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NewsFlash World (NFW) is an electronic monthly newsletter from the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR). Distributed free of charge to those interested in hydro-environment engineering, sustainability and research, NewsFlash World provides information on IAHR activities and communities around the world. Two regional versions, Europe and Iberoamerica (in Spanish), are also produced.


David FerrasDavid Ferras, IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education, the Netherlands. With a BSc in Civil Engineering, a MSc in Hydroinformatics and a PhD in the field of hydraulic transients, Dr Ferras currently holds a Lecturer-Researcher position in Water Transport and Distribution in the Department of Water Supply, Sanitation and Environmental Engineering of IHE-Delft.  His main research interests lie in the fields of pressurized transient flows, fluid-structure interaction, intermittent water supply and the water-energy nexus.

NewsFlash World Latest issue | May 2020

Focus on the African Region


This is a special opportunity for IAHR to convey the views of Prof. Yilma Seleshi, who has a broad experience in water resources projects, education and research in Ethiopia. During the interview he shared some of his thoughts concerning the development of hydro-environment engineering and research in the African context, the urgent needs in terms of water resources management, the impact of large engineering projects such as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, and the contribution that our association can bring to all the raised issues.

David Ferras, editor of NewsFlash World and Vice-Chair of IAHR Technical Committee on Education and Professional Development, interviews Professor Seleshi.

What's new at IAHR

Professor Takashi Asaeda, from the Department of Environmental Science of Saitama University, Japan, and Dr. Damien Violeau from the Department of Research and Development of Électricité de France (EDF), have been appointed new members to the IAHR Council.

The International Scientific Committee and the Congress Organising Group of the 39th IAHR World Congress have been working hard on the scientific programme to achieve the overall objective of the congress: linking the past with the present and focusing on the importance of considering the full water cycle in addressing present and future challenges.

Committees involved in the organization of the next IAHR World Congress to be held in Granada, Spain, 4-9 July 2021, have opened a call for proposals for Special Sessions that fit in with the general topic of the Congress and its different themes. Deadline is 31 May 

The Technical Committee on Ecohudraulics is electing a new Vice Chair to serve in that capacity for two years.

The annual newsletter from the IAHR/IWA joint technical committee on urban drainage is now online.

IAHR new working group aims to provide a framework for international research on hydraulic transients.

The committee is currently calling on all IWA and IAHR members to apply for two membership positions in the IAHR /IWA Joint Committee on Marine Outfall Systems.

Dr. Erpicum has been awarded the Hydraulic Structures Medal by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for "his significant contributions to the hydraulic engineering community in the areas of piano key weir spillway design and for organizing international Labyrinth and Piano Key Weir workshops that advanced the science."

A total of 10,000 Chinese sturgeons were released into the Yangtze River at Yichang, Hubei province, on April 22, 2020 by China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG), one of IAHR’s institute members, as part of its effort that aims at replenishing the wild stocks of the rare fish and is supported by IAHR.

The University of Queensland, Australia, one of IAHR's institute members, has prepared a series of hydraulic engineering video movies which feature different practical experiments on hydraulics of open channel flow.

IAHR events

The Granada Congress 'From Snow to Sea' will link the past to the present and focus on the importance of considering the entire water cycle to address present and future water challenges.

The symposium, originally scheduled on 23-29 May 2020 in Lyon, France, is now taking place as a web seminar on 23-24 November 2020

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, most of our events have been postponed. Check the latest IAHR updates.

IAHR publications

A case study on the Danube River, effects of overtopping on loads during extreme hydrodynamic events, impacts of water and sediments surges, and reservoir simulation are some of the key themes addressed in this issue.

The latest issue of the Journal of River Basin Management focuses on large river basin management issues.

Special issue on climate change adaptation and countermeasures in coastal environments.

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