Announcing all our confirmed Platinum Sponsors

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We are proud to announce that we are receiving the support of a number of platinum sponsors for the Smart Rivers 2019 that will take place next month in Lyon, France.

The conference will be supported by:

  • CEREMA: Center for Studies and Expertise on Risks, the Environment, Mobility and Development
  • CNR: France’s leading producer of 100% renewable electricity
  • Ministère de la Transition Écologique et Solidaire: The Ministry for the Ecological and Solidary Transition
  • Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes: The Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France
  • Ville de Lyon: THe French City of Lyon where the conference will take place
  • VNF: Navigable Waterways of France, the French navigation authority responsible for the management of the majority of France's inland waterways network and the associated facilities

You will find more information about them on our partners page: 


Detailed programme published on the website

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The Smart Rivers 2019 detailed programme has now been published on the website on

This shows all sessions and the papers that will be presented in each of the sessions, on what day and at what time during that day. It will therefore allow for all authors to now make travel arrangements to attend the conference and for all international actors of river transport and the global transportation network to have a full overview of the topics that will be presented and the opportunities that they will have not only for networking but for comments and discussions around those topics.

You will also find on the programme page information and the programme for the Short Courses and the In Memoriam Claude Gressier event that will take place on Monday 30th September

We recommend that you register here at your earliest opportunity as the event is fast approaching and some of the events have limited availability.

Vinci Maritime and fluvial - Gold Sponsor and exhibitor

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We are proud to welcome our first gold sponsor and exhibitor, Vinci Maritime and fluvial.

VINCI Construction Maritime and Fluvial supports its customers in the realization of maritime, port and river works that are progress, development and respectful of the environment.

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Provisionnal programme now available online

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We are pleased to announce that the speaker line-up is almost complete for our forthcoming conference ‘PIANC Smart Rivers Lyon 2019’. You will find the provisional programme on

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Sponsors and Exhibitors announced

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Our first sponsors and exhibitors have been announced online.

You can find on page Partners the full up to date list of Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors as well as an up to date list of exhibitors who youo will be able to find at the conference together with their exhibition booth number.

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Viadonau bronze and exhibitor at Smart Rivers 2019

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We are proud to welcome our first bronze sponsor and exhibitor, Viadonau.

Viadonau is the leading international waterway operators in the Danube region. By utilising the knowledge of their experts in infrastructure management, shipping and logistics, along with electronic information and navigational systems, flood control and environmental hydraulic engineering, they provide services for the public sector, businesses, holidaymakers and local residents along the Danube.  

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Online registration is now opened

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The online registration for the conference Smart Rivers 2019 that will take place from 30th September to 3rd October 2019 is now open on

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Rhône and Saône cruise evening with cocktail party

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The Organising Committee of the 2019 Smart Rivers Conference invites you to a Rhône and Saône evening cruise with a cocktail party on Tuesday 1st Ocotber on the Hermès II boat.

The cruise aboard the boat Hermès II will allow you to discover the city of Lyon from its two rivers. Please do not forget to select the cruise option when you register.

Technical Visit - Port Revel, Grenoble

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Smart Rivers 2019 delegates will be invited to participate in a number of tehcnical visits on Thursday 3rd October 2019 in the afternoon. One of those is a visit of Port Revel. Port Revel, a subsidiary of ARTELIA group, is a ship handling training center; world leader for continuous training at all possible maneuvers in all conditions imaginable on scale models.

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