Presented during the XIVth World Dredging Congress and Exhibition, Amsterdam, The Netherlands November 14-17 1995 At the XIVth WODCON held in Amsterdam in November 1995, Mr Vaclav Matousek was presented the IADC Award by Dutch Minister of Transport Mrs. A. Jorritsma who officially opened the WODCON. Mr Matousek received his MSc from Czech Technical University in Prague in 1986. After working at the Czech Academy of Sciences, in 1992 he came to Delft University of Technology where he joined the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Maritime Technology as a PhD student in Dredging Technology. Each year at a selected conference the IADC grants an award to a paper written by a young author. The Paper Committee of the conference is asked to recommend an author who must be under 35 years of age, and whose paper makes a significant contribution to the literature on dredging and related fields. The purpose of the award is “to stimulate the promotion of new ideas and encourage younger men and women in the dredging industry”. The IADC Award consists of US$ 1,000, a certificate of recognition and publication in Terra et Aqua.