IWA Awards

Inspiring Change through Innovation & Leadership

IWA is committed to recognising the special contributions and achievements of its members and water sector professionals, and the invaluable contribution they make to key innovations in water science and management. 

The IWA Awards recognise the broad range of excellence, leadership and innovation, which IWA members and network participants bring to both our Association, and the industry at large, and exist to encourage the continued role of innovation in contributing to the sustainable management of water. As such they are an important element of IWAs theory of change articulated in our Strategic Plan.

IWA Awards aim to become a vehicle through which IWA encourages and rewards innovation and sets international benchmarks for innovative thinking, and application of solutions for wise water management and practice.

The 2022 edition of the IWA Awards will be celebrated at the World Water Congress & Exhibition. While the PIA Awards will be celebrated alongside the Congress at a dedicated black tie event in Copenhagen on 13 September 2022. Book your place here!

2022 IWA Awards

The 2022 IWA Awards will be presented at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition, 11-15 September 2022, in Copenhagen, Denmark. For criteria, eligibility and more information on the submission process, click on the individual award pages.

2021 Awards at the Digital World Water Congress

The winners of the IWA Awards 2021 were announced on 24 May 2021 during the opening ceremony of the Digital World Water Congress. The awards, held every two years, recognise the outstanding achievements of IWA members and water sector professionals. Additionally, the winners of the IWA Membership Awards have been announced by IWA President Tom Mollenkopf, during a plenary session on Tuesday 1 June to mark the beginning of the second week of the Digital World Water Congress.

Watch the Awards ceremony at the IWA Digital World Water Congress 2021

In this video:

Global Water Award – Marcos von Sperling

Women in Water Award – Nafisa Barot

Professional Development Award – Indah Water Konsortium

Young Leadership Award – Siddhartha Roy

Membership Awards 2021

This award recognises outstanding and sustained contributions of members in relation to the water sector and the Association. Two exceptional individuals won this recognition at the Digital Congress: Prof Jiri Wanner, from the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Czech Republic, and Prof Mark van Loosdrecht from Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands.

Latest Updates

August 10, 2022
Awarded biennially at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition, the Project Innovation Awards (PIA) recognise and promote excellence and innovation in wate...
May 7, 2022
The nominations deadline for the 2022 edition of the prestigious IWA Awards programme is approaching fast, with 27 May 2022 as the date by which submissions nee...
April 19, 2022
IWA is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2022 edition of the prestigious IWA Awards programme. IWA is committed to recognising the speci...
October 4, 2021
The call for nominations for the 2021 IWA Development Awards has been extended until 15 October 2021! The awards recognise excellence, leadership and innovation...
August 26, 2021
The call for nominations is now open for the 2021 IWA Development Awards! The awards recognise excellence, leadership and innovation in the water sector, and ai...
June 3, 2021
The winners of the IWA Membership Awards have been announced by IWA President Tom Mollenkopf, during a plenary session on Tuesday 1 June to mark the beginning o...
May 26, 2021
Inspirational academic Marcos von Sperling (top left in the picture) has won the acclaimed IWA Global Water Award, during a presentation at IWA’s Digital Worl...
April 15, 2021
Three compelling documentaries on the water industry – Brave Blue World, Lords of Water and Dry Times – will be exclusively available to Digital Wor...