PIANC De Paepe-Willems Award – call for applications!

PIANC De Paepe-Willems Award 2022


For this prestigious and generous PIANC International prize, young professionals (under 40) are invited 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.

A list of previous winners and topics is here. These include two from our region.

The 2020 winner was Benjamin Popovich for his paper on “Tsunami Resilience of Pile Supported Wharves: A First Principles Approach”.

Ben, who is a Hazard and Risk Analyst at the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA) in Wellington, New Zealand, has been a keen PIANC member for years. His work on the resilience of NZ wharves to tsunami hazards is of great importance to that island nation and of significant potential use to communities beyond NZ.

The 2008 winner of the De Paepe-Willems Award was our current ANZ Chair, Will Glamore who won the award for his paper on “A Decision Support Tool for Assessing the Impact of Boat Wake Waves on Inland Waterways.”

Please be advised that the deadline for sending in abstracts for the 2022 PIANC De Paepe-Willems Award (PIANC DPWA) is 31 August 2021 . Full papers are expected at the latest by 30 September 2021. Please note that no exception to the deadlines will be allowed.

About The Award

This annual award is given in honour of two PIANC Presidents, Professor Gustave Willems, President of PIANC from 1956 until his death in 1982, and his successor Robert De Paepe, (1982 – 1999) who particularly fostered the international spirit and the professional development of PIANC.

The Award consists of 3 prizes:

Number 1: € 4,000

  • 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 (on the condition, of course, that there will be no more travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 virus). 

Number 2: 

  • € 2,000
  • Free membership of PIANC for a 1-year period.

Number 3:

  • € 1,000
  • Free membership of PIANC for a 1-year period 

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.

All abstracts/papers should be sent to PIANC HQ (sabine.vandevelde@pianc.org). 

The PIANC-DPWA Rules & Criteria can be found at https://www.pianc.org/awards/pianc-de-paepe-willems-award

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