Wetskills-The Netherlands 2018

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Wetskills-The Netherlands 2018

September 15 - September 27

About The Event

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Culture meets Water: Join us in Leeuwarden, European Capital of Culture, The Netherlands!!

In 2018, Leeuwarden – Friesland is Europe’s Cultural Capital. During this entire year, the city is organizing various artistic events and cultural projects, with the theme open community. At the same time, Leeuwarden is also the United Nations Innovating City for water technology and will be Connecting Global Water Tech Hubs during the European Water Technology Week (EWTW 2018), from the 24 to the 27 of September.

Wetskills Foundation and partners will organize the fifth Wetskills Water Challenge in The Netherlands. For the first time, this event is organized in the beautiful and monumental City of Leeuwarden, the capital of the Frisian Province. And, moreover, this year Leeuwarden celebrates being the Capital of Culture in Europe. Water and Culture meet: and you can become part of this!

The Wetskills Foundation invites Bachelor, Master, PhD students and recent graduates in The Netherlands and from over the world to apply for this great Wetskills Water Challenge programme in the northern part of the Netherlands. The presentations will be aligned to and in close cooperation with the European Water Technology Week on 26 September 2018. Our hosts from Leeuwarden: WaterAlliance, WaterCampus and Wetsus invited Wetskills and its participants to join this event and to present the great ideas to a large public event. 

To all who are interested in large range of water challenges of and water solutions from The Netherlands and the cultural heritage of Leeuwarden: this is your chance! We are looking for local and international students and Young Professionals, who are passionate about water and excited to work in mixed teams for transdisciplinary water solutions. Register on this website now!

Application Deadline

Deadline for application and selection: 11 July 2018.


Participation costs for international participants or local participants with accommodation in Leeuwarden are 425 euros. The fee includes accommodation (in Leeuwarden and outside Leeuwarden during the field trips), program costs, supervision, some social activities, field trips, working locations, presentations by experts and the final and awarding event at the European Water Technology Week. It does not include transport, some meals, other daily costs. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses (like plane tickets and some local travel), meals during working days and other personal costs.

Note: The fee for participants from the Netherlands who do not need accommodation, are 150 euros, including the above arrangements (without accommodation in Leeuwarden).

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!

  • 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 Leeuwarden during its nomination as European Cultural Capital, water-related sites and meet water professionals;
  • You will learn, network and experience more about the Dutch, European and global water hubs, the main stakeholders and organizations, contemporary issues and current business opportunities;
  • You will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the program.

More information

For more information about participating in this event, contact Ioana Dobrescu (ioana.dobrescu@wetskills.com) or Peter de Jong (peter.dejong@wetskills.com). For other information contact Johan Oost (johan.oost@wetskills.com).

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The Wetskills organization is looking for Case Owners; companies, knowledge institutes and organisations that formulate their case and support this Wetskills programme and formulate a case. Visit the archive of Wetskills-South Korea for an impression of the event results. For more information, read this Leaflet Call for Cases Wetskills-The Netherlands 2018 and contact Johan Oost (johan.oost@wetskills.com).

Case 1: 

Case owner: Province of Fryslân

information will be provided in a later stage

Case 2: 

Case owner: Waternet & Province of Fryslân

information will be provided in a later stage

Case 3: 

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information will be provided in a later stage.

Case 4: 

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Case 5: 

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September 15
September 27
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Ioana Dobrescu
Peter de Jong
Johan Oost
Marcel Rompelman


Oostergoweg 7
Leeuwarden, Fryslân 8911 MA Netherlands