IWA Publishing Award

The IWA Publishing Award recognises significant contributions to IWA Publishing activities. It is granted every two years, with the award presented at the World Water Congress & Exhibition. The award is not restricted to members of IWA.


Historically, the winner of the Award received an engraved silver medal and a letter of congratulation. The silver medal fell into abeyance several years ago. It was reintroduced for the 2018 Award winner, and was awarded during the IWA President’s Dinner at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

Evaluation of the nominations is carried out by the Publications Committee. The Chair of the Publications Committee will invite the Editor-in-Chief of each IWA Publishing to solicit nominations from within their Editorial Board. Each editorial board can nominate one person. The nomination should include (1) name of the nominee, (2) brief explanation describing why the person is being nominated and why she/he best fulfils the criteria for the award, (3) name of person nominating, and (4) journal/book programme that is supporting this nomination.

2018 IWA Publishing Award

Damir Brdjanovic

2018 IWA Publishing Award

Professor Damir Brdjanovic is awarded with the 2018 IWA Publishing Award. Publishing is a key activity within the International Water Association, which is carried out through IWA Publishing. Being acting Professor for Sanitary Engineering at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, he has been main initiator for five books that are published by the Association, with currently, several further initiatives under development. All these books have been best-sellers. They demonstrate a clear level of innovation in publishing and are heavily focused on knowledge transfer and education. With the publication “Biological Wastewater Treatment” (2008), a textbook associated to a successful online course, he associated all chapters to videotaped lectures that are used within the IWA online courses. This publication is used widely outside this online course and is IWA Publishing’s best-selling book ever.


Previous Winners

Year     Winner

2002     Piet Lens

2004     Peter Wilderer


2008     David Dixon

2010     Gustaf Olsson

2012     Per Nielsen

2014     Dragan Savic

2016     Mogens Henze

2018     Damir Brdjanovic