Conferences, Forums and Symposiums

21st River Symposium 2018 // Embracing Innovation

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus is one of the topics of the 2018 International River Symposium. Hosted by the International RiverFoundation, this symposium wants to provide a platform for river managers, policy developers, scientists, consultants, NGOs and community organisations to share knowledge and innovative ideas on all aspects of river and water management.

Where and when

Darling Island Wharf
Accenture Building (ground floor)
48 Pirrama Road
Pyrmont, Sydney, Australia

14-17 Oct 2018

Theme and Approach

The theme of the 21st International Riversymposium is Embracing Innovation.

The organisers will put great emphasis on learning and development this year. Through training opportunities and capacity-building sessions from recognised leaders, the delegates will have a more interactive experience and accumulate new knowledge and skills.

The Riversymposium will allow you to Listen – Share – Learn – Transform – Inspire:

  • Listen to river managers, urban planners, community and decision makers on how they embrace innovation
  • Share the latest technologies in tracking the health of our rivers (e.g. drones, satellites, sensors)
  • Learn how Riverprize Alumni implement and achieve best practice. You’ll benefit from hearing the 2018 winner and finalists and learn from the 2017 winner about “river city economies”; ask how they did it!
  • Learn how new technologies are being used to drive policy and increase river resilience
  • Learn about innovations being used to achieve SDG 6
  • Transform knowledge to solutions and strategies that will work and can be applied to your river or waterway
  • Transform networks to effective partnerships
  • Inspire each other with stories of success, challenges and celebration.

2018 Topics

While the Nexus is only mentioned explicitly under the first core topic line, as a cross-cutting perspective the Nexus approach is contributing to a wide variety of topics at this event.

  • Integrated river basin management 
    • managing large river basins
    • rivers, wetlands and groundwater
    • restoring freshwater ecosystems
    • urban rivers
    • rivers and industry
    • water-energy-food nexus
    • water for all
    • equitable water resource management
    • adaptive management
  • River science 
    • science to policy
    • water quality
    • aquatic biodiversity
    • river and wetland processes
    • fish passage and connectivity
    • WASH and public health
    • mental health benefits of healthy aquatic ecosystems
    • valuing river ecosystem services
    • monitoring and demonstrating achievements
  • Environmental and cultural flows 
    • e-flows science, monitoring and assessment
    • e-flows costs and benefits
    • e-flows implementation and adaptive management
    • e-flows policy and law
    • social and cultural benefits
    • protection and restoration of free-flowing rivers
  • Communicating science 
    • communicating to multiple disciplines
    • visualising data
    • story telling
    • influencing policymakers
    • river report cards
    • river art
    • river celebrations and festivals
    • educating youth
    • sharing knowledge
  • Rivers by design
    • river basin planning
    • master plans
    • creating a vision
    • water wise cities
    • cultural heritage
    • water resource planning
    • water sensitive urban design
    • rewilding rivers/natural channel design
  • Engagement, inclusiveness and ethics 
    • community science
    • participatory planning
    • crowdfunding
    • driving change & capacity-building
    • ethical principles
    • gender
    • diversity
    • stewardship
    • ecotourism
  • Governance, international relations and leadership 
    • river basin scale decision making
    • influencing decision-making
    • governance models
    • public-private partnerships
    • transboundary rivers
    • managing conflicting interests
  • Technology innovation in restoration and monitoring
    • new & emerging river tech
    • GIS & mapping tools
    • real-time data
    • drones/unmanned aerial vehicles
    • from ideas to implementation
  • Water security, climate change and natural disasters
    • water source protection
    • planning for and recovering from extremes
    • floods
    • droughts
    • building resilient infrastructure, cities and communities
  • Achieving sustainable development goal 6
    • clean, accessible water for all
    • water & rivers – more than SDG6
    • leadership driving change
    • are we achieving SDG6?
  • Traditional knowledge and cultural heritage 
    • Indigenous / first nations water
    • traditional knowledge
    • social benefits and livelihoods
    • preserving cultural heritage

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is open until 23 March 2017.
More on abstract submission here.

More Information

21st RiverSymposium conference website

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