IWRA publishing opportunity for early-career professionals

IWRA publishing opportunity for early-career professionals

IWRA is a non-profit, non-governmental, educational organization established in 1971. It provides a global, knowledge based forum for bridging disciplines and geographies by connecting professionals, students, individuals, corporations, and institutions who are concerned with the sustainable use of the world’s water resources.


IWRA is pleased to announce a new call to develop a mentored Water International Special Issue with papers written by early-career water professionals that are either co-authored with or supervised by senior water professionals.

Beginning today and through April 20th, early-career water professionals are invited to submit an abstract of their research to apply for an exceptional publication opportunity with Water International.  Through this mentorship programme, they will benefit from a valuable chance to work and network with established senior water professionals and experts.

The special issue resulting from the mentoring effort will have as a theme, “Fresh perspectives and approaches by new water professionals to meeting challenges in the water sector”.

Mentoring Initiatives Objective

The IWRA mentoring initiative is intended to identify, attract, and assist young and early-career scholars and water professionals. The objective of the programme is to guide these individuals in preparing articles to be published in the Association’s journal, Water International.  The selection process will seek diverse participants, from developed and developing countries, representing a range of expertise.
The special issue, to appear in 2021, will endeavor to promote interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity.  It will encourage integrated-systems approaches in water research, avoiding very specific and narrow topics.  Of particular interest are innovations on policies, management, development, and technological development that look to the present as well as the future.  
Each selected participant will be paired with a senior mentor who will help guide the paper as an advisor or, possibly, a coauthor.

Who is considered an early career professional?

Early-career water professionals are academics, such as assistant professors or post-docs with no more than 5 years in a full-time academic position, or advanced post-graduate students; or professionals working in the water sector (utility, government or NGOs with at least a bachelor’s degree). 

Candidates should be either 35 years of age or youngeror be able demonstrate that they have started their water-resources career within the past 5 years.

Submission Requirements

  1. An extended abstract, in English, of 3-4 pages providing adequate insight into the topic, thesis, and methodology being used.
  2. A complete, updated CV (no more than 3 pages)
  3. cover letter describing the motivation for participating in this initiative together with the applicants’ career objectives.

To submit your application with the three documents listed above, send an email with these materials attached to Professor Robert G. Varady at rvarady@email.arizona.eduby April 20th.

See full call on IWRA’s website here

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