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Each year Appita holds a New Speakers Competition in conjunction with the Appita Annual Conference. The purpose of the Appita New Speakers Contest is to provide an opportunity for first-time presenters to develop their presentation skills and present in front of a large audience as part of their ongoing career development.

As a lead up to this competition, Appita holds run-off competitions in New Zealand and Australia to select a representative from the Australian and New Zealand pulp and paper industry to compete at the ANZ final which is held in conjunction with the Appita Fibre Value Chain Conference. 

Entrants must be members of Appita (non-members are invited to join to become eligible) and have not previously made a formal presentation to an industry peer audience held outside their own company.

The winners of each competition will receive an educational grant for career development in the pulp & paper industry; a trophy; and a complimentary registration to attend the Appita Fibre Value Chain Conference in Rotorua 4-6th December 2018, where they will compete in the Appita -wide New Speakers’ Competition. Each runner-up will receive a cash prize.

2018 Appita Australia - New Speakers’ Competition Call for Speakers – Now open

The 2018 Appita Australia New Speakers’ Competition, which will be held in Melbourne at BioPRIA, Monash University on the Friday 17 August. Entries close the Thursday 26 July. Register here. Please use the Abstract Template for your submission.

New Speakers Submission Form

2018 Appita New Zealand New Speakers’ Competition  - Thursday 26 July 

The 2018 NZ Section New Speakers’ Competition, will be held in Rotorua on the Thursday 26 July. For further information and to register for the meeting download the flyer here.

Interested in Sponsoring?

Sponsors are invited to be involved in this competition. It is an opportunity to be recognised as supporting an exciting event, providing an incentive for young people in the Australasian pulp and paper industry.   

For sponsorship enquiries please contact:

Karen Clark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the NZ Section New Speakers’ Competition. 

Jenny Ponter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Appita Australia New Speakers’ Competition.