Lightning talk submissions

We welcome lightning talk submissions relevant to this year’s theme: Inspiring Change.

Lightning talks are concise kōrero stories, either about work or a personal experience, that run for less than 5 minutes. They do not need slides, but if so then illustrative ones with more images than text are best.

You don't need to submit a fully fleshed out idea at this stage, just a theme, topic or story that you think is interesting enough to share with others.

You can submit a talk idea for any of these reasons:

  • You’re so excited about your work you’ve just GOT to share it,

  • You won’t be able to attend or get funding unless you present, or

  • Your talk will be an amazing conversation starter!

We’d particularly love (but it isn't a requisite) to hear stories about how science communication can help drive change in audiences' attitudes or behaviours, or about an experience that inspired change in the communicator.

Submission instructions

Please submit your proposal via the form on this page by noon Rāapa 23 Whiringa-ā-Nuku, Wed 23 October.

Submissions should provide a title and a brief outline of their lightning talk (100-200 words).

Name *
100-200 words describing your proposed session.
Please tell us anything else you would like us to know.

Please note:

  • Submissions will be acknowledged within 5 days of receipt.

  • Speakers and session presenters who wish to attend more than solely their session will be required to register for the conference.

  • Travel/accommodation costs will not be covered by SCANZ.