The Ippen Award was established by the IAHR Council in 1977 to memorialise Professor Ippen, IAHR President (1959-1963), IAHR honorary member (1963-1974), and for many decades an inspirational leader in fluids research, hydraulic engineering and international co-operation and understanding.
The Award is made biennially by IAHR to one of its members who has demonstrated conspicuously outstanding ability, originality, and accomplishment in basic hydraulic research and/or applied hydraulic engineering, and who holds great promise for continuation of a high level of productivity in this profession.
Water management is at the heart of the development of human societies. Demographic growth, climate change, environmental issues and aging infrastructures are amongst the factors that require the adaptation and development of hydraulic structures. With sustainability as target, the presentation shows why hydraulic structures engineering and research are at the forefront and in which directions they should be developed.