August 2019

A day in a community lounge at KIST

Wetskills South Korea 2019 -  by Qayyum Adil (Seoul National University) Today, I woke up with a thought in my mind that who are going to be my teammates and on what case I will be working on for the coming days. It all started at 9:00 am in the community lounge of the Korean institute of the science and technology. Everyone was very excited after the first day of the program. They were very interested in knowing the groups and the team members. So after the morning greetings with the supervisors, teams of 5 cases with 4 members in each were announced. The first session was for brainstorming, groups worked on understanding the cases and on the possible questions that they will be asking the experts in the later session (Brainhurricane). At the end of this first session, our group decided to go to a nice restaurant few blocks away from the community...

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Welcome to Wetskills Mexico 2019

Wetskills Mexico 2019 - by Arturo Zavala Guzmán (UNAM) and Quirine van der Meer (WDOD) -   Today was our first day of Wetskills Mexico. After an informal meeting with some of the participants yesterday today was all about getting to know each other and learn about the cases.   We started this day at the Universidad Panamericana where we got on a bus. The bus took us to the site where we would meet one of the case owners: Instituto Mexicano de Tecnología del Agua, IMTA. The bus drive to IMTA of 2 hours gave us the opportunity to meet all the participants and learn more about the cases.   At IMTA we met the director who told us more about what IMTA does and what the challenges are for an organisation like IMTA. What inspired me the most for this Wetskills challenge was his comment saying that the technology and knowledge are there (so...

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A group of very different people in a city with very similar apartment buildings

Wetskills South Korea 2019 -  by Wenne van der Horst (Utrecht University)  Today was the first official day of the Wetskills program in Korea. We were asked to assemble at subway station Sangwolgok. After taking the wrong exit out of the subway station and getting lost, I was the last one to join the group. Together we walked to the KIST campus, our establishment for the next 8 days. To get to know each other we each had to choose a picture from a pile that best represented ourselves. Then one by one we had to explain our choice. It was nice to see everybody chose a picture for different reasons. After an early and some strange snacks (after getting over my initial confusion, I actually really liked the cheese-lemon cracker) we boarded a very luxurious bus to Sihwa Tidal Power Plant.  We got a very informative presentation from a nice man, whose...

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Let’s get started..

Wetskills South Korea 2019 -  by Sanne de Smet (Delft University of Technology) -  Well I thought that writing a blog would be the perfect activity to kill some time during my lay-over in Beijing.. but I couldn’t have be more wrong. It’s about midnight now in Amsterdam and after a flight of more than 8 hours I’m pretty exhausted. Luckily, my excitement for Wetskills got me through this. I spend most of the time on the flight either sleeping, watching movies or thinking about which cases I wanted to do and doing so it made me even more enthusiastic. Now, a little sleep-deprived, I will try to formulate why I wanted to join Wetskills and what my expectations are for the South Korean adventure. When I first heard about the Wetskills program (little bit more than half a year ago), I decided I wanted to attend one of their program-weeks. Not...

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“Why did you join Wetskills and what are your expactions?”

Wetskills South Korea 2019 -  by Dami Kim (Hongik University) -  First of all, I thought that this Wetskills program would be a great opportunity to expand the scope of my thinking. And I expected that I could creatively develop my scientific thinking by interacting with people from abroad. I thought this interaction would be very helpful for the “Out Of Box” thinking method. These reasons may be seem so obvious but they are the most clear and simple reasons that I apply for this program. To be more specific, I wanted to improve my communication skills working as a team. It would be very special experience for me to create something and interchange my thoughts and experience with a variety of nationalities. Actually, I was a little afraid about a language barrier and was worried about myself. Although I decided to have courage and dare it to my face. I’m very...

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Celebrate the  first EJWP group with us! Join our Braai-BBQ!!

Since June this year we started with our first group of the European Junior Water Programme (www.juniorwaterprogramme.eu). In the week of 9-13 September these young professionals from various European countries are visiting the Netherlands. To celebrate this we organize a unique Meet & Greet Braai-BBQ with young professionals from the Dutch Sector. We have space for a maximum of 50 people at the Braai-BBQ. So if you want to be there as well? Mail us at info@juniorwaterprogramme.eu! We register people till we reach the maximum of 50, so be quick! What: Braai-BBQ Who: young professionals living in The Netherlands (Wetskills Alumni and from NWT) and EJWP-1  Date: 12 September 2019 Time: 17.30-21.00 Location: Lange Voorhout 90, The Hague Register: info@juniorwaterprogramme.eu (including dietary wishes) Be there!...

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