Become a Rapporteur at IWRA’s XVII World Water Congress (and attend for free)❗️

Next year, between the 11th of May and the 15th of May, IWRA will be organising the XVII World Water Congress, in Daegu, South Korea.

This Congress is the largest event linking water researchers and policy practitioners in the world.  In its XVIIth edition since 1973, the congress will focus on a key, timely theme, on the Foundations for Global Water Security and Resilience: Knowledge, Technology and Policy“.  

In order to better understand the multiple challenges of water security, IWRA is looking for a team of around twenty (20) rapporteurs (between the ages of 18 to 35) to help summarize and report on regular and special sessions, plenaries and discussions over the week. Rapporteurs can be students or young professionals with skills that will be invaluable for distilling the content of the various sessions and panels, and who will help ensure the smooth running of Congress sessions. Rapporteurs will be the decisive instrumental part of the reporting and conclusions process.

What Does It Mean To Be A Rapporteur?

Rapporteurs will in charge of reporting on the content of the Congress (typically two sessions per day). This content will then be used to develop daily summaries that will feed the daily Newsletter of the Congress, but also form the basis for the Congress Final Report. Rapporteurs will be divided in three categories: the Reporters team, the Editors team, and the Newsletter team. You can find more information about their different roles in the Terms and Conditions.

In exchange for working as a rapporteur, the selected individuals will have their full registration fees waived for the Congress, including all lunches, a ticket to the gala dinner and an invitation to join the field trips.   Rapporteurs will also be given an annual membership to IWRA.  Please note that rapporteurs will receive no financial remuneration for their participation in this programme and will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation.

What Are The Conditions To Become A Rapporteur?

The candidates should be between 18 and 35 years old, and be proficient in English. They should have good knowledge in at least one aspect of the water issues.

How Can Someone Apply?

To apply, candidates for selection as a Rapporteur must provide the following:

  • Candidates should send their application to, using the subject “Application Rapporteurs XVII World Water Congress” 

  • The email body must be a short motivation letter (<250 words), where the applicant can mention what category of rapporteur s/he is more interested in, as well as his favourite themes in the Congress Thematic Framework 

  • The applicant must provide a short CV as well as one writing sample (article, paper) as a proof of their proficient English level.                                                    
All of this material should be sent via email before February 3rd 2020 at midnight 12:00 AM CET to
If you want to know more about the Terms and Conditions of the Rapporteurs Programme, please click here.
We look forward to your applications!