Call for Papers - Australian Conference

Irrigation Australia Ltd (IAL) is calling for papers for its 2021 International Conference and Exhibition. This event is combined with the International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID) 24th International Congress and 72nd International Executive Council Meeting (IEC), this will be the first time that the Congress has been held in Australia. The closing date to submit abstracts is Monday, 20 November 2020. With the theme innovation and research in agriculture water management to achieve sustainable development goals, the biennial Irrigation Australia event will be held from Tuesday 6th  to Thursday 8th July 2021, at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney). The ICID country membership network is spread over 78 countries across Africa, Americas, Asia and Oceania, and Europe, covering over 95% of the irrigated area of the world and we are expecting a large contingent of international visitors to attend.

A large free to attend exhibition will also be held over three days in conjunction with the two major irrigation conferences and delegates registering for either event can attend sessions at either event and the exhibition.

Don't miss the chance to present at the Irrigation Australia Conference & Exhibition. Abstract Submissions are closing on Monday, 30 November 2020


Bryan Ward, Irrigation Australia CEO

"The theme will specifically focus on innovation and research but will include topics such as energy provision and affordability, urban water policy and reform, infrastructure development and drought-management strategies. The Abstract Review Panel is looking for submissions that reflect these topics, but it will consider any abstracts submitted in other topics."

"Delegates and visitors to the Irrigation Australia conference and exhibition are the expert core of our industry, and they want to hear from similar-minded industry professionals and the event in 2020 brings the significant added advantage of the many ICID international delegates with wide experience in the irrigation and drainage sector”.

“The conference audience will be diverse, covering every aspect of the international and Australian irrigation industry and brings together irrigators, suppliers, equipment manufacturers, researchers, water supply organisations, advisors, government officials and policy makers from across the rural and urban irrigation industries”. We are looking for concise, informative abstract, so the committee can properly understand what the papers offers.” A panel of industry experts across a diverse cross section of the irrigation industry had been selected to review all abstracts and select presentations.

Irrigation Australia is now inviting irrigation professionals to submit abstracts for consideration on the following topics:


  • Crops
  • Horticulture
  • Viticulture
  • Cotton
  • Dairy Farming

Rainwater Harvesting

Turf & Landscape

  • Sports turf
  • Commercial turf
  • Landscape
  • Parks & Gardens
  • Golf

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New Technology

  • Drones
  • Pivots
  • Satellite/remote sensing & mapping
  • Vertical Farming and Other Intensive Cultures—food production and amenity

Planning for the future

  • Food security
  • Energy
  • Sustainability
  • Liveable cities
  • Social license

Other Irrigation Related topics

Submit your Paper

Complete this form to express your interest in presenting at the Irrigation Australia Conference & Exhibition 2021. A panel of industry experts across a diverse cross section of the irrigation industry had been selected to review all abstracts and select presentations.

You will be notified as soon as possible after the closing date if your paper has been successful

Key Dates
Abstract Submission Closes30 November 2020
Notification of AcceptanceEnd of January 2021
Early bird registration closes30 April 2021
Speaker registration deadline14 May 2021
Presentations due21 June 2021

SPECIAL TOPIC | The Murray Darling Basin Plan the world’s most ambitious river and catchment recovery Plan

The Murray Darling Basin is Australia’s most important agricultural production area, it is also home to thousands of wetlands, including Ramsar listed wetlands, and other ecologically important assets.

77,000 km of rivers make up the Basin, they range from Northern Basin’s ephemeral outback rivers to the mighty Murray fed from Australia’s Alpine regions.  Producing reliable food and fibre from often unreliable rainfall means the Basin has developed water storages and irrigation networks that in 2017-18 helped the Basin’s 9,500 irrigating business produce more than $8.6 billion worth of agricultural produce.

In 2012 Australian Governments embarked on an historic 12 year Plan to try to restore the health of the Basin environment, while at the same time expanding agricultural production and minimising impacts on communities.  It is a river reform on a scale not seen anywhere else in the world.

In the seven years since the Plan began 20% of water previously available for irrigation has been transferred to environmental water holders, greater efficiency has seen the value of crops produced rise and early environmental signs are positive.  At the same time unprecedented drought has put major stress on the system with water to irrigators and the environment drying up and some Basin Plan targets not being met.

Speakers are invited to submit abstracts for review in the following topics (please note that not all abstracts may be accepted for presentation)

  • Where the Basin Plan sits as an internationally significant reform;
  • How Australia is going in implementing the Basin Plan;
  • The farmer experience;
  • The operation of the water markets;
  • Measuring progress on a major reform like the Basin Plan;
  • The challenges of major reform and achieving triple bottom line outcomes.

Potential speakers / panellists will represent:

  • Scientists working on Basin Plan issues
  • Government administrators
  • Irrigation industry representatives
  • Farmers implementing and adapting to the Plan

The program over the sessions will include presentations and facilitated panel discussions with Q&A opportunities for the audience.

Delegates – Justification Letter

Seeking approval to attend the International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID) 24th Congress & 72nd International Executive Council Meeting and the Irrigation Australia Conference & Exhibition?

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide delegates with:

  • Reasons why you should attend Irrigation Australia’s major event
  • A sample attendance justification letter
  • A cost worksheet
Why should you attend the 24th ICID International Congress combined with Irrigation Australia’s International Conference & Exhibition 6-8 July 2021?

The combined irrigation conference & exhibition is happening in Sydney, Australia from the 6-8 July 2021 and is the most significant irrigation event ever held in Australia. It’s the place to be for industry experts, professionals & suppliers to keep up to date with the latest new technologies, best practices and innovative ideas. With over 1500 delegates and 2000 visits to the exhibition expected it’s an event not to be missed.

Networking: Expand and maintain contacts with your peers, suppliers and customers and those closely associated with the water and irrigation industry. Take part in one or more of many social events or technical tours in a unique and beautiful city. At the large industry exhibition, you will visit the leading suppliers of irrigation and water management technology.

Education & inspiration: Explore current best practice principles, recent tools, and techniques. Learn about cutting-edge irrigation practices from around the world. Attend and participate in stimulating and thought-provoking discussions and workshops and learn about the latest in irrigation technology and the role of information technology in providing more crop for every drop.

Options: Choose from a diverse range of sessions to attend around our conference theme ‘innovation and research in agriculture water management to achieve sustainable development goals’ Delegates attending either event can attend either the Australian or International sessions.

Dissemination:  Present your work and get international feedback. Abstracts for papers and posters for the Australian conference are invited through to 30 November 2020. 

After the conference, offer to give a presentation or report to staff within your own organisation, sharing the materials, insights, and opportunities you received at the Irrigation Australia / ICID event.