MaD2018: Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions are now closed

Abstract Template

Please note: All abstract submissions must use the template provided and be submitted in Microsoft Word format.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Presentation types
  2. One Oral presentation rule
  3. Abstract selection criteria
  4. Conference session themes
  5. Abstract submission (including Permission to Publish)
  6. Abstract template
  7. Abstract notification

1. Presentation types

There will be TWO presentation types (Oral and Poster) at MaD2018. Both are equally valued contributions. Different presentation formats may be best suited to different kinds of content. Delegates are encouraged to choose their preferred presentation format. However the final presentation type will be determined by the MaD2018 Review and Programme Committee.

Please note that if your Abstract is accepted, the presenting author will be expected to register as a conference delegate by the due date. Failure to register will result in removal of your presentation from the conference programme.

Posters will be on display in the MaD2018 Exhibition and Networking area and will provide opportunities for relaxed discussion throughout the conference.

Prizes will be awarded to the best Oral and Poster presentations during the conference closing ceremony.

MaD2018 is an interdisciplinary conference. Therefore, please prepare Posters and Oral presentations without jargon specific to your field.

Oral presentation (12 minutes total, comprising: 8-10 minute talk + 2-4 minute Q&A)

Typically, Oral presentations will be complete stories or largely completed research projects, with clear outcomes and conclusions, delivered in short TED-Talk-Type presentations. They should fit well in a broad manufacturing and design context and be of general interest beyond the immediate subject area. If applicable, authors should outline potential or existing collaboration(s) with industry, academia, CRIs and other research organisations, and also summarising the (potential) value of the work in an industrial context.

Posters (A1 portrait display)

Poster presentations are suited for work in progress and preliminary results and are also useful for reporting new methods and techniques that might be of relatively narrow interest to researchers in particular fields. Studies that seem ideal for Oral presentations can also be presented very effectively as Posters. Posters will be on display for the duration of the Conference.

2. One Oral presentation rule

Each Delegate may submit only ONE abstract as the presenting author for an Oral presentation but can be a co-author on other presentations. The Delegate can also be the presenting author on Poster presentation(s).

3. Abstract selection criteria

The MaD2018 Programme Committee will attempt to accommodate the preferred presentation type for all delegates. The number of 12 minute Oral presentations that can be accommodated in the programme is limited, hence the number of delegates requesting Oral presentations may exceed the places available. If the demand for Oral presentations exceeds the available time slots, the MaD2018 Programme Committee will review all abstracts for 12 minute presentations offering some delegates, who request oral presentations, the option of presenting a poster. We do not anticipate exceeding the limitation on space for Posters.

The criteria used to assess Abstracts is expected to include:

  • Relevance to the Theme/Topic Area and objectives of MaD2018
  • Scientific, technical or industrial merit, originality and interest
  • A demonstrable fit to the description of Oral or Poster presentations (above)
  • Compliance with the word count and format requirements for Abstracts (detailed in the Abstract Template)

Please note: Abstracts for 12 minute Oral presentations may be submitted before all analyses and interpretations of the results have been finalised, but authors must at least report some preliminary results. Vague statements, such as ‘results will be discussed’, will not be accepted.

4. Conference session themes

Authors of Abstracts for both Oral and Poster presentation types are required to categorise their Abstract to assist the MaD2018 Programme Committee with their task of grouping related presentations.


Presentations should relate to our MaD vision, mission and scope.

MaD2018 Themes and associated Topic Areas are listed below:

  • Industry 4.0
  • New Innovations in Manufacturing
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Processes and Technologies including Digital and Virtual
  • High Value and Advanced Materials Manufacturing
  • Nano-, micro- and macro- scale Manufacturing
  • Bio-inspired Manufacturing
  • Automation
  • Industry 4.0
  • Product Design for Form and Function
  • Innovation
  • Design for Advanced Manufacturing
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing
  • Automation
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Industry 4.0
  • Future-focused Manufacturing and Design
  • Innovation/Disruption and R&D in Manufacturing and Design
  • NZ’s Globalisation in Manufacturing and Design
  • Sustainability in Manufacturing and Design
  • Role of Users and Design Thinking in Process Innovation
  • University, CRI, Industry R&D Collaborations
  • Graduate Education in Manufacturing and Design to Meet NZ Needs
  • Human Resources and Industry 4.0
  • Commercialisation Pathways for New Manufacturing and Design Processes/Products
  • Building International Linkages
  • Continuation of Innovation and R&D
  • The Problem Rich Environment as a Source of Innovation
  • Business Model and New Manufacturing Technologies
  • Disruptive Process Innovation in Low- and Medium-Tech
  • The Future of Work and the Workplace
  • Finance of New Manufacturing Technologies
  • Marketing
  • Case Studies
OTHER MANUFACTURING and DESIGN TOPICS relevant to these Themes


5. Abstract submission (including Permission to Publish)

When submitting an Abstract, you will be required to provide the following information in the Portal and in your Abstract respectively. If accepted, your Abstract will be published in the MaD2018 Conference Handbook.

  • Abstract title (should reflect the content of the presentation)
  • Name, affiliation and contact details of the corresponding (presenting) Author
  • Preferred presentation type (Oral presentation or Poster)
  • Permission (or not) to publish your Abstract online post-conference
  • Acknowledgement that the presenting Author will register and attend MaD2018
Abstract (details are specified in the Template)
  • Abstract title (same as in the portal)
  • Names, affiliations and email addresses of the presenting Author and any Co-author(s)
  • Abstract text (max. length 300 words, excluding Title, Authors and Biography)
  • Biography of presenting Author (max. length 50 words)
  • The completed Abstract in prescribed Template format should be uploaded as a Microsoft Word file

Early submission of abstracts is recommended. The closing date is 16 February 2018.

Once your Abstract has been accepted for a presentation at MaD2018, you are required to register and pay to attend before 6 April 2018 to avoid being removed from the programme.

Please note: Early Bird Registrations close on Wednesday 6 April.

6. Abstract template

Oral and Poster presenters are required to download and use the MaD2018 Abstract Template to format their Abstract.

Please noteThe format of, and instructions for, the Template will need to be followed for the Abstract to be considered for review. Abstracts must be submitted in Microsoft Word format only.

7. Abstract notification

Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process before 30 March 2018.