Emerging River Professional Award / The official call for entries and information page for the 2017 Emerging River Professional Award.

The Emerging River Professional Award (ERPA) is an initiative of the International RiverFoundationestablished to recognize and foster early career river professionals who have demonstrated innovation, excellence and leadership in river, basin, or river-dependent community management.

Applications are now open for the 2017 Emerging River Professional Award.

The Emerging River Professional Award (ERPA), sponsored by OceanaGold Corporation, recognises, rewards and fosters those in the early stages of their careers in rivers. The award is presented to those who have demonstrated innovation, excellence and leadership in river, basin or river-dependent community management.

The ERPA is open internationally to all river professionals of all disciplines who have been working in their field for ten years or less, and have demonstrated exceptional and measurable achievements in rivers, basins or river-dependent communities. In 2017, finalists will present the outcomes of their work at the 20th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference in Brisbane, Australia (18-20 September 2017).

Applications close on 5 July 2017.

HOW DO I SUBMIT AN ENTRY?

  1. Read the Call for Entries and associated guidelines carefully to ensure eligibility, or the eligibility of person you would like to submit an entry for.
  2. Complete the Entry Form showcasing the entrant’s leadership and initiative in the river/waterways sector.
  3. Email the Entry Form and associated documents by 5 July 2017

IMPORTANT DATES

5 July 2017 Applications close for the 2017 ERPA, 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time
17 July 2017 Finalists announced (all entrants will be notified before public announcement is made)

ABOUT THE 2017 ERPA

The ERPA is open to all river professionals who have been working in their field for 10 years or less and who have demonstrated exceptional and measurable achievements in rivers, basins or river-dependent communities. Recognising the wide range of professionals that contribute to the future of our rivers, ERPA is open to professionals from all disciplines – whether scientists, policy makers or on-ground river managers. While teams are essential in all facets of river management, this award focuses on celebrating individual achievements, and rewarding hard work, dedication, innovation, and leadership. These qualities will ensure a bright future for rivers and basins globally.

Finalists will be selected through the evaluation of written submissions and oral presentations demonstrating leadership and project achievements (e.g. development of a new catchment management initiative, establishment of a new waterway group) or showcasing significant research as part of a Masters or PhD program.

ERPA finalists will be afforded the opportunity to attend the 20th International Riversymposium to be held in Brisbane, Australia from the 18th to 20th of September 2017, and present the outcomes of their work – giving a voice to our future water leaders. The winner will be announced at the Riverprize Gala Dinner on Tuesday 19 September, 2017.

If you feel that you have undertaken noteworthy work in this area, or you know someone who deserves recognition for his or her achievement, consider submitting an entry for this prestigious Award. If you nominate someone else, make sure they will meet the eligibility criteria to enter (see the Call for Entries).

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