IAHR Young Professionals Hydro-Environment Challenge

IAHR Young Professionals Challenge

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The IAHR Young Professionals Hydro-Environment Challenge seeks to promote international and interdisciplinary collaboration among young professionals and academics working at institutions across the globe in the hydro-environment field. It is an open contest, hence any kind of young professional profile working on any of the IAHR main themes is welcome to take part in the initiative. Several case studies will be assigned to the participating teams who, after a period of web-based collaborative engineering work, will present their project outcomes during an IAHR webinar. Project stakeholders and senior IAHR members will be involved during the design and mentoring of the case-studies. A jury made up of senior IAHR members and representatives from partners in academia and industry will evaluate the teams.

The challenge is reserved for young professionals (35 years old or less). Please note that no training on the software will be directly provided as part of the challenge, while proper references will be given to allow participants to develop basic skills and be able to complete the challenge.


  • International and interdisciplinary web-based collaboration.

  • Open contest, any kind of young professional profile working on any of the IAHR main themes is welcome to join the initiative.

  • Engineering challenges, case studies aligned with IAHR themes.

  • Universities and stakeholders are involved in setting up the case studies and providing mentoring to the students.

General learning objectives

Upon completion of the challenge, each participant will be able to:

  • Analyse complex hydro-environmental problems for collaborative engineering.

  • Use web-based tools.

  • Defend his or her input on an interdisciplinary team of specialists.

  • Assess his/her own strengths and weaknesses with respect to working in a group.

  • Defend the groups' findings in front of a team of experts in the field.

Workload and implementation

  • Total hour load: 50 hours

  • Workload: 5 hours/week

  • Total duration: 8-10 weeks

  • Mentoring: two mentors per case-study, for technical support and coaching

  • Mode: online


"Through this project, we've not only expanded our network of contacts but also gained insights into diverse knowledge areas and work styles, learning how to effectively combine them for collaborative success. Apart from that, it has also allowed us to get to know other cultures. Unexpected anecdotes, such as navigating through confusion during the springtime change, accommodating the working hours of a team member during Ramadan, or concluding meetings with off-topic discussions, have enriched our experience in the Challenge. Communication and teamwork skills, particularly in an international context, are often overlooked in academic institutions. However, these qualities are increasingly essential and somewhat scarce among younger members of international associations like the IAHR".

Gonzalo García-Alén Lores - 3rd Edition Winner


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