Wetskills-The Netherlands 2019

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Wetskills-The Netherlands 2019

October 25 - November 7

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Wetskills Water Challenge at AIWW 2019!

Wetskills will organise its international Wetskills Water Challenge in Amsterdam, linked to the Amsterdam International Water Week AIWW 2019.  Teams of students and young professionals from various countries will work on real life water cases in a two-week programme (October 25 – November 7). Their main challenge: to think out-of-the-box and develop innovative, realistic concepts.

The teams will present their ideas with a two minute pitch, Q&A and a poster, during the finals on 5 November (14.45-16.00) as part of the AIWW program. The winning team will be awarded by the jury during the AIWW Closing Ceremony.

25 Participants from 12 different countries have already registered for participation. They will stay and work in both Rotterdam and Amsterdam. All participants will also join the AIWW Future Water Leaders Program.

This will be the 6th Wetskills event in The Netherlands, after previous events in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018. Join this successful formula!

This Wetskills event in The Netherlands will be hosted by Wetskills Foundation and supported by our partners: Amsterdam International Water Week, various case owners and other Dutch watersector organisations that will be visited during the program.

Movies about previous Wetskills editions in the Netherlands

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Registration – The participant team is almost complete, only some last Dutch candidates can still register. Contact us, and register now! (First come, first served)

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Before registration: Terms & Conditions Wetskills-The Netherlands 2019

Previous event: Study cases Wetskills-The Netherlands 2017

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The participant team is almost complete, only some last Dutch candidates can still register. Contact us, and register now! (First come, first served)

Participation fee

The participation fee for local and international participants is € 425,- (excl. 21% VAT). This includes: accommodation in The Netherlands, field trips, social activities, workshops, working locations, supervision, some of the meals and the Finals and Awarding ceremony. The participants are also joining the integrated Future Water Leaders programme of the AIWW. Not included are: international and local travel expenses (plain, train, bus, etc.) and all other daily costs not included in the program fee.

Note: The Wetskills organisation is trying 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 exclusively visit Amsterdam International Water Week as participant of Future Water Leaders Programme of AIWW;
  • You will visit Amsterdam, Rotterdam and surroundings: water-related, natural and cultural sites, and meeting 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.

Study points

Several universities provide Study Points for joining a Wetskills programme. Ask your professor or study manager about the possibilities. Wetskills Foundation cannot give you Study Points, but can only provide assistance.

More information

For more information about this event, contact Ralph Wesseling, ralph.wesseling@wetskills.com or Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com.

Event Cases

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Wetskills is finalizing the program, and is looking for some last Case Owners (companies/organisations) to join this event, formulate their case for one of the teams, and support the Wetskills programme. For more information, read this Leaflet Call for Cases Wetskills-The Netherlands 2019 and/or contact Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com.

Case 1: 

Case owner: Water Authority Hollands Noorderkwartier

information will be provided in a later stage

Case 2: Sustainable water and sanitation services for school children

Case owner: VEI, WaterWorX & Ghana Water Company Limited

Of all schools in low-income countries, only 51% have access to adequate water sources and only 45% has adequate sanitation, according to UNICEF, while WASH facilities and hygiene education in schools contribute to inclusion, dignity and equity. In Ghana, the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) wants to ensure that an additional 19 schools are provided with adequate water and sanitation services. Funds are available, intentions are there; the question is: how can GWCL (in partnership with VEI and the WaterWorx program) ensure sustainable water and sanitation for the school children in their service area?

Case 3: Effective water management in a pressure drain dominated peatland

Case owner: Water Authority Drents Overijsselse Delta

Pressure drains might be an effective solution to mitigate land subsidence in peatlands, as they can increase the ground water table in summer and lower it in winter time, thereby reducing the rate at which peat oxides. At the same time, it implies that the ground water table can be managed at a finer scale than is common at present. Water requirements may rise, the timing of water needs may change, and the farm landscape maybe becomes even more varied. How could water authorities and farmers manage such new water management measures?

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information will be provided in a later stage

Case 5: 

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(Reserve) Case 6: 

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October 25
November 7
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Amsterdam, Netherlands


Ralph Wesseling
Laura Stanescu
Johan Oost