IHE Delft Professor Damir Brdjanovic has been honoured with the International Water Association’s prestigious Water and Development Award for his excellence in capacity development through education, research and innovation.
Brdjanovic and winners of other IWA awards were honoured during the International Water Association’s World Water Congress & Exhibition opening ceremony. The Congress is held 11-15 September in Copenhagen.
“The award motivates me to further intensify my work to support capacity development, through both research and education, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – particularly SDG6 on water and sanitation,” Brdjanovic said.
“Though the award is an individual award, but I also perceive it as a recognition of IHE Delft and of my colleagues, as well as of partner universities, members of the Global Sanitation Graduate School (GSGS).”
Looking ahead, Brdjanovic said he and his colleagues plan to incorporate Citywide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) as a topic in all research and education efforts.
“Our target is to train at least 10,000 sanitation champions in developing and implementing sanitation – at least half of them women – by 2030,” he said.
IHE Delft staff are involved in three book launches, a workshop and is sharing information in a booth at the IWA Congress. One of the books, Biological Wastewater Treatment: Principles. Modelling and Design - 2nd edition, edited by Brdjanovic and others, won the IWA Publishing’s Best Scientific Book Prize.