Welcome Message from Prof. Dr Ragab Ragab, President, ICID

It is my great honour to announce that in a post COVID-19 environment 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 73rd International Executive Council Meeting will now be held in Adelaide, Australia from 03 October to 10 October 2022.

Unfortunately, we could not organise this event as originally scheduled in 2020 at Sydney, Australia and had to postpone it repeatedly due to evolving situation of COVID 19 pandemic. However, we are happy to announce that we will now be able to convene at Adelaide next year. All this has come about with sustained and whole hearted efforts of ICID and Australian National Committee (IACID) and Irrigation Australia.

On behalf of ICID and Irrigation Australia, I would like to extend my warm invitation to ICID members and all other stakeholders throughout the world, to join with me and attend this flagship global event in Australia. Together, we promise you an enriching experience in irrigation and drainage disciplines.

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 (IACID) 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; the 4th international micro irrigation congress in Albury-Wodonga in 1988; the 2nd Asian Regional Conference at Echuca/Moama in 2004 and the 63rd IEC and 7th Asian Regional Conference at Adelaide in 2012. Australia has a vast repertoire of experience to offer in the fields of irrigation, drainage and water management.

Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, is a beautiful city that is home to around one million people. There is a diverse range of landscapes surrounding the easily accessible city, including the Torrens River, green parklands, the Mount Lofty Ranges, and coastal beaches. Referred to as the wine and festival capital of Australia, Adelaide is a great place to experience the rich arts and culture, widely known as “the festival state of Australia”. Northeast of Adelaide city is the Barossa Valley a renowned wine-producing region with an array of high-profile wineries offering tours and cellar-door tastings. Shiraz grapes are the local speciality.

I am sure Irrigation Australia and the ICID Australian National Committee (IACID) will not leave any stone unturned for the success of the 73rd IEC Meeting & 24th ICID Congress and combined with Irrigation Australia's National Conference and Exhibition delegates can be ensured of great hospitality and a rich learning experience.

IACID will be organizing very interesting programmes for the accompanying persons as well as study tours for the participants including places of historic importance. Further information on this important event is detailed in this revised edition of the 2nd Announcement.

I extend a cordial invitation to all the prospective delegates for the 24th ICID Congress & 73rd IEC meeting combined with the Irrigation Australia National Conference & Exhibition in Sydney, Australia.

I am looking forward to meeting you there.

Prof. Dr Ragab Ragab
President | International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage