Call for Abstracts Now Open!

Smart Rivers 2025 is now accepting abstracts for presentations related to the field of inland waterborne transportation. The Smart Rivers conference covers all themes associated with the latest advancements and lessons learned and will build a vision for a sustainable future in inland waterborne transport. Solicited topics listed below are a mix of previous Smart Rivers topics with new and emerging topics that may influence our future. Presentations on these and other topics possibly not listed are highly encouraged. Please submit an abstract on any topic related to advancing inland waterborne transportation and the forces driving its direction.

Waterway Infrastructure
  • Navigation Improvements
  • Navigation Structures
  • Ports, Harbors, Multimodal Terminals
  • Infrastructure Assessments and Monitoring
  • Innovative Materials
  • Natural and Nature-based Infrastructure
Climate Change and Community
  • Decarbonization, Sustainability, and Climate Change
  • Alternative Fuels and Shore Power
  • River Cruises, tourism
  • Riverfront Redevelopment
  • Waterways, Agriculture and Other Uses
Rivers and River System Management
  • Asset Management
  • Dredging, Beneficial Use, and Regional Sediment Management
  • Multi-use Waterways
  • Safety & Security
  • Resilient Rivers and Waterways
  • Ecologic Restoration
  • River Recreation and Fisheries
  • Basin Scale Modeling and Predictions
Smart Shipping and Waterways
  • E-navigation, River Information Services
  • Autonomous/Automated Sailing and Smart Vessels
  • Digital Twins, Virtual & Augmented Reality
  • Artificial Intelligence
Logistics
  • Riverine Ports
  • Multi-Modal Transport
  • Intermodal Transport: Containerization of Inland Waterways
  • Innovations, Containers on Barge
Special Topics
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Waterways and National Security
  • Economic Modeling and Co-benefits
  • Finance, Investment, and Trade
  • Institutional and Regulatory Perspectives
  • InCom Working Groups
  • E-Commerce

Smart Rivers is the world’s premier conference on inland waterborne transport. Hosted by PIANC, the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure, Smart Rivers convenes industry leaders, experts, and practitioners every three years to discuss the state of the practice, share lessons learned, and build a vision for the future of the industry.

Don’t miss this opportunity to burgeon your standing in the field, learn from and with international experts, and present your research, project, or innovation.

Submit your abstract before 1 December 2024 to take part in this exciting field-building event!
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