September 2020

Excursions, excursions, excursions

Wetskills Netherlands 2020- by Ron Wolthuis   [caption id="attachment_57736" align="alignright" width="300"] Afsluitdijk Visitors Centre[/caption] The second day of the event was all about the excursion. First by bus to the Afsluitdijk to see how the IJsselmeer is separated from the Wadden Sea by a dam of 32 kilometres. This 32 kilometres of basalt blocks, earth and gravel were made largely by hand in the beginning of the last century, quite impressive. In the exhibition of the information centre you can get acquainted with the history of the mudflats and the IJsselmeer in an interactive way. You will learn why the Afsluitdijk was made, what it is made of and how the dyke can be used for Blue energy and tourism in the region. You learn in a playful way what the Afsluitdijk is all about. [caption id="attachment_57735" align="alignleft" width="300"] WWTP Leeuwarden[/caption] The second stop was at a water treatment plant. One of the largest in the...

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Don’t call me Crazy…

Wetskills Netherlands 2020- by Daan Berkouwer, Van Hall Larenstein   [caption id="attachment_57727" align="alignleft" width="225"] Walk on water[/caption] My first Wetskills event started this morning at 0700, packing stuff and on the road with the speedbike because there are no trains running between Gouda and Woerden. A beautiful drive towards Utrecht Central, through the polder landscape with the rising sun, the fog and the awakening cows. A first experience with a mouth mask on the train to Zwolle, after that i continue by bike to Meppel, again no trains. The final part from Meppel towards Leeuwarden by train and I arrived in the prison (Alibi Hostel) for the next 10 days. [caption id="attachment_57728" align="alignright" width="300"] Eat a lemon[/caption] After an introductory round of our supervisors (Johan, Marcel and Charly), everyone looked up a photo and told a story about it, introduce themself and their expectations of the event. A varied group of young people; women, men, coming...

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Arrival day-a supervisor’s perspective

Wetskills Netherlands 2020- by Charlie Casey-Haden, Program Supervisor, Wetskills   [caption id="attachment_57716" align="alignleft" width="150"] Follow the arrows[/caption] It’s Sunday, it’s 10:30 in the morning and I’m in the McDonalds carpark in Hoorn awaiting my chauffeur for the trip to Leeuwarden. This time last year I had just returned from Wetskills South Korea as a participant, and it was a brilliant, memorable experience. So much so that I wanted to be part of Wetskills again, only this time I am a program supervisor. This is my first Wetskills event as a supervisor and I am excited for the adventure ahead. Oh, and I should add that my chauffeur is the one and only, Johan Oost, manager of Wetskills! I’d like to be able say that I enjoyed the views on route to Friesland, however, this journey was anything but a sit back and relax affair! From the get go Johan and I were in organising mode,...

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Wetskills continues (partly) online on 22 September

Write down in your agenda: September 22 in the afternoon. This afternoon is dedicated to the finals of Wetskills-The Netherlands 2020 in Leeuwarden. In addition, Wetskills online is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the focus on the added value for Partners of the program in past years. The program will be broadcasted in the Wetsus’ auditorium, where a maximum of 40 people will be present live.   Next Sunday, the 45th Wetskills event will start in Leeuwarden, the seventh edition in The Netherlands. It will be the first Wetskills event after the global outbreak of the corona virus. 12 Young Professionals and students will work in mixed teams on water issues raised by three organizations, the case owners.   The Programme Towards A Rich Wadden Sea (PRW) challenges one of the teams to come up with a projection of sustainable mobility across the Wadden Sea. The Province of Fryslân would like to entice the...

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Cases for Wetskills-NL2020

The cases of Wetskills-the Netherlands have been finalized. Case owners Programme Towards A Rich Wadden Sea (PRW), Wetterskip Fryslân and Province of Fryslân provided great, diverse and challenging cases for the teams. Read the cases here: Overview of study cases Wetskills-The Netherlands 2020...

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