WASWAC Youth Outstanding Paper Award (YOPA)

 | Post date: 2020/07/31 | 
WASWAC Youth Outstanding Paper Award (YOPA)
The award is named as WASWAC Youth Outstanding Paper Award (YOPA) http://www.waswac.org/waswac/Awards/oypaward/A590505index_1.htm. It is for the youth scientists under 40 years old only (born after Jan 1, 1980), and it is donated by Beijing Datum Technology Development Company.

Announcement of 
WASWAC Youth Outstanding Paper Award (DATUM) 2021
To encourage early-career scientists to contribute to soil and water conservation in the world, the WASWAC has held the WASWAC Youth Outstanding Paper Award three times since 2015. The fourth award in 2021 will be presented at the Third International Youth Forum on Soil and Water Conservation (IYFSWC), which will be held from May 16 to 21, 2021 in Iran (Tehran-Capital and Noor City on Caspian Sea Shore).  The application for the award is open from now.
This award will be presented to early-career scientists of outstanding research papers on soil and water conservation. The award consists of a Certificate from the WASWAC and a $1000 (USD) honorarium. In the case of multi-author papers, the award will be presented only to the first author. The WASWAC Youth Outstanding Paper Award (DATUM) 2021 is financially supported by the Beijing Datum Technology Company. 
  • The first author of the manuscript should be in their early career in research. In principle, preference will be given to scientists who are not beyond 40 years old (born after Jan 1, 1980). 
  • The papers should have creativity and originality, as reflected in new insights, interpretations, facts, innovations, methods, or applications.
  • The papers should be written in English and should be clear, concise, comprehensible, and jargon-free, such that the papers are easy to read and understand.
  • The papers submitted for consideration for the award should not have been previously published, and the authors should submit the paper with an oral presentation at the third International Youth Forum on Soil and Water Conservation (IYFSWC)
  • The award papers must be submitted to the International Soil and Water Conservation Research (ISWCR) which is the official journal of WASWAC and SCIE indexed (IF 3.770) (http://www.keaipublishing.com/en/journals/international-soil-and-water-conservation-research/). The final publishing will go through peer reviewing follow the journal publishing procedures and rules.
  • The previous awardees in 2015, 2016, and 2018 are ineligible for the award in 2021.
  • Application: The author should submit the abstract along with the application form duly completed by October 15, 2020. The full paper must be submitted on or before December 31, 2020.
  • Nomination and Peer-review process: The Award Committee will screen and nominate the research papers that will undergo the peer-review process by the experts.
  • Evaluation and selection: Based on the results of the peer-review process, the Award Committee will select the Outstanding Youth Paper Awardees.
Significant Dates:
Paper abstract: January 31, 2021
Submission of application form + Submission of Full paper: January 31, 2021
Nomination announcement: March 30, 2021
Final awardees announcement: May 2021

Application procedure:
Send your application form, abstract/full paper to the application directly to:
All applications and full papers will be managed by the Award Secretary in Iran.
For more information please visit
or http://www.waswac.org.cn/
Dr. Paige Chyu,  iswcrfoxmail.com
Dr. Abdulvahed Khaledi Darvishan, vahedkhalediyahoo.com


Appendix: WASWAC Outstanding Youth Paper Award Application form

Announcement and Application Form

10 top selected papers will be published in International Soil and Water Conservation Research (ISWCR) after making the corrections based on the reviewers comments.

Full paper should refer to the guide for author of ISWCR:

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Confirmation of Valid Applications for WASWAC Youth Outstanding Paper Award (DATUM) 2021

 | Post date: 2021/02/20 | 
Confirmation of Valid Applications for WASWAC Youth Outstanding Paper Award (DATUM) 2021

By Jan 31, 2021, the WASWAC Youth Outstanding Paper Award 2021(YOPA 2021) received 54 confirmed applications with full papers (the list is shown below). The award will move forward to the second phase of evaluation that will take about 2 months. The final result of awardees will be announced on the WASWAC website and website for the Third International Youth Forum on Soil and Water Conservation (IYFSWC) in April 2021.

There are some key points that all applications need to pay special attention to. 

We have received 98 applications with abstract but only 51 applications with full paper were finally received. Only the applications with full paper received by the end of January are valid, as shown in the list at the end of this post.

All awarded papers will be requested to submit to the official Journal of WASWAC International Soil and Water Conservation Research (ISWCR, IF=3.770). Therefore, please hold the listed paper for submission to journals other than ISWCR until the YOPA awardees are announced. If you have submitted or is planning to submit your YOPA nominated paper to ISWCR, please inform us the YOPA ID (WASWAC_YOPA_###) and the journal assigned ID through email to waswac-yopafoxmail.com.

If the paper finally awarded was submitted to other journals before the announcement of the award result, the award will be rescinded. The papers rejected by ISWCR and then submitted to other journals are exempted from this requirement.

The evaluation of YOPA and review of ISWCR is independent of each other.



Dr. Paige Chyu, 

Dr. Abdulvahed Khaledi Darvishan


IYFSWC  http://iyfswc.modares.ac.ir/

WASWAC  http://www.waswac.org.cn/


List of Valid YOPA Applications (order alphabetical by first name)


Title of presentation

Paper ID

Abbas Bahrami

Evaluation of Wetting Front Detector (WFD) to Estimate the Dimensions of Wetting Front in the Drip Irrigation


Abrar Yousuf

Development and Application of Spatially Distributed Runoff and Sediment Yield Model


Ajay Kumar Mishra

Farmers Perspectives on Determinants of and for Adoption Conservation Agriculture Practices in Western versus Eastern Indo-Gangetic Plains of India


Aleksandar Baumgertel

The spatiotemporal analysis of the future sensitivity to wind erosion in the Republic of Serbia using ensemble of the regional climate models


Azim Paybast

Investigating the possibility of establishing a people-centered farming system from economic, social, technical, legal, executive and environmental aspects in the irrigation and drainage network and evaluating the acceptance rate by stakeholders (Kermanshah Miandarband)



A Reliability-Based Approach to Evaluate Scour around Bridge Foundations Considering Parametric Uncertainties


Chunmei Wang

Unpaved Road Erosion after Heavy Storm in Mountain Area of Northern China


Ebad Rouhi

Challenges of the Iranian Legal System Related to Soil and Water Conservation


Ehsan Sharifi Moghadam

Introduction and Application of Soil-Water-Energy-Food Nexus Approach for Designating Sustainable Agricultural Management Pattern at Watershed Scale


Fatemeh Sadighi

Rainfed Agriculture and Slope Gradient Interactions in Soil Erosion and Redistribution Using 137Cs


Ghasem Rahimi

Application of thiourea modified biochar derived from potato peel for enhanced adsorption of Pb and Ni in contaminated acidic soil


Haiyan Zheng

Is the runoff coefficient increasing or decreasing after ecological restoration on China’s Loess Plateau?


Hamid reza Azizi

Predicting land subsidence based on groundwater level changes and using radar interferometry (InSAR) technique and regression statistical equations (Case study: Varamin plain)


Hero Mohammadamini

Splash Measurement Tools; A Statistical Comparison


Iman Homayoonnezhad

Aquatic Monitoring program design in No.1 Chah-Nimeh Reservoir of Iran


Iman Islami

Factors Affecting Rural participation in Watershed Management Plans in Ziarat Watershed, Golestan Province, Iran


Jian Guo

Prediction Model for Shallow Slide Erosion of Subalpine Meadow Soil on Eastern Tibetan Plateau


Khadijeh Haji

Identification of erosion critical areas based on soil erodibility and terrain influence factors in the Iranian part of the Caspian Sea Basin


Leila Gholami

Effect of Vermicompost and Nano-Manure on Time Variation of Runoff and Soil Loss in Various Initial Soil Moisture Contents at Plot Scale


Luca Mauri

Modelling multi-temporal overland flow dynamics in a terraced landscape characterized by road-induced shallow landslides


M.S. Shafeeyan

An Overview on the Performance of a Three Stages Treatment Process for the Removal of Hazardous Effluents from Wastewater


Majid Danesh

Investigation of sand content using laboratory diffuse reflectance spectroscopy


Mladen Markovic

Use of Flash Flood Potential Index (FFPI) method for assessing the risk of roads to the occurrence of torrential floods - Danube basin


Mohammadali Hadian Amri

Delineation of landslide clusters using Depth-Number fractal model


Mohammadtaghi Avand

Introducing a new approach for smart soil erosion modelling: Integration of empirical and machine learning models


Moien Jahantigh

Investigating the effects of irrigation methods on the establishment of fruitful and drought tolerant plants in arid region (Case study: Nimroz city)


Mostafa Moradi Dashtpagerdi

Indirect Estimation of Suspended Sediment Concentration using Image Processing


motahareh Esfandiari

An Investigation of Soil condition in N, P, K Uptake by Trees


Nikola Zivanovic

Construction and calibration of a portable rain simulator designed for in situ researches of soil resistance to erosion


Polina Sayranova

Acid footprint in burozems of the Middle Urals


Predrag Miljkovic

The Use of Accuracy Data in Soil Loss Assessment: Biased and Unbiased Estimation


Qianqian Ji

Changes in the Erosion Transportation Processes in Highly Managed Small Watersheds Caused by Gully Land Consolidation Projects in the Loess Hilly-Gully Region, China


Reza Zakerinejad

Spatial Distribution of Water Erosion Using Stochastic Modeling in the Southern Isfahan Province, Iran


Sara Parvizi

Estimation of soil erosion using remote sensing


Sedigheh Anvari

Land Cover Classification Using Landsat Images and Pixel-Based Methods


Atefeh Jafarpoor

Changes in Hydrologic Components from a Mid-Sized Plots due to Cyanobacterization


Sezai Ercisli

Hippophae rhamnoides spp.: Multipurpose use for environmrntal value


Shachi Pandey

Predicting shift in soil erosion vulnerability status based on water quality in lesser Himalayan watershed


Shahin Mohammadi

Simulating the effects of land use-land cover changes on soil erosion using RUSLE model (Karkheh basin, Iran)


Sudabeh Gharemahmudli

Controlling Enhanced Surface Runoff Components Resulted from a Freezing-Thawing Cycle through Inoculating of Soil Microorganisms


Tianyu Sun

Adsorption-desorption kinetics and phosphorus loss function in erosive weathered granite soil: Stirred flow chamber experiments


Tingting Liu

Development characteristics of preferential flow affected by rock boundary in the Karst Rocky Desertification Area


Vahid Moosavi

Toward Linking Landscape Metrics and Environmental Variables for Runoff Modelling and Assessment


Xingna Lin

Transport Characteristics and Morphology of Wind Eroded Sediment


Yanhong Wei

Evolution of historical sediment yield by taking check–dam systems as carrier: a case study in a restored agricultural catchment on the Loess Plateau, China


Yiben Cheng

Direct Observation of Characteristics of Precipitation Redistribution after Vegetation Reconstruction in Semi-arid Regions of China


Ying Zhao

Modeling hydrologic responses using multi-site and single-site rainfall generators in a semi-arid watershed


Yue Li

Study and evaluation of soil and water conservation function in karst small watershed


Yuhan Huang

Correction of measurement errors on sediment concentration sampled by stirring-sampling method from traditional runoff collection tanks


Zeinab Hazbavi

Smart Monitoring Tools for Effective Soil and Water Conservation


Zeinab Mirzaie

Evaluation of the efficiency of an agro-hydrological analog model in simulating the discharge of surface and underground drainages by considering the Run-On concept(3rd IYFSWC)


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