This networking event includes a 2 hour cruise around the iconic Sydney Harbour with drinks and canapes served.
Please note: This schedule is a draft only and is subject to change at any time as the program develops.
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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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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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.
Monday, 15 October (6.00-8.30pm)
Soho Room, Doltone House
Jones Bay Wharf, Pirrama Road
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.
Tuesday, 16 October (6.15-10.00)
Heritage Wharf, Doltone House
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 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.