2018 Program

2018 program

Schedule

Sunday
14-Oct-2018
Monday
15-Oct-2018
Tuesday
16-Oct-2018
Wednesday
17-Oct-2018
Thursday
18-Oct-2018
06:30 PM
Welcome function – cruise (networking event)

This networking event includes a 2 hour cruise around the iconic Sydney Harbour with drinks and canapes served.

09:00 AM
Monday plenary
10:30 AM
Monday morning tea
11:00 AM
Integrated River Basin management – Water Sensitive Cities
11:00 AM
Rivers by Design
11:00 AM
Engagement, Inclusiveness and Ethics
11:00 AM
Technology Innovation in Restoration and Monitoring
12:30 PM
Monday lunch
01:30 PM
Special session 3
01:30 PM
Special session 4
01:30 PM
Special session 1
01:30 PM
Special session 2
03:00 PM
Monday afternoon tea
03:30 PM
Special session 5
03:30 PM
Special session 7
03:30 PM
Special session 8
03:30 PM
Special session 6
06:30 PM
Diversity and Water (networking event)
09:00 AM
Tuesday plenary
10:30 AM
Tuesday morning tea
11:00 AM
Science to Policy
11:00 AM
Integrated River Basin Management
11:00 AM
Technology Innovation in Restoration and Monitoring
11:00 AM
River Science
12:30 PM
Tuesday lunch
01:30 PM
Tuesday special session 3
01:30 PM
Tuesday special session 4
01:30 PM
Tuesday special session 1
01:30 PM
Tuesday special session 2
03:00 PM
Tuesday afternoon tea
03:30 PM
Tuesday special session 5
03:30 PM
Tuesday special session 7
03:30 PM
Tuesday special session 8
03:30 PM
Tuesday special session 6
06:30 PM
Riverpize gala dinner
09:00 AM
Wednesday plenary
10:30 AM
Wednesday morning tea
11:00 AM
Integrated River Basin Management
11:00 AM
Governance, International Relations and Leadership
11:00 AM
Communicating Science
11:00 AM
Water Security, Climate Resilience and Flooding
12:30 PM
Wednesday lunch
09:30 AM
Study tours
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Please note: This schedule is a draft only and is subject to change at any time as the program develops.

2018 topics

  • Integrated river basin management (e.g. resilient rivers; managing large river basins; water sensitive cities; rivers, wetlands and groundwater; restoring freshwater ecosystems; urban rivers; rivers and industry; adaptive management)
  • River science (e.g water quality; aquatic biodiversity; river and wetland processes; fish passage and connectivity; waterbirds; valuing river ecosystem services)
  • Environmental and cultural flows (e.g. 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 (e.g. communicating to multiple disciplines; visualising data; mapping; influencing policymakers; river report cards; educating youth; sharing knowledge)
  • Rivers by design (e.g. 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 (e.g. community science; participatory planning; partnerships; driving change & capacity-building; ethical principles; cultural diversity; stewardship; traditional knowledge, preserving cultural heritage)
  • Governance, international relations and leadership (e.g. river basin scale decision making; influencing decision-making; governance models; public-private partnerships; transboundary rivers; managing conflicting interests)
  • Technology innovation in restoration and monitoring (e.g. new & emerging monitoring technology; GIS & mapping tools; metrics;real-time data; drones; remote sensing)
  • Water security, climate resilience and flooding (e.g. water-energy-food nexus; water source protection; planning for and recovering from extremes; floods; droughts; building climate resilient infrastructure, cities and communities)
  • Science to policy (e.g. Water administration and river governance; science influencing policy; rivers and the economy; integrating social values; science-policy interface)

Keynote speakers

Wouter T. Lincklaen Arriëns

Singapore

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 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.

Known as a brilliant leadership coach, he brings out the best...

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Prof William Dennison

USA

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...

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Prof Rebekah Brown

Australia

 

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

As Director of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, she is harnessing the power of interdisciplinary research to understand the social and institutional...

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Networking events

Riversymposium netorking events offer the chance to network, mingle and relax with other delegates working towards sustainable river basin management. The 2018 networking program includes the Riversymposium welcome reception, the Diversity in Water event and the world-renowned Riverprize Gala Dinner.

Riversymposium Welcome reception

Sunday, 14 October (6.30-8.30)
Sydney Harbour Cruise
Departure dock TBC

The Riversymposium welcome reception offers the change to connect with delegates from around the world in a relaxed social setting. This networking event gives delegates a chance to meet each other before official proceedings begin on Monday.

All delegates are welcome to attend this 2-hour sunset cruise which includes drinks and canapes. Tickets are available when you register.

Diversity in Water

Monday, 15 October (6.00-8.30pm)
Soho Room, Doltone House
Jones Bay Wharf, Pirrama Road
Pyrmont, NSW

An evening cocktail function celebrating diversity in all its forms, and discussing how equal opportunities can help to advance sustainable river basin management.

All delegates are welcome to attend this evening function which includes drinks and canapes. Tickets are available when you register.

Riverprize Gala Dinner

Tuesday, 16 October (6.15-10.00)
Heritage Wharf, Doltone House
Pirrama Rd
Pyrmont, NSW

Riverprize is a prominent environmental award giving recognition to those who have developed and implemented outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management and restoration. The Riverprize Gala Dinner is the highlight of the Riversymposium networking program, bringing award finalists, conference delegates, IRF partners and VIPs together for a night of networking, entertainment, food and drinks—and, of course, the announcement of the Riverprize winner. Other awards announced on the night include the Vera Thiess Fellowship for Women and the Emerging River Professional Award.

Dress code: business / semi-formal or traditional dress

Would you like to book a table at the 2018 Riverprize Gala Dinner, with VIP placement, logo and verbal recognition throughout the evening? Tables are available for a cost of $1575 for 9 seats, or $1750 for ten seats. To book, contact kelly@riverfoundation.org.au.

Study Tours and Workshops

There will be two study tours offered as part of the 21st International Riversymposium. Both of these tours will run on Thursday, 18 October. Numbers are capped so we recommend booking early to secure your place.

Tomago Wetland – Award-winning Restoration

UNSW Water Research Laboratory has been working in collaboration with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) and the Department of Primary Industries (NSW Fisheries) since 2004 to transform the Tomago Wetlands site from a large acidic landscape into a restored productive tidal wetland. The project has proven a terrific success, winning awards for both conservation and engineering excellence. Innovative technical, modelling and monitoring solutions were developed to provide the precise conditions required to regenerate saltmarsh ecosystem and restore over 400 hectares of severely degraded land into a thriving ecosystem.

The tour will be hosted by experts from both UNSW’s Water Research Laboratory & the Centre for Ecosystem Science and the NSW Office for Environment and Heritage.

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Our Living River tour – making Parramatta River swimmable again

The Parramatta River flows through the heart of one of the fastest growing regions in Australia, with the burgeoning metropolis of Parramatta now dedicated as the ‘Central River City’ in the three city vision for greater Sydney. High density residential and business developments are rapidly replacing old industrial and residential sites along the river. With this has come a massive increase in community demand for quality river interactions.

In response to this, the Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG) launched the mission to make the Parramatta River swimmable again and embarked on the co-development of a Masterplan for the river. The PRCG is an alliance of local Councils, state government agencies and the community who are working together to improve the health of the river.

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Awards

During the Riverprize gala dinner, three awards are presented for outstanding contribution to water management.

Riverprize, the world’s most prestigious river award, recognises, rewards and supports outstanding, visionary and sustainable programs in river management. In 2018 two prizes will be awarded – Australasia Riverprize  and Asian Riverprize. 

The  2018-19 Vera Thiess Fellowship for Women  gives women from developing countries the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through the IRF and its partners, with the goal of advancing women’s participation in water and river management.

The Emerging River Professional Award (ERPA), sponsored by OceanaGold Corporation, recognises, rewards and fosters those in the early stages of their careers in rivers. The award is presented to those who have demonstrated innovation, excellence and leadership in river, basin or river-dependent community management.

RiverExpo

RiverExpo was introduced to Riversymposium in 2014 and is a modern new take on the traditional trade exhibition, enabling all groups with services, products or ideas to meet and network with a diverse global audience—from river managers to policy developers, scientists, consultants, students, NGOs, indigenous and community organisations and business and industry representatives. The RiverExpo space incorporates art, culture and interactive activities.

Want to exhibit at RiverExpo? Contact us now.