PSIPW aims to give recognition to the efforts that scientists, inventors and research organizations around the world are making in water related fields. PSIPW acknowledges exceptional and innovative work which contributes to the sustainable availability of potable water and the alleviation of the escalating global problem of water scarcity.
For this reason, PSIPW awards a suite of five bi-annual prizes, covering the entire water research landscape.
On 21 October 2002, His Royal Highness Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz – Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General – announced in Riyadh that nominations were being accepted for a new global Prize to be awarded biannually: the "Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water".
The Prize Council, headed by His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz, includes leading scholars from around the world. The General Secretariat of the Prize is headquartered in the Prince Sultan Research Center for Environment, Water and Desert, at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
This internationally acclaimed scientific prize has proven to be one of Saudi Arabia's key contributions to water-related issues on a global scale, issues which represent some of the world's most pressing humanitarian, economic and political concerns. The Prize reflects the true image of a nation committed to the environment. It represents a call to the people of the world – a call for international responsibility.
During the first two rounds of the Prize (2002-2004) and (2004-2006) the Prize consisted of five specialized awards:
These were as follows:
Surface Water Prize
Alternative Water Resources Prize
Water Management Prize
Water Protection Prize
Starting with the Third Award (2006-2008), the "Water Management Prize" and "Water Protection Prize" were merged into a single award called the "Water Management & Protection Prize"
A new prize, The Creativity Prize, was also inaugurated for the Third Award (2006-2008), the monetary award for which - at 1 million Saudi riyals (about $266,000) - is double that of the other prizes.
Unlike the Specialized Prizes for which scientist could nominate themselves, individuals nominated to the Creativity Prize must have their nominations put forward by universities and organizations on their behalf.
The Creativity Prize is not restricted to specific topics. Instead, its criteria are defined by general guidelines, allows the Creativity Prize to cover a broad range of water-related subjects.
The Creativity Prize is awarded to work that the Prize Committee deems to be a "breakthrough" in any water-related field. The work might be an invention, a research paper, or a new technology. It can relate to any branch of any water-related discipline. It might contribute to increasing available water resources, or to alleviating scarcity, or to minimizing pollution. It might make a material contribution to water conservation or to effective water management. The work should provide a solution which is useful to society, contribute to development and social upliftment, be practical, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective.
Though nominations were accepted for the Creativity Prize for the Third Award, it was not awarded during that round, since the Prize Committee determined that no single nominated work distingushed itself. The Creativity Prize was first awarded for the Fourth Award (2008-2010).
1. The Prize Council holds regular meetings around the world. During each round of the award, two meetings are held in Riyadh, a third in the capital of another Arab country, and a fourth in a non-Arab country. This is to encourage the exchange of ideas and to open channels of cooperation among water specialists.
Prize Council Meeting in Delft - The Netherlands
2. The Prize supports the research programs of the Prince Sultan Research Center for Environment, Water, and Desert at King Saud University, particularly those that relate to water issues. The most important of these programs is King Fahd’s Project for Rain and Floodwater Harvesting and Storage in the Kingdom, with which the Prize’s experts are directly involved.
3. In conjunction with the United Nations and UNESCO, the Prize is establishing the World Water Portal, which aims to be the largest international database for water research, and which will provide an interactive forum for experts and organizations working in the field.
4. The General Secretariat of the Prize possesses an extensive library which includes, alongside books and journals in water-related fields, all of the research nominated to the Prize throughout its history. This research is made available for the benefit of specialist bodies engaged in research and applied water technologies in coordination with the original researchers.
5. In conjunction with King Saud University and the Saudi Ministry of Water and Electricity, the Prize organizes ICWRAE - the International Conference on Water Resources and Arid Environments, held concurrently with the Prize’s awards ceremony. This bi-annual conference addresses four main themes:
•- Water Resources
•- Water Conservation
•- Arid Environments
•- Utilization of New Technologies
The Conference also hosts workshops and seminars on the ministerial level.
ICWRAE Opening Ceremony in Riyadh, December 2010
6. The Prize publishes the International Journal of Water Resources and Arid Environments. It also produces a number of scientific books and brochures, and prepares articles for publication in specialist journals as well as newspapers.
7. The Prize provides financing and support for the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize’s Chair for Water Research located at King Saud University. The Chair, in turn, supports a number of graduate students of various nationalities engaged in a program of research into rain and floodwater harvesting, for which these students are awarded their Masters and Doctorate degrees. The Chair is supervised by an international panel of distinguished scholars from within and outside of Saudi Arabia.
8. The Prize, in conjunction with the United Nations and various space agencies, organizes the bi-annual International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Management, which to date has been held in Riyadh and Buenos Aires.
1st International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Management
9. The Prize is an observing member of the United Nations’ Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and participates in its meetings in Vienna.
10. The Prize is a member of the Arab Water Council’s Board of Governors, and as such actively participates in all of the Council’s meetings and conferences. It also provides support for some of the Arab Water Council’s activities.
11. The Prize is undertaking cooperation agreements with various international organizations, particularly the United Nations and UNESCO, and leading water societies.
12. The Prize is a gold-level sponsor of a number of international conferences and exhibitions around the world, sponsoring at least 10 to 15 different conferences and exhibitions during each round of the Prize.
IDA Congress - Canary Islands, Spain 2007
Exhibition in Burmingham, UK
13. The Prize participates in water-related conferences and forums around the world. It presents seminars at these conferences as well as independently under the title “Prize Day”. At these international events, the Prize arranges meetings between participating scholars in order to foster the exchange of ideas.
Prize Day in Singapore
Prize day in Singapore
Prize Day in Delft - The Netherlands
Prize Day in Delft - The Netherlands
Prize Day in Amman, Jordan
Prize Council Meeting in Amman, Jordan