2023 INCISE Symposium

Nau mai, haere mai, ki Whanganui-a-tara, Aotearoa New Zealand

Welcome to INCISE 2023 conference of the International Network for Submarine Canyon
investigation and Scientific Exchange, hosted by NIWA in Wellington New Zealand, 4th-7th December 2023.

INCISE aims to bring together participants from all disciplines from submarine canyon research. The symposium will be a combination of traditional conference-style oral (with keynote speakers) and poster presentations with a set of break-out working group discussions, focusing on themes which bring together multiple disciplines.

General conference programme

NEW: Download the detailed conference programme here!

4th December 2023Full day workshop on internal
waves in canyons
Te Herenga Waka Pipitea. Rutherford House
4th December 2023Evening icebreakerTe Herenga Waka Pipitea, Rutherford House
5th-7th December 2023Science SymposiumTe Herenga Waka Pipitea, Rutherford House
6th December 2023Conference DinnerThe Boatshed
8th December 2023FieldtripCastle Point

INCISE2023 conference locations:

Workshop: Internal waves in submarine canyons

The full-day workshop will run prior to the symposium (Monday 4 th December) and will be a combination of keynote talks and an interactive session. The aim of the workshop is to give an introduction to internal waves and internal tides (not just in canyon systems); explain how to measure internal waves with conventional oceanographic instrumentation and well as using seismic methods and autonomous vehicles; then discuss the interaction of internal waves with sediment transport and the impact of internal waves on biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems.

The interactive session will include a simple data analysis exercise, using repeated CTD casts from a hydrographic station to extract the internal tide signal and calculate its available potential energy.


Key deadlines:
Abstract deadline: 1st September 2023
Confirmation of abstract acceptance: 30th September 2023
Early-bird Registration deadline: 1st October 2023Extended until 20th October 2023!
Fieldtrip Registration deadline: 1st October 2023Extended until 20th October 2023!
Standard registration deadline: 1st November 2023

Click here to register

NEW! ECR Travel grants

We have a series of small grants for Early Career Researchers & students presenting at the conference to help with travel costs.
Please send your request to be considered for one of these to indicating your career level (degree studying for or years post PhD) and what the money will be used for.

Abstract submission

We welcome abstracts for oral and poster presentations related to all disciplines of submarine canyon research, please use the template provided:

Poster presenters: poster boards will be 1200 x 1200 mm, so large enough for a portrait or landscape A0 poster.

Venue Information

Our main conference venue is Rutherford House, on Victoria University of Wellington’s Pipitea
campus. From the 4th-7th December this will be used for the icebreaker, keynote presentations, contributed talks and posters. We will also hold the internal wave workshop there.

Pipitea campus is located in the heart of Wellington’s legal, government, and business district. The campus sits adjacent to Wellington’s railway station and bus terminal, Parliament, and is close to the waterfront, and a wide selection of restaurants, bars, and accommodation options.

Click here to view the campus map


We expect you’re accustomed to finding something that is right for you. Some options that are reasonably close to the conference venue include:

  • Nomads
  • Hotel Waterloo
  • Marion Hostel
  • Ibis Hotel Wellington
  • Bay Plaza Hotel
  • U Boutique
  • Bolton Hotel
  • Quest Wellington
  • QT Hotel
  • Novotel

Contact us

Please feel free to contact us on our conference email address:

Conference Organising Committe

Joshu Mountjoy – lead convenor (NIWA)
Marta Ribo Gene (AUT)
Daniel Leduc (NIWA)
Ashley Rowden (NIWA)
Katie Maier (NIWA)
David Amblas (UB)
Veerle Huvenne (NOC)
Jaime Davies (UP/UniGib)
Robert Hall (UEA)


Platinum Sponsor

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

Silver sponsors

The Auckland university of Technology

Victoria University of Wellington