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. According to article 13 of the IAHR guidelines Council is responsible for selecting Honorary Members. If you wish to make a recommendation please contact the Secretariat or any Council Member.
The M. Selim Yalin Award was established by the IAHR Council in 2006 to honour the memory of Professor M. Selim Yalin (1925-2007), Honorary Member and Fluvial Hydraulics Section Chair (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 awards consisting of a certificate and cash prize are presented during the IAHR Biennial Congresses. The Award fund, which was established by the family and friends of Professor Yalin, is authorised to receive contributions from Association members and friends of Professor Yalin.
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 awards are made at the biennial congresses of IAHR, where the most recent recipient delivers the Arthur Thomas Ippen lecture. The Award fund, which was established by Professor Ippen's family is authorised to receive contributions from Association members and friends of Professor Ippen.
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 IAHR Journal of Hydraulic Research (JHR).
The John F. Kennedy Student Paper Competition was established by the IAHR Council in 1992 to honor 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/her efforts to foster younger-member membership and participation. The competition is associated with each IAHR world congress. A panel of judges selects the winning paper on the basis of written and oral presentations. The winner of the competition is awarded a cash prize from the Award fund, and a commemorative plaque, at the congress closing ceremony. The LOC may offer additional cash prizes and certificates to runners up from its own resources. The Award fund, established by Professor Kennedy's family, is maintained by the Association and is authorised to receive contributions from Association members and from friends of Professor Kennedy.
In order to promote the value of peer review in advancing scientific discovery, Professor Willi Hager initiated a reviewer award for JHR. The JHR editor in consultation with the Associate Editors will select the best paper review conducted during the same period as papers are considered for the Schoemaker Award. A certificate will be presented in the General Members Assembly. Special consideration will be given to early career professionals. It is the responsibility of the Editor of JHR to notify the Secretariat of the name of the awardee 60 days 17 prior to the World Congress to ensure the certificate can be prepared and the awardee encouraged to attend the World Congress to receive the award in person.
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 600 Euro. The Award recipient is selected by the JRBM Editor and the Editorial Board.
This award is supported by IAHR and WCCE and awards biennially 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 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:
The award was introduced during the 5th IAHR Europe Congress in Trento in 2018 and was created in memory of Prof. Gerhard Jirka to award the best presentation given by a Young Professional during the biennial IAHR Europe Division Congress. It values the quality, originality and relevance of the presentation.
The Stephen E. Coleman Best Paper Award is granted biennially for the best paper submitted to the River Flow Conference Series and authored or co-authored by a young researcher. This award was established by the IAHR technical committee on Fluvial Hydraulics in September 2014, in memory of Prof. Stephen E. Coleman (1966–2012).
Appointment as an Honorary Fellow of the Ecohydraulics Committee of the IAHR society is to honor exceptional achievement and/or service within our community and profession. This award may be given to a member or non-member of IAHR.Six months prior to the scheduled Ecohydraulics Symposium, the Chair will solicit from the members of the Ecohydraulics Committee confidential nominations to be sent to the Leadership Team. The nominations will be accepted for a three month period. Each nomination must include a one page justification of why the nominee should be considered for designation as an Honorary Fellow of the Ecohydraulics Committee. The Ecohydraulics Leadership Team (Chair, Secretary, and Past Chair) will review the nominations and make their selection. The selection must be unanimous. In the event that no formal nominations are received, the Leadership Team will at their discretion, select the awardee.The award will be given at each Ecohydraulics Symposium by the Ecohydraulics Chair at the symposium banquet and include a plague commemorating their designation as an Honorary Fellow of the Ecohydraulics Committee.More info
The lectureship to be given during IAHR’s next World Congress and subsequent congresses recognizes the early contributions to engineering hydraulics by Professor Harleman, and focuses on two areas of IAHR endeavor: artificial intelligence in the context of water science and engineering, and ecohydraulics.
IAHR members of outstanding merit to the region may be awarded Distinguished IAHR APD Member of the Division by the Division executive committee. Not more than two Distinguished IAHR APD Members may be elected at each biennial business meeting of the committee.
The IAHR-Asia Pacific Division award (hereinafter called the IAHR-APD award) was established by the IAHR Council in its meeting in Moscow of 3rd September 1983, to encourage presentation of results on hydraulic and water resources research at IAHR-APD biennial congresses. To this end biennially two awards can be credited by IAHR-APD to the authors of the two papers judged the most outstanding papers presented at the APD congress.One award should be for the author of the best paper from the host country and the other one to the author of the best paper from outside the host country. An award may not be made if the papers in one of the categories are judged inadequate.
The Joint committee on Urban Drainage (JCUD) launched the Poul Harremoës award in 2005. Prof. Poul Harremoës was a globally renowned water engineer and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The award is given at each triannual International conference on Urban Drainage (ICUD) for the presentation of novel and ideally provocative ideas, relating to developments in urban drainage, by young authors (up to 35 years of age). The aim of the award is to inspire young researchers to push the field forward, to be bold and daring by challenging the status quo, and always asking the difficult questions. At each ICUD, three nominees are selected to present their submission in a plenary session of the ICUD. Each of these nominees is given the opportunity to publish their paper in Water Science & Technology. This virtual special issue of Water Science & Technology contains all published Poul Harremoës Award papers. This series not only shows a high quality of research, but also gives an interesting overview of the ‘hot topics’ in our field.
Given the 20th anniversary of the IAHR Hydraulic Structures Technical Committee in 2018, the Leadership Team decided to create the Philip H. Burgi Best Paper Award, named after the first chair of the Technical Committee Philip H. Burgi. This award aims at rewarding the best technical paper presented during the International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures.The award has been delivered for the first time during the 7th International Hydraulic Structures Symposium in Aachen. The recipient receives a certificate and possibly a gift. Due to COVID-19 no award was presented in 2020.Given the 20th anniversary of the IAHR Hydraulic Structures Technical Committee in 2018, the Leadership Team decided to create the Philip H. Burgi Best Paper Award, named after the first chair of the Technical Committee. This award aims at rewarding the best technical paper presented during the International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures.
The Best Paper Award and the Best Reviewer Award are established in 2021 and started in 2022 by the IAHR and the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research(IWHR) to recognize the outstanding papers and reviewers which contributed to ‘Journal of Ecohydrualics’(hereinafter referred to as the Journal) and to encourage scientists to contribute to the varied research in the field of ecohydraulics.The Awards are made biennially to 2 authors of the paper judged the most outstanding paper and 2 reviewers judged to provide most outstanding reviews of the paper submitted to the Journal.The Best Paper Award and the Best Reviewer Award will both consist of an award certificate and monetary prize of 1000 Euro.