Wetskills-Hungary 2019

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Wetskills-Hungary 2019

October 5, 2019 - October 16, 2019

About The Event

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First Wetskills Event in Hungary!

Wetskills Foundation was organizing the Water Challenge for the first time in Budapest, Hungary. It was be the tenth time overall in Europe, after previous events in Romania, United Kingdom and The Netherlands.

This edition of Wetskills started on 5 October, and were organized in and around to the beautiful city of Budapest with the Danube River. During the 2-weeks program the participants were working in international, multidisciplinary teams on real-life water cases. The finals and presentations were aligned to the Budapest Water Summit (15-17 October).

‘Preventing water crises is the most important and topical ethical, social, economic and political commandment of our time.’

The Budapest Water Summit 2019, under the motto ‘Preventing Water Crises’ aimed to promote solutions that tackle the problems of the emerging water crises we have to face, building around the issues of abundant, scarce and polluted water. Moreover, the Summit provided a platform for political decision-makers, researchers and representatives of the economic and finance sectors to discuss the challenges and find solutions on how to achieve a water-secure world.

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Wetskills participants get a unique learning experience, tackling real-world water challenges with their own team, and also:
♦ Increase their skills in: international cooperation; problem solving, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary teamwork, networking and presenting (pitch & poster);
♦ Get the opportunity to connect with other international water students/young professionals;
♦ Visit Budapest, Danube river and surroundings: water-related, natural and cultural sites and meet water professionals;
♦ Learn, network and experience more about the international and regional water challenges, the main stakeholders and organisations, contemporary issues and current business opportunities;
♦ Receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the program.

For more information on this event, contact: Marcel Rompelman (Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences) at marcel.rompelman@wetskills.com, Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com or Vince Bakos (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, President of HWA YWPs) at vbakos@mail.bme.hu

Event Cases

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Case 1: Drought Resilience for Agriculture – Inspiration Guide for wetlands and irrigation restoration

Case owner: Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences – Lectorate Management of Forested Landscapes

Hungary and The Netherlands are water-rich countries with a long-standing history of combatting floods and keeping feet dry. However, both countries are becoming more vulnerable to droughts. The Great Hungarian Plain is facing severe drought challenges and especially agriculture is under pressure. An ‘Inspiration Guide’ should showcase innovative and economic attractive methods of agriculture and technical solutions for wetland and irrigation restauration, and generate more awareness among all stakeholders. How could such an Inspiration Guide contribute to innovative Integrated Water Resource Management Plans, taking into account drought and climate change?

Final Poster

Case 2: Communicating the Value of Water for Next Generations

Case owner: Dutch Wavemakers

Water is all around us, most of it unnoticed to our everyday life. Behind the scenes of the water streaming from the tap, the river carrying its ships, and the rainwater disappearing into the sewage, there is an active network of water managers to ensure clean, sufficient and safe water. Raising awareness about our most precious resource is the first step in ensuring its availability for future generations. Hungary as one of the members of the UN High Level Water Panel would like to contribute to improving the Value of Water. How can we improve communication the ‘Value of Water’ by involving the next generation and inter-connecting generations in Hungary?

Case 3: Dreaming the Water Resource and Recovery Facility of 2030

Case owner: Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Both water scarcity and resource limitations are great challenges of the 21st century. Innovations focusing only on treating wastewater and producing high quality drinking water cost-effectively are not enough any more for really ‘sustainable’ water management. Paradigm shift is necessary to transform “wastewater” to “used-water” which may be useful for further use and valorisation, as well as “wastewater treatment” to “water and resource recovery”. This case addresses the design of a future Water Resource and Recovery Facility (WRRF) involving as many important aspects of sustainable water and resource management as possible, i.e. industry, agriculture-irrigation, public transport, smart urban solutions, sludge management, risk assessment (e.g., micropollutants, antibiotic resistance, etc.). How could you imagine an efficient WRRF for 2030?

Final Poster

Event Blogs

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  • Final day of preparation

    Wetskills Hungary 2019 – by Balázs Day of final preparation. This day, all 3 groups still had some time to finish their cases. Posters, pitches and memos...

  • Rise and shine! The adventures of Gödöllő await… 

    Wetskills Hungary 2019 – by Linda Maseti Alarm bells rang at 05:30. We rised but I’m not so sure if I can say I shined. It was 07:48 and the streets wer...

  • The Brain Hurricane

    Wetskills Hungary 2019 – by Ramón Kreka The day of the Brain Hurricane has just come. We met early in the morning in front of the beautiful main building...

  • The third day of Wetskills – Visit WWTP

    Wetskills Hungary 2019 – by Evelin Németh After a really eventful weekend we was going to Csepel Island where located the Waste Water Treatment Plant fro...

  • 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 ...

  • Our 2nd day – Pest to Buda Hunting

    Wetskills Hungary 2019 – by Van Dao Have you ever fallen in love with a city at first sight? If you haven’t, go to Budapest. If you’ve ever be...

  • The Wicked Wetskills Weblog

    Wetskills Hungary 2019 – By Berend – The Wicked Wetskills Weblog: 5 october afternoon And crazy it was! We split up in three groups -the groups that...


Event Partners

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Van Hall Larenstein


October 5, 2019
October 16, 2019
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Szt. Gellért tér 4
Budapest, 1111 Hungary
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Marcel Rompelman
Johan Oost
Laura Stanescu
Vince Bakos