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6th International Palaeoflood Conference

New Zealand
27-31 January 2020

Whanganui George

Welcome and Conference Theme

On behalf of the Organising Committee for the 6th International Palaeoflood Conference, we extend a warm invitation to join us at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand for Palaeofloods VI. The theme for this event is understanding the past to prepare for the future. The need for robust reconstructions of flood histories is ever more pressing in an era of rapid global change. Improved understanding of past river behaviour and flood series extension are required to properly inform and prepare river managers, and society as a whole, for what the future may bring for our rivers and floodplains.

Who Should attend?

Anyone working on floods, past, present, and future! The conference theme aims to emphasise the inherent value in understanding flood histories in order to better understand future floods and prepare society for these events. Pure and applied research that is broadly relevant to this theme is welcome.

Whanganui River

Conference Format

In line with previous Palaeoflood conferences, our intention is to offer two full days of papers and posters, ideally in a single-session format, along with a third day visiting key field sites in the Manawatu and Whanganui rivers used in recent palaeoflood reconstruction.

Wednesday 29th January: The first day of papers and posters presented at our venue in Massey University (Ag Hort Lecture Block), Palmerston North. Posters will be on display throughout the duration of the conference, but presenters will have a brief opportunity to introduce their work to all delegates at the end of this day, which will lead into a Posters Reception for the early evening, giving a focused opportunity for in-depth discussion of research on display.

Thursday 30th January: Our mid-conference fieldtrip will visit sites in the Manawatu and Whanganui Rivers where recent palaeoflood work has been published and is ongoing. We plan to spend most of the day in the Whanganui and hope to begin a walk around the valley cut-off at Atene with a visit to the Atene Marae. Walking is mainly flat, but surfaces may be rough and uneven.

Friday 31st January: The final day of the conference will pick up the programme of papers again. The day will conclude with the Conference Dinner at Wharerata Function Centre on campus and a short walk from the conference venue.


Pre Conference

The conference in Palmerston North will be preceded by a two-day pre-conference fieldtrip starting from Auckland airport on Monday 27th January and concluding in Palmerston North on Tuesday 28th.

Attendance on this fieldtrip is limited to 20 participants.

Conference Fieldtrip

Included in the price of your registration is a mid-conference fieldtrip to sites in the Manawatu and Whanganui Rivers.

Post conference Fieldtrip

Initial conference flyer information anticipated a post-conference fieldtrip, however the logistics and costs involved have precluded this – sorry! We are sure you would probably prefer to find your own way around the South Island in any case and at a pace, timeframe, and budget that suits your needs.

Further info ...


Practical Information

Conference Dinner

The conference will conclude with dinner on Friday 31 January at the original Wharerata homestead on the University Campus http://wharerata.co.nz


There are plenty of accommodation options to suit a range of budgets in Palmerston North, including rooms on campus in university halls of residence. Campus accommodation can be booked using the website: https://www.mystudentvillage.com/nz/short-stays-newzealand/manawatu-halls/

Please be aware that the Massey University campus is 5 km from the centre of Palmerston North. If you would like city motel or hotel accommodation (and better access to restaurants), the walking is flat, and there are regular buses during the day. Several motels are sited conveniently along Fitzherbert Avenue.

Bus timetable




Whanganui Atene Cutoff


Draft Program Palaeofloods Conference Program (1,036 KB)

Abstract Submissions

Submissions opens 1 May 2019

Submissions closes 30 October 2019 - Closed.

Oral Papers

Oral papers have been allocated 20 minutes, please aim for around 15 minutes for your presentation, with the remainder available for questions. At the end of each session we will also be having a 15-20 minute discussion, which provides additional opportunity for questions and pulling together ideas that have been presented, so that we can go a little deeper and integrate ideas.


Presentations should be in powerpoint format (either widescreen or standard dimensions are fine) and be ready for upload from a memory stick or portable hard drive in the break before the session to be presented.


Posters should be in A0 format, portrait orientation. Poster boards will be available at registration and posters can be displayed immediately (pins will be provided).


Conference Registration (includes daytime catering and conference dinner on Friday):

Earlybird registration: $450.00, closes 31 October 2019

Student Earlybird registration: $290.00, closes 31 October 2019

Student Full registration: $370.00

Full registration: $600.00

Fieldtrip registration closes 31 October 2019

Final date for registrations 1 December 2019

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