IAHR Education and Professional Development Committee
Dr. Michael Tritthart
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Department of Water, Atmosphere and Environment
Dr. Ana Maria A. F. Da Silva
Department of Civil Engineering
Department of Integrated Water Systems and Governance
IAHR Innovation and Professional Development Programme Officer
Major goals of IAHR, founded in 1935, were to stimulate and promote basic and applied research in hydraulics and hydraulic engineering, and to provide a forum for the international community of hydraulic engineers.
Today it is an association of several thousand individual members of all continents. We need to fill the gap between fluid research and the practice of hydraulic engineering emphasising the importance of application-oriented research and much larger-scale of involvement of practising engineers in the activities of IAHR.
The Committee on Education and Professional Development was formed in 1995 based on the work of a Task Group headed by Prof. Helmut Kobus for several years. The activity of the Committee is aimed at enhancing technology transfer in several aspects.
Education is the classical sense of transferring knowledge to the next generation. The dialogue between practising engineers and researchers also needs to be intensified to fill the existing gap. Continuing education for engineers aims at brushing up their professional skills to cope with new developments in technology or professional practices.
The main targets of the EPD Committee concern regional and world wide activities promoting education and professional development. Regional activities are important to initiate and coordinate regional activities and to link them to world wide activities. Actual important activities of EPD are the Media Library, the Engineering Graduate School Environment Water (EGW), the Hydroweb online international competition on numerical simulations, the Young Professionals Networks (including the IAHR student chapters) and the preparation of education-related technical sessions and seminars for the upcoming IAHR Congresses.
This very valuable and huge resource for education and professional development contains different kinds of multimedia material (photos, videos, e-books, software, ...).
For more information about the multimedia library, click here.
Engineering Graduate School Environment Water (EGW)
Engineering Graduate School Environment Water (EGW) is a network of several international institutions offering further education courses on a high academic level on water and environment related fields. The courses are directed to graduate students, postgraduates and professionals. For academic recognition, the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is applied and an appropriate quality control is developing. For the next years, a focus will be on the extension of EGW by other 'high quality courses'. This will be carried out by linking EGW to other international further education programs. For more information about EGW, click here.
HydroWeb is an educational initiative within IAHR-EPD since 1999, dealing with web-based collaborative engineering in hydro-sciences. The idea of HydroWeb is that participants from different universities are forming teams to run online a river modelling project via the internet in a predefined time window on a shared web-based project platform. Key focus in this initiative is the development of a "technical culture" for online team work using web technology and information sharing principles in engineering projects. The river modelling project (based on a small river in the south of Denmark) is the background for this purpose and as a side effect the participants are also getting in touch with river modelling problems and tools. HydroWeb is used within IAHR to set up links among the different Young Professionals Networks. A typical HydroWeb team is composed by 6-8 participants, e.g. formed by 2-3 students from three different partner universities / Young Professionals Networks. In 2014 the HydroWeb course is planned as collaboration of several IAHR Young Professionals Networks to be held in October / November. For more information on HydroWeb, click here .
Young Professionals Networks (YPN)
The Young Professionals Networks (YPN) support the education and professional development of future engineers and scientists in the hydraulic community by providing a common platform. They include the IAHR student chapters already founded at a number of universities. YPN carry out different water-related activities, projects and educational programmes; they also conduct special activities in the scope of the biennial world congress. By such means, students should be brought into contact with profession in practise and research already in an early stage of their education, learn from other IAHR members and create a network for their future careers. For more information about the Young Professionals Networks, click here.
Technical Sessions/Seminars for the IAHR Congresses
In order to strengthen the role of education within IAHR and to make it more visible, EPD suggests different kinds of education-related technical sessions or seminars for the upcoming IAHR Congresses. In this activity the attempt is included to stronger integrate young professionals into work of IAHR.