Hybrid conferences will become the new normal. They allow for people to attend a conference either in-person or virtually.
In 2021, the in-person component of Riversymposium will be held in Brisbane. The virtual component will be held in a custom made platform that can be accessed anywhere in the world where you have an internet connection.
There are many benefits to attending an online conference – the most obvious being the money-saving aspects as there is no need to travel or book accommodation.
Other benefits include:
A laptop or desktop is preferable, but you will also be able to view the conference via your mobile device. You will need connection to the internet.
We are running a virtual RiverExpo which will be a great opportunity to meet fellow delegates and see the great work happening around the world. The RiverExpo will be available throughout the whole conference with particular ‘open’ times if you wish to chat in person to somebody from that organisation – just like at break times in a face-to-face conference!
We will also be holding a number of virtual networking opportunities so you will be able to connect with people from around the world – further information will become available on our website.
We are using a platform called Delegate Connect which is designed by an experienced, Australian-based event managment company – Iconic Live.
Abstracts are now closed for the 2021 Riversymposium, however you can still apply to take part in the event in the form of a Learn-Inspire-Transform or RiverPitch session. Please refer here for more information.
We will endeavour to confirm the outcome of all submissions by end of May 2021
You will need to register an account on our online platform when you first submit your abstract, once you are notified of securing a speaking position, you will receive an email outlining the next steps which will include how to purchase your ticket for IRS. Presenters must register and pay to confirm attendance within 14 days of being accepted as a speaker or we reserve to right to withdraw our offer.
If you are presenting virtually, all slides and a pre-recorded version of your presentation must be submitted by the 16th September 2021. This is to ensure that if you encounter any technical difficulties on the day, we will be able to use this recording in place of your live presentation. All question and answers will be live, so you MUST be available at your allocated time. Full instructions will be included in your speaker pack.
Full details on speaker requirements will be sent in your speaker pack. The organisers will also arrange a time to show you how to use the system and do a practice-run so you are familiar with the platform.
Yes. All presentations (both in-person and virtual) will be recorded and made available to delegates on-demand for up to 12 months following the event. If you do not wish for your presentation to be recorded you can select this option when submitting your abstract.
You can expect the same high quality speakers, sessions and content. There will be an online and in-person RiverExpo, networking and exciting new features including RiverGallery and RiverFilms which are available to all delegates whether you are with us in-person or viewing the event online.
Yes you will get a receipt for your registration which will be sent to your email.
No. Unfortunately the International RiverFoundation is unable to offer any financial assistance, other than the discounted rates already listed on our Prices page, to attend the conference. The event is very good value for money.
The program will be available once all abstracts have been reviewed and speaker places accepted. This is likely to be in early August.
The official language of the conference is English and all communication with conference committee should be in English.