18th International River Symposium



Brisbane, Australia | 21 - 24 September 2015

First held in Brisbane in 1998, the International River Symposium provides a platform for river managers, policy developers, scientists, consultants, NGO’s and community organisations to share knowledge and innovative ideas on all aspects of river and water management.

By facilitating partnerships between key stakeholders, the International River Symposium celebrates the environmental, economic and social value of rivers across the globe. The symposium provides an international forum for examining best practice in river and watershed management.

Over the years, the International River Symposium has hosted thousands of delegates from all over the world. Whether through the River Expo, plenary sessions, or the Riverprize Gala Dinner and social program, the River Symposium provides the opportunity to network with river and water management experts on a global scale.

An integral practical component of the International River Symposium is the study tour, affording delegates the opportunity to visit a neighbouring river or watershed. Study tours allow delegates to gain practical knowledge and a different perspective for ‘on ground’ river management.

From 2014, the International River Symposium has been managed by the International RiverFoundation, with the 2015 event to be held in Brisbane from September 21-24.

The theme for the 2015 International River Symposium “Healthy Rivers – Healthy Economies” is a wonderful opportunity to engage with the multitude of businesses and organisations who contribute to and benefit from the wise management of rivers and their catchments. Water has risen high on the business agenda and a decline in freshwater quality and quantity was judged the greatest risk facing the globe at the 2015 World Economic Forum. The contribution that healthy rivers make to our economies and wellbeing is extraordinary, but often taken for granted.

The 2015 River Symposium will connect businesses who rely on rivers and catchments with community representatives, scientists, policy makers and river professionals to jointly explore the links between river health and economic performance in different contexts globally. The program will include over 20 keynotes and 10 special sessions covering topical issues.

The themes and topics of the 2015 International River Symposium will encourage knowledge sharing and debate, and seek to find solutions for a better future. It is only by bringing together all sectors of society that we can answer the big questions and all play our part in collaborative solutions.


More information on the 18th River Symposium can be found here.