De Paepe-Willems Award

This yearly prize is being given in honour of Professor Gustave Willems, President of PIANC from 1956 until his death in 1982. As the PIANC President for seventeen years, Robert De Paepe fostered the international spirit and the professional development of PIANC. In 2002, it was decided to merge the ‘Foundation Robert De Paepe’ with the Gustave Willems Award. Since 2003, the former Gustave Willems Award is known as the ‘PIANC De Paepe-Willems Award’. 

Contestants for the prize should not have reached the age of forty and they are required to submit a paper on subjects in the fields of design, construction, improvement, maintenance of operation of inland and maritime waterways (rivers, estuaries, canals, port approaches), of inland and maritime ports and of coastal areas. 

The three winning authors receive an amount of € 4,000.00, € 2,000.00 and € 1,000.00 respectively.

Testimonials former DPWA-winners

DPWA 2024 Winner





Geert Van Cappellen, Secretary-General

Francisco Esteban Lefler, President

Emma Berendsen, Winner DPWA 2024

Mitsuhiko Okada, DPWA 2024 Chair

1 2024 - First Place
2 2024 - Second Place

Teppei Baba

Penta-Ocean Construction Co., Ltd – Japan

Development of weight compaction-type underwater rubble-leveling robot SEADOM-7



3 2024 - Third Place

DPWA Winners 2023

2023 - Third Place

Julia Sorgatz

‘Damage Progression Model for Damage Accumulation in Riprap Revetments at Artificial Inland Waterways’

DPWA Winners since 1985

List of Winners since 1985.

DPWA Winners

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