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Nurturing The Next Generation Of Hydrographic Talent

Two new annual awards from the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies (IFHS) aim to recognise the achievements of two outstanding student candidates who are studying at undergraduate or postgraduate levels

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The International Federation of Hydrographic Societies (IFHS) has launched two new annual awards. The awards aim to recognise the achievements of two outstanding student candidates who are studying at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, as well as recent graduates in the field.

The first scheme has been called the IFHS Student Award, with each IFHS member state encouraged to select an outstanding candidate to be put forward at the next Hydro conference, where they will present a paper and meet delegates. The broad reach of the IFHS constituency will see candidates brought from the UK, mainland Europe, Australasia, South Africa and South Korea, with the winner receiving a cheque for £1,500.

The second award on offer will focus on the best student presentation made during the Student Presentations section of the Hydro14 conference, scheduled to take place in Aberdeen in October 2014. The awards demonstrate a renewed commitment from the Hydrogrpahic community to nurture and develop the next generation of emerging talent.

This was further reflected at the Ocean Business conference held earlier this year in April. A keynote speech from leading training and hydro-educator the Hydro Academy, which brought into sharp relief the evolution in training standards and broad learning opportunities now on offer for potential hydrographers.

With more needed to be done to reinforce the talent-base of what is now a $150billion industry, industry recognised qualifications are also being offered that will help get non-degree holders fully qualified vocationally, mostly via initiatives developed with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO)..