Submit an Abstract

Submit an Abstract for Online Presentations

Abstract submission is now closed.

As with past International Riversymposium, if your abstract is selected you will have the opportunity to present. For some, this will be in person, for others online.

In line with our tradition, we will also be holding keynotes, special events and the afternoons will involve local workshops. If you would like to express an interest in paying for and hosting a workshop, please see our suggested topics here.

This year’s theme is ‘Journey to River Resilience: communities, climate and biodiversity ’. Please take a moment to review the topics for which we are accepting abstracts within this overarching theme and familiarise yourself with the guidelines and requirements before submitting your abstract.

Abstract Themes

Basin Cities Dialogue

Exploring the connectivity between river basins and urban areas including the relationships between and stories of rivers, biodiversity, communities, business, government and infrastructure (e.g. river cities and ports).

Water Security and Equity

Going beyond SDG 6 to explore the connecting role that rivers play in delivering the equity and security for all embodied in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Healthy Rivers-Healthy Lives

Exploring the interdependence between rivers, human health and well-being and the role of reducing harmful pollutants (from plastics to pharmaceuticals), restoring resilience (e.g. cultural and environmental flows, nature-based solutions) and enabling access, amenity and lifestyles.

Connectedness and Partnerships

Reflecting on, celebrating and planning the ways in which we can come together across community, business and government to make our rivers resilient.

Abstract Submission Timeline

Abstract Guidelines

To express your interest in giving an oral presentation (12-15 minutes), you will need to submit an abstract with a catchy title.

Before you submit, here are the guidelines to consider:

  • Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words.
  • You will need to nominate your preference for a) in-person or b) online presentation.
  • Submissions on any topic related to the conference theme will be considered. However, please refer to our list of subthemes/topics for guidance.
  • Submissions must include a short presenter introduction (up to 100 words). This will be used by the session chair to introduce you at the conference, should your abstract be accepted, so please make it concise and relevant to your topic and area of expertise.
  • Abstract deadline for online presentations extended until the 1st of August, 2022
  • We will endeavour to confirm the outcome of all submissions by the 30th of May 2022.
  • If unsuccessful in securing a speaking space, a poster presentation may be offered as an alternative.
  • The IRS 2022 Program Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any submission.
  • 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 to allow other abstracts to be considered.

What are we looking for?

Abstract reviewers will consider the following:

    1. Relevance to the overall theme of ‘The Journey to River Resilience: Communities, Biodiversity & Climate’ – The topic demonstrates originality or novelty of the work proposed to be presented.
    2. Advancement/demonstrates a contribution to the agenda– presenters should explain how their paper will contribute to improving global knowledge.
    3. Demonstrated results – The work demonstrates results or lessons learned, indicating that the work has been, or is nearly, completed.
    4. Quality - The work effectively communicates achievements or lessons learned. Please ensure the reviewer will understand the background of the issue/s and the objectives of the presentation.
    5. Ability to communicate - You give the reviewers confidence in your ability to give a presentation to an international audience by ensuring the abstract is concise, well-written and coherent.