International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (Baden Württemberg Young Professionals Network)

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(Term 2016 – 2017)


Elections for the next IAHR-BW YPN Committee shall take place on May 24th, 2016. Interested members of becoming candidates are requested to send an email to president@iahr-bw.org stating the position(s) being considered. The following include essential information on the elections.

1. Right to Vote

Voting on electing committee members is exclusively reserved for registered members. Members joining the IAHR-BW on the very same day of the elections shall be allowed to vote as long as the membership is finalised and approved prior to the beginning of collection of ballots.

2. Candidacy and Nomination

Official nominations can be received in two categories:

(i) Candidates nominating themselves for one or more positions and;
(ii) Candidates nominated by other IAHR-BW members given that nominated candidates accept the nomination.
Candidates can be nominated for one or more positions. Next committee members shall be elected in the same order as shown on the list of positions included in the enclosed appendix. Once a candidate is elected for a position, his/her nomination for the remaining position shall be automatically invalidated.
Nominations shall be accepted until before the collection of ballots.

3. Campaigning and Publicity

Interested candidates who successfully file an application by the deadline specified shall be allowed to utilise the IAHR-BW online platforms for conducting their campaigns and publicise their agenda, etc. Platforms made available are as follow:

3.1. The IAHR_BW website: Official page shall be designated for the elections on the IAHR-BW website. Confirmed candidates shall be allowed to use a space equivalent to EITHER one (1) A3 OR one (1) A4 size paper. The contents of the to-be-allocated space (hereinafter referred to as “the Campaign Sheet”) MUST comply with the following guidelines:

• Sheets must be submitted in PDF format.
• Contents and language used must not be preserved in any way as offensive or disrespectful. This includes phrases/expressions of insensitive nature.
• Candidates must clearly mention the position(s) being considered.

• Sheets contents should answer questions such as why the candidate is running for the position and what is the campaign agenda.
The Elections Committee shall review and evaluate the Campaign Sheets. Sheets which do not comply with the guidelines abovementioned shall be excluded. The authors of excluded sheets, if any, shall be notified no later than 24 hours from the submission date. The Elections Committee shall hand over a set of proposals for modifications, if applicable. Candidates who meet the deadline for modifying excluded Campaign Sheets shall be allowed to publish modified sheets on the website. All Campaign Sheets shall be published at the same time after the deadline specified for modifying submitted sheets which are non-complying with the guidelines abovementioned.

3.2. The IAHR-BW Facebook Page: Official space shall be allocated for the elections on the Facebook page. Candidates are expected to create their own campaign Facebook pages and a link to the created page shall be posted alongside each candidate name/picture (or as applicable). In general, the same guidelines for Campaign Sheets apply.
Candidates are also expected to send a recent photograph (optional).

4. Important Dates

• Deadline for receiving applications from candidates interested in utilising the IAHR-BW online platforms for their campaigns (i.e. website and Facebook official page): May 16th, 2016.
• Deadline for receiving Campaign Sheets (A3 OR A4 size paper) and ACTIVE link to Facebook Campaign page: May 16th, 2016.
• Deadline for publishing Campaign Sheets online: May 18th, 2016.

5. Contact and further information

For enquiries regarding the elections, please contact the Election Committee at president@iahr-bw.org or Facebook at IAHR-BW. Please state “Enquiry on Elections” as subject.


Committee Positions

1. President

a. representation of IAHR-BW to IAHR, other universities and the outside;
b. engagement in planning & implementation of activities;
c. planning and coordination of committee meetings;
d. management of committee & decision making;

2. Vice President

a. support, complementation and substitution of president;
b. see tasks a – d of president;

3. Treasurer / Memberships Affairs Officer

a. cash management
b. supervision of payment of membership fees;
c. Managing and maintaining accounts and memberships of IAHR-BW registered members.

4. Activities Coordinator (x2)

a. documentation of committee meetings;
b. maintenance of member database;
c. support for activities when needed;

5. Public Relations Officer

a. communication of news, announcements and updates to members via emails and social media
b. communication with companies, and other institutions
c. engaging in the preparation of announcements, brochures, emails, etc…
d. engaging in the organization of events

6. Webmaster

a. management and maintenance of website including announcements, membership database, debugging, etc.

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The 16th Annual Colloquium on

Watersheds at Risk: Addressing Present and Future Challenges

December 3rd 2015

Stuttgart, Germany



The International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, Young Processionals Network – Baden Württemberg (IAHR-BW) is pleased to announce its sixteenth annual colloquium. The theme for this year’s colloquium shall be “Watersheds at Risk: Addressing Present and Future Challenges”. Interested members of (IAHR-BW) and other YPNs from around the globe are hereby cordially invited to participate as presenters in the Young Professionals forum session.

Information for Authors

The colloquium topics shall feature the abovementioned theme featuring three key words: Society – Climate – Technology. Participation is open for presentations and posters.


Topics of Interest

Authors are invited to participate with any topics falling within the scope described above.


Rules for abstracts submission

  • The presentation abstract should give an overview of the topic(s) to be presented without details.
  • The expected duration of presentations shall be 7 to 10 minutes at maximum.
  • The abstract should not be in more than one (1) A4 size in portrait layout.
  • Abstracts should be submitted in a Portable Document Format (PDF) file.
  • The abstract should include the author’s contact information, preferably, an email address.
  • By submitting abstracts, authors will be considered to be in consent of receiving further notification from the (IAHR-BW) with restricted relevance to participation in the colloquium.


Rules for posters submission

  • Posters should be in A0 size.
  • Posters should be submitted in a Portable Document Format (PDF) file.
  • File size should not exceed 20 Megabytes (MB).
  • Posters should be submitted accompanied with a brief summary on the contents included in the poster. The summary should not exceed two (2) A4 size in portrait layout.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for abstracts submission shall be November 15th, 2015 (NEW DATE FOR SUBMISSION, You have more time!!).
  • Deadline for posters submission shall be November 26th, 2015.
  • Expected deadline for presentations submission is November 26th, 2015.



  • Authors are requested to send their abstracts/posters via email to president@iahr-bw.org. Please state the following as subject: ABSTRACT_nameofdocument_lastnameauthor. Posters should be placed in a compressed file.


Additional Information

  • Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within one (1) week of the submission deadline.
  • Authors of selected posters are expected to deliver a set of one (1) soft and one (1) hard copy by November 30th, 2015.
  • The IAHR-BW shall cover the printing expenses for the three (3) top ranked submitted posters. The ranking shall be decided by the reviewing committee.


Contact and further information

Authors who are not currently members of any of the IAHR YPNs but interested to join the IAHR-BW as members are kindly requested to contact the IAHR-BW committee at president@iahr-bw.org or on Facebook at IAHR-BW page. Please state “request for membership for colloquium participation” as subject.

For enquiries regarding the programme, please contact the committee at president@iahr-bw.org. Please state “Enquiry on colloquium programme” as subject.

For general enquiries, please contact the IAHR-BW on Facebook: IAHR-BW.

Colloquium official webpage: www.iahr-bw.org/colloquium16

Colloquium official page on Facebook: IAHR-BW Colloquium 2015

We look forward to seeing you at the 16th annual colloquium.


IAHR-BW Committee

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IAHR-BW YPN’s event a Big Success

On December 1st ,2014 more than 80 students and young professionals from nine universities in the German state of Baden-Württemberg and beyond gathered, meeting both senior and young professionals from consulting firms for the 15th Annual Colloquium “Towards a sustainable future: water, food, energy” organised by the IAHR- Baden-Württemberg YPN.

The IAHR-BW YPN was very honoured to have IAHR President Roger Falconer as a guest and speaker at the colloquium

The Colloquium started off with the “Young Scientists’ Forum” in the morning where students presented their work on topics ranging from energy related topics like hydropower and biogas to water management and hydroponic agriculture. With seven fabulous presentations the “Young Scientist’s Prize” competition was a very close run.

After the lunch break the session was opened by IAHR-BW YPN President Arslan Tahir.

IAHR President Professor Roger Falconer gave a welcoming speech emphasising IAHR’s commitment to the young professionals within the organisation.

In his presentation on global water security he gave the audience a broad overview of the pressures on water supplies, internal and external water footprints and how the virtual water content of different products could be used to influence consumer decisions.

Professor Jörn Birkmann Head of the Institute of Regional Development Planning at the University of Stuttgart shared insights into the changing and emerging risk profiles in the Mekong Delta and their implications for the water-food nexus reminding the young water professionals that it is necessary to work with the local communities to take changes in land use into account when planning flood protection and other measures.

Next Gareth Whealan from the SWaFA project introduced an innovative approach to distribute safe water in communities in developing countries. Currently the system is designed in London.

With this approach basic water needs are fulfilled before bringing excess water to the market.

Dr. Ines Dombrowsky, Head of Department Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management at the German Development Institute described the challenges of hydropower projects in shared river basins. These projects in the WEF-Nexus are a chance as well as a challenge for all parties involved.

From a Nigerian point of view Olusola Matthew Adeoye from the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria gave everyone an understanding how changing water policies can have a major influence on sustainable solutions.

A broad range of research projects and opportunities within the research training group “Water – People –Agriculture” was presented by Dr. Marcus Giese from the University of Hohenheim. Where the students were informed of the possible scholarships that university of Hohenheim is offering in the subject area for PhD and research.

IAHR Council member Prof. Silke Wieprecht, Director of the Institute for Modelling Water and Environmental Systems at the University of Stuttgart, advisor of the IAHR-BW YPN summed up this varied and exciting afternoon and prizes were awarded to two of the Young Scientist’s who best presented in the young professionals forum.

In the evening everyone had the opportunity for fruitful discussions at the Meet and Greet party and to visit the hydraulic laboratory.

This successful event was made possible by all the speakers who provided their time and expertise and team of more than 20 highly enthusiastic and efficient volunteers of the IAHR-BW-YPN.


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