Conference Award Ceremonies
Delta City of the Future
Thirty seven teams from around the world submitted their best ideas to the Delta City of the Future competition. Out of these entries, the jury shortlisted seven ideas for the final 24 hour pressure cooker session, that took place on September 27th in Rotterdam. During the plenary open of the international conference Deltas in Times of Climate Change, the winner was announced.
We all congratulate the David Garcia Studio with their design A Redevelopment Shaped by Water. Visit the Delta City of the Future website for more information.
Best Young Delta Scientist awards
The conference attracted over 1.200 participants from science, policy and practical field. The participants could choose from 72 parallel sessions on delta related topics such as governance of climate change, local adaptation measures, climate proofing urban areas and flood risk management. The young scientists that presented their research were carefully screened for scientific relevance, practical applicability and presentation skills.
During the Plenary closing session the two awards were presented by prof.dr. Carlos Nobre (National Institute for Space Research, Brasil), member of the Scientific Committee of the conference.
The Best Young Scientist Award for oral presentation was granted to Stephanie Janssen (Deltares) for her presentation on Social learning for feasible scenarios of fresh water supply in the Dutch delta.
The Best Young Scientist Award for poster presentation was granted to Michelle van Vliet (Wageningen UR). She received the award for her poster on the risks of high river temperatures for energy.
In total, the competition attracted 24 high quality submissions from students all over the world. The Panel of Judges, consisting of Prof. Sybe Schaap (Delft University of Technology, former chairman Union of Waterboards), Prof. Pier Vellinga (Director Knowledge for Climate Programme, Wageningen University), Prof. Hans Opschoor (Free University Amsterdam), and Tom Smit (Royal Haskoning), was impressed by the range of subjects and the innovations of this year’s contenders. The ten best submissions are published in the DeltaCompetition2010-book. The three winning teams presented their designs during the conference:
- Ecology as Industry by Haein Lee, Gyoung Tak Park, and Soomin Shin from Harvard University, United States
- Groundwater Zoning as Spatial Planning in Semarang by Novi Rahmawati from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
- The Big Leak, Adaptive responses to New Orleans' land subsidence crisis by David Wooden of Virginia University, United States.
More information can be found on the Delta Alliance website.