Established in 1885, PIANC’s mission today is to provide expert guidance and technical advice by bringing together the best international experts, both public and private, on technical, economic and environmental issues pertaining to waterborne transport infrastructure. This is reflected in high-quality Technical Reports realised by International Commissions and Working Groups.
Through our four major events, we keep the international waterborne transport community connected: the PIANC World Congresses, the PIANC-COPEDEC Conferences, the PIANC-SMART Rivers Conferences, the PIANC Mediterranean Days and the NordPIANC Meetings.Download our History Book
The governing body is the Annual General Assembly, which is composed of delegations from the member countries (Qualifying Members). These delegations represent all members of the related countries.
The Council meets twice a year and gathers the members of the Executive Committee (ExCom), the Honorary Members and the First Delegates of the member countries. The Council examines and approves proposals and recommendations of the ExCom and submits them to the AGA for ratification.
The ExCom is composed of the President, Secretary-General, Vice-Presidents and Chairpersons of each Commission and meets three times a year. It ensures the executive management of the Association and monitors the decisions and directives of the Council and the AGA.
Four Technical Commissions are covering the different areas of waterborne transport infrastructure. They are supervising the work carried out by our experts in the respective Working Groups on subjects of interest. The reports drafted by these Working Groups are the core business of our Association.
Besides a Finance Commission and a Promotion Commission, two other non-technical Commissions have been set up to support Young Professionals and Countries in Transition.
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A Memorandum of Understanding is signed with our Sister Associations.
It is agreed that in order to enhance the impact of both Associations in the area of the related waterborne transport infrastructure, to co-operate, communicate and collaborate in the following fields whilst recognising and respecting their individual identities, membership expectations and traditions.