Postponement of IWRA’s XVII World Water Congress (12-16 September 2021)!

New dates announced: Sunday, September 12th – Thursday, September 16th 2021


Like all of you, IWRA and the Korean co-organisers and sponsors of the XVII World Water Congress (Daegu Metropolitan City, Korea Water Resources Association, K-water and Ministry of Environment) have been closely monitoring the on-going developments and implications of the COVID-19 outbreak. As most of you are aware, we have already postponed the Congress from May to September this year. However, the pandemic still continues to impact many parts of the world, and the uncertainty for making travel arrangements now looks like it will continue until at least the end of 2020. It has therefore become clear that in order to ensure that as many people as possible are able to attend, we must postpone the Congress until 2021.

We deeply regret any inconvenience this second change in dates may cause. But, the organisers strongly believe that postponing the Congress until the second half of 2021 will ensure the best World Water Congress programme, while allowing the fullest possible attendance by major water organisations, distinguished participants and delegates from around the world.

If you have already registered for the XVII Congress, your registration will be automatically transferred to the new dates. Of course, if you are unable to attend the revised event in September 2021, your registration fee will be fully refunded. To claim your refund, please contact

Further information about talks, posters and special sessions already approved, as well as opportunities for new submissions, will be widely communicated soon.  Please keep an eye out through the Congress website ( and our usual social media channels. If you have any questions, please email us at

We look forward to welcoming you in Korea in September 2021!

Over the past 50 years, IWRA’s World Water Congresses have been held 16 times in locations around the world. These congresses represent the world’s largest event linking water researchers and policy practitioners. They provide a unique meeting place to address key water challenges and priorities, identify major global themes concerning the water agenda, and bridge the science and policy arenas for the development and implementation of well-informed decisions in the field of water. 

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