Networking Events

The World Water Congress & Exhibition is a unique opportunity to network with the world’s best water professionals. Join selected opportunities to engage with specific communities of the IWA network. Welcome reception, selected dinners, special evening programmes, organised cocktails and gala dinner are but a few of the opportunities to engage and network. Join us in shaping our water future!

Sunday, 9 October

Opening Ceremony & Welcome Reception

Start building your networks early at the Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception.

You won’t want to miss the keynote speakers and welcome messages from various dignitaries who will open the
IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition. They will be accompanied by a special indigenous welcome to Brisbane.

The Welcome Reception is a key opportunity to connect with other water sector professionals and discuss current trends, latest research, guiding strategies and leading practice in a relaxed and informal environment.

Tuesday, 11 October

Brisbane Night

Enjoy an evening of art, food and networking set in Brisbane’s Queensland Gallery of Modern Art Precinct.

The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is a single institution located across two adjacent river-side buildings in the Cultural Precinct at Brisbane’s South Bank.

After your time at QAGOMA enjoy a light dinner at one of South Bank’s restaurants. You will have a number of options to choose from on the night.

Wednesday, 12 October

Project Innovation Awards & Global Awards Ceremony

Join the finalists as the winners are announced at the award ceremony at Rydges, South Bank. A night where celebrating innovation in the water sector will take centre stage.

Recognising the excellence, leadership and innovation which IWA members and network participants bring to the water sector.
IWA Award winners are leaders in their fields, frequently contributing years of research and practice to improving water management across the globe. The Project Innovation Awards is a prestigious global competition that celebrates excellence in water engineering projects around the world.

Thursday, 13 October

Gala Evening

Taking place in the Plaza Ballroom of the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, the Gala Evening is the highlight of the social calendar.

A truly fantastic evening is in store at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition Gala Evening. In true IWA style the conference dinner promises to be a night of spectacular entertainment accompanied by fine food and wine.