Young Engineers Forum
ARE YOU CONCERNED BY THE FORUM?
You are under 40 years old and an active member of your national committee?
You are involved in the profession and you are motivated to learn and improve your knowledge? You wish to share your experiences with colleagues from different backgrounds and cultures?
You want to discover ICOLD as it is in the diversity of its members’ backgrounds, the richness of their skills, and have a broad overview of the profession?
Then this forum is for YOU.
A LITTLE HISTORY
It was in 2009, during the Brasilia Congress, that the project of creating a group representing young engineers was proposed to the ICOLD Board of Directors. Seduced by this proposal, the Board agreed in September 2010 to the organization of a constitutive committee during the annual meeting in Lucerne (Switzerland) in 2011.
It is there that the Young Engineers Forum is officially born in the presence of about twenty young people from eleven countries representing the five continents (Albania, Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Mozambique, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United States). Marco Conrad from Switzerland was elected as the first president.
ITS OWN GOVERNANCE AND A CALL FOR CANDIDATES FOR MARSEILLE
The YEF Board of Directors is composed of seven young engineers: a president and six members with multipurpose missions. It animates the Forum and organizes its events. It is the natural link with the ICOLD Board of Directors to whom it presents the aspirations of young engineers and with whom it seeks the best means of integrating them into the work and reflections of the various ICOLD committees. The members of the YEF Board of Directors are elected for three years, and each year two to three positions are to be filled. At the Marseille Congress, two positions will be open for the period 2021-2024. To reflect the diversity of the ICOLD, each region should be represented. A call for applications is therefore launched to young engineers from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia-Pacific committees. Members interested in getting involved in the activities of the Forum are invited to send their candidacy, at least 2 weeks before the official meeting of the Forum and the date of the vote, to the following address: email@example.com Each candidate will have one minute to introduce himself before the vote. Please note that each candidate must be supported by his/her national committee, which can only present one candidate. All young engineers attending the Forum meeting may vote.
CONSEIL D’ADMINISTRATION DU FORUM DES JEUNES INGÉNIEURS
Aujourd’hui 22 comités nationaux ont créé leur propre groupe de jeunes ingénieurs (voir carte ci-dessous).
PREPARING THE NEXT GENERATION OF ENGINEERS AND ENSURING THE LONG-TERM FUTURE OF ICOLD
Encouraging young engineers to join ICOLD and to get involved in its work and offering them an opportunity for knowledge transfer have been the objectives since the creation of the forum. They are still relevant for young engineers who are actively involved in their national committees and who can attend, as observers, the meetings of the technical committees and their workshops.
This forum allows young engineers to connect with each other, to share their experiences and difficulties and to think together about the strategies to be put in place to promote the engineering and dams professions and to arouse vocations among young students.
The meetings, organized during the annual meetings and congresses, are unique events to discover each other and to constitute a network that will build ICOLD of the next decades.
Today twenty-two national committees have created their own group of young engineers (see map below).
Nearly one hundred young engineers participated in the 9th Forum organized during the annual meeting in Ottawa, Canada, in 2019. This is a testament to the vitality of a network that is eager to expand and become more and more involved in the work of ICOLD.
HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE YOUNG ENGINEERS’ FORUM?
If you are under 40 years old and you are a member of a national committee, then you will automatically be able to join the Young Engineers Forum, and participate in the events it organizes, either during the congresses or the annual meetings of the ICOLD, or during the virtual meetings that take place several times a year. No admission fee will be charged.
A PRESENCE ON SOCIAL NETWORKS TO KEEP YOU INFORMED
You can follow the activities and news of the Young Engineers Forum on its Linkedin page. To access it, just click on the following link: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4679910/
DO YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
You can ask them at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
MARSEILLE 2022: A VERY PROFESSIONAL AND FESTIVE FORUM
To mark the 10th anniversary of the Young Engineers Forum, the French Committee’s Youth Group is offering a number of events.
ON THE PROGRAM:
- Sunday May 29th
5:45pm - 7:15pm MEETING OF THE YOUNG ENGINEERS FORUM
- Tuesday May 31st
Day TECHNICAL VISIT TO THE MALPASSET DAM RUINS (pre-registration required)
- Wednesday June 1st
7:00 PM FESTIVE EVENING, WITH VARIOUS SURPRISES (pre-registration required)
- 1 – 2 – 3 June
12:30 - 13:45 PM MENTORING OPERATION
In order to encourage intergenerational exchanges, the mentoring action will be renewed for 3 days. It should allow experienced members to share their solid experience of their profession with young engineers, and young engineers to exchange on their perception of the professions, but also of dams and their place in a context of climate change. If you are an experienced member and if you are interested, you can apply at the following address: email@example.com
A YOUNG PEOPLE’S STAND AT THE ICOLD STAND
To encourage contacts between young and not so young people, surprise activities will be organized at the ICOLD stand and renewed regularly to make it attractive and become a lively and open point of exchange during the whole event.
EXHIBITION: DAMS AND CINEMA
An exhibition will be devoted to the dams that have been used as a setting for the shooting of blockbuster films. Posters from these films and photos of the dams will be on display and accessible to all participants during the event.
YOUNG ENGINEER AWARD
This prize, awarded by the French committee, will distinguish one or more young engineers among those who have proposed communications of particular interest to the Symposium.
It will be accompanied by a free registration for the next ICOLD annual meeting
A PERCEPTION SURVEY AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE
In order to better understand the image that young professionals have of the congress and of the events proposed in Marseille, of their national committee or of ICOLD, a perception survey will be carried out among this specific public via the event application with the objective of making improvements and improving future congresses, if necessary
« Today, I had the wonderful opportunity to share my story with more than 300 young engineers in #ICOLD at the #ICOLD2020 Symposium on Sustainable Development of Dams & River Basins in New Delhi, India. I am thankful for this opportunity and I encourage our younger engineers to work together to prepare the future for our profession.»
Michael Rogers, 27 February 2021, LinkedIn