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Our preliminary conference program is now available!

There is plenty still to be finalised and we intend to frequently update the program leading into the event commencing early September. All submitted abstracts have now been reviewed, and offers of presentations have been made.

View the Program here


The program focusses on the 3 large rooms at the ICC Sydney. There are two concurrent conference streams, along with a stream devoted to “Irrigation Australia Workshops.”

Conference presentations have been allocated to the 3 sub-themes identified during the call for abstracts and session times have been reserved in the program accordingly. Approximately 80 abstracts were received from over 20 countries.

The format of presentation sessions will vary as the review process is completed but the intention is to maximise opportunities for interaction. The default approach will be an introduction by session chairs, 3-4 short presentations followed by a chaired panel session.

Examples of expected presentations include:

1. Governance – identifying and addressing structural and policy impediments to the adoption of better irrigation practices

Climate-driven strategic infrastructure and modernisation case studies from China, Nepal, Chinese Taipei; Irrigation policy cases studies including water allocation from Australia, Nepal, Pakistan.

2. Investment – fit-for-purpose and cost-effective technologies which support end users to implement sustainable irrigation practices (Environmental, Social, Governance)

Technical presentations on innovative planning including flood management, innovation and water efficiency in irrigation equipment, modelling, monitoring and other tools from Australia, Chinese Taipei, Nepal, South Korea, Iran.

3. Capacity development – ensuring that end users can access and adapt knowledge and systems to support sustainable irrigation practices.

Case studies around community and farmer engagement in planning, knowledge exchange, incentive programs from Australia, India, Thailand, Iran.

Keynotes and panel sessions are identified where confirmed and will be updated regularly. It is an excellent response to invitations and an exciting program.

Poster presentations of shorter duration will be held in a devoted theatrette in the Exhibition Hall, during an extended lunch break.

There are many other workshops and other activities which will take place in smaller rooms at the venue which typically involve our partners. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Rainwater Harvesting Australia workshop;
  • National Irrigator’s Council/ NSW Irrigator’s Council workshop;
  • OneBasin Cooperative Research Centre workshop;
  • Smart Approved Watermark workshop;
  • Envisaging a Future MDB Irrigation Sector and Communities: Defunct, Adapted or Transformed? workshop;
  • Member Q&A with the Irrigation Australia Board;
  • Mental health session with TIACS (This Is A Conversation Starter – our charity for the event).

Technical tours are also being finalised at a small additional cost for conference delegates.

We anticipate there will be three themed day-long bus tours:

  1. Open space irrigation projects around Sydney including new and brownfield developments, in conjunction with Sydney Water.
  2. Agriculture and horticulture irrigation case studies around and to the South of Sydney (Shoalhaven region).
  3. Viticulture case studies to the North of Sydney (Hunter region).

It is important to acknowledge the incredible support of our sponsors and exhibitors whose investment has made this event possible. The Exhibition Hall will be where lunches and other meal breaks are held, with many activities and interactive opportunities not seen at an Irrigation Australia event before.