Key Dates

/ Sep 2018 - Call for abstracts /

/ Dec 2018 - Deadline for abstracts /

/ Sep 30 - Oct 3, 2019 - Conference /


Announcement: The conference Smart Rivers 2019 will take please from 30th Septembre to 3rd Octobre 2019 at the Cité International Centre de Congrès in Lyon, France



/ LYON 2019 /

The conference Smart Rivers 2019, which will be held in France in Lyon is an incomparable opportunity to meet international actors of river transport and the global supply chain of transport.
It is a privileged place of exchange around the best feedback and global trends in the field of sustainable development of inland waterways within the overall supply of transport.
Since 2004, this international event takes place every two years, under the umbrella of the World Association of waterborne transport infrastructure
(PIANC). In 2017, the conference took place in Pittsburgh (USA).

The presentations and high-level conferences are designed to share the practices and experiences of managers of waterways or
river ports, transport operators, engineering companies, in particular on innovative topics.

/ The Smart Rivers conference includes /

  • Technical short courses on specific topics.
  • Plenary sessions
  • Concurrent technical sessions grouped by theme
  • An integrated industry exhibition
  • Technical and cultural tour

Smart Rivers promotes exchanges and networking. It also allows to combine meetings or events with your own network.

The PIANC french section

The French section consists of institutional
bodies, river and port infrastructure managers, engineering companies, contractors, transport companies, consultants and experts in maritime, port and river transport. It has about 35 group members, 50 individual members, and a
representative of the Government.

The French section, which also hosts the
Academic Task force of PIANC, has a young
professional section, and maintains a special
relationship with francophone countries.

/ The organization commitee /

Special advisor to the President,
Compagnie Nationale du Rhône

Deputy Director,
Territorial Division Rhône Saône,
Voies Navigables de France

Guillaume Le REVEILLE
President of AIPCN-France,
Vinci Construction

Deputy Director General,
Voies Navigables de France

Laurent LUCHEZ
Assistant Secretary of AIPCN-France,

Technical topics

Waterway infrastructure
  • Innovative infrastructure design
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Building information modelling (BIM)
  • Asset management, Reliability, and Maintenance
  • Resilience
Smart Inland Waterway Transport
  • E-navigation, River information services
  • Safe and secure operation
  • Cyber-security
  • How Big Data and Block Chain will help
River induced Land Planning and Development
  • Waterway Transport policies (local, regional)
  • Funding issues and Business models
  • Climate change, Environmental transition, Energy transition
  • Working with nature
  • Cruise shipping and Recreational boating
  • Urban integration of waterways
Water and Sediment Management
  • Sediment transport modelling
  • Smart dredging technology
  • Ecotox analysis, Remediation and re-use of Dredging material
  • Water resources management, Water levels
  • Logistics at the river-sea interface
  • Port Gateways and cooperation and cooperation between maritime and inland ports
  • Flexible Lay-outs
  • Data processing
Innovation and Future Trends
  • Future trends in river energy production
  • Advanced navigation systems
  • Smart energy management of rivergoing vessels
  • Digitalization of the river cyberspace
  • Other innovations in vessel design
  • Development of Large African Rivers
  • Academic Task Force
  • Young Professionals
  • Design of the River of Tomorrow – with IFGR Forum (Initiatives for the Future of Great Rivers)

In Lyon

France’s second largest city by inhabitants number, Lyon, classified a UNESCO World heritage site, is full of wealth and resources!
Its architecture harmoniously combines several styles

The colorful facades of the banks of the Saône make think of Pisa or Rome, while the West side of the Rhone presents a face more haussmanian. Both Latin and Nordic, the former capital of the Gaule is a concentrate of France, even in its title of capital of gastronomy!

Lyon also surprises by the modernity of its major urban projects, such as Lyon Confluence which ultimately will triple the capacity of downtown.

Cultural events of international scope

mark the course of the year: Festival of Lights, the Biennial of Dance and Contemporary Art, Fourvière Nights and Nuits Sonores music festival.

Lyon, it is also the sweetness of life in a protected environment (banks of the Rhône, the Tête d’Or Park ), the quality and diversity of its hotels, the international reputation of its chefs and gastronomy. Life at Lyon is firstly an art of living...

Lyon is part of the Europe’s top 20 and the World’s top 30 Convention cities,

thus achieving unprecedented progress that benefits the local economy. This international recognition is based on the diversity and quality of Lyon’s structured offer, within which the Centre of Congress in Lyon plays a prominent role.

The Organizing Committee welcomes you and hopes to ensure your satisfaction, as regards hospitality, as well as technical content, technical or cultural tours that will be proposed.

Why submit an abstract ?

The call for abstracts is an opportunity offered to all waterways experts worldwide to showcase their knowledge, expertise and the latest technical innovations, while also raising them and their company’s profile.

At the beginning of October 2018, authors will be invited to submit abstracts relating to topics defined by the Smart Rivers 2019 scientific committee, giving them the opportunity to shape and influence discussion and to present their technical knowledge and skills to a global audience.

Submitted abstracts should be an overview of their proposed final paper based on their selected conference topic (See the conference technical topics in this leaflet).

On-line abstract submission will be easy to complete online.

Proposing authors whose abstracts are accepted will be expected to attend the conference, pay the appropriate fees, and make the presentation in person.

Why become a sponsor ?

The professional interaction and exchange of ideas remains a hallmark of the SmartRivers conference series. Organizations that provide services or goods related to any aspects of inland waterborne transport are cordially invited to join us.

/ Benefits

  • Associating your name to the largest international Conference on smart river transport
  • promoting your expertise
  • sharing and exchanging in a privileged way


  • having a targeted communication
  • increasing the visibility of your business
  • benefiting media coverage
  • taking part in the discussions and debates

/ Platinum partners

PLATINUM partners can support conference by financing a cocktail, a lunch, a technial visit, an animation or any other activity with added visibility.

/ Officiel partners

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2 free passes
1 free pass
25 % reduction on exhibition stand rental price
10 % reduction on exhibition stand rental price
5 % reduction on exhibition stand rental price
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/ Exhibition stand

2 x 3 m module
1 table, 2 chairs, electric point 220V~,
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