Wetskills-Japan 2021

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Wetskills-Japan 2021

July 12 - July 25

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Note: This Wetskills event has been postponed to 12 – 25 July 2021. Please read 2021 instead of 2021 till we finalised the preparations for this date change,

Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo – time for a new Wetskills initiative: Olympic Wetskills-Japan 2020.  This new edition of Wetskills Water Challenge, the first one in Japan, is planned for 13-26 July 2020, with the same blueprint as the successful Olympic Wetskills edition in South Korea (2018). The final presentations will be organised in the TeamNL Tokyo Centre on 25 July, the first day of the Olympic Games.

Are you a student or young professional from Japan, The Netherlands, East Asia region, Europe or other parts of the world, and do you want to make a difference in the water sector? Would you like to experience working in an international team and experiencing the culture of Japan? Do you want to work on challenging water-energy-food issues and get to present your ideas in the TeamNL Tokyo Centre at the first day of the Olympics (25 July) for a high-level audience? Then this is your chance! Wetskills Foundation is organising a first (and new Olympic) Wetskills edition in Japan!

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 unique event and apply for Wetskills-Japan 2020 (period: 13-26 July 2020).

This Wetskills event will be dedicated to the Central theme: ‘Water-Energy-Food Nexus’, which is the theme of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. This is the main focus of the WorldExpo Dubai 2020, where Wetskills Foundation will be present as well. All cases will be aligned to this theme and also include topics outside the water domain.

The 2020 central theme of Wetskills Events, celebrating 10 years of Wetskills:

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Extended Deadlines for registration:

International participants: 22 March 2020

Local participants: 22 April 2020

The already registered candidates are taken into consideration and will be contacted. After this deadline you can still apply if positions are left. (First come, first served) for the preparations.

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(Extended) Registration

Application (online) and first selection deadline for international participants: 22 March 2020.

Application (online) and first selection deadline for local participants in Japan: 22 April 2020.

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 Japan, region, The Netherlands 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 € 495,- (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 € 95,-.

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 exclusively visit the Wetskills finals and awarding at the TeamNL Tokyo Center on 25 July;
♦ You will visit Tokyo 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 and international) can contact: Michiel de Koning, michiel.de.koning@wetskills.com and Johan Oost, johan.oost@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 Japan. Join us in this unique Olympic Experience! Find more information in Leaflet Case Owners Wetskills-Japan 2020 and contact Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com.

Case 1: Virtual Water Flows: water dependencies of Japan

Case owner: Water Footprint Implementation & Sophia University

More information will be provided in a later stage.

Case 2: Land & water planning for evacuation during emergency situations

Case owner: Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier

More information will be provided in a later stage.

Case 3: Sustainable Water Use in Greenhouses 

Case owner: Westland Municipality (TBC)

More information will be provided in a later stage.

Case 4: Winning case of Water & Energy labs

Case owner: Nippon Foundation & Dutch Wavemakers

During the Expo in the TeamNL Tokyo Centre (June 2020) Dutch Wavemakers & Nippon Foundation will organise Water & Energy labs for scholars of Secondary schools in Japan. The scholars are challenged to think of new ideas and make 2D prints of it. The best idea will become the input for one of the Wetskills teams.

Case 5:

Case owner:

More information will be provided in a later stage.

(Optional) Case 6: 

Case owner:

More information will be provided in a later stage.

Event Partners

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July 12
July 25
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Sophia University
7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo, 102-8554 Japan


Floor van der Heijden
Michiel de Koning
Jeryang Park
Johan Oost