The hydro-environment engineering and research community hosts many outstanding engineers, scientists and experts in various fields and at various levels of expertise, ranging from junior to senior. In an effort to encourage, congratulate and acknowledge special people for their special efforts, IAHR administers several different awards, each with its unique focus, and the IAHR awards have become recognised, appreciated and valued tokens of outstanding achievement. The Awards are administered by a Council-appointed Awards Committee which evaluates nominations following a public call published every two years. The following Prizes currently comprise:
The most prestigious honour conferred by the IAHR Council is Honorary Membership. This award is bestowed on up to three distinguished IAHR Members and/or individuals and institutions from outside the IAHR community at the biennial IAHR world congress. For a list of Honorary members please click here
The M. Selim Yalin Award was established by the IAHR Council in 2006 to honour the memory of Professor M. Selim Yalin, Honorary Member (1925-2007), and Fluvial Hydraulics Section Chairman (1986-1991). Professor Yalin is remembered for his prolific and pioneering research contributions in fluvial hydraulics and sediment transport, and for his inspirational mentoring of students and young researchers.
The Award is made biennially by IAHR to one of its members whose experimental, theoretical or numerical research has resulted in significant and enduring contributions to the understanding of the physics of phenomena and/or processes in hydraulic science or engineering and who demonstrated outstanding skills in graduate teaching and supervision.
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.
The Schoemaker Award was established by the IAHR Council in 1980 to recognise the efforts made by Professor Schoemaker, Secretary (1960-1979), in guiding the Journal of Hydraulic Research in its formative years. The Award is made biennially by the IAHR to the author(s) of the paper judged the most outstanding paper published in the Journal of Hydraulic Research in the two years preceding the World Congress.
The John F. Kennedy Student Paper Competition was established by the IAHR council in 1992 to honour the memory of Professor John F. Kennedy, IAHR president (1979-1983) and Honorary Member (1989-1991). Professor Kennedy made significant and lasting contributions to the Association, and is remembered particularly for his efforts to foster younger-member membership and participation.
The competition is associated with each IAHR World Congress. A panel of judges appointed by the congress Local Organizing Committee (LOC) selects the winning paper on the basis of written and oral presentations.
The Award was established by the IAHR Council in 2012 and sponsored by Prof. Willi Hager. The Award is made biennially to up to three reviewers preferably under 45 years of age judged to provide most outstanding reviews of the papers submitted to the Journal of Hydraulic Research during the preceding two-year period. The Award recipients are selected by the JHR Editor, Associate Editors, and Willi Hager among the nominees made by the JHR Associate Editors. The award will consist of an award certificate and monetary prize of 100Euro (or equivalent to the annual IAHR membership fee).
This award, established in 2010, is supported by Taylor and Francis and awards anually the best contribution to JRBM with strong original research dealing with significant basin management problems. The award consists of an award certificate and monetary prize of 600Euro. The Award recipient is selected by the JRBM Editor and the Editorial Board.
This award is supported by IAHR and WCCE and awards anually the best contribution to RIBAGUA in two categories: best technical paper and best scientific paper; both with strong original research dealing with significant water problems in Ibero-America. The award consists of an award certificate. The Award recipient is selected by the RIBAGUA Editor and the Editorial Board.
This Award established in 2012 is conferred by IAHR during the World Congress on a local infrastructure of lasting and international importance. It has the purpose of giving international professional recognition to the work of local hydro-environment engineers, and should demonstrably have stood the test of time (and be at least one hundred years old) and be accepted and valued nationally.
This Hydro-Environment Industry Innovation Award is conferred by IAHR during the World Congress on a recent local innovation in design of lasting and international importance. It has the purpose of giving international professional recognition to the work of local hydro-environment engineers.
The IAHR Regional Hydro-Environment Heritage Award and IAHR Regional Industry Award are conferred by IAHR during one or more of the IAHR Regional Congresses on a local infrastructure of lasting and international importance. They have the purpose of giving international professional recognition to the work of local hydro-environment engineers, and should demonstrably have stood the test of time (and be at least one hundred years old) and be accepted and valued nationally.