Poul Harremoës Award

Poul Harremoës Award Winner of the 2017 is Daniel Winkler


Lena Mutzner

Passive sampling: An efficient way to monitor micropollutants in sewer overflows?

Daniel Winkler

Virtual reality in urban water management: Communicating urban flooding with particle based CFD simulations

Steffen Davidsen

Initial conditions of urban permeable surfaces in rainfall-runoff models using Horton’s infiltration

The Poul Harremoës Award for the Best Urban Drainage Paper by a Young Author

General information

This award is given for the presentation of novel and ideally, provocative ideas relating to developments in urban drainage. Vision and innovation were the hallmarks of Prof. Poul Harremoës' (1934 - 2003) career and his contributions to advancing knowledge in environmental sciences and engineering related to urban drainage are unsurpassed. In recognition of his outstanding and unique contributions, the IWA/IAHR Joint Committee on Urban Drainage in cooperation with the International Water Association has established a triennial competition for the best paper written by a young author to be held in conjunction with the committee's triennial International Conference on Urban Drainage (ICUD). The first award in this series was made at the 10th International Conference on Urban Drainage held in Copenhagen in 2005 and the award was won by Christoph Ort from EAWAG, Switzerland. He was followed by Philip Thomas from Thames Water, UK (2008), Nuno Eduardo da Cruz Simões from Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal (2011) and Martin Fencl from CTU in Prague, Czech Republic (2014).

PHA Committee

The PHA Committee consists of four senior members of IWA/IAHR JCUD committee and three previous winners of the PHA award.


Prof. Karsten Arnbjerg-Nielsen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark


Dr. David McCarthy, Monash University, Australia
Dr. Jeroen Langeveld, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
Prof. Tone Merete Muthanna, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Dr. Christoph Ort, EAWAG, Switzerland
Dr. Nuno Eduardo da Cruz Simões, University of Coimbra, Portugal, and
Dr. Martin Fencl, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

Eligibility criteria

  • Only authors who are no older than 35 years of age as of March 1, 2017 are eligible.
  • Authors must specify that they are entering their paper into the PHA competition when submitting the abstract.
  • Authors must be the first and presenting author of their contribution.
  • The work should not have been presented previously

The prize will be awarded as follows:

  • Up to 30 authors will be selected based on the evaluation of submitted extended abstracts in the first round of paper scrutiny and notified by May 1, 2017.
  • Selected authors will be required to submit full papers of length of 8 pages by June 20, 2017. Full papers will be used internally only for evalution by PHA committee.
  • The top three authors will be notified by August 10, 2017 of their status.
  • These three candidates will compete for the award by presenting and defending their papers at a PHA plenary session of the conference.
  • The winner will be selected by PHA Committee and formally declared at the conference.

Papers are judged on the basis of:

  • Innovation, originality and promotion/development of new concepts in urban drainage;
  • The candidate's ability to present the ideas in a dynamic and convincing way in both the written paper and the oral delivery at the conference.


  • Each of the three candidates is entitled to free registration for the conference.
  • All three authors will be invited to publish their work in Water Science & Technology after the conference, pending only on incorporation of the comments received by the panel.
  • The winner will be announced at the conference gala dinner.
  • The winner will be presented with a trophy and a free, all expenses paid (i.e. transportation – ground and air, hotel accommodation, and conference registration) invitation to the next ICUD.