Welcome to the press room

Water security is considered one of the most significant threats to human wellbeing, economic stability and environmental sustainability. The significant water challenges being faced around the world have made sustainable water management a priority for global leaders.

The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition is an agenda-setting meeting of water professionals, both water industry insiders and thought leaders from outside the sector, that addresses global water challenges. Keynote speakers are the top specialists in their field, they will frame the critical debates facing the water sector; workshops, technical sessions and business forums will showcase the latest science and best practices delivering solutions to the water crisis.

Congress Report

Tokyo Report: 2018 IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition

Under the theme “Resilience and sustainability – From science to practice and policy” the 2018 IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition gathered nearly 10,000 water professionals from utilities, academia, private companies, governments, and global organisations in Tokyo, Japan.

From 16 to 21 September 2018, as part of the largest ever IWA Congress and Exhibition, these leaders discussed and presented innovative solutions to global challenges that would bring transformative change to the most vital resource on earth: water.



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Media Accreditation

Media accreditation is open, please apply in advance by completing and emailing the downloadable application form with a scan of your press pass or letter from your editor. All registered media will receive a letter of confirmation.

See media accreditation guidelines

Media passes for the Congress and Exhibition will be available for collection at the registration desk.

When collecting your media pass for the conference you will be required to present the following supporting documents:

  • The letter of confirmation issued by the conference organisers;
  • An official national press card; OR
  • Photo ID and an official letter signed by their publisher, editor or news director stating your role at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition;

Unsigned letters will not be accepted. Freelance media are required to provide an indication of the news organisation or publication engaging their services.
Applicants who submitted their applications for media accreditation prior to the deadline will be notified on their application status within ten working days of submission.

On-site registration

On-site registrants should bring both a letter of assignment and a valid press card to the Congress onsite registration desk.

Practical Information

Services On Site

A fully staffed press room is available for use by accredited journalists. Here, you can receive assistance with interview requests, work in a quiet environment and obtain information on scheduled press events.

Remote Services

Our on-site communications team is happy to facilitate Skype, TV and Radio interviews with key experts at the World Water Congress. All press releases and news coming out of the week will be published on this page.

IWA Connect

The Platform for the leading Water Professional worldwide. Come share you expertise and find water management solutions across the world. IWA Specialist Groups participation is exclusive to IWA Members – so become one to access exclusive knowledge and help shape our water future.

Social Media

The IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition has a number of social media channels through which you can connect to help stay abreast of events, updates and virtual discussions on the topics you cover. Connect now to uncover stories and find potential interviewees.
Follow the IWA on Facebook or LinkedIn and @iwahq on Twitter to receive updates in advance and during the week. The official Congress hashtag is #WorldWaterCongress – for all IWA events you can look up #iwacongress.

Media Contacts

Rui Veras

Rui Veras
Marketing and Communications Director (Interim)
Mob. +31 6 29 05 55 22

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Ulrike Kelm
Communications Manager

Mob. +31 615 903 155

Media Partners

Become a media partner. Send us an email to: Rui.Veras@iwahq.org

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