News.Sep 21, 2020

Last chance to nominate for Stockholm Water Prize 2021!

Thirty years ago, the Stockholm Water Prize was established to promote excellence in science and practice related to water. The prize soon became the most prestigious award in the water world, commonly thought of as “the Nobel Prize of water” because of its rigorous selection criteria and the patronage of HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. 

Now it’s time to find the candidates for the next Stockholm Water Prize, to be announced in March 2021.

Over the years, many of the world’s most brilliant minds have been awarded the Stockholm Water Prize. The winners cover a broad range of water-related activities, professions and scientific disciplines from all over the world. Compared to back in 1991, we today have a much better understanding of the role of water in all areas of life and much of that is thanks to research performed by Stockholm Water Prize laureates. But there are still many unsolved water mysteries and it remains a challenge to transform scientific knowledge into everyday practice. 

The tireless work of water activists, practitioners and researchers has therefore never been more important. We want to celebrate their achievements and share their knowledge through the Stockholm Water Prize.   

So, take the opportunity to nominate the candidate you want to see!  

Who can win the Stockholm Water Prize? 

The Prize is awarded to a person or organization who contributes to the conservation and protection of water resources, and to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. All who have made extraordinary water-related achievements are eligible.  

Who can nominate? 

Anyone can submit a nomination for the Stockholm Water Prize, however self-nominations or nominations by persons with direct professional or family ties to the candidate are not permitted.   

How is the laureate selected? 

The Stockholm Water Prize Nominating Committee consists of world-leading water experts who review all nominations and shortlist three candidates. The list is submitted to The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for further review and recommendations before the final decision is taken by the SIWI board.  

What does it mean to win the Stockholm Water Prize? 

In addition to the global acknowledgement and visibility, the Stockholm Water Prize laureate receives a specially designed sculpture and 1 million SEK. The prize is usually presented by the Prize’s Patron, HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, at a Royal Banquet in the Stockholm City Hall. 

Who have previously won the Prize? 

The 2020 laureate is Professor John Cherry from Canada who has revolutionized our understanding of groundwater contamination. Learn more about his work here and read an interview with him in WaterFront 2/2020.