Opportunities for representation on ICOLD Technical Committees

We invite all members to apply to represent the interests of the BDS on a number of ICOLD Technical Committees (TC). The Job Description for our representatives can be found here. We are seeking candidates to take up the role from 1 January 2021 and require applications to be made by 30 September 2020 in writing to Andrew Thompson (Honourable Technical Secretary) at Existing representatives (as applicable) can apply for a mandate to extend their role by up to three years. New representatives will receive a mandate for up to six years.

We are currently actively seeking interest from those who would like to serve on any of the following TC’s:

Committee Ref Committee Name
B Seismic aspects of dam design
D Concrete dams
E Embankment dams
G Environment
H Dam Safety
I Public safety around dams
P Cemented material dams
Q Dam surveillance


The application must comprise:

  • A summary in less than 500 words detailing why the applicant considers themselves a fit and proper person to serve on the relevant TC. This should include a description of relevant technical expertise and experience of serving on similar committees or technical groups. Reference should be made to the roles described in the Job Description.
  • A letter or statement confirming that the applicant commits to attending the majority of TC meetings and, where appropriate, has the financial backing of their employer to support such attendance.
  • A letter of recommendation from another member of the BDS. This could be a letter from the previous TC rep, a co-opted member or other member of the BDS.

Applications to represent the BDS on more than one committee is permissible but is discouraged.

The BDS does not currently have representation on the following additional committees and is not actively seeking representation. However, if anyone has a keen interest in any of the following committees then please speak with me directly in the first instance before applying as above.

Committee Ref Committee Name
F Engineering activities with the planning process for water resources projects
J Sedimentation of Reservoirs
K Integrated Operation of Hydropower Stations and Reservoirs
N Public Awareness and Education
R Multipurpose Water Storage
U Dams and River Basin Management
X Financial and Advisory
Z Capacity Building and Dams


If you have any questions regarding the selection process by the main committee, please contact Alan Warren.

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