April 19, 2022 Industry

Nominations open for the IWA Awards 2022 – celebrating the best of the water sector

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 special contributions and achievements of its members and of water sector professionals generally around the world, and the invaluable contribution they all make to key innovations in water science and management. The IWA Awards programme provides a platform to celebrate those who shape the direction of the sector, featuring in particular the IWA Global Water Award.

Now is the time to nominate who you think are the outstanding individuals that IWA should recognise. The IWA Awards draw attention to the broad range of excellence, leadership and innovation that IWA members and network participants bring to both our Association and the industry at large.

Nominations are open for various awards categories:

  • IWA Global Water Award – the most prestigious among the IWA Awards, it recognises an innovative leader who has made a significant contribution for a water-wise future
  • IWA Gender Diversity and Water Award – celebrates contributions to progress on gender diversity and inclusion in the water sector
  • IWA Young Leadership Award – is granted to an exceptional young water professional for their achievements, leadership and future potential.

Please note that nominations for the above awards need to be submitted by 6 May 2022.

  • IWA Membership Awards – to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of IWA’s members who make significant contributions both to the IWA and to the water sector.

Nominations for the Membership awards need to be submitted by 27 May 2022. Self nominations for this category are allowed.

For more details about nominations and eligibility criteria and the submission process, please check individual award pages on the IWA Awards page. All applications are made on a confidential basis.

The Awards will be presented at the upcoming IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition, to be held 11-15 September 2022 in Copenhagen.

Additionally, calls for nominations are also open for the ISME/IWA Bio Cluster Awards, which recognise the importance and impact of interdisciplinary research at the interface of microbial ecology, water & wastewater treatment and engineering sciences (deadline 1 May 2022).


The IWA Awards

The IWA Awards help drive stewardship, innovation and leadership in the water sector. Do not miss the chance to nominate an outstanding colleague or water expert who you think deserves to be recognised for their work!

In 2021, the inspiring water leaders from around the world who were recognised by the IWA Awards included prominent academic Marcos Von Sperling, who won the acclaimed IWA Global Water Award for his work at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil on wastewater and water pollution.

WASH advocate Nafisa Barot was recognised for using her role at NGO Utthan in Gujarat, India to influence people and secure more diverse and inclusive policies around water.

Renowned scientist and engineer Dr Siddhartha Roy was recognised for winning the IWA Young Leadership Award for his lifechanging scientific work related to the Flint water crisis in Michigan, USA. Find out more about last year’s winners.

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