Dr. András Szöllösi-NagyDr. András Szöllösi-Nagy, Rector of the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education The Project WET Water Education Visionary Award is Project WET's highest honor. It was presented to Dr. András Szöllösi-Nagy at the "Celebrating Solutions Through Water Education" reception held at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France.

A distinguished scholar, professor and internationally recognized water expert, Dr. Szöllösi-Nagy is a native of Hungary. He earned a Ph.D. in hydrology from the Budapest University of Technology and was awarded a Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has taught and conducted research all over the world, including in Austria, Sweden, Thailand, Russia, Canada and the Netherlands.

A consultant to the UN since the 1980s, Dr. Szöllösi-Nagy joined UNESCO in Paris in 1989 as Director of the Division of Water Sciences and Secretary of the International Hydrological Programme. He became the Rector of the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft in 2009.

Dr. Szöllösi-Nagy is the recipient of numerous other global awards and honors in the international water sector, including the Distinguished Associate Award of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) in 2005 and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Award in the field of water.

The sculpture created by artist Rik Sargent, commissioned by conservationist Valerie GatesThe sculpture created by artist Rik Sargent, commissioned by conservationist Valerie Gates Only two Water Visionary Awards have been given to date, this one and one to Dr. Alvaro Aldama, director of the Mexican Institute for Water Technology (IMTA), at the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico City, Mexico. The award itself is a sculpture commissioned by Valerie Gates, a long-time Project WET supporter. The inspiring sculpture is a flowing design that conveys both the endless movement of water and its enduring importance.

“I wanted to commission a piece of art that Project WET could use to represent the essence of its work– the eternal movement of water connecting and sustaining all life,” said Gates. “The sculptor, Rik Sargent, and I have worked on a variety of projects, and he is gifted at translating words and ideas into physical form.”

This sculpture represents Project WET and its mission of water education, depicted through the tonality and elegant shape of the structure. From any angle, the water drop is apparent, and the graceful curves and open spaces convey the connection between teacher and learner, water user and water educator, the future and the past.

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