The Wetskills organization invites Bachelor, Master, PhD students and recent graduates to apply for the Wetskills Water Challenge program in Israel. Blueprint for this Wetskills edition is the previous edition in Israel in 2013. The Wetskills finals and awarding will be organized during the WATEC Conference and Exhibition: LINK.
We are looking for students and Young Professionals from universities and organisations from across the globe, passionate about water and excited to work in mixed teams for transdisciplinary water solutions. Apply on the website for Wetskills-Israel 2017 (period: 3 – 14 September 2017).
First deadline for application and selection: 1 June 2017. Afterwards every two weeks a selection of the new applications till the programme is full. (First Come, First Served)
Participation costs are *450 euros (including accommodation at Technion Campus) or **150 euros excluding accommodation (for Israeli/Palestinian participants). If you apply before the 15 May 2017 you get an early bird discount of *50 (included accommodation) or **25 euros. The fee includes *accommodation, programme costs, supervision, some social activities, field trips, working locations, presentations and the awarding event during the WATEC Conference and Exhibition. It does not include transport, some meals and your daily costs. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses (like plane tickets and some local travel), meals during working days and other personal costs.
During past editions participants often successfully arranged financial compensation for their Wetskills participation from their university or employer. We therefore strongly encourage applicants to inquire about funding opportunities to compensate the costs (university mobility funds, travel allowance etc.).
For more information contact Rick Hogeboom (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tamar Milgrom (email@example.com). For other information about Wetskills: Johan Oost (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Early bird deadline: 15 May 2017
First Deadline for applications and selection: 1 June
Afterward every two weeks selection of new applications till the programme is full.
The Wetskills organization of the edition is looking for Case Owners, companies/organisations that formulate their case and support the Wetskills programme. See for more information the Leaflet Case Sponsors Wetskills-Israel 2017 and contact Johan Oost (email@example.com).
Case 1: Organic Matter in Irrigation Water
Case owner: NETAFIM
Drip irrigation is one of the most effective irrigation technologies to reduce the use of water, fertilizer and other materials such as herbicides and pesticides, and NETAFIM is a world leader in developing such irrigation solutions. The most common sources of water for irrigation are surface water (lakes and rivers) and groundwater (aquifers). However, in some areas in the world, treated wastewater is used. One of the main problems of using treated wastewater for irrigation is the high concentration of organic matter, which may cause drippers to clog. It is up to the team to solve is how NETAFIM can deal with drippers clogging by organic matter when treated waste water is used as a source of irrigation, in a simple, cheap, low maintenance and safe manner.
Case 2: Bio-monitoring solutions to detect pollutants in drinking water systems
Case owner: Mekorot
In protecting our drinking water supplies, detection of source water contaminants plays a vital role for Mekorot, Israel’s national water company. Accidental chemical spills, extreme weather events, terror threats, and operational faults may all cause the spread of contaminants into the water supply system. We therefore use bio-monitoring systems (that is, a system that can assess the toxicity of water samples by monitoring living organism behavior) to detect contaminants in the water supply system. It is up to the team to think of how Mekorot can create a new, continuous, online bio-monitoring system that will combine the use of aquatic organisms with cutting edge technology, to provide early warning for contaminants entering a drinking water system.
Case 3: Odor prevention on municipal sewage
Case owner: Mey-Avivim, Tel-Aviv Water Company
Sewage Typical Smell (STS) can cause a substantial nuisance to most human noses. When this kind of typical smell appears in the surroundings of a Wastewater Treatment Plant, its origins are known and therefore can be specifically treated. On the other hand, when STS appears in a municipal area, its origins are much harder to detect and locate. In case repeated complaints from the same location are reported, the TAWC will check a number of possible causes, such as clogging, dead animals, or cross-connections between sewage and drainage systems. However, in some cases the STS origins and causes are none of the above, and are still left unidentified. It is up to the team to think of a system that can detect and eliminate persistent Sewage Typical Smell in municipal areas.
Case 4: Reaping the benefits of adding minerals to desalinated water (reserve case)
Case owner: Technion – Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty
Desalinated seawater (SW) is a rising potable and agricultural water source. Unfortunately, the mineral concentration in desalinated water tends toward zero, which causes consumption of such water as drinking water to result in unwelcome health effects. Similarly, this water is not suitable as irrigation water. Therefore, a post treatment (PT) step is invariably practiced in desalination plants in order to meet quality criteria regulations. Lately, the addition of magnesium (Mg2+) has been the subject of several researches, because it may benefit both human health and crop production. To date, however, options for the addition of potassium to desalinated water, have not been studied, therefore, this issue remained unsolved. It is up to the team to find out how we can add 5 – 10 mg/L potassium to desalinated water, in a cost effective way.