Stephen E. Coleman Best Paper Award

It is with great pleasure that the Local Organizing Committee of River Flow 2020 conference, on behalf of the IAHR committee on Fluvial Hydraulics, announces the winner of the Coleman Award 2020:

Emeline Perret from INRAE Riverly, Lyon (France), lead author of the article Estimating time-varying stage-discharge relations in rivers with aquatic vegetation, co-authored by Jerôme Le Coz & Benjamin Renard.

Emeline defended her PhD thesis in October 2017 and she has first started her professional career as an engineer specialized in fluid mechanics before decided to go closer to scientific research. Her main research topics are river hydraulics, sediment transport and hydrometry. Her PhD thesis was about sediment transport and morphodynamics. It aimed to understand the transport of moderately sorted gravels at low bed shear stresses in alpine rivers, and specifically the impact of bed arrangement and of presence of fine infiltrated sediments (cohesive or not). The thesis was based on laboratory and field experiments. After that, she enrolled in a postdoc position at INRAE in France, working on hydrometry. She is now developing models to help better predict streamflow time series (and their uncertainties) at hydrometric stations either that are affected by the presence of aquatic vegetation, or that are located in tidal areas, or that are subject to hysteresis phenomena due to flood wave propagation.

A presentation by the awardee, introduced by the chair of the IAHR committee on Fluvial Hydraulics André Paquier, will be part of the program of River Flow conference. 

Prof. Dr. Stephen E. Coleman (1966-2012)

The Stephen E. Coleman Best Paper Award is given biennially for the best paper submitted to the River Flow Conference Series and authored or co-authored by a young researcher*. This award was established by the IAHR Fluvial Hydraulics Committee in September 2014, in memory of Prof. Stephen E. Coleman (1966–2012).

Prof. Coleman is remembered for his outstanding and original contributions to fundamental and applied research in the fields of river mechanics and environmental fluid mechanics and his devotion and enthusiasm in the training of the new generations of hydraulic engineers and scientists.  

The conditions for applying to Stephen E. Coleman Best Paper Award:

  1. The first author of the paper is a young researcher* who will present it orally at River Flow conference.
  2. The young researcher applied to the award when submitting the paper.
  3. The submitted paper should be a full paper or an extended abstract of at least four (4) pages. The selection of the best paper will be done by an Award Committee composed by members of the (Leadership Team of the) IAHR FHC.  

The award will be given during (the closure ceremony of) River Flow conference.  

* a young researcher is defined as a M.Sc. or Ph.D. student or a researcher who has completed his/her Ph.D. no more than three years before the date of the conference in which the award will be given.

The time used for parental leaves is not counted for the definition of young researcher.