Welcome to NZFSS 2016

Delegates to the NZFSS ‘Freshwater on the edge’ conference 2016 will be treated to something special in Southland this December.

The overarching theme of the conference is ‘Freshwater on the edge’ and reflects the push towards the edge of our scientific knowledge, including the scientific innovation to maintain and restore the health of some of our special freshwater resources. In cases, we may be approaching tipping points for some of our lakes, rivers and estuaries. Can we bring them back from the edge?
This conference will provide a forum for sharing scientific and environmental knowledge with the concept of ‘ki uta ki tai’ running throughout.  Leading edge science, restoring important ecosystems and looking to the future of freshwater science are just some of the topics to be covered at this years’ conference.

Every year, more than a million visitors come to admire the beauty of Southland's environment; from our world heritage parks, internationally recognised wetlands, to our great walks and ancient forests. Rivers traverse the land and spill into the mighty lakes of Te Anau, Manapouri and Hauroko (New Zealand's deepest lake) and down to internationally recognised estuaries and wetlands before joining the sea where they meet the longest coastline of any region in the country.
State of the art sporting facilities, successful family businesses and innovative attractions create memories that will be hard to forget. Southland is known for its friendly people, wide open streets and captivating scenery. Conference delegates will be treated to a Southland experience, and we can’t wait to welcome you south to the 'Freshwater on the edge’, conference at the Ascot Park Hotel, Invercargill.
Southland, New Zealand
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Call for Abstracts

The main conference theme is “Freshwaters on the Edge”,
authors are invited to submit oral and poster abstracts under the
following sub-themes:
  • Fresh Water On the edge
  • Science Ethics
  • Communication
  • Management (policy and practice)
  • Unusual Freshwater ecosystems
  • Video session (of posters)
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Community knowledge
  • Ecosystems on the edge (threshold response)
  • Fish
  • Wetlands
  • Lakes
  • Restoration effectiveness
  • Interdisciplinary Systems thinking
  • Limit setting
  • Connected ecosystems and species
  • Sensing the environment
  • Statistical approaches
  • Estuaries 
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Key Dates

Keynote Speakers

The Conference Committee is pleased to introduce three of our Keynote Speakers, more information on the invited speakers will be updated on the conference website continuously, so make sure you check back regularly to stay up to date.

Brian Brooks

Baylor University

Professor of Environmental Science and Biomedical Studies 

Graham Harris

University of Tasmania,

and Professorial Fellow at SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong

Jacinta Ruru

University of Otago

Professor of Legal Studies


Field Trips

Field trips will take place on Wednesday the 7th of December. Prices vary depending on the trip. See conference website for further details. 
  • Waikawa Whanau

  • Waituna – a system on the edge


  • Aparima and Jacobs River Estuary

  • Waiau habitat Restoration

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