On 12 September 2014, the farewell event of Rector András Szöllösi-Nagy was organized on the occasion of his retirement. Prof. Szöllösi-Nagy was Rector at UNESCO-IHE from 2009 to 2014. He has been a passionate advocate for putting water on the Sustainable Development Goals agenda during his time at UNESCO-IHE.
Prof. Szollosi-Nagy taught courses on real-time hydrological forecasting and stochastic systems control. Since 2010 he is also the Professor of Stochastic Hydrology at the TU Delft, The Netherlands. His valedictory address on forecasting the future with models was followed by three short pitches by two respected colleagues Micha Werner and Prof. Dimitri Solomatine who shared their experiences with hydrological forecasting and water models.
Informal goodbye speeches were given by Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistand DG for the Natural Sciences Sector of UNESCO, Fritz Holzwarth, Chair of Governing Board, Prof. Miklos Rethelyi, Chairperson of the Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO, Prof. Janos Bogardi, Director of the United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security, Lena Salame, Programme Specialist, UNESCO, Patricia Darvis, Chair of the UNESCO-IHE Works Council, Prof Richard Meganck, former Rector and Pedi Obani & Olivier Tuyishimire - PhD fellow and Student association representatives.
During the reception the Hydroinformatics laboratory, a screen that presents real-time ocean flows around the world was revealed to Prof. Szollosi-Nagy as a farewell gift. He was again very surprised when Bas Verkerk, the mayor of Delft presented him a honarary medal from the city of Delft.