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Jaap van der Graaf Award


On 13 January 2017 the Jaap van der Graaf Award will be awarded for the eighth time. This prize will be awarded to the student or researcher who wrote the best article in English in 2016 about the urban water system. The prize, which is awarded annually, consists of a cheque of EUR 5,000 and a glass trophy.

From 1989 to 2009 Jaap van der Graaf was Professor of Waste water treatment at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology, and from 1988 to 2003 he was General Manager of Witteveen+Bos Consulting engineers. In honour of his retirement as a professor Witteveen+Bos has established the Jaap van der Graaf Award. The aim is to give a higher profile to Dutch expertise in the field of the urban water system. An independent jury decides on the prize winner. Participation is open to authors of all nationalities. The award will be presented during the 69th Symposium Water in Cities (‘Vakantiecursus’) in Delft, which is organised by the Department of Watermanagement TU Delft.

Submitted articles should comply with the following conditions:

  • the subject is related to the urban water system (including drinking water, wastewater and sewerage) and contributes to a higher profile to Dutch expertise in this field
  • the author should be a student at a Dutch university or employed in professional practice in the Netherlands
  • if at the time of publication the author is not working (anymore) in the Dutch professional practice, the research should have taken place in the Netherlands
  • the article in English must be published in a peer reviewed journal in 2016
  • the subject must have practical applicability.


Articles can be submitted by contacting the jury secretary: dr.ir. R.E.F. Lindeboom (TU Delft). The latest date for submission is 31 October 2016.