Delta Alliance Young Professionals Award

Present your solutions to the challenges which river deltas are facing

China’s Huang He (Yellow River) is the most sediment-filled river on Earth

In preparation for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012, Delta Alliance invites young Delta Professionals around the world to present their solutions to the challenges which river deltas are facing. Join the competition and present your sustainable and integrated Delta solution at Rio!

Who can participate?

The award is directed to young professionals up to an age of 35 years. Participants can be students or young professionals working in a wide range of fields, e.g.

  • Urban- and landscape planning
  • Soil and water sciences
  • Resources planning
  • Economy
  • Ecology
  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Meteorology
  • Communication
  • Policy, Etc.

Teams of young professionals of max. 3 persons are also invited to join the competition!

The Topic

In line with the 2012 Rio+20 theme: 'Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication', Delta Alliance is looking for innovative and creative solutions to deal with the acute challenges that deltas around the world are facing:

  • Counteracting the disruption of natural delta dynamics such as
  • Mitigating water scarcity & flooding
  • Prevent and manage pollution
  • Provision of water for food & agriculture
  • Climate-proofing of infrastructure
  • Adaptation of institutions to achieve integrated delta governance
  • Land subsidence
  • Loss of biodiversity
  • Urbanization

Proposed solutions should address two or more of these challenges in an integrated manner, which contributes to the reconciliation of social, natural and economic functions, and demonstrates the added value of integrated (spatial) planning.

The Award

The winners of the award will be invited to present their solutions in front of an international audience at the 2012 Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development from June 20 to 22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ( Travel and hotel costs will be provided by Delta Alliance.
Furthermore, they will be given the chance to further develop their solution in cooperation with a tandem of an internationally renowned institute or company in the Netherlands, and in one of the Delta Alliance Wings. Delta Alliance will offer tailor- made support to create this partnership and promote the young professionals in the development of their Delta solutions.

How to participate?

Prepare a poster and a paper (max 25 pages) about your innovative solution and upload it before 31st of March 2012 (upload facility). Total submissions should not exceed 30MB and each paper should start with a short abstract.

Assessment of results

Contributions will be reviewed and assessed in April 2012 by an international, interdisciplinary expert commission (4-5 experts), applying the following criteria:

  • Relevance for the acute Delta challenges as referred to in call
  • Scientific quality
  • Creativity & Originality
  • Innovativeness of solution
  • Degree of integration of approach
  • Presentation of solutions


Deadline for submission: 31 March 2012.

Winners of the award will be informed and invited to Rio+20 on 15 May 2012.

More information

For more information visit the Delta Alliance website or contact info(at)

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Delta Alliance Young Professional Award partnership


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