October 2016

Minister Schultz van Haegen awards winning team in Iran

Tehran-Iran, Minister of Environment and Infrastructure of Kingdom of The Netherlands, Ms. Schultz van Haegen announced and awarded the winning team of Wetskills-Iran. The Wetskills jury found that returning a flamingo to Lake Urmia to raise awareness on all kinds of levels in society (from primary schools to farmers to municipalities) was the idea worth awarding.The awards were given at the trade dinner for the Dutch mission to Iran headed by Ms. Schultz van Haegen. Following two weeks of hard work, cooperation and fun, the fice Wetskills teams presented their pitches and posters of this Wetskills Water Challenge in Iran on Sunday 24th October. The ideas pitched were vastly ranging from technical solutions to give more time in adapting lifestyle for Rafsajan pistachio farmers to integrating sensor technology to create awareness by installing a large flamingo in Lake Urmia, reacting to water level, to entice inhabitants to a race to fill...

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City Blueprint Ahmedabad: WetsNext project

by Martien Aartsen (Master student University of Utrecht, WetsNext Ahmedabad project)   How do you end up in Ahmedabad, India, interviewing government officials on integrated urban water issues? Well, it started in June 2016. That summer, I was a participant of the Wetskills USA event in Boston. During this event, I had a great time roaming the Boston harbour and enjoying the company of fellow participants during interesting visits. But most of all, I was part of the team working on a great case provided by KWR Watercycle Research Institute. The case consisted of applying the proven City Blueprint Approach to the city of Boston, and coming up with an innovative application of the City Blueprint Approach to contribute to Boston’s water sustainability. After presenting our final ideas and poster to the audience at the Cambridge Innovation Centre in Boston, I had not have enough of the City Blueprint Approach. Together with...

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Wetskills for the first time to Iran

Between 15 and 25 October, the first Iranian Wetskills Challenge will take place in Iran. During the event in Tehran, 25 students and young professionals from Iran and The Netherlands will work together in teams to come up with out-of-the-box concepts for actual water related cases, posed by Iranian and Dutch case owners. The event is aligned to the trade mission of Minister of Infrastructure & Environment of The Netherlands, Ms. Schultz van Haegen to Iran. The Sharif University of Technology Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran are joinly hosting the event.   International collaboration on global issues Wetskills and all participants are happy with the political and cultural developments that make it possible for the event to take place. ‘Iran has many water related challenges that are becoming very urgent’, says Sara Mehryar, an Iranian PhD, currently working at the ITC-University of Twente. During this Wetskills Challenge, she will be one of the...

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