The Emerging Water Professionals Program (EWPP) fosters education and innovation in water management by supporting the professional and personal development of future water leaders.
Launched in 2015 as part of the International Riversymposium, the EWPP is open to anyone who is within the first ten years of their career, and identifies as an emerging water professional – including postgraduate students and early career professionals. Participants from any related discipline are welcome, including science, policy, planning, community development, business, governance, aid, development and many more.
EWPP is run at the same time as the International Riversymposium. Interested parties are able to register for the program on the International Riversymposium registration page.
49 emerging professionals made up the fifth EWPP cohort at the 22nd International Riversymposium, with 21 generously sponsored by DFAT.
The 2019 EWPP included activities deemed most popular in previous years – such as the opportunity to meet established/senior professionals at the ‘Water Wisdom Breakfast’, and a celebratory dinner. EWP’s also had opportunities to lead activities and take part in an Innovation Challenge on the last day of the Symposium.
The EWPP Program was run once again concurrently with the 21st International Riversymposium in October 2018. Funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) allowed 42 emerging professionals to take part in this program.
The Program this year invited 42 emerging professionals – including postgraduate students and early career professionals from a variety of silos within the water sector. The participants of the program were treated to a variety of leadership experiences. These experiences included the Water Wisdom Breakfast, which provided developing professionals with an opportunity to learn from leaders in the water sector; an invitation to chair Riversymposium sessions; the opportunity to facilitate and organise activities; and networking opportunities with professionals in the water sector, from all over the world.