Call for volunteers – Emerging Water Leaders Forum

The IWA Secretariat is seeking Young Water Professionals (YWP) with active IWA membership to volunteer as part of the 2024 IWA Emerging Waters Leader (EWL) Forum Programme Committee (PC). The position is open to any Young Water Professional with an active IWA membership. This is a volunteer position and does not include any form of work agreement. The primary responsibility and duty of the Programme Committee are to develop and ensure the quality of the scientific and technical programme for the 2024 IWA EWL Forum.

The Programme Committee shall be composed of young water professionals, 35 years old or below, using the following diversity principles:
i.        A balance of geographical representation, endeavouring to have each major continental area represented; a balance between research and practice, science, technology, and management.
ii.        A balance of interest/expertise between advanced and developing country interests and technologies;
iii.        A balance of technical expertise to represent the full range of subject matter addressed by the Association and discussed during the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition;
iv.        A balance of gender.

The Forum is a platform designed to engage and empower young professionals in the water sector. It aims to provide opportunities for networking, knowledge exchange, and skill development among future water leaders. The EWL Forum typically includes various activities such as workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and interactive sessions during IWA major events, namely the IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition and the IWA Water and Development Congress and Exhibition.

The 2024 IWA EWL Forum will happen during the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition in Toronto, Canada (11-15 August 2024). The date of the Forum will be confirmed. The event will be in person. More information will be added soon.


  • Early March – Online call for applications open
  • 15 March 2024 – Close of the call for applications
  • Late March – Shortlisted candidates are notified
  • April 2024 – Online publication of the selected YWPs to compose the PC
  • April – August 2024 – Activities related to the organisation of the Forum
  • August 2024 – Forum in Toronto, Canada

If you want to apply for this volunteer position, fill out the form available here.

Deadline to fill out the form: 15 March 2024 (successful applicants will be notified in late March).

This is a volunteer position and does not include any form of work agreement. If you have any questions regarding this volunteer opportunity, please contact Isabela Espindola, IWA Membership Engagement Senior Officer.


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