3-6 December 2018 | Melbourne, Australia

Welcome to the 38th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium

HWRS is one of Australia’s largest events devoted to hydrology, water engineering and related areas in water resources. The symposium theme “Water and Communities”, reflects the creativity and technical expertise needed to work in the hydrology and water resources field.

The Symposium has an extensive history as Australia’s pre-eminent and hydrological research event, and provides a forum to discuss emerging and innovative approaches for practicing engineers and scientists. HWRS 2018 will bring together a large audience of academics, government officials, industry practitioners, experts and students.


Early Bird Registration Now Available

Be sure to register before 28 September 2018 to receive these discounted rates.

Click the button below to register now, or for further information please click here.


View the Abstract Listing

Please click here to view the presentations forming HWRS 2018. A detailed program will be available in the coming weeks!


Pre-Symposium Workshops

A variety of pre-Symposium workshops will be held on Monday 3 December. These workshops have been developed to complement the full program, and provide valuable insights and discussions across a broad range of topics. For further information on these workshops, please click here. Places are extremely limited, register today to avoid missing out.


5 minutes with ARR2016 workshop presenter Peter Coombes

Peter Coombes
Urban Water Cycle Solutions

1. What is Australian Rainfall and Runoff? What problem is it trying to resolve? And why should we care?

Australian Rainfall and Runoff (ARR) is the national guideline for flood estimation. The first edition was published in 1958 by Engineers Australia. In 2016, Geoscience Australia released the 4th edition that replaced the 1987/1998 3rd edition. This nine-book guideline is used for all Australian flood and flow investigations including flood studies, designing bridges, culverts and drainage infrastructure and dam spillway design.

To read more from Peter Coombes, please click here.


HWRS 2018 Keynote Speaker Spotlight

Jane Doolan
Productivity Commission, Australia

1. What is your area of focus?

My current area of focus is the continuing need for national water reform. Australia has a long history in water reform which has led it to being a world leader in sustainable water management. However, there is currently a real risk of complacency and with the prospect of population growth and climate change, there is a lot more that needs to be done. The recent report by the Productivity Commission recommends that Australian governments recommit to a new national water agenda which includes a priority on urban water reform.

To read more from Jane Doolan, please click here.


Key Dates

Call for abstracts open Closed
Registration opens Now Open
Call for abstracts close Closed
Notification to authors, invitation to submit paper Closed
Final papers due Closed
Early Bird registration closes 28 September 2018
Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium 2018 3 – 6 December 2018