First in the series of events in the lead up to the Singapore International Water Week 2020.
21 March 2019, SINGAPORE – In conjunction with World Water Day on 22 March, the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), the global platform to share and co-create innovative water solutions, has officially opened its call for nominations for the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2020.
The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize (LKYWP) honours outstanding contributions by individuals or organisations towards solving the world's water challenges by developing or applying innovative technologies, policies or programmes which benefit humanity. This prestigious international award is named after Singapore's first Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, whose foresight and leadership has enabled Singapore to attain a sustainable water supply.
Since its inception in 2008, the LKYWP has gained a strong standing in the global water arena as the premier Water Prize, which is awarded to innovative water technologies, policies or programmes that have been game-changers in their real-world application.
The honour roll for the Water Prize includes laureates who have developed ground-breaking solutions in membrane technology and used water treatment, as well as holistic water policies and management practices that have benefitted the lives of millions. Their achievements represent the pinnacle in sustainable water solutions that have made a difference to cities and people around the world.
The LKYWP 2020 laureate will be announced next year, on World Water Day, 22 March 2020. The laureate will receive S$300,000, a gold medallion and a certificate, at the award ceremony during SIWW 2020, to be held from 5-9 July 2020 in Singapore. Nominations will be open from 22 March to 1 July 2019. Nomination deadline has been extended to 15 July 2019.
The submission of nominations for LKYWP 2020 follows a rigorous two-stage process. Qualified parties such as leaders of international water companies and water utilities, top academics in water research, policy and/or management, heads of international organisations, members of government, or distinguished individuals in the field of water are welcome to submit nominations of suitable candidates for the LKYWP 2020. This can be done online by uploading a citation of the nominee's achievements at bit.ly/lkywp2020_submission.
In the second stage, shortlisted nominees will be notified to submit supporting documents for more detailed evaluations by the Nominating Committee (NC). All shortlisted nominations will undergo two rounds of selection. The Nominating Committee will thoroughly evaluate all shortlisted nominations and make their recommendations to the Water Prize Council, which will then decide on the Water Prize Laureate. For more information, please visit bit.ly/lkywp2020_nomination or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other upcoming key activities that are part of SIWW include the Water Convention 2020 Call for Papers opening on 29 April 2019, and the SIWW Spotlight 2019 (6-7 June), an exclusive by-invitation event held in between the main SIWW editions.
Please refer to
Annex A: Information on Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Laureates (2008-2018)
Annex B: Nomination guidelines and evaluation process.
About The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Sponsor – Temasek Foundation Innovates
Temasek Foundation Innovates is a Singapore-based non-profit philanthropic organisation that funds and supports programmes focusing on developing practical solutions for a better life through research and development. Established in 2016, it aims to strengthen research capabilities by nurturing talents, as well as encouraging cross collaborations.
The Foundation manages the Singapore Millennium Foundation Research Grant Programme, under which competitive grant calls have taken place annually since 2011. The Foundation also supports the Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory.
Temasek Foundation Innovates and the other Temasek Foundations were established by Temasek to better serve the evolving needs of the wider community, reinforcing its approach to sustainable giving. For more information on the Temasek family of Foundations, please visit www.temasekfoundation.org.sg.
For more information on Temasek Foundation Innovates, please visit www.temasekfoundation-innovates.org.sg.
About Singapore International Water Week
The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) is the global platform for the sharing and co-creation of innovative water solutions. Comprising the Water Leaders Summit, Water Convention, Water Expo and Business Forums, it culminates in the presentation of the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize, a prestigious international water award to recognize outstanding contributions towards solving global water problems. The 9th Singapore International Water Week will be held in conjunction with the 7th World Cities Summit and the 5th CleanEnviro Summit Singapore, from 5 – 9 July 2020 at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, in Singapore. For more information, visit www.siww.com.sg.
About SIWW Spotlight 2019
Held in between the main Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) editions, the SIWW Spotlight series are exclusive by-invitation events to continue the dialogue from SIWW and foster ongoing exchanges on pressing challenges faced by the water industry worldwide. SIWW Spotlight 2019 is held from 6-7 Jun 2019 in partnership with the Ecosperity Week, and will focus on industrial water solutions. It gathers large non-domestic water users and technology providers to discuss best practices towards reducing water, reclaiming used water and replacing fresh water. For more information, visit www.siww.com.sg/spotlight-2019.
About PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency
PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. It is the national water agency, and manages Singapore’s water supply, water catchment and used water in an integrated way.
PUB calls on everyone to play a part in conserving water, in keeping our waterways clean, and in caring for Singapore’s precious water resources. If we all do our little bit, there will be enough water for all our needs – for commerce and industry, for living, for life.
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Annex A – Information on Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Laureates (2008-2018)
Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2018 Laureate – Prof Rita Colwell
Professor Rita Colwell was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2018 for her pioneering insights into microbial water quality surveillance, and her pivotal contributions in translating these insights into concrete practices and policies to better manage waterborne diseases and protect public health.
Her breakthrough discovery of the “viable but non-culturable” (VBNC) phenomenon showed that bacteria can exist in a state in which they are alive and can cause harm even though they cannot be cultured. The VBNC phenomenon has now been shown to exist in more than 50 species of bacteria, including many pathogens.
Building upon this discovery, Professor Colwell was an early and active proponent of the use of novel molecular methods for more accurate and comprehensive diagnostics of water pathogens.
Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2016 Laureate – Professor John Anthony Cherry
Professor John Anthony Cherry was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2016 for his contributions to the advancement of groundwater science, policies, and technologies. His revolutionary research in collaboration with international partners has provided the global groundwater community with a better scientific framework to formulate policies and best practices.
Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2014 Laureate – Orange County Water District
Orange County Water District (OCWD) was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2014. The impact of their successful water reuse programme extends far beyond the county to the states of Texas and Colorado in the United States, and has also been replicated in countries such as Australia, Singapore to achieve water sustainability through water reuse, benefitting millions in the process.
Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2012 Laureate – Prof Mark van Loosdrecht
Professor Mark Van Loosdrecht was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2012 for his breakthrough contributions in used water treatment, with his completely autotrophic nitrogen removal process – Anammox. Professor Van Loosdrecht has introduced a paradigm shift in the understanding of the used water treatment process. His ground breaking work in marrying nature and engineering has formed the basis for many variants in use today.
Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2011 Laureate – Dr James Barnard
Dr James Barnard was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2011 for inventing a biological method to treat used water so that it can be returned safely to lakes and rivers. His technology, Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR), uses naturally-occurring micro-organisms instead of conventional chemicals to remove nitrogen and phosphorous from used water.
Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2010 – Yellow River Conservancy Commission
Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC) was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2010 for its outstanding accomplishments in integrated basin management that is unrivalled in scale. YRCC has secured water supply for over one hundred million people, restored extensive areas of wetlands and biodiversity, and protected some 90 million people living in the flood-prone areas.
Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2009 – Professor Gatze Lettinga
Professor Gatze Lettinga was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2009 for this breakthrough, environmentally sustainable solution for the treatment of used water using anaerobic technology His revolutionary treatment concept enables industrial used water to be purified cost-effectively, and produces renewable energy, fertilisers and soil conditioners.
Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2008 – Dr Andrew Benedek
Dr Andrew Benedek was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2008 for his outstanding work in pioneering the development of low-pressure membranes in water treatment. He has shown how drinking water can be produced from different water sources, even those that are highly polluted.
Annex B – Nomination Guidelines and Evaluation Process
1 The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize honours outstanding contributions by individuals or organisations towards solving the world's water problems by developing or applying innovative technologies, policies or programmes which benefit humanity.
2 A valid nominee for the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize should have made outstanding achievements in any water-related field. The work should have demonstrated the innovativeness of technologies, policies or programmes. The work should have proven impact or demonstrated great potential to be a game-changer in the future.
3 The submission of nominations for Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2020 follows a rigorous two-stage process. The first stage is for the nominator to submit a citation of the nominee. Self-nominations and nominations by family members of nominees will not be accepted. Self-nomination includes nomination made by an individual from the same organisation as the nominee. In the second stage, nominators of shortlisted nominees will be informed to submit a full nomination, including a detailed write-up of the cited technological innovation and/or the implemented water policy and programme, recommendation letters and additional supporting documents.
Closing Date & Time
Submission of nominations and citations by nominators
1 July 2019, (Monday), 6pm (+8 GMT). Extension to 15 July 2019, (Monday), 6pm (+8 GMT).
Submission of full nominations, including supporting documents by nominators of shortlisted nominees
23 Sep 2019, (Monday), 6pm (+8 GMT)
4 All nominations will be examined by the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Nominating Committee. The Committee will make their recommendations to the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Council, which will make the final selection of the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Laureate. Both panels consist of prominent thought leaders, distinguished academics and water experts from the public and private sectors. All received nominations will be evaluated on the following criteria:
a. Role of nominee
The nominator should describe the role of the nominee in the development and implementation of the specific technologies, policies or programmes that underpin the nomination. In particular, the leadership of the nominee as well as the nominee's instrumental contributions should be highlighted.
b. Innovativeness and merits of the technologies, policies or programmes
The innovativeness and benefits of the referenced technologies, policies and programmes should be described in detail. Nominators are encouraged to include comparisons with the state-of-the-art technologies or existing policies and programmes, and depict how the nominee's work has been proven to be a game changer or shown great potential to do so.
c. Impact on humanity
The current level of readiness and scale of implementation of the referenced technologies, policies and programmes should be described. Nominators should quantify the impact of nominee's work in benefitting humanity, or project any long-term benefits in cases where the level of readiness and scale of the implementation is currently low.
Call for Nominations
5 The first stage of nomination is open. All submissions should be completed by 1 July 2019, (Monday) (+8 GMT) through the online portal: bit.ly/lkywp2020_submission.
6 For enquiries or more information on the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize, please contact:
Singapore International Water Week
Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Secretariat
40 Scotts Road, #22-01, Environment Building