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Thank you for helping create the program for the 23rd International Riversymposium by submitting an abstract for consideration.  

We are excited to bring you the first ever virtual International Riversymposium (v-IRS 2020) and look forward to continuing our tradition of giving you access to world-renowned keynotes, engaging session speakers and Learn-Inspire-Transform workshops 

This year’s theme is ‘Valuing our Rivers’. Please take a moment to review the topics and familiarise yourself with the guidelines and requirements before submitting.

Accepted presenters will receive a digital badge aka a verifiable micro-credential (pictured right).

2020 Themes

Dimensions of Valuing our Rivers:  

  • Aquatic ecosystem health and river flows (Environmental value)
  • Diverse uses, benefits and trade-offs (Economic value)
  • Governance, Leadership and Institutional arrangements (political value)
  • History, traditional knowledge and cultural heritage of rivers (Cultural value)
  • Protecting and transforming river communities (Social values)


  • River Reset:  Responses to COVID and other calamities
  • River Report Cards
  • River Resilience, climate change and water security
  • Rivers by design– from restoration to resilience
  • Rivers and Human Health
  • Rivers on Fire – impacts of bushfires on rivers
  • RiverArt  and River Stories
  • Sustainable development goals for our rivers
  • Transboundary Rivers

Abstract guidelines

To express your interest in giving an oral presentation (12-15 minutes) or displaying an e-poster, you will need to submit: 

    1. An abstract with a catchy title; and
    2. A short video, wherein you state your name and organisation, abstract title and a brief overview of your presentation.

Before you submit, here are the guidelines to consider: 

  • Abstracts must be no more than 300 words
  • Videos must be no longer than 1 minute (less than 250MB if uploading file. Alternatively submit video link)
  • Submissions on any topic related to the conference theme will be considered. However, please refer to our list of 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 so please make it concise and relevant to your topic and area of expertise.  
  • Second round: Abstracts must be submitted by Friday, 28 August 2020. 
  • We will endeavour to confirm the outcome of all submissions by 14 September 2020
  • If unsuccessful in securing a speaking space, a poster presentation may be offered as an alternative.  
  • The v-IRS 2020 Program Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any submission.  
  • Presenters must register and pay (eligible for Early Bird rates) to confirm attendance by 28 September 2020
  • All slides and pre-recorded presentations must be submitted by accepted presenters by 19 October 2020


What are we looking for? 

Abstract reviewers will consider the following:

  1. Relevance to the theme “Valuing our Rivers”: Demonstrates originality or novelty of the work proposed to be presented.  
  2. Advancement: Demonstrates a contribution to the topic – presenters should explain how their paper will contribute to improving global knowledge  
  3. Demonstrated results: Demonstrates results or lessons learned, indicating that the work has been, or is nearly, completed.  
  4. Quality: Effectivelycommunicates achievements or lessons learned. Ensure the reviewer will understand the background of the issue/s and the objectives of the presentation.  
  5. Ability to communicate: Gives the reviewers confidence in your ability to give a presentation to an international audience by ensuring the abstract is concise and coherent.