It’s that time of the year again! Are you a PIANC Young Professional under the age of 40, doing original technical work? Have you already presented a paper at a PIANC or related conference or are preparing to do so? Take your chance and apply for the PIANC De Paepe-Willems Award 2025 by 31 August 2024.

Applicants are required to submit a paper on subjects in the fields of design, construction, improvement, maintenance of operation of inland and maritime waterways (rivers, estuaries, canals, port approaches), of inland and maritime ports and of coastal areas. More info on the process is here.

Judges’ Criteria are:

Criterion 1: Value and interest of the paper to professional peers

Criterion 2: Significance of the paper’s contribution to the state-of-practice

Criterion 3: The originality of the material

Criterion 4: Whether the writing style is clear, logical, concise and easy to follow

More information is here.

Please share this message with the YP’s in your network!

Applications are now open.

  • The deadline for sending in 3-page abstracts with the online application form for the PIANC DPWA 2025 will be 31 August 2024
  • Full papers are expected at the latest by 30 September 2024.

The Award will be granted to those candidates who submit the most outstanding paper selected by the jury in the calendar year preceding the General Assembly at which the Award is granted.

In case of co-authorship, the Award will be granted to the principal author of the paper.

The PIANC-DPWA Rules & Criteria can be found at Please also click here to read some testimonials by previous DPWA winners!   

YPs from our region have won the top prize twice in the last five years so you are in with a great chance! If you want help from the AU-NZ Board to review your paper before submitting, please contact our YPCom Chair before 31 July.

The Award consists of 3 prizes:

Number 1: € 4,000

  • Plus Free membership of PIANC for a 3-year period.
  • Free hotel accommodation for 3 nights will be provided, as well as a payment of travel expenses in economy class to the AGA.

The winner will be invited to present his/her paper at the Annual General Assembly (AGA) of PIANC in Busan, South Korea on 15 May 2025.  
Number 2:  € 2,000

  • Plus Free membership of PIANC for a 1-year period.

Number 3: € 1,000

  • Plus Free membership of PIANC for a 1-year period 

Apply now!


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