The 2016 IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition (held in Brisbane, Australia) welcomed more than 4,700 water leaders from 108 countries, as they came together to debate the challenges, opportunities and solutions for achieving a water-wise world. This year, the exhibition had a focus on parts of the global water sector that respond to the growing demands placed on water management. A unique component that added value to the event was the seamless integration of leading-edge research and science focus, with world-renowned water companies in the exhibition. The exhibition brought together a record 255 companies, universities and institutes, seeking to connect with peers, showcase innovative technologies and do business. With almost 50 sessions organized during the week, exhibitors used the business forums to showcase thought leadership and technological innovations to a broad spectrum of attendees. The next IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition will be held in Tokyo, Japan, in 2018.