Submit an Abstract

Submit an Abstract

Do you have insights, experiences or research outcomes to share with delegates at the 20th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference? Whether you’re in science, policy, business, environment, art, communication or engineering—or something else entirely—if you’re making waves in sustainable water management, we’d love to hear about it.

Abstract submission has now been extended to Friday 28 April.

2017 Topics

Environmental flows (e.g. e-flows science, monitoring & assessment; e-flows costs, benefits & trade-offs; e-flows & agriculture, e-flows implementation and adaptive management; e-flows policy & law; hydropower; protection and restoration of free-flowing rivers)

Cultural flows (e.g. Indigenous / first nations water; traditional knowledge; social benefits and livelihoods)

Integrated river basin management (e.g. managing large river basins; rewilding rivers; river restoration; monitoring & demonstrating achievements; urban rivers; water-energy-food nexus)

Sustainable Development Goals (e.g. water & rivers – more than SDG6; importance of driving change; interaction with IRBM)

Community engagement and leadership (e.g. community science; participatory planning; crowdfunding; driving change & capacity-building)

Biodiversity conservation (e.g. aquatic species; protecting ecosystems; invasive species; wetland restoration & protection; ecotourism)

Water Security, climate change and natural disasters (e.g. flooding; drought; building resilience)

Inclusiveness and ethics (e.g. ethical principles; gender; diversity; equality)

Policy, governance and leadership (e.g. decision-making; governance models; public-private partnerships)

Technology and innovation (e.g. new & emerging tech; GIS & mapping tools; real-time data; drones/unmanned aerial vehicles; from ideas to implementation)

Public health and wellbeing (e.g. water quality impacts on public health; impacts on liveability; mental health considerations)

Other (tell us what you want to speak about!)

Abstract submission guidelines

Before you submit, here are a few guidelines to consider:

  • Submissions on any topic related to the conference will be considered. However, please refer to our list of topics for guidance.
  • You may choose to submit an abstract for either an oral presentation (10-15 minutes) or a poster.
  • The abstract must not exceed 300 words.
  • Submissions must include a biography of the presenter of up to 150 words.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by Friday, 28 April 2017.
  • Judges will endeavour to notify submitters and provide presenter guidelines by Friday 19 May, 2017. The IRS Program Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any submission.

Please use the form below to submit your abstract.

2017 Topics

Environmental flows

Cultural flows 

Integrated river basin management 

Sustainable Development Goals 

Community engagement and leadership 

Biodiversity conservation 

Water security, climate change and natural disasters 

Inclusiveness and ethics

Policy, governance and leadership 

Technology and innovation

Public health and wellbeing 



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