International Shortcourse on River Restoration


In light of the continuing COVID public health crisis, and the subsequent postponement of the next IS Rivers conference, we have decided to also postpone this year’s session. The next offering is now expected to take place in the week immediately before or after the next IS Rivers conference, likely in June 2022. We very much regret having to postpone the course, but there is much uncertainty about the prospects of holding it any sooner. Thank you for your understanding, and please do not hesitate to contact us as needed.


This course consists of lectures, field trips, and discussions backed by references on river processes and methods of measurement and analysis in fluvial geomorphology, ecology, and restoration planning. Instruction also includes field exercises, problem sets, and workshops on approaches to planning and implementing process-based restoration. The course is conducted in English, but draws heavily on river restoration and management experiences in France and around Europe complemented by experiences in North America and elsewhere.

The course provides multiple reference materials, including Tools in Fluvial Geomorphology (Kondolf and Piégay 2nd ed., 2016), Stream and Watershed Restoration: A Guide to Restoring Riverine Processes and Habitats (Roni & Beechie, 2013), and over 40 relevant scientific papers and management reports. The language of the course is English, although some French-language references are provided among the readings.

RockSortingThe course is taught by an array of leading researchers and practitioners in the field of river restoration and draws participants from multiple countries and diverse regions across the planet. Among its most valuable features are workshops in which participants can present problems encountered in their work to apply course concepts with input from instructors and other participants.

The course is suitable for managers, landscape architects, planners, ecologists, engineers, and members of other professions with interests in river restoration.

The Institut Beaumont shortcourse
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