This is a guest post and part of our ongoing Student Life series

By Nadeeka Miguntanna, PhD Candidate, School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering

Nadeeka Miguntanna. PhD candidate in the School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering recently attended the 38th World Congress of IAHR 2019 which was held in Panama City, 1-6 September 2019.

Nadeeka reflects on her experience; “This Congress is held once in two years. The Congress was held with the central theme of “Water – Connecting the World”. The Congress specifically focused on topics such as hydraulic structures, ports and coastal engineering, hydro-environment, water management and hydro-informatics, river and sediment management and climate change and extreme events. The Congress provided a platform for scientists and engineers to meet. An exhibition alongside the Congress presented the latest developments in equipment, software and instrumentation. Several workshops and training events were also offered. In addition, I was able to visit Panama Canal in a field visit arranged by the event organisers.

The Congress was a great opportunity for networking as there were several attendees who were working in a similar field as me, of which I was able to make contact. I received constructive feedback, important ideas and inputs which will be valuable for my research in future. The opportunity to meet industry and world-class research leaders, who are especially involved in hydro-environment research, was one of the biggest highlights of the conference.

I would like to thank my supervisors A/Prof. Muttucumaru Sivakumar, Associate Professor Shu-Qing Yang and Professor Keith Envier for the continuing support of my research as well as to the University of Wollongong for supporting my travel financially.”