On behalf of the Organising Committee for the 2017 5th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science (ISRS), IPENZ/Water NZ Rivers Group (NZRG) and the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society (NZFSS), we invite you to attend the Conference which is being hosted by the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand over 19-24 November 2017, in partnership with the Waikato River Authority (WRA).
Conference theme - Integrating Multiple Aquatic Values
Working rivers, and the other freshwater ecosystems provide a range of goods and services that are important for biodiversity, ecological functions and human use. They are valued by communities in multiple ways, including for water supply, navigation, provision of food, electricity, recreation and spiritual sustenance. Balancing these multiple needs is a key challenge for water resource managers, and achieving outcomes that satisfy growing human demands while protecting environmental values is extremely difficult. Science and other forms of environmental knowledge play key roles in understanding issues and developing solutions for freshwater managers. This conference will provide a forum for sharing scientific and environmental knowledge underpinning freshwater management for multiple goals.
Who should attend?
The conference is targeted for a multidisciplinary audience of 300-500 delegates from the physical, natural and socio-economic sciences, as well as those who manage, create policy for and use riverine resources and their associated aquatic environments.
The conference will include plenary speaker presentations as well as special and general contributed sessions, poster displays, a diverse array of exhibits, networking functions, and field trips that show case New Zealand’s unique river environments and attractions. All ISRS delegates will have full access to sessions and functions of the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society which is being held concurrently in the same venue.