Emerging Water Professionals Program

Emerging Water Professionals Program

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.

EWPP is run at the same time as the International Riversymposium. Interested parties are able to register for the program on the International Riversymposium registration page.

Highlights from 2018 EWPP

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.

EWPP Video |  Reflections from 2018 EWPPs  |  Mentoring Program Reflection


Highlights from 2017 EWPP

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.

EWPP Video  | Symposium summary by an EWPPReflections from 2017 EWPPs

More Opportunities

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?

EWPP participants gain:

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.