HOW WE WORK
IWRA Executive Committees
The IWRA Awards Committee will develop criteria for all the awards of the Association: Crystal Drop Award, Chow Memorial Lecture, IWRA Distinguished Lecture, and Best Paper(s) Award. The Committee will recommend to the President nominees for all the Awards of the Association. The President will then transmit nominations with his comments to the Executive Board for the final decision.
More information about the various IWRA Awards.
Rabi Mohtar – Chair
The External and Public Relations Committee will work with the Executive Office to develop and maintain relationships with other relevant organisations, affiliated entities, IWRA regional and national chapters, and other groups, and will advise the Executive Office on matters pertaining to the Association’s promotion and public relations efforts.
Karin Krchnak – Chair
Birgitta Liss Lymer
The Membership Committee will develop guidelines on qualifications for membership of various categories, develop means to enhance membership, and stimulate and coordinate active participation by members of the Association. This may involve contacting existing and former members. The Committee will also emphasize enhancing membership benefits and expanding membership among young professionals, and will have oversight over any IWRA Interest Group organised around a professional area (such as young professionals, hydrogeologists, etc.).
Tom Soo – Chair
The Budget and Finance Committee will work with the Executive Office to ensure fiscal and budgetary oversight, develop and monitor the annual budget, review draft annual financials and audits before they are presented to the Executive Board, and propose fiscal and budgetary policies for the Association. The Committee will also oversee activities related to the raising of funds, and will cooperate with the Scientific, Technical and Publications Committee and the External and Public Relations Committees in efforts to solicit grants and funded projects.
Renée Martin-Nagle – Chair
The Governance Committee will take all necessary and appropriate decisions in the intervals between meetings of the Executive Board to implement administration actions and to act in emergency situations. It will also provide oversight of the finances of the Association.
Gabriel Eckstein – Chair
The Scientific, Technical and Publications Committee will advise and make proposals regarding scientific and technical activities and publications, keeping all the publications and the publications’ policy of the Association under review, including technical standards of Water International. It will make recommendations to the President and Executive Board on the cost schedules of all publications, and for issuing any miscellaneous non-regular volumes. The Committee will also have oversight over any IWRA Task Forces and Interest Groups organized around a substantive research area (such as water pollution, water laws and regulations, etc.).
Henning Bjornlund – Chair
The Congress and Events Committee will work with the Executive Office to identify and evaluate appropriate hosts and venues for IWRA Congresses, conferences, workshops, meetings, and other events, and develop policies related to Congresses and other Association events.
Yuanyuan Li – Chair
In 2021 the Association will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. Having been established in November 29th, 1971, this is a major milestone for our association and all IWRA members, to be celebrated with our partners, supporters, and the broader international water community.
One of the main tasks of the 50th Anniversary Committee will be then to help us decide how best to mark this milestone. This can include providing a collection of anecdotes from our members; remembering past milestones and significant moments of the Association; liaising with honorary and fellow members; and organising celebration initiatives and activities, such as special publications, events or awards.
Renée Martin-Nagle – Chair
El-Tahir Majduline El-Haj
Rabi H. Mohtar
Maria D. Sanchez Flores
IWRA’s Annual General Assemblies provide an opportunity for all members to meet and discuss the Association’s activities and initiatives, latest updates, strategies, and much more. This open Assembly also constitutes a forum to hear back from the membership and receive valuable inputs for the Association’s work.
IWRA held its General Assembly via Zoom on September 24th. More than 140 registered members participated of this important meeting. Welcome remarks were addressed by the IWRA’s Secretary General, Guy Fradin, followed by a statement from its President, Gabriel Eckstein, and a report of the Association’s activity in 2019 and 2020 by the Executive Director, Callum Clench. Both IWRA’s Treasurer, Renée Martin-Nagle, and the Chair of the Membership Committee, Tom Soo, also provided financial and membership updates, respectively. Gabriel Eckstein closed this assembly by informing the membership on the many, multiples ways to get more involved in a call-to-action and more engagement.
Moreover, this online meeting offered the opportunity to members to learn more about on new and exciting initiatives being planned, including online conferences and changes in the membership structure.
In case you missed or if you want to watch the recording of the General Assembly, where you can listen to the presentations about the Association’s activities and work click on the video below. All presentations can be found by accessing this PDF file, as well as the summary of the questions and answers posed during the live event by clicking here.
You can also access other documents that were mentioned or discussed during the assembly, mainly IWRA’s Strategic Priorities Document; IWRA’s Articles of Incorporation and By-laws; IWRA’s recent Activity Reports; the calls to host the XIX World Water Congress and IWRA Regional Water Congresses; IWRA’s 2019 Financial Report; and three main websites IWRA, XVII World Water Congress and IWRA On-line Conference.
If you have any questions about the General Assembly, your membership or anything else, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.