Past ANCOLD conferences

The ANCOLD (Australian National Committee on Large Dams) Conference is a premier event that has been held annually, bringing together professionals and experts in the field of dam engineering and management.

Below is a historical overview of the conference details, spanning from 1992 to present day. This table includes information on the year, date, location, convenor, theme, and number of delegates for each conference, showcasing the evolution and focus of the events over the years.

Whether addressing the technological advancements in dam management, the environmental impacts, or the role of dams in sustainable development, each conference has contributed significantly to the industry’s body of knowledge and practice.

YearDateLocationConvenorThemeDelegates
202324-28 OctCairnsRyan CantrillDams: a Critical Resource496
202227-28 OctSydneySam BanziSustainable Dams in a Climate of Change495
2021cancelledPerthLouise Thomas  
2020cancelledPerthLouise Thomas  
20199-12 OctoberAuckland, NZRebeccaResilient Dams & Levees for Resilient Communities378
201811-12 OctMelbournePaul MaisanoDams: Evolving with Modern Technology379
201726-27 OctHobartEmma BirchGreat Expectations for New and Existing Dams – Ageing Dams, New Ideas316
201617-19 OctAdelaideEric von WiellghDams a Lasting Legacy279
20154-6 NovBrisbaneMichel RaymondContempory Challenges for Dams248
201420-22 OctCanberraJohn DymkeDams in a Changing World268
201313-15 NovNew Zealand RotoruaPeter AmosMultiple Use of Dams & Reservoirs: Needs, Benefits & RisksN/A
201224-26 OctPerthMichael SomerfordThe Importance of Dams in our Developing Community345
201126-28 OctMelbourneStephen NewmanThe Future of Dams331
20103-5 NovHobartNeil SmithDam Decisions: Past Experiences, Future Challenges364
200911-15 NovAdelaideAndy ParsonsDams: where to next in climates of change321
200812-16 NovGold CoastRussell PatonDams and Water for the Future359
200719-21 NovQueenstown, NZStuart ReadDams- Securing Water for our Future 
200619-22 NovSydneyIan Landon-JonesDams – The Challenges of the 21st Century 
200520-24 NovPerthMichael SomerfordManaging Dams in a Climate of Change 
200414-17 NovMelbournePhil CumminsCommunity Values and the Management of Dams 
200326-29 OctHobartNeil BlaikieTechnological Development – Its impact on Dam Management and the Triple Bottom Line 
200219-25 OctAdelaideAndy ParsonsDams – Future Directions in Demanding Environments 
20012-9 NovAuckland, NZJohn GrimstonDams – Development, Sustainability and Performance 
200023-24 OctCairnsPeter AllenBenefits and Concerns of Dams 
199915-19 NovJindabyneJack Grimstad?Dams; Environmental, Community and Business Challenges 
199829 Aug to 4 SeptSydneyIan ForsterThe Challenge; Managing Dams in a Competitive Business Environment 
199713-17 OctPerthBob WarkWater and its role in Development 
199623-27 NovAlbury Dams & River Basin Management 
199514-15 NovChristchurch, NZStewart AstwoodDams; The implications of ownership 
199216-19 NovCanberraPhil CarterDams and the Community 

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