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The XVIII World Water Congress on "Water for All: Harmony between Humans and Nature”, will take place in Beijing, China, from 11 to 15 September 2023. The International Water Resources Association (IWRA), and the Ministry of Water Resources of the People's Republic of China (MWR) are delighted to share that given the global effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and requests for submission extension, the deadline of submission for abstracts, special sessions and side events has been extended to 28th February 2023.

From 8th January, 2023, China no longer conducts nucleic acid testing and quarantine for inbound travelers. We welcome a wide range of international, regional and governmental water organizations and institutions, representatives of the academic, leading experts, professionals, young scholars and students majored in water-related subjects to join the XVIII Congress. Early registration by 7th April 2023 will be granted a special discount.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an unprecedented challenge on how humans interact with water and address its management and protection. It is crucial that we discuss and design innovative ideas, methods, technologies and practices regarding the new and old problems in the field of water resources. Therefore, we invite submissions from experts, academics, policymakers, water professionals, private sector practitioners, and civil society stakeholders, from all disciplines and perspectives. Your participation will certainly add value to the XVIII Congress.

Submit Your Abstracts Today!

Call for Abstracts

The International Scientific Committee (ISC) welcomes papers for oral presentations and poster presentations at the XVIII World Water Congress, which will be presented during the main congress programme. Experts, academics, policymakers, water professionals, private sector practitioners, and civil society stakeholders, from all disciplines and perspectives who wish to share their work and experiences during the Congress, are invited to submit abstracts. Abstracts can only be submitted online through the official Congress website.

For more information about the submission process, please visit:

Call for Special Sessions

Special Session proposals are welcome from organisations or groups that wish to run a session or workshop that presents their work on subjects related to the themes of this Congress. The format can vary from panel discussions to workshops. Innovation is welcome. These sessions are part of the main programme and open to all Congress attendees. There is no charge to hold a special session, but all speakers should be registered, and any additional expenses beyond the provision of the room and standard audio-visual equipment will be managed by the session organisers.

For more information about the submission process, please visit:

Be a part of XVIII World Water Congress
as an official sponsor!

The XVIII World Water Congress welcomes water-related partners around the world to work together towards its successful outcome.
The XVIII Congress offers five sponsorship packages for consideration. You may select the bundle that best fits the needs of your organisation or institution. Please feel free to contact the Congress Secretary if you have other requirements regarding to the sponsorship and benefits.

Apply for Exhibition

An exhibition of scientific and technological achievements in the field of water resource management will be held during the XVIII Congress. It aims to display the superior products, latest technology, scientific research, innovative concepts and practice cases. The exhibition area is nearly 20,000 square meters with customized size booths. Book your booth today therefore increasing visibility. Please submit your application through the Congress website or contact the Congress Secretary by email.

Travel Advice

From January 8, 2023, China no longer conducts nucleic acid tests and quarantine for all inbound travelers. International travelers are advised to read the latest notices of Chinese Embassies and Consulates in the residential country on the adjustment to facilitate traveling.

Visa Information

Visitors who arrive in China must have a passport or valid identity document if you will be participating in the Congress. You should choose the most appropriate visa category for your application. Please refer to the Chinese Embassies and Consulates in your residential country for the most updated and accurate information.

* Visit the XVIII World Water Congress website for detailed information on call for abstracts, special session and side events, the exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, as well as the early registration and much more!

The XVIII World Water Congress Secretariat

2-1 Liupukang Beixiaojie,Xicheng District,Beijing, China

+86(0)10-63206657, +86(0)10-63206656

IWRA Executive Office

21, rue de Madrid 75008 Paris, France