Event Participation Grant




The Prince Sultan Water Specialist Event Participation Grant enables the participation of world-leading water scientists at conferences and as leaders of workshops and courses. It also enables distinguished water scientists from the developing world, and young researchers from all over the world, to attend conferences, seminars, workshops, and specialised courses.

The grant is offered in partnership with the organisation holding the event. The organisation chooses the recipient of its own accord, based on the following criteria:

  1. Suitability of the recipient to make a positive contribution to, or benefit from, the event
  2. The need of the recipient
  3. Innovative nature of the recipient’s water-related work


Administered by the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water


Organisations wishing to cooperate in the grant programme should contact the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Organisations holding water-related scientific conferences, seminars, workshops, and short courses are eligible.

Grant recipients are chosen by the cooperating organisations. Individuals seeking grants should not apply to PSIPW directly.



Habibur Rahman

Dr. Habibur Rahman, Bangladesh Water Development Board

Project Director for the rehabilitation of 29 coastal polders, and for running Bangladesh’s River Management Improvement Project (RMIP).


Abd El Moneim Osman

Dr. Abd El Moneim Osman, Emeritus Professor of Mineralogy and Economic Geology, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

“Using Ba-bearing natural minerals in the attenuation of polluted radioactive water wastes”


Young Researcher Grants


Belen Gonzalez Gaya, PhD contract at the European Project TAPAS, IMDEA Water, Madrid, Spain

“Optimizing a clean method for environmental samples: Antibiotics and matrix interferences in marine sediments, water and biota”


Paula Alexandra Rodrigues e Araújo Guedes, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Environmental & Sustainability Research, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

“Removal of PPCPs from effluent based on electrochemical process - possibility of further use in agriculture”


Distinguished Researcher Grantf

Jos Antonio Sanchez Perez

José Antonio Sanchez Perez, Professor at Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Almería

"Solar photo Fenton as a tertiary wastewater treatment. From mechanisms to reactor design"

Young Researcher Grants

Mathilde Godere

Mathilde Godere, Laboratoire Chimie Environnement, Aix-En-Provence, France

“Halogenated hydrophobic contaminants in a coastal industrialized area: Comparing passive samplers' accumulation to concentrations in waters, sediments and mussels”

Luca Carena

Luca Carena, Department of Chemistry, University of Turin, Italy

“Acetaminophen monitoring in surface waters and assessment of its photochemical reactivity by an electrochemical sensor”

Davide Palma

Davide Palma, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, Université Clermont Auvergne, Aubière, France

“Evidence of nitration and nitrosation of aromatic compounds upon irradiation of imidacloprid in water”

Paula Soriano Molina

Paula Soriano-Molina, University of Almería, Spain

“Assessment of solar photo-Fenton in raceway pond reactors at neutral pH with Fe(III)-EDDS for micropollutant removal in municipal wastewater treatment plant effluents of different composition”

Filipe Rocha

Filipe Rocha, University of Porto, Portugal

“Assessing the levels of siloxanes and musks in sewage sludges for sustainable and safe use in soils”

Sara Ramos

Sara Ramos, Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology & Energy, University of Porto, Portugal

“Extraction methodologies for UV-filters and synthetic musk compounds from soils and tomatoes ”

Miao Wang

Miao Wang, Laboratoire de Météorologie Physique, Université Clermont Auvergne, Aubière, France

Air/droplet partitioning of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the cloudy atmosphere of the Puy de Dôme station in France

Hani Farhat, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, Université Clermont Auvergne, Aubière, France

“Catalytic properties of Co/Mn LDH phases for the redox transformation of H2O2: Structural, morphological and electrochemical characterizations”

Amina Khaled

Amina Khaled, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, Université Clermont Auvergne, Aubière, France

“Phototransformation of myrigalone, a natural herbicide, in water and on leaves”


 Distinguished Researcher Grantf

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Tamer Gado, Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Tanta University, Egypt

"Bias correction of daily satellite-based rainfall estimates over Egypt"

Young Researcher Grant 1

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Ratnajit Saha, Senior Research Associate at the Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC, Bangladesh

"Geogenic arsenic and microbial contamination in drinking water sources: Exposure risks to the coastal population in Bangladesh"


Distinguished Researcher Grantf

Ricardo Torres-Palma

Ricardo Antonio Torres-Palma, Professor of Chemistry at the Instituto de Quimica, Universidad de Antioquia, Columbia

"Elimination of relevant pharmaceuticals in hospital wastewater from Colombia by combination of a biological system with a sonochemical process"

Young Researcher Grants

Lester Bayon

Lester Lee Bayon, University of the Philippines

"Cobalt and phosphorous recovery from semiconductor wastewater through homogeneous crystallization of cobalt phosphate in a fluidized-bed reactor"

Amartya Pani

Amartya Pani, Doctoral Research Scholar at the Indian Institute of Technology, West Bengal, India

"Changing cropping patterns and irrigation practices: Implications for promoting sustainable growth of agriculture in West Bengal, India"


Distinguished Researcher Grantf

Aleksandr Tskhai

Aleksandr Tskhai, Principal Researcher, Institute for Water & Environmental Problems, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Barnaul, Russia

"Model assessment of the efficiency of water utility companies: approach to the analysis of resources and results"


 Distinguished Researcher Grants

Yolanda Pico

Yolanda Pico, Professor of Nutrition and Food Science, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Valencia, Spain

"Pharma residues and microplastics in Saudi Arabian lakes and pools irrigated with wastewaters: Bioacumulation and plant uptake"

Ajit Sarmah

Ajit Sarmah, Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Auckland, New Zealand

"Low-cost adsorbent for environmental remediation of pharma residues: How resilient is the approach?"

Mario Carere

Mario Carere, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy

"Effect based methods for the detection of pharmaceutical contamination in the context of the water framework directive"


 Distinguished Researcher Grants

Seppo Hellsten

Seppo Hellsten, Head of Restoration Assessment Unit at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Oulu, Finland

"Management and restoration of surface water bodies receiving mine waters – lessons learned from Talvivaara mine impacts in northern part of Finland"

Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodríguez de San Miguel, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

"Determination of arsenic(V) bioavailability in aquatic systems using a passive sampler based on polymer inclusion membranes (PIMs) and filamentous fungi"

Young Researcher Grants

Filipe Rocha

Filipe Rocha, University of Porto, Portugal

"Nutrient Content, Heavy Metals, Microorganisms and Organic Pollutants in Portuguese Sewage Sludge - A Country Level Analysis"

Franja Prosenc

Franja Prosenc, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

"Microplastics in Soil and Soil-like Matrices: Extraction, Quantification, and Identification"

Hiba Zind

Hiba Zind, University of Poitiers, France

"Distribution of selected pharmaceutical residues and their related degradation products in different aquatic compartments"

Jakub Gruszka

Jakub Gruszka, University of Bialystok, Poland

"Application of Single Particle ICP MS for speciation analysis of AgNPs and Ag+ ions in surface waters and green algae"

Jovana Orlic

Jovana Orlic, University of Belgrade, Serbia

"Assessing the impact of urbanization on the sediment and bivalves archives of the Great War Island (Serbia)"

Lisa Shearer

Lisa Shearer, University of the Highlands and Islands, Thurso, Scotland, UK

"Sustainable water treatment of pharmaceuticals using functionalised waste materials as adsorbents"

Magdalena Gajek, Łódź University of Technology, Poland

"Semi-quantitative assessment of selected metals of whisky samples in relation to their type and origin"

Olha Matviichuk

Olha Matviichuk, Université de Poitiers, France

"Evolution of antibiotics in two French rivers and incidence of antibiotic resistance in biofilms"

Pablo Irizar

Pablo Irizar, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Bilbao, Spain

"Design of epoxy-silica hybrids based on environment–friendly cycloaliphatic diol compounds for potential application as stone conservation materials"

Yara Arbid

Yara Arbid, Université Clermont Auvergne, France

"Development of an experimental system to measure air depollution performance of green roofs"


 Distinguished Researcher Grant

Eiman Karar

Eiman Karar, Water Governance Advisor, UNESCO Regional Center for Water Harvesting Capacity Building, Sudan

Delegate to the Politics Task Team for "Cities Facing Escalating Water Shortages: Lessons Learned and Strategies Moving Forward"

Adama Gueye

Adama Gueye, Associate Professor of Economics at Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal

Delegate to the Economics Task Team for "Cities Facing Escalating Water Shortages: Lessons Learned and Strategies Moving Forward"

Mayamiko Nkoloma

Mayamiko Nkoloma, University of Malawi

Delegate to the Politics Task Team for "Cities Facing Escalating Water Shortages: Lessons Learned and Strategies Moving Forward"

Dorothy Kobel

Dorothy Kobel, DARK Advisory Services, Kampala, Uganda

Delegate to the Technical Sciences Task Team for "Cities Facing Escalating Water Shortages: Lessons Learned and Strategies Moving Forward"


 Distinguished Researcher Grant

Susan Richardson

Susan D. Richardson, Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of South Carolina, USA

"Emerging DBPs in drinking water: New discoveries, potential risks, and promising solutions"

Young Researcher Grants

Marc Castaño Trias

Marc Castaño Trias, ICRA Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona, Spain

"Prioritization of pharmaceutical contaminants in the environment after the evaluation of 10 years in-house monitoring data for analytical method upgrade"

Mar García Valderde

Mar García Valderde, University of Almeria, Spain

"Validation of a Quick and Easy Extraction Method for the Determination of Emerging Contaminants and Pesticide Residues in Agricultural Soils"

Carlos Perez

Carlos Perez, IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

"Non-target proteomics study of wastewater by ROIMCR procedure using polymeric passive samplers"

Wiebke Dürig

Wiebke Dürig, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

"Novel prioritization strategy of non-targeted features in archived white-tailed sea eagle muscle tissue using temporal trend analysis"

Frank menger

Frank Menger, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

"Pesticide transformation products in surface water: The benefits of combining national monitoring and suspect screening"

Francisco José Diaz-Galiano

Francisco José Diaz-Galiano, University of Almeria, Spain

"Analysis of plant commodities employing pressurized liquid extraction as a tool to avoid sample hydration"

Phuong Bich Trinh

Phuong Bich Trinh, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

"Determination of glyphosate (GLY) and aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) in water by liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)"

Jose Maria Castaño Ortiz

Jose Maria Castaño Ortiz, ICRA Catalan Institute for Water Research, Girona, Spain

"Biomonitoring of pharmaceutical pollution in the Ebro River: Comparing their prevalence and levels in different fish tissues"

Dyana Vitale

Dyana Vitale, University of Valencia, Spain

"Advance sample preparation to analyses selected emerging pollutants in Anguilla anguilla by liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry" and "First determination of Carbamazepine emerging pollutant and your metabolites in Anemonia sulcata and Actinia equina species by ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography Mass Spectrometer (UHPLC-HRMS) and a quadrupole-time-of-flight"


Young Researcher Grants


Eleni Keliri, PhD Student in the Water Treatment Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cyprus University of Technology

“Automated In-Situ Cyanotoxin Assessment Toolbox for Real-Time Surface Water Monitoring (CYANOBOX)”


Inês Bezerra Gomes, Junior Researcher in the Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy, Faculty of Engineering, in University of Porto, Portugal

“Are emerging contaminants affecting drinking water microbial biofilms?”


 Distinguished Researcher Grant

Diana Aga

Dr. Diana Aga, research professor in Environmental Analytical Chemistry and Mass Spectrometry, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

"Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: Revealing New Chemical Forms Through High Resolution Mass Spectrometry and Complementary Techniques"

Young Researcher Grants


Olga Gómez Navarro, Department of Environmental Chemistry, IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

“Determination of pharmaceuticals in intermittent rivers in Spain using three data acquisition modes on Q-Exactive Orbitrap-MS”


Lahiruni Halwatura, Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, USA

“Identification of wastewater-based unknown contaminants of emerging concern via in silico methods for non-targeted screening approaches”


Xuerong Li, Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment, Florida International University, USA

“Comprehensive assessment of PFAS on their occurrence, composition, spatial distribution, and seasonal variation in drinking and surface water in South Florida environments”

Lan Liu

Lan Liu, Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, McGill University, Montréal, Canada

“Simultaneous targeted and suspect screening of contaminants in the spawning grounds of the endangered Copper Redhorse fish”


Diana Manjarrés-López, ENFOCHEM, IDAEA-CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

“Presence of pollutants of emerging concern in invasive and autochthonous species from l`Albufera Natural Park (Spain) by LC-HRMS/MS Q-Exactive Orbitrap”


 Distinguished Researcher Grants


Anne-Marie Delort, Institut de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand, Université Cleront Auvergne, Aubierre, France

"The cloud microbiota – Microorganisms-H2O2 interactions"


Walter Gössler, Institut für Chemie, Universität Graz, Austria

"A closer look at the elemental composition of macrofungi, with a focus on arsenic"


Albert Lebedev, Department of Organic Chemistry, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

"Mechanisms of formation of disinfection by-products in water treatment"


Tatjana Ćirković-Veličković, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Emerging food contaminants"


 Distinguished Researcher Grant

Alexandros Asimakopoulos

Alexandros Asimakopoulos, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway

"Pharmaceuticals, illicit drugs, and other organic micropollutants in wastewater treatment plants: A perspective on sewage epidemiology"

Alistair Boxall

Alistair Boxall, Professor in Environmental Science, University of York, UK

"New developments in modelling approaches for understanding the risks of pharmaceuticals in the environment"

Despo Kassinos

Despo Fatta-Kassinos, Associate Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Director of Nireas International Water Research Center at the University of Cyprus

"On the fate of antimicrobial resistance during urban wastewater treatment and reuse"