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.

2015 Riverprize now open


International RiverFoundation is now accepting applications for the 2015 Riverprize in three categories – the Thiess International Riverprize, the Australian Riverprize and the inaugural New Zealand Riverprize.

The finalists in these Riverprize categories will have the opportunity to showcase their work in front of an international audience at the 18th international Riversymposium – to be held in Brisbane, Australia, on 21-23 September 2015. As always, the winners will be announced at the fabulous Riverprize Gala Dinner – the highlight of the Riversymposium social calendar.

Applications can be made online and must be submitted by March 2015. For more information, visit the International RiverFoundation website at


Proceedings now online!


Was there a presentation from the 17th International Riversymposium that you particularly enjoyed? Or perhaps you learnt something valuable but didn’t have time to note down the important points?

Proceedings from September’s conference have now been uploaded to the website so that you can go back and revisit your favourite presentations.

All proceedings consist of PDF documents along with audio recordings which were taken during the presentations. Please note that you will require the latest Adobe flash player to listen to the audio attached to these files. Additionally, some of the files are quite large in size so please be patient when waiting for them to load.

If there’s  a presentation you would like to see that isn’t available online, please contact us at

Click here to access the proceedings.