MaDE2020: Call for Abstracts (now closed)


MaDE2020 physical conference dates have been rescheduled to 7-8 December 2020.

STANDARD REGISTRATION open until 23 November.

EARLY BIRD pricing deadline expired 15 October.



Dedicated New Zealand government website:



New Abstract Submission Deadline: 28 August 2020
Authors Notified: 22 September
All Abstract Revisions Due: 28 Sept 2020

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

Submission Guidelines

  1. Conference session themes
  2. Presentation types
  3. One Oral presentation rule
  4. Abstract selection criteria
  5. Abstract submission
  6. Abstract template
  7. Abstract notification

1. Conference session themes

To assist the MaDE2020 Programme Committee with their task of grouping related presentations, authors of Abstracts for both Oral and Poster presentation types are required to categorise their Abstract into both primary and secondary Themes/Topic Areas. All of the below options are available for selection as both primary and secondary Themes/Topic Areas. If authors do not wish to select a secondary theme, please use the primary theme also as a secondary theme.


Presentations should relate to our MaDE vision, mission and scope, and could include collaborations and case studies describing innovative journeys from idea to commercialisation. In keeping with Vision Mātauranga (a New Zealand government science policy framework which aims to unlock the science and innovation potential of Māori knowledge, resources and people), presentations which reflect integration of western science and mātauranga Māori (knowledge) are encouraged.

MaDE2020 Themes and associated Topic Areas:

  • NZ as a leader in manufacturing, design and entrepreneurship
  • Innovation, design, product development and manufacturing in a green, energy efficient environment
  • Manufacturing and design and entrepreneurship in the Circular Economy
  • Additive manufacturing – including specialist products and mass customisation
  • Advanced and functional materials in product design and manufacturing including additive manufacturing
  • 4D Printing
  • Industry 4.0 and data driven design and innovation
  • Digital tools for manufacturing, automation and control including robotics and Automation
  • Industry, University and CRI Research Collaborations
  • Research and Development Funding Opportunities
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and manufacturing
  • Commercialising IP
  • Start-up companies – the journey and challenges
  • Scaling for Growth including accessing international markets
  • Human Capability Development
  • Other

2. Presentation types

There will be TWO presentation types (Oral and Poster) at MaDE2020. 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 MaDE2020 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 MaDE2020 Exhibition and Networking area and will provide opportunities for relaxed discussion throughout the entire conference.

Prizes will be awarded to the best Poster presentations during the conference closing ceremony. There will be a single People’s Choice Award for the best Oral presentation.

Please note: MaDE2020 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 case studies, complete stories or largely completed research, technology or product development projects, with clear outcomes and conclusions, delivered in short TED-Talk-Type presentations. They should fit well in a broad manufacturing, design and entrepreneurship 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 in New Zealand or internationally, and also summarise the (potential) value of the work in an industrial context.

Posters (A0 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 or industry development persons 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.

3. 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).

4. Abstract selection criteria

The MaDE2020 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 MaDE2020 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 MaDE2020
  • 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.

5. Abstract submission

When submitting an Abstract, you will be required to provide the following information in the Portal and in your Abstract respectively.

Portal (instructions within the Portal are clear and self-explanatory)
  • 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 to publish your Abstract in the conference proceedings which will be available online
  • Acknowledgement that the presenting Author will register and attend MaDE2020
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 28 August 2020.

Once your Abstract has been accepted for a presentation at MaDE2020, you are required to register and pay to attend before Monday 23 November 2020 to avoid being removed from the programme.

Please note: Early Bird Registrations close on 15 October 2020.

6. Abstract template

Oral and Poster presenters are required to download and use the MaDE2020 Abstract Template to format their Abstract.

Please note

  • The 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 by or before 11 September 2020. If revisions are required these will be due no later than 18 September 2020.


ON 25 - 26 JANUARY 2022

In response to the New Zealand government’s recent announcement that all of New Zealand will move to traffic light Red at 11.59pm 23 January 2022, the MaDE Conference Executive have met and confirmed that the MaDE2022 Conference will not go ahead as scheduled on Tuesday 25 - Wednesday 26 January 2022.

More information will be forthcoming, we thank you for your patience as we work through our options.



MaDE2022 has been cancelled.


Abstract Portal Now Closed
Abstract Review Complete: 1 Aug 2021
Authors Notified: 10 Aug 2021
All Abstract Revisions Due: 20 Aug 2021
Student Innovation Showcase EOIs due: 10 Sep 2021
ALL PRESENTERS RECONFIRM for MaDE2022 by: 12 Nov 2021


Registration Open
Early Bird Reg. Close: 24 Dec 2021
Standard Reg. Close: 14 Jan 2022