With COVID-19 alert levels to remain in place through September, the Water New Zealand Conference and Expo will now take place from 17-19 November 2020.
Held in Hamilton, NZ, the event is the largest and broadest conference of its kind in the country covering all aspects of water from technology to management, attracting more than 1,000 domestic and international water professionals each year.
Recent outbreaks of the COVID-19 have led the New Zealand Government to increase restrictions over the past month in an attempt to stop the spread, with gathering limited to no more than 100 people in most regions.
Water NZ CEO Gillian Blythe said while postponing would no doubt cause considerable inconvenience, the event’s priority was the safety of its attendees.
“Looking ahead, if groups of more than 100 are still not possible in November, the conference will go online, and arrangements will be made to record all sessions speakers and have live keynotes and Q&As,” she said.
“We will work to ensure as good a virtual expo event as possible. The Technical Committee has selected more than 100 papers and 12 posters.
“Session chairs have been allocated. They, like you and me, are looking forward to delivering a great series of conference streams.”
Included in the postponement, the Taumata Arowai pre-conference workshop will now take place on Monday 16 November.
The AGM will still go ahead on Thursday 17 September but will be held over zoom.
For more information visit the Water NZ conference website.
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