Welcome Message from Felix Reinders, President, ICID
It is my great honour to announce that the 24th ICID International Congress on Irrigation and Drainage with the Theme: “Innovation and research in agricultural water management to achieve sustainable development goals” together with the 71st International Executive Council Meeting (IEC) will be organized from 22nd to 28th September 2020 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, Australia. This is ICID’s flagship event and on behalf of ICID, I would like to extend my warm invitation to ICID members and all other stakeholders all over the world to attend this global event in Australia.
Australia joined ICID in 1952, and has since been actively associated with ICID activities at national as well as international level. The Australian National Committee hosted the 10th IEC at Canberra in 1959, the 34th IEC at Melbourne in 1983, the 5th Afro-Asian Regional Conference at Townsville in 1985, 4th International Micro Irrigation Congress in Aubery-Woodonga in 1988, and the 2nd Asian Regional Conference at Echuca/Moama in 2004. I am convinced that the 24th ICID International Congress will be an experience of a lifetime as I just experienced Irrigation Australia’s biennial Conference and Exhibition in Sydney, Australia.
Sydney, capital of New South Wales, is Australia’s largest city and one of the world’s loved cities with a lively and vibrant buzz that makes it the ultimate destination throughout the year. The city is amongst the top fifteen most-visited cities in the world and it is best known for its harbour front Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. Massive Darling Harbour, right in front of the Convention centre and the smaller Circular Quay port are hubs of waterside life, with the arched Harbour Bridge and esteemed Royal Botanic Garden nearby. There are always plenty of things to do in Sydney– from world-class dining, shows and entertainment, to sightseeing and great walks or fun in the sand at one of Sydney’s idyllic beaches.
I am sure Irrigation Australia and the ICID Australian National Committee (IACID) will not leave any stone unturned for the success of the 24th International Conference and 71st IEC to ensure learning and present hospitality at its best leading to a memorable experience. The IACID will be devising very interesting programmes for the accompanying persons as well as study tours for the participants including places of historic importance.
I extend a cordial invitation to all the prospective delegates for the 24th ICID International Congress and the 71st International Executive Council Meeting in Sydney, Australia.
I am looking forward to meeting you there.
Eng. Felix B Reinders
President | International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage