Canberra, Australia | 15-18 September 2014


The 17th International Riversymposium has an overarching theme of ‘Large River Basins’. There is hardly a better location to hold this conference than in Canberra in the Murray-Darling Basin – where much of Australia’s A$13 billion water reform implementation and large basin planning has occurred since 2007. Sharing the experiences and some world-leading innovations will be a great back-drop to this event.

This integrated conference brings together the disciplines of science, governance, planning, community, education, Indigenous peoples and much more. Riversymposium provides a forum to encourage and foster innovation, collaboration and integration.

The Riversymposium is attracting support from the Global Partnership to Advance Integrated Basin Management who include the International RiverFoundation, The Nature Conservancy, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), International Network of Basin Organisations, the Global Environment Facility, International Union for Nature Conservation, the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River and the Great Rivers Partnership. During the conference and some specialist workshops we will together build a statement on integrated river basin management to forge a stronger global agenda for coordinated action.

This year’s Riversymposium will have something for all river professionals. We are lowering the standard registration level substantially to ensure no financial barriers to this exciting event. Above all, the Riversymposium will be an occasion to celebrate – with awards of Riverprizes at the fabulous Gala dinner, a river art festival, and strong social and partner programs.

We want your feedback!


Now that Riversymposium has wrapped up for 2014, we’d like to gather some feedback from each and every person who attended the event in some way. Was this Riversymposium everything you had hoped for and more? Or were there areas that could have been improved to add more value to your experience?

We’re constantly striving to improve the quality and relevance of Riversymposium year after year, so any feedback you provide will be taken on board when planning for next year’s Riversymposium in Brisbane.

Please take a few minutes to complete our short online survey and send this link on to anybody else who may have some constructive feedback to provide.

Thank you once again for attending the 17th International Riversymposium and we hope to see you again in 2015 and beyond.

Click here to begin the survey.

Award Winners Announced!


The winners of the inaugural Emerging River Professional Award, the Australian Riverprize and the Thiess International Riverprize were announced at the Gala Dinner on Tuesday 16 September., during the 17th International Riversymposium. They were:

  • Nelson Odume (Emerging River Professional Award)
  • Lake Eyre Basin (Australian Riverprize), and
  • River Rhine (Thiess International Riverprize)

Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists on your outstanding achievements.

Click here for more information on Nelson’s achievements, or click here to learn more about the Riverprize winners.