For Council Member  - Europe

Prof. Vladimir Nikora

University of Aberdeen


Professor Vladimir Nikora is Sixth Century Chair in Environmental Fluid Mechanics at the School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen (UK), where he serves as Leader and Academic Line Manager for the Fluids and Structures Research Group. His main research areas relate to turbulent flows, sediment dynamics, hydraulic resistance, flow-biota interactions, and experimental methods. He has published extensively on these topics and initiated informal research networks to promote novel ideas in waterway hydraulics such as double-averaging methodology for rough-bed flows. Professor Nikora has been an Editor of IAHR Journal of Hydraulic Research and Associate Editor for AGU Water Resources Research and ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. He is currently one of Advisory Editors for the IAHR Journal of Ecohydraulics. Over the years, he has been a contributor to the IAHR Experimental Methods and Instrumentation Committee (Section) as a member, Secretary and Chair. Professor Nikora is Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland.


If elected, I would particularly contribute to the Council work in the following areas:
  • Refinement and maintenance of high-quality publication portfolio and strategies. IAHR publications remain among most attractive outputs of the Association and therefore need constant attention to meet traditional and emerging demands of the IAHR community. I believe my recent experience with JHR and other editorial works would help enhance and diversify this activity.
  • Interdisciplinary research. Modern engineering has increasingly become inter- and multi-disciplinary and this global tendency is to be reflected in the expansion of current IAHR subject areas. I would help develop IAHR activities at the interfaces with research and applications related to aquatic ecology, renewable energy, geophysics, hydrology, geomorphology, and social sciences. This would also strengthen linkages with other professional organisations (e.g., AGU, ASLO and similar) and help attract new membership from non-traditional fields.
  • Emerging engineers and researchers. Over recent years, IAHR has significantly augmented attention to early career hydro-environment professionals. This area needs constant consideration and I would regard it among top priorities, helping to build a strong cohort of emerging hydro-environment engineers and researchers. 
  • IAHR family. The current representation of different countries at IAHR remains uneven and I would undertake efforts to strengthen IAHR influence and activities in under-represented countries.