21st International River Symposium

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 08:00 to Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 17:00
Doltone House, Sydney, Australia

The theme for the 21st International Riversymposium is 'Embracing Innovation'. We invite you to submit an abstract for either an oral or poster presentation.

The topics we are looking for this year include:

  • Integrated river basin management
  • River science
  • Environmental and cultural flows
  • Communicating science
  • Rivers by design
  • Engagement, inclusiveness and ethics
  • Governance, international relations and leadership
  • Technology, innovation in restoration and monitoring
  • Water security, climate change and natural disasters
  • Achieving sustainable development goal 6
  • Traditional knowledge and cultural heritage

Don't miss your opportunity to present to an international audience alongside world-class keynote speakers.

Click here to read more about how to submit your abstract. The closing date for all submissions is Friday 23rd March.


The program wil include:

14th October - Welcome function

15th-17th October - Riversymposium

15th October - Diversity in Water

16th October - Riverprize gala dinner

18th October - Study tours


Keynote announced

We are delighted to announce that Professor Rebekah Brown, Director of Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University, has been named as the first keynote for the 21st International Riversymposium.

Professor Brown is a leader in interdisciplinary sustainable development research. As a social scientist with a background in civil engineering, she pioneered the sociotechnical model that became the precursor to the water-sensitive cities approach innovated at Monash University.


We are delighted to announce Professor William Dennison, Vice President for Science Applications at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, has been named as the second keynote presenter at the 21st International Riversymposium.

Bill's primary mission within UMCES is to coordinate the Integration and Application Network, a collection of scientists interested in solving, not just studying, environmental problems. He is actively involved in the Chesapeake Bay Program, USA and had an active role in the Healthy Waterways Campaign of South-East Queensland, Australia.

Bill has a marine science background and has published books and papers on a wide range of marine topics. In his current role his focus is on developing ways to effectively communicate science and to create credible and rigorous environmental report cards.


New keynote announced

Wouter T. Lincklaen Arriëns is the third keynote to be added to our program.

Recognising the urgent need for more sustainability leadership in Asia, Coach Wouter, formerly of Asian Development Bank, founded TransformationFirst.Asia Pte Ltd as a thought leaders practice in Singapore. He is helping businesses, executives and emerging leaders to become change makers for sustainability.