YP-Com Activities

With the support of PIANC International and the National Sections, YP-Com has developed numerous activities targeted for young professionals. The purpose of these activities is to encourage participation in PIANC among its newer members and facilitate networking among those industry peers. While these activities are advertised for Young Professionals, all members of PIANC are welcome to join any of the activities listed below regardless of experience level within their profession.

UPCOMING EVENT: 1st African Seminar

Thursday 30th – 31st August

Venue: NH The Lord Charles Hotel – Somerset West, Cape Town, South Africa

PIANC YP-Com & SAICE Marine will host the 1st African Seminar on a range of coastal engineering related topics presented by young professionals, and supported by Stellenbosch University Coastal Engineering Short Course.

We invite YP delegates worldwide to the 1st African Seminar to be held on the 30th and 31st August 2018.

The theme is “connecting with young professionals working in Coastal engineering”

PIANC YP-Com Asia-Pacific Seminar in Korea

29th October to 1st - November in 2018

We are happy to announce that the 3rd PIANC YP-Com Asia-Pacific Seminar is to be held in Korea. To show you our inland water as well as marine port, we have prepared two venues for this seminar, which are Seoul and Busan. Hope to see you soon!


6. Sydney and Cairns, June 2017

The 6thPIANC YP-Com Biennial Technical Visit took place 15-21 June 2017 in Sydney and Cairns.

PIANC Young Professional Commission (YP-Com) and PIANC Australia hosted delegates from across the globe to the 6th Biennial Technical Visit (6BTV), held from 15–21 June 2017 in Australia. The BTV is the most important and prestigious event in the PIANC YP-Com calendar. The 6BTV was held in Sydney and Cairns, highlighting recent port and harbour developments and Australia’s unique marine environment. The event theme was "Working with Nature".

5. Ghent - Belgium, May 2015

The 5thPIANC YP-Com Biennial Technical Visit took place 6-8 May 2015 in Ghent.

The Belgian PIANC YP organised a BTV based on the idea ofGreen & Blue Energy. Each day was filled with a different technical programme, including visits to the following sites: an offshore windmill farm and a wave and tide energy facilities. All days finished with a social activity to encourage networking between the participants.

4. Panama Canal, July 2013

The 4th PIANC YP-Com Biennial Technical Visit took place 07-10 July 2013 in Panama.

More than 60 Young Professionals representing 10 countries (Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Hungary, Mexico, Panama, Spain, The Netherlands, UK and USA), including 31 students and one professor from TU Delft Panamérica Study Trip, toured the Panama Canal from Gatun Lake to the Pacific entrance on the 8th and 9th of July. The main days of the 4BTV closed with a reception at the residence of Ambassador Wiebe De Boer (Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Panama).  A smaller group, approximately 25 PIANC YPs, continued for another 2 days to visit the Port of Balboa and the Atlantic side of the Canal.  

3. Maasvlakte 2, October 2011

The 3rdPIANC YP-Com Biennial Technical Visit took place October 2011 in Rotterdam.

The event was organized by the Netherlands delegation (Alice Clijncke) and sponsored by Port of Rotterdam Authority, PUMA (van Oord and Boskalis), and PIANC the Netherlands.  Twenty Young Professionals from seven countries (the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Hungary, UK and Australia) visited Maasvlakte 2, an extension of the existing Maasvlakte, which will create 1,000 hectares of space for deepsea-related container transshipment, distribution and chemical industry.  The tour included presentations by the planners and designers of the project on the master planning process and the environmental, navigation, shore protection, and land creation aspects of the project. The Young Professionals set foot on the contours of this new part of the Dutch coastline and were given a close look on the breakwater works with a view on the Blockbuster, an E-crane, with a reach of 63 metres for concrete blocks up to 45 tonnes. The fall YP-Com meeting was held the day prior, which also included a tour of Deltares facilities in Deflt and enjoyed dinner in the city of Deflt that evening courtesy of Deltares.  

2. Danube River Integration System, September 2009

The 2nd PIANC YP-Com Biennial Technical Visit took place September 10, 2009 in Vienna..

In addition to Young Professional conference participants, YPs not attending the Conference were invited to join one of the two conference tours (Port of Vienna and Danube Power Plant Freudenau and Visit at Industry Logistics Linz) offered at the Conference.  

1. Venice Locks, July 2007

The 1st PIANC YP-Com Biennial Technical Visit took place 5-6 July 2007 in Venice.

The event was orchestrated by PIANC Italy with the support of the Venice Water Authority. Twelve Young Professionals from Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands visited the MO.S.E. project and Experimental Centre for Hydraulic Models.