Events

Last day – the day of pitches and tears

Wetskills Kerala 2019 - By Xiaoxuan Zhao and Csilla Bekker - On the last day of the Wetskills program we had to give our pitches at the Conference on Maritime and Water Development held in Kochi. As we were staying in Fort Kochi we needed to arrange transport to the Hyatt Hotel in Kochi where this event was held. Fortunately we could hire a small boat that directly took us to the venue, starting the day with a boat trip in our smart dresses. Great fun!   We arrived just on time and at the back door of this fancy place, so it felt a bit like sneaking in. Once already there we had our first real coffees of these two weeks and could join the opening ceremony.  After some interesting morning sessions we were provided with an extended buffet lunch, which we all really appreciated.  Some of the pitchers had a last...

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Last day Calicut, chalo, chalo with the results!

Wetskills Kerala 2019 - by Twan Smitskamp and Febin Jacob   Time is flying when you’re having fun. Today was the last day of working on the project aswell as spending our time in Calicut. Luckily for us we got this morning a very nice typical Kerala breakfast with just enough for everyone;).   With our full bellies we started the day to finalize the poster, papers and of course the pitch! Because of our perfect time management during the project we were all quite relaxed and did’t feel that much of pressure. Some of us wrote in the reports while others practised their pitch in front of team members or just on their own. Around one o’clock we got enlighted by another tasty lunch with some nice Chapathi’s (typical India flat bread), chicken and veg curry topped with a pappadam. After lunch the most groups were almost finished and satisfied with their progress. Only...

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Waste Water Works

Wetskills Hungary 2019 - by Bogi - Today we visited the Budapest Central Wastewater Treatment Plant in Csepel Island with WETSKILLS team. We had an amazing guide with Enikő Szabolcsi, who drives us on all the water’s way from the entrance of the treatment plant till the very end of the process.  They are monitoring water 24 hours a day so can handle even the tiny change in ammonia level for example. We see, smell and feel how to be a part in this huge system. We got know that the treatment plan capable to create it’s own energy with biogas and with an “Archimedes nail” water power plant....

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Professor Bica (Romania): from feeling resistant towards Wetskills to becoming a fan

Ioan Bica, is professor in Hydraulics at Technical University of Civil Engineering, of Bucharest Romania. When he heard for the first time about the Wetskills concept, he felt a small resistance, thinking that two weeks are not enough for a such project. However: during the first Wetskills Water Challenged in Romania in 2013, he changed his mind. In 2017 he was involved for the third time in a Romanian Wetskills Challenge. ‘This multicultural collaboration is important for students, for universities, for companies and for our joint future.’   Getting to know Wetskills Professor Bica: ‘When Wetskills came to Bucharest in 2013, I coordinated the students of Romanian Universities. On the first day of my first Wetskills Challenge, I was an expert during the Brain Hurricane. The mixed Dutch-Romanian teams with different educational backgrounds consulted me to gather relevant information for their cases. Based on this information they could developed their solutions.’   Positive surprise Professor...

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