SEC to host 2026 World Water Congress and Exhibition

Scottish Event Campus has announced it will host The International Water Association's (IWA) 2026 World Water Congress and Exhibition.

The World Water Congress and Exhibition is a global event for water professionals covering the entire water cycle. By attending, delegates will learn how science, technology and practises shape water management.

A collaborative approach

The news is a result of a collaborative bid that included the venue, VisitScotland, Glasgow Convention Bureau, and its ambassadors in IWA UK.

The bid was announced as part of the recognition of World Water Day and was supported by the Scottish Government, aligning with the country’s ‘Hydro Nation’ policy agenda which recognises water as part of 'Scotland’s national identity' and highlights how water contributes to its low carbon economy.

In addition, the bid team worked with representatives from other UK water organisations, including British Water, Scottish Water, and the Water Industry Forum.

Kathleen Warden, director of conference sales, SEC, said: “This event demonstrates the close relationships we have at venue, city and national destination level and how these add so much value to conferences that come here."

Commenting on the event, Neil Brownlee, head of business events at VisitScotland, added: “Scotland is a country of innovation and there are a huge number of organisations working within the hydro sector that are creating next-generation products and services, which I hope will be recognised and channelled into the event programme to enhance the delegate learning experience.”