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IHA Young Researcher Award

The IHA Young Researcher Award recognises and rewards emerging talent in the hydropower sector. It was first presented at the 2015 World Hydropower Congress in Beijing, and was awarded again at the 2017 event in Addis Ababa.

You can read articles by past IHA Young Researcher of the Year award winners:

The award will next be presented at the 2019 World Hydropower Congress. Up to five shortlisted entrants will have their work published on the IHA website with a full author profile. The winner will receive one year's individual IHA membership and a free registration to the 2019 World Hydropower Congress (host country and venue to be confirmed).

Details on the submission deadline fot the next award cycle will be announced during 2018. Typically, a submission needs to be:

  • Relevant to at least one of the topics under discussion at the 2017 World Hydropower Congress. You can view the agenda here.
  • Focused on research that has largely (and demonstrably) taken place since 1 January 2016
  • No more than 1,000 words
  • Accompanied (if possible) by any relevant images for publication on the IHA website
  • Written in a way to make your research accessible to a wider audience, who may not be familiar with the subject.
  • Accompanied by a picture of yourself and a short biography (no more than 100 words), for use should you be selected to be displayed on the IHA website
  • Accompanied by the following information: your name, date of birth, contact details, and proof of affiliation to a university or other academic institution.

The first IHA Young Researcher Award was presented to Sami Khan at the 2015 World Hydropower Congress in Beijing for his work on the case for versatile hydrophobic rare-earth oxide coatings in hydropower systems.

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