The Emerging Water Professionals Program (EWPP) fosters education and innovation in water management by supporting the professional and personal development of future water leaders.
Launched in 2015 as part of the International Riversymposium, the EWPP is open to anyone who is within the first ten years of their career, and identifies as an emerging water professional – including postgraduate students and early career professionals. Participants from any related discipline are welcome, including science, policy, planning, community development, business, governance, aid, development and many more.
The EWP Program was run once again concurrently with the 21st International Riversymposium in October 2018. Funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) allowed 42 emerging professionals to take part in this program.
The Program this year invited 42 emerging professionals – including postgraduate students and early career professionals from a variety of silos within the water sector. The participants of the program were treated to a variety of leadership experiences. These experiences included the Water Wisdom Breakfast, which provided developing professionals with an opportunity to learn from leaders in the water sector; an invitation to chair Riversymposium sessions; the opportunity to facilitate and organise activities; and networking opportunities with professionals in the water sector, from all over the world.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading once again sponsored the program and provided delegates from developing countries with the opportunity to participate in this cutting-edge Program. We look forward to inviting a new group of delegates into the EWP Program next year.
A tailored program of events for Emerging Water Professionals was implemented in conjunction with the 20th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference in September 2017. Thanks to funding from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), over 40 emerging professionals were able to take part in this program, which included multiple personal and professional development activities as well as the networking opportunities with peers and established water professionals.
Are you in the early stages of your career in the rivers space? You might also be interested in our Emerging River Professional Award.
Are you interested in investing in the world’s future water leaders by sponsoring the Emerging Water Professionals Program?
Access to a cross-generational learning and development platform via the International Riversymposium
Advanced leadership, problem-solving and interpersonal skills
Opportunities to build international peer relationships among emerging water leaders and explore ways to support each other through their careers
Awareness of international perspectives and cross-cultural understanding
Exposure to a global community of practice of people seeking environmental, economic and development outcomes in an integrated and sustainable way, and
Networking opportunities with key high profile individuals from across all spheres of river and water management.