A total of 81 young professional have registered for the first IAHR Young Professionals Hydro-Environment Challenge. Applicants represent a wide variety of regions, including: 37 from the Asia Pacific region, 19 from Latin America, 13 from Europe, 6 from North America, and 6 from the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. The distribution by themes is quite balanced: 22 applicants have registered for the Fluvial Hydraulics challenge, 21 for the Ecohydraulics challenge, 21 for the Water Supply challenge, and 17 for the Hydropower challenge. The gender distribution of the participants also nicely mirrors the gender distribution within the association: 70 per cent of registrants are men while 30 per cent are women. By sector, 68 per cent of the applicants come from academia, while 32 per cent are non-academics.
The kick-off meetings of the different challenges will take place on 3 and 4 May 2021 and groups will be introduced and accompanied by mentors throughout the whole process. The composition of the teams will be announced during the kick-off meeting.
The project will conclude on 25 June and the teams will defend their projects during a 3-hour session where a jury will decide and announce the winning teams.The winners will present their projects during the 1st IAHR Online Forum on 5-7 July.
Each of the winning teams will receive support to attend the 39th IAHR World Congress in Granada, Spain, where there will be a “Meet and Greet your teams and coaches” session.