Work-Integrated Learning on the Rise 2.0

April 28-30, 2021 | University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand


The annual WILNZ conference is focused on Work-Integrated Learning and Cooperative Education, providing a supportive and inspirational conference for practitioners and researchers from the tertiary education sector, industry, community and government.



28-30th APRIL 2021 | University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

Our conference (planned for 2020) has been re-scheduled to 2021. We have carried over to 2021 all abstracts, papers and registrations already received. Authors and registrants will be contacted later in the year to confirm that they wish this to happen.

Conference fees

We have carried over to 2021 all registrations already received. Registrants will be contacted later in the year to confirm that they wish this to happen.
The registration link is currently closed. It will re-open in November for new registrations.
If you need to register prior to November, please contact

WILNZ has arranged a discounted rate for the Novotel hotel in Hamilton Central. Bookings need to be direct with the hotel, using the following link.

Novotel hotel

There will be a university shuttle from the Novotel to the University (and back) at set times everyday. 

Tourism Waikato


While in Hamilton, enjoy some of our local activities!




The amazing Waitomo Glowworm Caves, blackwater rafting, and ziplining. Everything from an easy glowworm cave experience to a full-on adventure (abseiling into a cave, blackwater rafting!).





Great bush walks and cycling trails


Call for Papers for 2021 WILNZ Conference

We have carried over to 2021 all abstracts and papers already received. Authors will be contacted later in the year to confirm that they wish this to happen.

Easychair remains open and papers for accepted abstracts can be added at any time.
New abstracts can also be submitted.

A formal call for new abstracts will be sent out soon


Key dates are as follows:

  • Abstracts – due mid December 2020
  • Papers for proceedings  – 28th February 2021
  • Abstracts for student posters – 28th February 2021

Abstracts will be reviewed with rolling acceptance, with notification received three weeks after submission.

General aims of conference:

➢ to report research in work-integrated learning(WIL)/cooperative education in New Zealand
➢ to debate topical issues
➢ to report on good practice & innovative features
The conference may help WIL practitioners, academics and NZACE members enhance their practice, research and publishing capability.

Conference streams:
➢ Research papers
➢ Topical issues
➢ Good practice papers
➢ Student posters

➢ either Quick Pitch (10 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions) or
➢ Full Presentation (20 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions).
A Quick Pitch presentation is for topics more suited to a short presentation. All presenters are encouraged to submit a paper for the conference proceedings.

Papers will be accepted for the program on the basis of a short ‘structured’ abstract (see the full Instructions for Authors document).

Papers for the proceedings can be either a short summary paper or the full conference paper. Papers are refereed and published in the conference proceedings. Papers need to be at least 1,200 words and must not exceed 1,800 words (excluding references). Authors may also be encouraged to produce a more substantial paper for publication in a journal such as International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning (IJWIL).

Student posters:
Student posters can be displayed at the conference. An abstract can be submitted for inclusion in the Abstract booklet and inclusion on the NZACE website. Alternatively just bring the Abstract to the conference.

Each poster must accompanied by someone registered for the conference. Posters can demonstrate visually the work a student has undertaken or can demonstrate reflection about their placement in work-integrated learning. Laminated poster minimum size of A2 and maximum of A1. Examples of previous posters available on request.


Instructions for EASYChair for WILNZ Conference

EasyChair is an online conference management system used for WILNZ Conferences. In order to submit papers to the conference you must first create an EasyChair account.
Note: If you have used EasyChair for a previous conference your existing username and password will work for the current WILNZ conference.

EasyChair Account Creation
1. Go to the EasyChair WILNZ Conference page.
2. Click the sign up for an account link
3. Enter the re-CAPTCHA text (this is to stop automated programs from misusing EasyChair)
4. Fill in the form and click Continue
5. You should now get an account creation email from EasyChair. Follow the link provided in the email and complete the Account Creation form and click Create my account.

WILNZ EasyChair Abstract Submission
1. Go to the EasyChair WILNZ Conference page.
2. Sign in using your EasyChair User name and Password
3. Selected New Submission from the menu bar
4. Complete the form with the author and submission details. Then copy and paste Title and Abstract into the box (WILNZ prefers that abstracts are up to 400 words rather than the 500 allowed by Easy Chair). Enter Keywords. Select Topic (Type of Abstract – see instructions for authors for definitions of presentation types)
5. Click the Submit button
At this stage a file with the abstract should not be uploaded. This is for papers at a later date. Just ignore this part of the screen when submitting an abstract.



Pre-conference workshop April 28th, 2021, 1-4pm

Managing risk in work-integrated learning
Led by Dr Craig Cameron from Griffith University in Australia

Craig describes the workshop as:
Work-integrated learning poses ethical, legal, reputation, strategic, operational and financial risks for higher education. So what are some of the key risks and how can you manage them? In this hands-on workshop, I will equip you with the nuts and bolts of risk management, followed by group activities that explore recent conundrums experienced by WIL practitioners.  

Register for the workshop through the same process as for the conference.
Price: $85 plus GST = $97.75

Where It’s At

University of Waikato
Te Whare Wananga o Waikato
Gate 1, Knighton Road
Hamilton 3240

Major Sponsors

Thanks to our major sponsors for their support