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You are here : IAHR Council : 2015-2017 Council Election : Ramon Gutierrez Serret

For Secretary General

Dr. Ramón M. Gutiérrez Serret

Director of the Maritime Experimentation Laboratory of the CEDEX - Ministry of Environment

Dr. Gutiérrez graduated in Civil Engineering from the Madrid Polytechnic University in 1978, and was awarded a doctorate from the same institution in 1994, achieving an Extraordinary Award for his thesis ("air water flow in hydraulics structures"). From 1978 until 1998 he worked as an engineer in the Hydraulic Studies and Planning Department of the CEDEX “Hydrographic Studies Centre”, in Spain, occupying different posts including finally Head of Department. From 1998 until now he is the Director of the Maritime Experimentation Laboratory of the CEDEX “Ports and Coastal Studies Centre". He is also Associate Professor at the Madrid Polytechnic University from 1983 to 1999 and from 2004 until the present time. He has published numerous  papers related to hydraulic structures and maritime works. In 2007, he received the Spanish decoration of the Order of Isabel La Católica, for services to foreign administration. From 2005 until now he has occupied the IAHR Secretary General post.

I plan to engage in the following activities:

• To develop the current agreements between IAHR-SPAIN WATER1 and IAHR-IWHR CHINA2 , acting as a liaison between these institutions, especially in the case of SPAIN WATER and IAHR.

• To ensure a proper execution of collaboration between IAHR and the two new sponsors: SPAIN WATER and IWHR CHINA, acting as link between these institutions.

• To promote the operation of the two sites of the IAHR World Secretariat -Beijing and Madrid-, to give the best service possible, combining synergies, assisting in the task distribution and avoiding duplications.

• To facilitate appropriate staffing arrangements for the Madrid IAHR Secretariat operation in CEDEX.

• To improve visibility and presence of IAHR in the water field, especially in the area of engineering institutions and consultancy and construction companies.

• To improve IAHR finances by increasing the number of members, corporate (especially) and individual,with special emphasis on increasing:
  • Specific agreements with national water and hydrotechnical associations
  • The participation of professional engineers and others practitioners
  • The participation of students, professional engineers and researchers workers who have recently graduated (Young Professionals Networks)

• To increase the Association’s involvement in practical issues and to encourage relations between practitioners and researchers in the fields of development and innovation, particularly in the Maritime Hydraulics activities.

• To sustain the publications quality, especially in the fields of applied hydraulics, by:

o Improving Hydrolink, the on-line Newsflash World, Europe and Iberoamerica and particularly the new Journals: Applied Water Engineering and Research (JAWER) and the Revista Iberoamericana del Agua (RIBAGUA).

o Expanding the Hydraulic Structures Design Manual and Monographs series

• To encourage the activities of the Regional Divisions, promoting the participation of some members of other Regional Divisions in the conferences and seminars of each Regional Division.

• To encourage the setting up of national chapters in those countries that do not have their own national hydraulics associations and, in those countries where they do exist, to establish agreements if if there are not or to foster a closer relationship with IAHR if they have.

• To promote the activities of the Coastal and Maritime Hydraulics Committee in the World and Regional Congresses and in specific events and developing new publications.

• To boost collaboration with other similar associations: PIANC, IWA, IWRA, etc.


1 SPAIN WATER: a consortium between CEDEX, the General Water Directorate and the company Aqualogy
2 IWHR CHINA: Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research