Submit an Abstract

Submit an Abstract

Abstracts for the 21st International Riversymposium have now closed.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit their work. We will be in touch during the first week of May.

The theme of the 21st International Riversymposium is Embracing Innovation.

We are excited to announce a revitalised program with a greater emphasis on learning and development.  Through training opportunities and capacity-building sessions from recognised leaders, our delegates will have a more interactive experience and accumulate new knowledge and skills that benefit our rivers and basins.

Our new-look Riversymposium will allow you to Listen – Share – Learn – Transform – Inspire:

Listen to river managers, urban planners, community and decision makers on how they embrace innovation
Share the latest technologies in tracking the health of our rivers (e.g. drones, satellites, sensors)
Learn how Riverprize Alumni implement and achieve best practice. You’ll benefit from hearing the 2018 winner and finalists and learn from the 2017 winner about “river city economies”; ask how they did it!
Learn how new technologies are being used to drive policy and increase river resilience
Learn about innovations being used to achieve SDG 6
Transform knowledge to solutions and strategies that will work and can be applied to your river or waterway
Transform networks to effective partnerships
Inspire each other with our stories of success, challenges and celebration.

2018 Topics

Integrated river basin management (e.g. managing large river basins; rivers, wetlands and groundwater; restoring freshwater ecosystems; urban rivers; rivers and industry; water-energy-food nexus; water for all; equitable water resource management; adaptive management)

River science (e.g science to policy; water quality; aquatic biodiversity; river and wetland processes; fish passage and connectivity; WASH and public health; mental health benefits of healthy aquatic ecosystems; valuing river ecosystem services; monitoring and demonstrating achievements)

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; story telling; influencing policymakers; river report cards; river art; river celebrations and festivals; 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; crowdfunding; driving change & capacity-building; ethical principles; gender; diversity; stewardship; ecotourism)

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 river tech; GIS & mapping tools; real-time data; drones/unmanned aerial vehicles; from ideas to implementation)

Water security, climate change and natural disasters (e.g. water source protection; planning for and recovering from extremes; floods; droughts; building resilient infrastructure, cities and communities)

Achieving sustainable development goal 6 (e.g. clean, accessible water for all; water & rivers – more than SDG6; leadership driving change; are we achieving SDG6?)

Traditional knowledge and cultural heritage (e.g. Indigenous / first nations water; traditional knowledge; social benefits and livelihoods; preserving cultural heritage)

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 and read about what we are looking for below.
  • 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 brief biography of the presenter of up to 100 words.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by Friday, 23 March 2018.
  • Judges will endeavour to notify submitters and provide presenter guidelines by the end of May.
  • The IRS Program Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any submission.
  • Presenters must arrange their own funding and visas to attend the event. Final confirmation of attendance is required by Wednesday, 15 August or we reserve to right to withdraw our offer.

What are we looking for?

Reviewers will consider the following areas when selecting abstracts:

  • Relevance to the theme “Embracing Innovation”: Demonstrate originality or novelty of the work proposed to be presented.
  • Advancement: Demonstrate a contribution to the topic – authors should explain how their paper will contribute to improving global knowledge
  • Demonstrated results: Demonstrate results or lessons learned, indicating that the work has been, or is nearly, completed.
  • Quality: Effectively communicate achievements or lessons learned. Ensure the reviewer will understand the background of the issue/s and the objectives of the presentation.
  • Ability to communicate: Give the reviewer confidence in your ability to give a presentation to an international audience by ensuring the abstract is concise and coherent.

2018 Topics

Integrated river basin management

River science

Environmental and cultural flows 

Communicating science 

Rivers by design

Engagement, inclusiveness and ethics

Governance, international relations and leadership 

Technology innovations

Water security, climate change and natural disasters 

Achieving sustainable development goal 6

Traditional knowledge and cultural heritage 


Stay up to date!

Download RiverApp now to start planning ahead! Access the latest schedule, read abstracts, take notes, vote for your favourite speakers, bookmark speakers and sessions to create your own customised schedule, set up your own profile and chat with fellow delegates to arrange meetings throughout your time in New Delhi.