Wetskills-Hungary 2021

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Wetskills-Hungary 2021

August 22 - September 3

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Join the second Wetskills Event in Hungary!

Wetskills Foundation will organize the Water Challenge for the second time in Budapest, Hungary. This event’s theme is Liveable Rivers in a Green Economy. It will be part of the Wetskills Europe Tour with three events on a row: Hungary, Denmark and Romania.

This edition of Wetskills will start on 22 August 2021, and is in and around to the beautiful city of Budapest along the Danube River. During the 2-weeks program the participants were working in international, multidisciplinary teams on real-life water cases. The finals and awarding will be an hybrid workshop with livestream on 2 September. (Note: due to corona virus, this event is postponed. See the new dates.)

Prior to this event Wetskills Foundation and partners for Hungary will organise a workshop at the Ökoindustria Conference & Exhibition on 30 April afternoon. The central theme will be the same, pitches of ideas of previous Wetskills events will be presented in a vibrant and interactive workshop, focus on an intergenerational dialogue.

Are you a student or young professional from Hungary, Europe or other parts of the world, and do you want to make a difference in the water & sustainability sector? Would you like to experience working in an international team and experiencing the culture of Hungary?  Do you want to work on challenging water-energy-food issues and get to present your ideas? Then this is your chance!

Wetskills Foundation is inviting students (Bachelor (final year), Master and PhD) and Young Professionals from universities and organisations worldwide with a passion for Water-Energy-Food, to join this great experience. Apply for Wetskills-Hungary 2021 (period: 22 August to 3 September 2021).

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Deadline: 30 June 2021

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Application (online) and selection deadline for local and international participants: 30 June 2021.

After this deadline, every week a selection of the new applications will be made untill the program is full. (First Come, First Served)

Who can apply?

Any Young Professional (up to 5 years of working experience) and student (last year Bachelor, Master or PhD) from Hungary, Europe and other countries worldwide,  with a passion for water-energy-food and intercultural teamwork.

How can I apply?

Prepare a motivation letter and resume, click the botton on the right, fill out the online application form and submit it.

Selection criteria

The Wetskills organization will make a final selection among applications received, based on quality of motivation & resume. The organisation will also consider a good diversity of the whole group (incl. backgrounds, local/international, gender balance, etc.).


  • Participation fee for international participants is € 275,- (excl. VAT). This participation fee includes accommodation, teambuilding activities, some lunches & dinners, field trips, workshop, supervision, trainings and working venues. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses (plane tickets, local travel, etcetera), meals during working days and other personal costs.
  • Participation fee for local applicants, who do not need accommodation arrangements, is € 50,-.

Note: During past editions participants often successfully arranged financial compensation for their Wetskills participation from their university or employer. We therefore strongly encourage applicants to inquire about funding opportunities to compensate the costs (university mobility funds, travel allowance etc.).

Joining this Wetskills Event – What do you get?

A unique learning experience where you will tackle real-life water challenges with your own team!

  • You will increase your skills in: international cooperation; problem solving, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary teamwork, networking and presenting (pitch & poster);
  • You will get the opportunity to connect with other international water students/young professionals;
  • You will visit Budapest and surroundings: water-related, natural and cultural sites, and meetings with water experts;
  • You will learn, network and experience more about international and regional water challenges, the main stakeholders and organisations, contemporary issues and current business opportunities;
  • You will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the program.

More information

  • Interested candidates (local) can contact: Eszter Nagy (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungarian YWPs), eszter.nagy@wetskills.com
  • Interested candidates (international) can contact: Marcel Rompelman (Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences), marcel.rompelman@wetskills.com
  • Organisations interested to submit a case and/or join as partner can contact: Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com.

Event Cases

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Wetskills Foundation and partners would like to welcome businesses, governments, knowledge institutes and/or NGOs to formulate one of the Challenges and support the Wetskills programme in Hungary. Join us in this unique Olympic Experience! Find more information in Announcement for Participants Wetskills-Hungary 2021 and contact Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com.

Case 1:

Case owner: City of Zwolle

information in a later stage.

Case 2: COVID-19 – Changing our lifestyle, changing our quality of water?

Case owner: Budapest Water Works

The COVID-19 is an ongoing global pandemic that has changed the world. Preventing the spread of the virus so to say ‘flattening the curve´ led to shutting down the countries and the economy. People were forced to stay in quarantines and working from home became the new norm. It has not only changed our lifestyle but has changed our water consumption habits. Thus, water supply may also be affected by the impacts of the virus. The systems were designed based on local water demands and closing large institutes like industrial parks and universities altered significantly the spatial distribution of water consumption. Consequently, residence time that is the amount of time water spends in the distribution system became longer at certain points of the network. This may lead to the deterioration of water quality. What new challenges do operators face and how can they handle this challenge?

Case 3: 

Case owner:

information in a later stage.

(Reserve) Case 4: Virtual Water flows between Romania and Hungary

Case owner: Water Footprint Implementation

Is it possible to use water on places when you are not present at that moment? Yes, it is! A virtual water flow is embedded water in products that are produced (with water use during the production process) at location A and consumed (with the embedded water in that product) at location B. Import and export mean a flow of virtual water as well. The Water Footprint, the method that determines the freshwater use in production processes, is an excellent tool to provide insights in the virtual water flows between continents, countries and/or river basins. How can we use the virtual water flow between Romania and Hungary for improving the sustainable freshwater use in both countries?

This case is first part of the CaseBooster programme, where the virtual water flows between the countries will be determined. With the provided information a practical case will be set up for Wetskills in Hungary or in Romania. So, detailed information will be provided in a later stage.

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August 22
September 3
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Szt. Gellért tér 4
Budapest, 1111 Hungary


Marcel Rompelman
Laura Varga
Eszter Nagy
Johan Oost