IWA Outstanding Contribution to Water Management and Science
(Given in honour of Dr Karl Imhoff and Dr Pierre Koch)
The IWA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Water Management and Science is given to an individual member of IWA or official representative of a corporate member who has been responsible for an outstanding and innovatory contribution of international impact, relating to leadership, systems operation, or technical innovation. e.g. a new treatment process or technique, a novel aspect of reticulation systems for water or wastewater, an innovation in the management, administration or financing of water sector activities, a major piece of outstanding research with potential widespread international effect or similar.
Current Award Holder
Jaime Melo Baptista
was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1953, and lives in Portugal mainland since 1975. He was graduated in 1975 in Civil Engineering by the Oporto University (Faculty of Engineering) and specialised in 1976 in Sanitary Engineering by the New University of Lisbon. With over 35 years of experience in the water sector, his professional activity has been focused on water supply and wastewater services, mainly design, modelling, rehabilitation, quality of service, performance assessment and regulation.
The first part of his career, between 1976 and 2003, has been dedicated to research, in the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering (LNEC), Portugal, a state owned institution founded in 1946, working in the various domains of civil engineering to carry out innovative research and development and to contribute to the best practices, giving it a unique multidisciplinary perspective in this field. The most relevant aspects of his activity have been the following:
Principal Research Officer of the LNEC, Lisbon, Portugal, since 1995.
- Head of the Sanitary Engineering Division of the Hydraulics Department of the LNEC between 1884 and 1990, leading a team of about 15 people.
- Head of the Hydraulics Department between 1990 and 2000. This unit carried out research and technological development activity in the field of water with a staff of more than hundred people, which makes the Department the largest research unit of the country in this area.
Since 2003, he is the President of the Portuguese Water and Waste Services Regulation Authority (ERSAR), in charge of regulating public water supply services, urban wastewater services and municipal waste services, leading a team of almost 70 people.
He had also activity in the private sector between 1978 and 1990, as a founder and shareholder of three engineering consultancy companies.
He is author or co-author of more than 300 technical and scientific papers, organized about fifty national technical and scientific events and a dozen of international events, and co-ordinated more than twenty large research projects for the water industry.
He is the IWA member on behalf of the Portuguese Water and Waste Services Regulation Authority (ERSAR).