Frequently Asked Questions

Riversymposium FAQ’s

Virtual Conferencing

How is this different to face to face event?

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: 

  • Convenience and accessibility –  You can join an online conference from anywhere you have an internet connection, and the ease of recording means sessions can be available to view anytime for up to 12 months after the event.
  • Ability to attend every session at traditional conferences, you need to pick one concurrent session to attend or jump between rooms. This means you can’t always see every speaker you wanted to. By attending our virtual symposium, you will have access to EVERY presentation for 12 months after the event has finished. You can watch the session you missed or view your favourite sessions again. 
  • Expand your network – It’s often hard to track down a particular delegate or speaker you would like to connect with at a large conference venue. At a virtual event, every delegate is just a click away from talking over instant messaging, swapping emails or having a one-to-one video chat. 

What do we need to attend?

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.  

How can networking be enhanced and simulated in a virtual event?

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.

What platform will be used?

We are using a platform called Delegate Connect which is designed by an experienced, Australian-based event managment company – Iconic Live. 


Have you considered time differences?

Yes. We are making every effort to ensure that as many people as possible can attend by having different start times each day. These times will be confirmed a little closer to the date.  



How do I submit an abstract?

This year we require both a text abstract and a one minute video as part of your abstract submission.  Abstracts can be submitted until 14 August 2020. Please read through the themes and requirements here

When Will I Find Out When I Am Presenting?

The outcome of all abstract submissions will be sent via email by 4 September 2020.  

I am a speaker, how do I register?

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 v-IRS. Please note that all speakers must be registered have paid for their V-IRS ticket by 18 September 2020We reserve the right to withdraw the offer if registration is not done by the due date.

How do I upload my presentation?

All slides and a pre-recorded version of your presentation must be submitted by the 9th of October 2020. 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. 


How do I log in to make my presentation?

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.  

Will my presentation be recorded?

Yes. All presentations 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.


What can I expect from this virtual event?

You can expect the same high quality speakers, sessions and content. There will be an online RiverExpo, virtual networking and exciting new features including RiverGallery and RiverFilms.

How do I register?

Visit the registration page to register for the International Riversymposium. 

How much do I have to pay?

Please refer to our registration page for details.

Will I get a receipt for my registration?

Yes you will get a receipt for your registration which will be sent to your email.

Do you provide funding assistance to register?

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.

When will the program be available?

The program will be available once all abstracts have been reviewed and speaker places accepted. This is likely to be in early October.  


What is the official language of the conference?

The official language of the conference is English and all communication with conference committee should be in English.