PIANC De Paepe-Willems Award





The aim of the PIANC - DE PAEPE WILLEMS Awards is to encourage Young Professionals (YP) to submit technical papers in the field of interest of PIANC.




Technical submissions must deal with a subject in the field of navigation relevant to the Association. The papers must be original

and a practical application of technology (state-of-practice).




A jury will be appointed by the Executive Committee (ExCom) by June 30 and will be composed of:


-       one member of ExCom who will chair the jury,

-       at least one expert representing InCom, MarCom, EnviCom and RecCom

If none of the papers meets the required standards, the jury can decide not to grant the Awards. The decisions of the jury will be final.


The jury will convey its decisions to the ExCom at the occasion of the Spring-meeting.



The jury will judge each paper’s content by the following four criteria with equal weight, scoring the paper in each criterion from 1(low) to 5(high):


Criterion 1. Value and interest of the paper to professional peers


-       To what degree is the subject matter current, in terms of developments now underway?

-       To what degree can the findings and conclusions of the paper be readily applied by others to related practical problems?

-       To what degree can the experience documented in the paper be related by others to similar situations elsewhere; i.e. are the "lessons learned" clearly stated?


Criterion 2. Significance of the paper’s contribution to the state-of-practice


-       To what degree do the findings and conclusions of the paper advance the state-of-the-art?

-       To what degree does the analytical experimental or field application results discussed in the paper appear to be reproducible?


Criterion 3. The originality of the material


-       To what degree is the perspective of the author on the subject matter unique in terms of existing literature on similar topics?

-       To what degree does the presentation discuss novel analytical procedures, experimental methods, or field applications?


Criterion 4. Whether the writing style is clear, logical, concise and easy to follow


-       To what degree is the entire paper written in correct grammar and accepted technical style?

-       To what degree is the entire paper free of redundancy and superfluous comment?

-       To what degree is the entire paper continuous and orderly, with each topic completed before leading into the next topic in a logical manner?




There are 3 winning papers, which receive the following:


- Number 1:     - €4.000,-

- Free membership of PIANC for a three-year period

- The winner will be invited to present his/her paper at the GA.

Free hotel accommodation for three nights will be provided,

together with a payment of travel expenses in economy class to the GA.


- Number 2:     - €2.000,-

                        - Free membership of PIANC for a one-year period.


- Number 3:     - €1.000,-

                        - Free membership of PIANC for a one-year period.




A candidate must:


a.    not have reached the age of forty on December 31 of the year of submission of the paper;

b.    submit a 3 page abstract of his/her paper, together to the application form, to the General Secretariat of PIANC before the August 31

of the year preceding the granting of the Award. The full paper should be submitted by September 30 of the same year. No exception

these deadlines will be allowed;

c.    be the author or the lead author of a team


Submissions must:


a.    not exceed 5,000 words excluding charts, graphs and illustrations;

b.    not exceed a total of 20 pages;

c.    be written in English including a summary and comply with the Guidelines to the Authors, to be consulted on the website;

d.    include the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s)

e.    include an ID picture of the author and some relevant key words.




The paper winning the first price will be published entirely in the printed Yearbook.

Of the second and third winning paper, the summary will be published in the printed Yearbook and the full papers will be available in the electronic version of the Yearbook


The remaining papers may also be made available on the website, according to the opinion of the jury.


After designation of the winners, the Association also immediately identifies the contributions which are selected for publication and retains copyright for those limited contributions only.