On the 14 November, the 10th Delta Congress took place in Goes, Zeeland. For the second year in a row, Wetskills was involved in organizing a programme for young water professionals, under the already well known tag Future Water Leaders.

Besides a joint pavilion with partners Dutch Wavemakers, National Water Traineeship, and Jeugdwaterschap, Wetskills organized an interactive programme all throughout the day. The pavilion itself attracted a lot of attention via the Question and Answers wall advertising internships, thesis topics and job openings for starters.

Though the Delta Congress is a Dutch event that concerns the national delta planning, a lot of international students and young professionals are interested to participate and learn more. This is why Waterschaptalent Trainee and former Wetskills participant Koos Bok opened the day with a short English presentation of the Delta Plan and the history of the Delta Commission for the young international participants.

Students, young professionals and senior experts were brought together in a so called ‘speed date’ session where in less than 10 minutes the young participants could network and learn from the expertise of the senior participants. This type of facilitated networking is highly appreciated on both sides as it provides not only a structured setting to meet each other but also fresh perspectives.

Delta commissioner Peter Glas also met with the young participants and expressed his view on the importance of having youth involved in these type of events. The Delta Commissioner will also spend a day of his work schedule with the young winner of the Delta Quiz, Hessel from Van Hall Larenstein

The delta quiz was the closing activity of the day and engaged about 30 participants eager to find the answers to questions such as “How much water does it take to produce a cotton t-shirt” or “By how much is the sea level rising each year over the past ten years”? Do you know the answer? Join us for our next events to find out facts like these and much more!

 

More information: Ioana Dobrescu (ioana.dobrescu@wetskills.com)

Johan Oost

Managing Director Wetskills Foundation