IWA Publishing Award
The IWA Publishing award recognises significant contributions in made by individuals to IWA Publishing activities. The award is not restricted to members of IWA.
Nominations: should be forwarded to the Chairman of the Publications Committee. Nominations may be made by members and they should include a CV of the nominee and detail the contribution, emphasising the impact of the contribution on IWA Publishing activities.
Evaluation of the nominations will be carried out by the Publications Committee with subsequent submission of their recommendation to the Honours & Awards Committee for endorsement.
Current Award Holder
Per H. Nielsen
is Professor in Environmental Biotechnology at the Department of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Environmental Engineering at Aalborg University, Denmark. He is presently heading the Group of Environmental Biotechnology consisting of approx. international 30 researchers and carry out multidisciplinary work on several topics within microbial ecology and environmental biotechnology.
P.H. Nielsen has made a number of groundbreaking contributions in the field of environmental engineering and environmental microbiology during his 25 years academic career. On a national and international level he has been leading in the process of combining environmental engineering with microbial ecology during his research, and since 2005 as chairman of the ”Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering” specialist group of the International Water Association, IWA. He is a truly international researcher who has actively collaborated with more than 60 researchers from approx. 15 countries.
He is now actively integrating environmental engineering with microbial ecology, systems biology (metagenomics, transcriptomics and other -omics), single cell microbiology, colloidal chemistry and modelling.
He has primarily published in the best journals in water engineering (e.g. Water Research) and microbial ecology (e.g. Environmental Microbiology, ISME Journal and Applied and Environmental Microbiology). He has approx. 180 peer reviewed papers in international journals, more than 200 other communications and more than 6000 citations. He has been editor (and authoring several chapters) of two important books in the field, and member of editorial boards of several prestigious journals in the field. He has received national and international awards for his achievements, and in 2006 a prize for one of the 10 best papers ever published in the journal Water Research.
Per H. Nielsen has been successful in attracting grants. Recently, he won a prestigious grant from the Danish Research Council for a Strategic Research Center on the design of microbial communities in membrane bioreactors in wastewater treatment.
Per H. Nielsen has contributed influential research results to several different areas in environmental engineering and environmental microbiology ranging from new measures to control of hydrogen sulfide formation in sewers; detection, understanding and control of biocorrosion of metals (beginning of 90’s and later on in 00’s), importance of bacterial exopolymer production and properties in relation to biofilm adhesion and strength and related to dewatering of biomass from wastewater treatment (late 90’s and 00’s), single cell ecophysiology and structure/function of entire microbial ecosystems (flocs, biofilms) with several important pioneering and outstanding contributions. In common for all research areas, he has been a true multidisciplinary researcher, challenged by applying and combining different disciplines to create new understanding and solutions. Some of his scientific achievements have resulted in development of new ”gold standards” in the field, such a new method and approach for extraction and characterization of exopolymers from biofilm and biomass (Frølund et al., 1996), and the development of a method to linking structure and function of single cells in mixed microbial communities – use of microautoradiography and fluorescence in situ hybridization, MAR-FISH and the lately use of metagenomics and other –omics technologies in the wastewater treatment area. He has been supervisor for more than 20 PhD students, many post. docs. and many visiting researchers.