June 2019

Two new events in India

From 15 to 18 October a large business delegation from The Netherlands will visit India. This delegation will start in Delhi (at the Tech Summit) and will end  in Kerala (with Water Seminar a.o.). This delegation exists of several sectors, which each themes and topics to be discussed. Water will be one of the focus areas.   Wetskills Foundation has been requested to organise a Wetskills in Delhi firstly, but also one in Kerala later. At the moment Wetskills Foundation, and several partners in India and The Netherlands, is preparing two independent events that will run simulateously:   Delhi: 5-17 October, aligned to Tech Summit and part of the Lotus project / WETLAB in the Barapullah Drain, topics: (waste)water technology in urban areas and innovation: co-creating a testing and experiencing facility of the 'WETLAB' Kerala: 7-19 October, aligned to a Water Seminar with large delegation from The Netherlands and India as follow up of...

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Wetskills team awarded at Flood Proof Romania

Last week Wetskills wrapped up its fourth event in Romania at the new Flood Proof Romania testing facility. As one of the initiators Wetskills Foundation was invited by Romanian partners to align this Wetskills event to this unique event (read more). As chair of jury, Michiel van Haersma Buma (former CEO Water Authority Delfland and chair of advisory board Brigaid project) congratulated the international team that came up with an innovative way of reducing plastics in the touristic area of Nehoiu in the Carpathians and to stimulate tourism in this region (see poster).   The winning international and transdisciplinary team existed of: Romanian participants Theodor Diga (University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine), Alexandra Turturica (University Politehnica of Bucharest) and Eduard Secu (Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest), Sjoerd van der Meulen (HAN University of Applied Sciences) from The Netherlands and Sandra Malagón (Waterschapsbedrijf Limburg) from Colombia.   The finals were organised at the Brigaid...

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Mayor of Rotterdam Mr. Aboutaleb awarded winning team Wetskills-China 2019

“While water is not a top of mind theme in the City of Rotterdam, water is the every important challenge of each day.” stated Mayor of the City of Rotterdam Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb, guest of honor, having the privilege to award the winning team of Wetskills-China 2019. He inspires the next generation of water leaders at a special seminar during the 40 years sister city relationship celebration between Shanghai and Rotterdam with the following words:“Our youth needs to understand how to respect the environment, to experience her importance and be aware of the consequences of their behavior and actions.Living with water is the one of the important concerns in Rotterdam. We need to teach the next generation to safeguard our cities, to secure a sustainable world and to create a livable and inclusive society. Wetskills is very useful method to reach this.”   Regarding living with water, the City of Rotterdam can...

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For The First Time To Hungary!!

This new edition of Wetskills will take the participants to the beautiful, authentic and water-rich Budapest, proud capital of Hungary. The blue Danube River splits the two city parts Buda and Pest, each with their own style and scenery. The Wetskills Foundation invites Bachelor, Master, PhD students and recent graduates in Hungary, Europe and from over the world to apply for this new Wetskills initiative. The presentations will be aligned to and close cooperation with the Budapest Water Summit (15-16 October). This will be the first Wetskills Water Challenge Hungary and it is the tenth time overall in Europe, after The Netherlands, Romania and United Kingdom. To all who are interested in water challenges in Hungary and staying in the beautiful City of Bupapest, this is your chance! Apply now for this great opportunity to experience Hungary and meet its water challenges! Visit our website for more information and registration. Visit our website for more information and registration. We see you...

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Work in progress

June, 07, 2019, Wetskills Romania 2019 by Virginia-Mălina Voicu The day started at Faculty of Hydrotehnics, UTCB. Last days we were all busy with brainstorming about solutions and ideas. Now every group has come up with a solution for the given case studies. It was the day for the training pitch and poster. We learned what makes a good poster and what should not be on a poster and many other things related to it. Training pitch gives us a clear idea of how to do it in correct way. The rest of the afternoon we worked on our plan of action, which surprisingly turned out amazing. Wetskills was a creator of a new family, made of people from all around the world.😊...

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Wrap-up Future Water Leaders programme at Aquatech-China 2019

During the Aquatech China exhibition in Shanghai, Wetskills with the support of Amsterdam Rai (organiser of Aquatech-China) have organized a pavilion and programme for young water professionals under the brand Future Water Leaders. The programme aimed to address the development of the next generation of water professionals who will become leaders in the water sector.   Between the 3d and 5th of June, the FWL programme attracte recent graduates and young professionals in a series of activities designed specially to help expand their knowledge and network.On Monday, the programme kicked-off with the Wetskills participants and a series of introductions from Annete Bos of Amsterdam Rai, Nic Panekeet from 98 Sparks and the Dutch Wavemakers announced their first Chinese Wavemaker, Paralympic swimmer Jiachao. In the afternoon participants could interact with 3 panelists Olli Hakala (CEWP), Tomi Lukkarinen (HSY) and Libing Song (PureTerra Ventures) over the topic of the skills that today's youth need to...

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BrainHurricane

Hi! This is my blog for 6june by Eddy Secu. "The BrainHurricane Day was a productive day where we linked the first ideas about projects. It all started in the morning at Politehnica University in Bucharest where we received the warmth of specialists in the field. We received real help advice in our projects from both Romanian specialists and foreign specialists with whom we communicated online. It was a friendly atmosphere and the end of the day caught us developing the first ideas of our projects. It's an experience I would repeat because it was a good step in my personal development."...

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Meeting a case owner on site

June 5th, 2019 Wetskills Romania 2019 by Maria Nava Ocampo The day started by getting all ready to have a great typical Romanian breakfast, later on we had a really informative talk with the Major or Nehoiu who provide us information about the situation with the plastics in the river. In addition, he explained how complicated It is to deal with the problems due to the regulations for plastic recovery and the lack of young population since the older population are not taking actions to deal with the problem. The talk did not discourage the team responsible for that case but motivate them to try to find a solution. After the meeting with the major, we head back to Bucharest with beautiful landscapes in the road. Later that night we decided to get together to have some drinks and getting to know each other in a different scenario. ...

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Wettest Wetskills ever?

4th June 2019 by Vlad Pestritu The day started by having breakfast at New Old Village Pub(BIRT). After that, we went at Prim Pass Cabin to suit up for Rafting with they guys from Green Adventure (http://www.greenadventure.ro/). With suiting up being complete, we went at Green Camp base, change in rafting clothes, and went to the drop off on river Basca Mare and got the training in order to start rafting. But right before launching our boats in water a heavy rain started with occasional hail. After the rain stopped, we started rafting. It was an amazing experience, but unfortunately we cut short the rafting due high level of water which made level 3 drop to be a level 5 drop and also tree trunks were passing us by. After that we got in the bus and wait in queue because the road was blocked by the water that was coming from...

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Off we go…..

3 June by Sandra Malagon and Alexandra Turturica After a well-deserved rest from the trip we started our day by visiting the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum in Bucharest. This is a very nice open-air museum which presents the traditional Rumanina village life. Later on we met the rest of the Rumanian colleagues who joined for the bus trip to Nehoui. We embarked on the bus, and one by one felt asleep lulled by the sound of the rain. When we arrived at Nehoiu we stopped at a store to get the necessary supply for a nice evening together. Because the bus could not go to the green camp, we were picked up by 4x4 cars. After we arrived to the camp, we chose our rooms and left the luggage and went afterwards to another great location where we ate what was called "Varza calita cu ciolan si mamaliga”, of course...

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