The 18th International Riversymposium promises to be an extraordinary and enriching experience through its sensational keynotes, diverse world forums and special sessions, superb presentations and uplifting social program and global awards.
Again in 2015 we bring the world’s strongest keynote program to electrify, challenge and stimulate delegates across a wide range of topics. Our 2015 Riversymposium Keynote is Professor András Szöllösi-Nagy, and leading global figure in water resources.
New this year is the Emerging Water Professional Program, engaging aspiring graduates and professionals in an event long, unparalleled professional development, networking and leadership building opportunity.
The overarching theme of ‘Healthy Rivers – Healthy Economies’ is topical globally as water resources development continues at a staggering pace propelled by such diverse drivers as clean energy hydropower, water scarcity crises and climate-change induced flood mitigation. Increasingly governments and communities are looking to corporates to ‘lend a hand’ in times of financial stringency whilst the business sector itself is recognising water resources as a key risk to global stability.
It’s edifying to appreciate the number of economic sectors reliant on clean and healthy waterways for their prosperity – tourism, sports, recreation, river transport, ports, fisheries, forestry, irrigation, power and mining to name a few. Capturing the interest of these sectors is challenging but our integrated programming, bringing together river practice, science, policy, planning, community, education, Indigenous and business, is at the core of our ambitions.
Riversymposium is truly a meeting place for all river professionals, providing a unique forum to encourage and foster debate, innovation and collaboration and set future directions.
Our program will delight delegates with 18 outstanding keynote speakers, seven international fora and nine special sessions. The very high standard of oral presentations, speed talks and posters will ensure a quality program with ‘something for everyone’. Our re-energised RiverExpo will entertain delegates with display booths, posters, photographic exhibition, Indigenous art, wine tasting and book launches.
A special highlight of the Riversymposium is the awarding and celebration of the Thiess International Riverprize, the Australian Riverprize, the inaugural Morgan Foundation New Zealand Riverprize and the Emerging River Professional Award at the fabulous conference Gala Dinner. This ‘must-do’ event recognises the best in river restoration world-wide.
Riversymposium is above all a friendly meeting place and networking opportunity for river professionals, practitioners and just interested parties. Attracting delegates from over 40 countries, relax into the simple joy of learning within an atmosphere of art, film and culture. Enjoy Brisbane - Australia’s extraordinary new world river city, and take a once-in-a-life time tour of the rivers and corals of the Great Barrier Reef.

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