Last chance to nominate for the Ardern-Lockett Award 2023 and IWA MEWE Researcher Awards 2023
Call for nominations extended to 22 May!
The IWA Specialist Group on Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering (MEWE) is calling for nominations for the Ardern-Lockett Award 2023, IWA MEWE Early and Mid Career Researcher Awards 2023. Self-nominations are encouraged and welcome! Don’t miss this last chance to nominate for the MEWE Awards, no further deadline extensions are guaranteed.
The Ardern-Lockett award recognises outstanding contributions to research and practice in the field of Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering (MEWE). The activated sludge process was invented in 1913-1914 by Mr. Edward Ardern, chemist at the Manchester-Davyhulme wastewater treatment plant, and his co-worker, Mr. William Lockett. Ardern and Lockett understood for the first time the active role of suspension formed during the aeration of wastewater, known now as activated sludge. They introduced a recycle of this suspension formed during the aeration period. The award is named after Ardern and Lockett in recognition of the MEWE Specialist Group’s strong link to the Activated Sludge process, and investigations into the microbial population dynamics of these systems.
IWA MEWE Mid Career Researcher Award
The IWA MEWE Mid-Career Award recognises sustained accomplishments of a mid-career professional in the field of MEWE, who is within 15 years after PhD/highest degree at the time of nomination, and who are active not only in the academic environment but also in the industry or (non-)governmental organisations, among other relevant sectors. The nominee must show a track record of original, impactful and innovative scientific ideas that contribute to solve key local and/or global water issues via microbial ecology and water engineering. The nominee must have demonstrated leadership in the field of MEWE, as well as sustained support to the development of young professionals who will implement MEWE concepts in the future. Other desirable qualities include an active engagement with stakeholders beyond academia/research in their work, and key contributions to (inter)national water professional bodies. The nominee should be within 15 years after PhD or other highest awarded degree, excluding career breaks (to be identified in the CV).
IWA MEWE Early Career Researcher Award
The IWA MEWE Early-Career Award recognizes accomplishments of early-career professionals in the field of MEWE, who are within 5 years after PhD/highest degree at the time of nomination, and who are active not only in the academic environment but also in the industry or (non-)governmental organizations, among other relevant sectors. The nominee must have made a notable scientific contribution in the field of MEWE. They must be passionate about pursuing a microbial ecology approach to help solve key local and/or global water issues. They should display leadership competences and potential to act as an early career ambassador for the MEWE Specialist Group and IWA, promoting the field of engineered microbial systems in the water cycle using emerging concepts in microbial ecology and water technologies. The nominee should be within 5 years after PhD or other highest awarded degree, excluding career breaks (to be identified in the CV).
An International evaluation committee will review and judge submissions for these three awards:
1. Mark van Loosdrecht (TU Delft, The Netherlands)
2. Cindy Smith (University of Glasgow, UK)
3. Ana Lanham (Técnico Lisboa, Portugal)
4. Jorge Rodriguez (Khalifa University, UAE)
5. Adeline Chua Seak May (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
6. Tom Curtis (Newcastle University, UK)
How to apply/how to nominate
To submit your nomination(s) these awards, please complete the online nomination application form(s) below before 22 May 2023:
- Nomination application – Ardern-Lockett Award
- Nomination application – IWA MEWE Mid- Career Researcher Award
- Nomination application – IWA MEWE Early- Career Researcher Award
Complete all fields in the online application(s) and upload all required documents. Incomplete entries will not be accepted or reviewed.
Self-nominations are encouraged and welcomed. The winner will be notified by 15 June 2023. Please note, only successful applicants will be contacted.
Nominations for the award must be made by a current IWA member and can only be submitted through the online forms.
These awards will be presented during the 10th IWA Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering Specialist Conference in in Brisbane, Australia on 10-14 September 2023.