This short article forms the preface to the Proceedings of the 13th IASWS conference held in Grahamstown in July 2014. It provides a background to the conference, a synthesis of the 15 published papers published in the special issue of JSS and a poem - written and read by Harry Owen on the opening night of the conference.
Foster, I. D. L., Rowntree, K., Ellery, F., Ogrinc, N., & Oldham, C. (2015). Preface: proceedings of the 13th IASWS international conference. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 15(12). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11368-015-1276-2