October 2015

30.10.2015 Final sprint for all cases

by  Kai-Feng Chen

Technical University Munich

After a wonderful night celebrating Inge’s birthday and going through a toilet paper game, which helped a lot to know all the Wetskills participants better, we woke up at a sunny day. Of course the tasks for today is still working on our cases, trying to make the concepts more precise and solid. But one thing different, after chatting with some members, we all come to a common agreement, to have some fun on weekends.

27.10.2015 AP from sunrise to sunset!!!!!

by Ben Ukrainsky

University of the Technion-Israel

We woke up to another beautiful sunny day in the city of Amsterdam just to find out that most of the day we will actually stay inside the hostel to work on our action plan (AP).Part of the groups went out early in the morning while the others stayed in the hostel which was quite convenient because they slept longer which is really important nowadaysJJ.

26.10.2015 Wetskills Newsletter


Today we visited the Waternet building, meeting our case owners and get more understanding of what we are going to do for the following days. There are five cases, dealt by five groups, the head of waternet and several other experts made a speech on their professions (professions include water engineering, biology, chemistry or even marketing), after that, we have the questioning time, during which the experts visit each groups, offering us the chance to ask advices from experts, and by asking questions, team members start to get a clearer understanding of their cases.

26.10.2015 Out of box

by Mariam Amer Researcher in Agricultural Engineering Research. Today is the first day in Amsterdam but not the first time for me, so it is amazing to have a breakfast with the Wetskills Pa rticipants again. After we had a cool breakfast, Program was started in waternet. Actually! We got a lot of information. Johan Started and telling us about wetskills with amazing introduction. Wetskills and its 16 event in 5 years and third time in Netherlands. Then presentation about 5 cases ...

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25.10.2015 The long and beautiful day

by Ahmed Azab Coastal Research Institute (CoRI) It was a hard day because it was the day of my arrival to Amsterdam but it was a marvellous day as we started the day at 10:30 am, we went out for a journey in Rotterdam city that was a beautiful city and I saw a lot of solar panels in the way. After that we went to “Aqua Reuse” water buffer that act as a reservoir for saving rain-full water to use it in future agricultural irrigation, it was a great idea to save water from rainfall. Then we went to the storm surge barrier that is a huge structure that was constructed to protect Rotterdam city from flooding as a result of storm surge. We also took a round with Michael in Rotterdam and he showed us an innovative structure, it was a structure that collects rainwater and distributes it to the surrounding plants and...

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25.10.2015 – Team-building days

by Merita Abdullahi University of Mitrovica-Kosovo The Netherland… a country of diversity with a rich culture, canal cruises everywhere surrounded. A city with the highest museum density in the world and as well I would claim that this country basically is a synonym of the most ecologically part of the Europe. I am so honored to experience every single moment of the great accompaniment among the professional team workers and organizers who provides their generous energy and the support for us. While the city scrolling in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, I captured some great views from the adorable architectural buildings and historical points all observed from the cruise all around the city showing such a peaceful visual sight ! One of the other highlights were the houseboat which really makes this country unique and as well the snackbars everywhere with some typically Dutch food. In the other hand regarding to our professional visit of Aqua Reuse and...

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24.10.2015 – The city with the red lights and three crosses

by Shawn Wijngaarde Engineering student at Windesheim University of applied science   Saturday was the day most of us arrived in Amsterdam, a sunny day with a great vibe and a lot of enthusiastic people who are ready for the challenge that awaited us in the following week. As a local I was already familiar with the city of Amsterdam but it’s not all about seeing new things. In this case it was a great opportunity to get to know everyone. Especially because all of us are from different cultures, nationalities and all have different backgrounds in studies and employment. We started the day with photo’s in front of “The nightwatch” statues, a boat tour through Amsterdam; showing us interesting highlights of Amsterdam. After the tour we went on a stroll in Amsterdam city centre where many got their first impression of the Netherlands; cyclist, traffic, public transportation, buildings and habits were the main topic...

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23.10.2015 – Wetskills NL Expectations

by Laura Stanescu University Politehnica of Bucharest Hi, I’m Laura from Romania and in the following paragraphs I’m hoping to sketch an entryway to the collection of thoughts, opinions and reflections that comprise the traditional Wetskills blog posts. I find myself with the laptop in front of me, willing myself to write about my expectations regarding Wetskills Netherlands. Somehow, it doesn’t “come out” the way I want it to, words and phrases refusing to abide the form. And then I remember a valuable lesson I learned in Wetskills Romania: sometimes you have to let things flow on their own. I would say that coming to the Netherlands, my expectations regarding Wetskills focus a lot on getting along with different cultures and striving to give back to the local community. I hope to see the cases come to life as all the team members work together, putting differences aside in order to have the best...

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