Fish Passage 2018 – International conference to be held in Albury-Wodonga

14 Jun 2017

We are excited to announce that the 2018 International Conference on Engineering & Ecohydrology for Fish Passage (Fish Passage 2018) will be hosted by Charles Sturt University and the NSW Department of Primary Industries in Albury-Wodonga, New South Wales, on December 10­­–14, 2018.

Fish Passage 2018 will represent the first time that the conference will be held in the southern hemisphere, with previous conferences located in the United States (2011 – 2014, 2016 – 2017) and Europe (2015). Our chosen location for the conference is the headwaters of the Murray River, the lifeblood of the Murray-Darling Basin. The Basin embodies a diverse range of fish passage works and is home to an array of innovative solutions that are underpinned by a long-standing cooperative approach between engineers, scientists, managers, and asset owners. As such, Fish Passage 2018 aims to showcase achievements in Southern NSW and Northern Victoria through a structured field program; and through the conference will celebrate advances in fish passage throughout Australia, New Zealand and globally.

The conference reliably attracts over 400 delegates (half of which are international attendees) — many of which are world-renowned experts from government, research, academic and hydropower sectors. The three-day conference features concurrent sessions in engineering, ecohydraulics, biology, management and social issues. The sessions are complimented by plenary talks, professional networking opportunities as well as poster sessions, and independently-offered short courses, workshops and excursion tours that take place before and immediately after the conference. To find out more, please visit

We are seeking your assistance to help us reach out to practitioners, funders, educators, researchers, regulators and advocates who have an interest in advancements in river restoration, fishways, dam removal, tide gates, road ecology and the multitude of funding, safety, climate change and other ecological, social and political issues relating to river connectivity projects. Our goal is to improve awareness and understanding of the common issues, concerns and lessons learned, so that we can continue to facilitate science-based solutions and actions that address the requirements of a broad range of stakeholders involved in river connectivity projects.

We are writing to seek your financial support and to encourage your attendance. We would be most grateful if your organisation could generously contribute to the success of this significant event. Four levels of sponsorship are available (all prices are in Australian dollars). Please let us know, at your earliest convenience, which support level may be most suitable to you:

Major sponsor: >$20,000 includes: 5 complimentary registrations. Free exhibition space rental. Your logo and link prominently placed on conference website and program and conference printed materials. Banners in main auditorium for duration of conference. Opportunity to develop a specific full day session or field visit. Your organisation mentioned in all official media and marketing.

Conference partner: $10,000–$20,000 includes: 2 complimentary registrations. Free exhibition space rental. Your logo and link prominently placed on conference website and program and conference printed materials. Opportunity to develop a specific half day session.

Minor sponsor: <$10,000 includes: 1 complimentary registration. Free exhibition space rental. Your logo and link prominently placed on conference website, program and conference printed materials.

Exhibitor: $1,000 per trade stall includes: 1 complimentary registration. Two-by-four metre booth space. Email list of all conference attendees. Listing in the conference program brochure and on the website. Optional: For an extra $250; a half page advertisement in the conference proceedings.

Although some way from the event, the co-organisers are attempting to secure sponsors early to ensure that recognition is captured in event marketing activities; and all printed materials.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you at Fish Passage 2018.

View the brochure here .

Please do not hesitate to contact the co-chairs, on the details below, with any questions.

Dr. Lee Baumgartner
Institute for Land, Water and Society
Charles Sturt University

Dr. Matthew Gordos
Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation Unit
NSW Department of Primary Industries