Since its creation, IWRA recognises the contributions towards water management and the excellence of water researchers, professionals and organisations. IWRA presents 5 main awards:

Crystal Drop Award

for individuals or organisations in recognition of their laudable contribution to the improvement of the world’s water situation. The Crystal Drop Award is awarded once every three years and presented at the IWRA World Water Congress organized by IWRA.

Ven Te Chow Memorial Award and Lecture

IWRA has established a Chow Memorial Lecture program to honor its first president as well as provide for an outstanding lecture, to be delivered at its triennial World Water Congresses.

IWRA Distinguished Lecture Award

Every year, one distinguished member is invited to give this lecture at an IWRA sponsored conference.

Water International Best Paper Award

Awarded annually to author(s) based on originality, innovation, technical quality, and contribution to water resources management.

Young IWRA Member Scholarship Award

Recognises a member under the age of 35 for an outstanding contribution to the management of water resources.

Crystal Drop Award

Previous Recipients

The 2015 recipient of the Crystal Drop Award is Vijay J. Singh.

He received this award during the XVth IWRA World Water Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Professor V.P. Singh is a Distinguished Professor and Caroline and William N. Lehrer Distinguished Chair in Water Engineering at Texas A & M University. He received his B.S., M.S., Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees in engineering. He is a registered professional engineer, a registered professional hydrologist, and an Honorary diplomate of ASCE-AAWRE. He has published more than 780 journal articles; 24 textbooks; 55 edited reference books; 80 book chapters; and 303 conference papers in the area of hydrology and water resources. He has received more than 70 national and international awards, including Arid Lands Hydraulic Engineering Award, Chow Award, Torrens Award, Norman Medal, and EWRI Lifetime Achievement Award, from ASCE; Linsley Award and Founder’s Award, from AIH; and three honorary doctorates. He is a Distinguished Member of ASCE, and a fellow EWRI, AWRA, IWRS, ISAE, IASWC and IE and a member of 10 international engineering academies. He has served as President of the American Institute of Hydrology (AIH).

2011: International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
2008: Mahmoud Abu-Zeid
2005: Malin Falkenmark
2003: Benedito Braga
2000: Yutaka Takahasi
1997: Rotary International
1994: Asit K. Biswas
1991: Yahia Abdel Mageed
1988: UNEP and its Executive Director Dr. Mostafa Kamal (joint award)
1985: UNICEF

Ven Te Chow Memorial Award

Previous Recipients

The 2015 recipient of the Ven Te Chow Memorial Award is Rabi Mohtar.

He delivered his lecture during the XVth IWRA World Water Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Rabi Mohtar is a TEES Endowed Professor at Texas A&M University, Founding Executive Director of the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), member of the Qatar Foundation Research and Development and inaugural Director of the Global Engineering Programs, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Mohtar’s research addresses global resource challenges: development of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus framework linking science to policy; characterisation of the soil-water medium using thermodynamic modeling; efficacy of non-traditional water using physical-based methodologies; and applications for sustainable, integrated water management. Distinguished Alumni of the American University of Beirut (2014) and recipient of the Kishida International Award (2010), Mohtar serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils on Water Security and Climate Change (2009-2014), and board of governors of the World Water Council (2012-present) [].

2011: Peter H. Gleick
2008: John Pigram
2005: Benedito Braga
2003: Asit K. Biswas
2000: Janusz Kindler
1997: Glenn E. Stout
1996: Ben Chie Yen
1994: Andras Szollosi-Nagy
1991: Malin Falkenmark
1988: Vujica M. Yevjevich

Water International Best Paper Award

Previous Recipients

The wining papers are selected from all papers published in the last three volumes of the IWRA official journal, Water International (WI). Nomination is made by a jury of the Editorial Board of WI and vetted through the Awards Committee of IWRA.

2012, 2013 Best Paper awardees during the gala dinner of the XVth World Water Congress in Edinburgh, on Thursday 28 May 2015

Please note that Best Paper articles since 2005 are free to access for non-members. Here

Other special Awards

XVth World Water Congress Special Award for Excellence in Water Resources Management

Institutions that are responsible for water resources management are the frontline for delivering this precious resource for the people and for ensuring the protection of the environment. Faced with constantly changing needs and pressures, the provision of good water management means the integration of sound knowledge and good science with appropriate policies and efficient implementation.

This award seeks to recognise regional, national or local institutions that have exhibited sustained excellence in water resources management. The award seeks to share and promote the associated experiences and knowledge with other organisations, scientists and water professionals around the world to improve sustainable and equitable water management.

The Prize

The award was given during the awards ceremony held during the IWRA World Water Congress. It was in the form of a special plaque with a certificate and presented to the representative of the awarded institution.

The special award was presented at the 15th World Water Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland. There was two awardees:

The Scottish Government