3rd IAHR Young Professionals Hydro-Environment challenge

3rd IAHR Young Professionals Challenge

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After two successful editions, in 2023 the IAHR Committee on Education and Professional Development will run the 3rd edition of the Young Professionals Hydro-Environment challenge, which seeks to promote international and interdisciplinary collaboration among young professionals and academics working at institutions across the globe in the hydro-environment field. During the first two editions the project has gathered around 200 participants. The event attracts practitioners and academics fostering in both streams the future leaders of hydro-environment.

The Young Professionals Hydro-Environment challenge 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 this online initiative. Many representative case studies aligned with IAHR themes are assigned to the participating teams who, after a period of web-based collaborative engineering work, present their project outcomes during an IAHR webinar. Several project stakeholders, including universities, companies, and public authorities are involved in the design and mentoring of the case studies. A jury made up of senior IAHR members and representatives from industry partners evaluate the teams.

The next edition will be run between March and June 2023, for a total workload of around 50 hours over 10 weeks. During this time the participants will interact among them and with IAHR coaches and technical mentors, aiming to solve three technical challenges, focusing on ecohydraulics, experimental data and fluvial hydraulics. The best groups will have the opportunity to be awarded during the 40th IAHR World Congress in Vienna, Austria, in August 2023.

From the Education and Professional Development committee of IAHR we are looking for institute partners to support the Young Professionals Hydro-Environment challenge. There are three options your institution, as IAHR institute member, can contribute to the initiative:

  • Dissemination of the event throughout your institution and engagement of participants. We are now looking for participants, which should be <35 years. No specific background is needed as long as the participants are working in the field of hydro-environment. If you would like to propose any of your staff members or students, please submit his/her data through the following form by October 31.

  • Sponsoring the event. This is an opportunity for your institution to gain visibility by means of providing economic support to the event. This support will address the event sustainability, as well as an award to the best team. Please get in contact with IAHR secretariat (, for more information about sponsoring packages.

  • Bring your own case study. Future editions are under preparation, if your institute would like to actively contribute to this initiative by proposing case studies and topics, please get in contact with the Organizers (Michael Nones,

The challenge is reserved for young professionals (<35 years). 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.

  • Winners will receive a free copy of an e-book from CRC Press / Balkema by Taylor & Francis Group.

  • Project outcomes to be presented during the 40th IAHR World Congress.

  • Participation is free.

  • Certificates of attendance will be issued upon request.

    Members: Free 

    Non members: 25 euro or 12 euro (depending on the income country level) which is equivalent to a membership fee so a one year free membership fee will be included. 

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: 10 weeks

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

  • Mode: online

Engineering Challenges

 Fluvial Hydraulics Challenge

To be announced  

 Ecohydraulics Challenge

To be announced  

 Experimental Data Challenge

To be announced  

Organising committee

Key dates

  • Call for applications opens: 1 August 2022

  • Deadline for applications: 31 October 2022

  • Project starts: March 2023

  • Project ends: June 2023

  • Session "Meet and Greet" during the 40th IAHR World Congress

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