Wetskills-The Netherlands 2021

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Wetskills-The Netherlands 2021

October 23 - November 5

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Wetskills Challenge again in Amsterdam!

Wetskills will organise the 6th Wetskills Challenge in Amsterdam (and 8th event in The Netherlands), linked to the Amsterdam International Water Week AIWW 2021 at the Aquatech-Amsterdam 2021. The Challenge will start on 23 October, with the finals on 4 November as part of the Future Water Leaders programme at Aquatech and AIWW program.

Teams of students and young water professionals (with a diverse backgrounds, nationalities and experiences) will work on real life water cases in an exciting two-week programme. Their main challenge: to think out-of-the-box and develop innovative, but realistic concepts. All participants will also join the Future Water Leaders program of the AIWW and at the Future Water Leaders pavilion (living room) of the Aquatech.

The teams will their ideas with a two minute pitch, Q&A and a poster on 4 November 2021. The winning team will be awarded by the jury later.

"It has indeed been a fruitful, joyous and amazing time as the 26 participants spend two weeks enjoying each others company, learning,exploring and finding ways to work as a team together and solve six pressured, difficult cases. This has in fact been an experience to remember for each and everyone participant for 2019! (Wetskills Alumni)"

Are you a student or young professional from 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 The Netherlands?  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-The Netherlands 2021 (period: 23 October to 5 November 2021).

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Deadline registration: 1 September 2021

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Application (online) and selection deadline for local and international participants: 1 September 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 button 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 € 425,- (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 students, who do not need accommodation arrangements, is € 50,- (excl. VAT).
  • Participation fee for local Young Professionals, who do not need accommodation arrangements, is € 125,- (excl. VAT).

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 Amsterdam 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 be integral part of the Aquatech-Amsterdam and the Amsterdam International Water Week 2021;
You will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the program.

More information

Interested candidates (local and international) can contact: 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.

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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 The Netherlands. Join us in this great and proven Experience! For more information contact: Johan Oost, johan.oost@wetskills.com.

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October 23
November 5
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Amsterdam, Netherlands


Ronja Sørensen
Johan Oost