marketing and publicity, and that RiskNZ is entitled to reproduce the presentation manuscript in full or part post-conference. 

Any enquiries regarding this call for abstracts should be directed in the first instance by email to Erin Killian, RiskNZ Administration Officer: