September 2021

From Brainstorm to Brain fried

Romania – 15 Sept 2021 – Wetskills Challenge day 5 By Hugo Beekelaar (Wageningen University)   Today, Loes finally got her baggage, which was lost the first day. So, that was already a great start of the day. In the morning we started to finish our plan of actions. However, during this process we started brainstorming again about our case study. Our case study is related to improve the waste separation and to help the city of Zwolle to become the fourth Circular City of the Netherlands before 2050.   During the brainstorm we realised that we still needed to finish the plan of action. So, together we took the focus to work on the plan of action and within no time we made a plan of action. Otherwise Frank and Floor would not have time to read and provide us with feedback. Besides that, we got to know the Business model Canvas. This model...

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Wine, Water & Papanaşi

Romania - 13 Sept 2021 - Wetskills Challenge day 3 By Mariëlle van Es (Wageningen University)   Today was our second day of the small field trip to the country side. Riding around in a bus and seeing some parts of the Romanian landscape was a lot of fun. We also got to know the group a lot better so after this trip we’re ready to start the team work. After breakfast, with as usual way too much but delicious food, it was time to visit a vineyard. The vineyard is part of USMAV and besides making wine they are doing research on wine making and grape cultivation. We learned a lot about wine making and we ate the sweetest grapes ever. It was very nice that they were processing some grapes at that moment and we were able to see how they separate the grapes from the stem and prepare it for the wine...

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NOROC! To new friends and lost luggage!

Romania - 11 Sept 2021 - Wetskills Challenge day 1 By Loes Heemskerk (Wetsus Academy)   With a fresh mind and suitcase full of ideas I went on my way to the sunny Bucharest, Romania, for the 50th edition of the Wetskills challenge. At the baggage claim I already met one of the colleagues and the supervisors. Simultaneously, I met my first challenge, my luggage had not arrived in Bucharest. Not a highlight of the day, but it did give me the opportunity to bond a little with my first colleague as we were travelling to the university campus and marvelled at the soviet-classic-modern fusion architecture that was happening outside the car window.   In front of the accommodation building the whole group was gathered and I got a glimpse of the people I would be spending the most of the coming 10 days with. No time to get to know them yet though, we...

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50th Wetskills event: join finals in Romania

Block your agenda and join the 50th finals of a Wetskills Challenge: 22 September 2021 with start: 14.00 / 13.00 CET. This will become an hybrid event with an in-person pretense in Bucharest and an online coverage.   Next Saturday Wetskills will start in Bucharest, Romania with 14 local and international participants. They will work in mixed teams on 3 challenges provided by WBA Siret and Blue Deal programme by Dutch Water Authorities, City of Zwolle and Water Footprint Implementation.   If you are interested to join this event in Bucharest (at the Campus of the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest) or watch it online, please write an email to Floor van der Heijden (floor.van.der.heijden)....

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Wetskills in Copenhagen: an exciting experience!

Zooming (not zoom-ing), as physical live or 'in-person' bees in a room. Not the zoom-ing before a screen and meetings online using ZOOM. This is the main phrase to capture 26 August 2021, the day of the Finals & Awarding of Wetskills-Denmark 2021. Wetskills, Aalborg University (in Copenhagen) and Young Water Professionals from Denmark organized a larger full-day programme with inspiring keynote speeches from Danish and Dutch experts followed by a vibrant panel discussion on climate adaptation and water in urban areas. In the afternoon, the audience needed to come in an action mode during the intergenerational dialogue for Climate Adaptation in Urban Areas. Afterwards the participants took a boat tour through the Copenhagen harbor, ending near the Residence of the Netherlands Ambassador in Denmark.   The Netherlands Ambassador invited the Wetskills participants, supervisors, partners, and guests from the Dutch and Danish water sector to meet for the announcement of the winning...

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GO for Wetskills-Romania (and last call for participants)!

Are you a motivated, enthusiast Student, PhD or Young Water Professional willing to travel and looking for a real-life, international event? Are you in favor of a kick-start or katalysator of you carreer? Do you want to have an unforgettable experience in about 2 weeks, make friends for life and built your professional network? Then join us to Buacherst and Bazau region where we will have a team building (with visits to Peles Castle. Paltinu Dam, Mud volcanoes natural reserve and Buzau Water Company with one-night stay at a vineyard)! Registration is still open  for last candidates. Be quick and register! More information, contact Frank Tibben, frank.tibben@wetskills.com. Wetskills Foundation and partners will organize the Wetskills Challenge for the fifth time in Bucharest, Romania. This Wetskills edition in Romania will be hosted by the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest. Wetskills Foundation partner with other Romanian academia Politehnica University of Bucharest and Technical University...

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