Wetskills-Romania 2019

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Wetskills-Romania 2019

June 3 - June 14

About The Event

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Wetskills goes for the fourth time to Romania!

Romania has it all! A vary diverse water system, and thus water challenges and solutions. Varying from high mountains up to the largest Delta of the European Union: Danube Delta. The Danube river has its longest stretch in Romania which provides much transboundary interaction and Romania has smaller rivers. As relatively new member of the European Union, Romania needs to comply to many directives as Water Framework Directive and Flood Directive. Many developments on water and wastewater in large urban areas, but also remote rural villages It has a large experience of dealing and suffering from floods, both flash floods, as well as inundation by rivers/sea. Energy & water, but also irrigation: Romania has many dams and irrigation systems. And the country itself is inspiring and various: From the booming big Bucharest with its historic buildings and churches, immens large People’s Parliament and the Old City with bars, pubs as heart of the City to idillic smaller cities and villages in epic Transylvania and more low and dry Wallachia (border to Bulgaria) and the Europe’s largest bioreserve Danube Delta.

Time for a new Wetskills event, the fourth one! This event is aligned to the Official Opening of the Flood Proof Romania Polder (in Facau, 40 minutes southwest of Bucharest), a look-a-like testing facility as the Flood Proof Holland in Delft (read more). The event’s theme is about ‘testing and implementing smart water management innovations. The final presentations will be organized at the Brigaid Conference (13 June 2019 )and the winning team will be announced during the Opening of the Flood Proof Romania Polder.

The Wetskills Foundation and its partners invites Bachelor (final stage), Master, PhD students and recent graduates to apply for the Wetskills Water Challenge programme in Bucharest – Romania. We are looking for students and Young Professionals from universities and organisations from Europe and abroad with a passion for water

Apply for Wetskills-Romania 2019 (period: 3-14 June)

This fourth Wetskills edition in Romania will be hosted by Technical University for Civil Engineering in Bucharest, Politehnica University of Bucharest, partnered by Apele Romane, Brigaid (H2020) project, Romanian Water Association, Agriculture University of Bucharest and Embassy of The Kingdom of The Netherlands.

Images of the construction site of the Flood proof Polder Romania

Practical information

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Registration deadlines

Extended deadline: 10 April 2019

Afterwards every week till the programme is full.

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(Extended) Deadline for registration: 10 April 2019

(After the first deadline, every week Wetskills Foundation will select the last candidates on a first come first serve basis.)

Participation fees

  • Local participants with accommodation in Bucharest: participation fee of 50 euros.
  • International participants and local participants needing accommodation in Bucharest participation fee of € 275,- (excl. 21% VAT in NL).

The programme fee includes: field trips, social activities, workshops, working locations, supervision, some of the meals and the Finals and Awarding ceremony. The participant fee excludes the international and local travel (plain, train, bus, etc.) and all other daily costs not included in the program fee.

Note: The Wetskills organisation is striving to find possibilities to keep the costs to the participants at a minimum. 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.).

What do you get?

A unique learning experience where you will tackle real-world 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 Bucharest and surroundings: water-related, natural and cultural sites and meet water professionals;
  • You will learn, network and experience more about the 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.


Study points

Several universities provide Studie Points to joining a Wetskills programme. It differs per institute how you can apply for this (sometimes with an extra assignment or as part of an internship) and how much points you will get. Ask your professor or study manager about the possibilities. Wetskills Foundation cannot provide Study Points itself, but can only provide assistance.

More information.

For more information about this event, contact Laura Stanescu (laura.stanescu@wetskills.com) and Johan Oost (johan.oost@wetskills.com).

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Event Cases

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The Wetskills organization of the edition is looking for Case Owners, companies/organisations that formulate their case and support the Wetskills programme.

For more information, see Leaflet Call for Cases Wetskills-Romania 2019 and contact Johan Oost (johan.oost@wetskills.com) or for local companies/organisations in Romania: Laura Stanescu (laura.stanescu@wetskills.com).

Case 1: Blue Deal drought Craiova Plain Romania inception

Case owner: BlueDeal – Dutch Water Authorities

More information about the concrete case description will follow.

The Blue Deal programme offers long-term collaboration with regional and national governments in finding and developing solutions to improve water management. The Blue Deal programme focuses on providing support, creating opportunities for people and businesses, and the exchange of knowledge and experience in water management and water governance with other countries.

Case 2: Flash-Bag: temporary embankment for flash floods

Case owner: Flash-Bag Consortium (Pagan & H2Oost)

The Flash-Bag is an innovative prototype for a temporary embankment retaining flash floods. This technique has been developed during previous Wetskills activities in Romania. The next step is to create a testing at the newly constructed Flood Proof Romania testing facility in Facau. Easy said, but not so easily done!! The Flash-Bag has the potency to become an interesting product for public and/or private clients, but still the conditions, characteristics, maintenance and use need to be investigated. How can the Flash-Bag become a tested and certified product and how can it be implemented in the Romanian context?

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June 3
June 14
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Marcel Rompelman
Laura Stanescu
Johan Oost


Technical University for Civil Engineering in Bucharest
Bulevardul Lacul Tei 124
Bucharest, 020396 Romania
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