The following is a formative program and subject to changes.

Keynote speakers

Prof Peter Batey

United Kingdom

Prof Peter Batey

United Kingdom

Prof Peter Batey is Emeritus Professor of Town and Regional Planning at the University of Liverpool in the UK. A graduate in geography, with a Master’s degree in planning and a PhD in regional science, He has an international reputation for his work in quantitative urban and regional analysis.

Prof Peter Batey had a significant role in the 25 year campaign focused on restoring the River Mersey and estuary. The campaign's achievements in river restoration and stakeholder engagement led to the River Mersey winning the very first International Riverprize back in 1999.

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Marcella D’Souza


Marcella D’Souza is the Director of the WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS) and former Executive Director of Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR), India from 2006 till March 2019. She is a medical doctor by training and a Takemi Fellow of the Harvard School of Public Health.

Marcella spent 6 years in rural communities in South Andean Peru, working in Community and Public Health. She joined WOTR in 1995 as Coordinator, Women’s Promotion in the bilateral Indo-German Watershed Development Programme.

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Networking events

Riversymposium networking events offer the chance to network, mingle and relax with other delegates working towards sustainable river basin management. The 2019 networking program includes the Riversymposium Welcome Function, the Diversity in Water event and the world-renowned Riverprize Gala Dinner.

Tickets for networking events can be purchased when through the registration page.

Diversity in Water

Sunday, 20 October
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: P11, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

An evening cocktail function celebrating diversity in all its forms, and discussing how equal opportunities can help to advance sustainable river basin management. This years Diversity in Water theme is Resilient Communities.

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

Riversymposium Welcome Function

Monday, 21 October
Time: 5:00 – 7:00pm
Location: Foyer, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

The official Riversymposium Welcome Function is held within the RiverExpo networking area following the final session on Monday 21 October and offers the chance to connect with delegates from around the world in a relaxed social setting.

The Welcome Function, is complimentary for all delegates with a full conference registration, offering drinks, canapes and the chance to network with fellow symposium delegates.

Riverprize Gala Dinner

Tuesday, 22 October
Time: Doors open 6:15pm | Officially starts 6:30pm
Location: Plaza Terrace Room, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

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 20th International Riverprize winner. Other awards announced on the night include the Vera Thiess Fellowship for Women and the Emerging River Professional Award. Tickets are available when you register.

Dress code: business / semi-formal or traditional dress

Study Tours

A range of study tours are available for Riversymposium attendees to participate in on the last day of the conference. From visiting South-East Queensland’s largest drinking water supply dam to joining our Aboriginal Culture Day Cruise, there’s something for everyone.

View our list of study tour options on the study tours page