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Special Resilience Challenge for Red Cross and Red Crescent

Wetskills Foundation was requested by the Partners for Resilience Programme to develop a tailored Wetskills look-a-like programme for Red Cross and Red Crescent staff members. This is alongside the General Assembly of the International Federation Red Cross: in Antalya from 3-9 November 2017. As ‘resilience building’ is becoming an ever-more prominent focus within the Red Cross Federation, it is important to increase our understanding on the ways this can be shaped. One way of doing this is through joint, short-term exercises in teams with specialists from different fields and different countries: The Resilience Challenge. This Challenge is initiated by Partners for Resilience, an alliance that is led by the Netherlands Red Cross and that works on reducing disaster risk and strengthening community resilience in cooperation with Wetskills Foundation. The alliance bundles expertise in disaster risk reduction, ecosystem management and restoration, and the role climate. It has been active in a great number of countries...

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‘Olympic’ Wetskills goes for first time to South Korea!

Wetskills and the Olympics: an interesting  combination, but in January and February Wetskills Foundation and its partners are preparing an 'Olympic' Wetskills edition in South Korea. Together with Embassy of the kingdom of the Netherlands, Hongik University in Seoul and Korea Water forum, Wetskills Foundation is looking for candidate participants and case owners to make this Wetskills edition (period: 27 January – 13 February 2018) happen. See and apply on our website. The Wetskills Foundation invites Bachelor, Master, PhD students and recent graduates to apply for the Wetskills Water Challenge programme in South Korea. This edition of Wetskills will take the participants to the nice city of Seoul and the Olympic city of Gangneung for two-and-a-half weeks, visiting interesting and relevant water-related locations in and around Seoul and having the finals and awarding in the framework of the Olympic Winter Games. Apply for this spectacular opportunity to participate in this unique ‘Olympic’ Wetskills Water...

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Odor Control winner of Wetskills in Israel

‘It was a hard decision to announce the winning team. You are all winners’ said chair of the jury Henk Ovink special water envoy of Kingdom of The Netherlands at the awarding ceremony for Wetskills-Israel 2017. Henk Ovink prised the teams and was especially impressed by the quality of the presented two-minute pitches. ‘The quality of the presentations was high. A lot of water professionals can learn from this. Of course it is not only about the pitch, because a bad idea in a good pitch is still a bad idea. The best idea in a bad pitch wouldn’t make it either.’ At the end Team Oder Control, existing of Rotem Rotshtein (Haifa University), Karst Oosterhuis (University of Groningen) Canwei Mao (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) en Christel Voncken (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences) was honored as winning team. The team came up with a early warning concept to detect...

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Wetskills back in Israel!

After four years Wetskills is back in Israel (link). Wetskills-Israel 2017 has started this week: international participants from Israeli and Dutch universities work in mixed teams on cases from Netafim (drip irrigation), Mekorot (pollutants in drinking water system) and Mey Avivim water company Tel Aviv (odor control). Our local host is again Grand Water Research Institute of Technion University in Haifa. After a nice Haifa Tour the participants went to some sites of national water carrier and Lake Kinnereth for water and cultural sites. On Tuesday the BrainHurricane was organized with speeddate sessions with various experts. After this the teams went further with brainstorming. Later in the week some of the teams had a tailored trip to see and feel more about their case. Next week the finals will be organized in the framework of Watec Water technology Conference and Exhibition and during the business reception of Embassy of Kingdom of...

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Professor Bica (Romania): from feeling resistant towards Wetskills to becoming a fan

Ioan Bica, is professor in Hydraulics at Technical University of Civil Engineering, of Bucharest Romania. When he heard for the first time about the Wetskills concept, he felt a small resistance, thinking that two weeks are not enough for a such project. However: during the first Wetskills Water Challenged in Romania in 2013, he changed his mind. In 2017 he was involved for the third time in a Romanian Wetskills Challenge. ‘This multicultural collaboration is important for students, for universities, for companies and for our joint future.’   Getting to know Wetskills Professor Bica: ‘When Wetskills came to Bucharest in 2013, I coordinated the students of Romanian Universities. On the first day of my first Wetskills Challenge, I was an expert during the Brain Hurricane. The mixed Dutch-Romanian teams with different educational backgrounds consulted me to gather relevant information for their cases. Based on this information they could developed their solutions.’   Positive surprise Professor...

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