Wetskills-The Netherlands 2021

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Wetskills-The Netherlands 2021

October 24, 2021 - November 5, 2021

About The Event

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Wetskills Challenge again in Amsterdam!

Wetskills organised 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 started on 24 October, with the Finals & Awarding on 4 November as part of the Future Water Leaders programme at the Aquatech and AIWW program.

During this Wetskills Challenge teams of students and young water professionals (with a diverse backgrounds, nationalities and experiences) worked on real life water cases in an exciting two-week program. Their main challenge: to think out-of-the-box and develop innovative, but realistic concepts.

Although some participants could only join online due to corona, fortunately the Wetskills crew was sure to let all join and participate. The teams presented their ideas with a two minute pitch, Q&A and a poster on 4 November 2021.

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Event Blogs

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    2021 Wetskills The Netherlands By Zintle Pretty Mbeka (South Africa) & Yudi Zhang (China)   Its deadline day today for the Poster and the Paper. I was sitting at home (South Africa) waiting f...

  • Visiting AQUA TECH

    2021 Wetskills Netherlands by Lamya AL Jabri (Oman)   On Monday, the 1st November 2021, we gathered at the hostel to work on our case studies as usual and the weather was colder than yesterday, b...

  • Explorations and Halloween Celebration

    2021 Wetskills Netherlands by Ruqaia AL-Shibli (Sultanate of Oman) and Karabo Mokoena (South Africa)   Like any Sunday, the day started with some relaxation and enjoying the rain. Some participa...

  • From the rollercoaster to the business canvas

    2021 Wetskills Netherlands By Nina Meijer  (Netherlands)   During Wetskills, some days are a rollercoaster of location visits, BrainHurricanes, speeddates and international cooking, while other ...

  • A great discussion

    2021 Wetskills Netherlands by Ruqaia AL-Shibli   On Friday, ( 29 / October/ 2021 ) , all the teams gathered at the courtyard of the hostel to discuss the results of the research of all the team...

  • Work & Travel

    2021 Wetskills Netherlands by Miruna Ilieș (Romania)   Each team started their day by working on their cases. For several hours, everyone worked together to meet their goals. By now, we had gon...

  • Wetskills Diversity

    2021 Wetskills Netherlands by Kawthar AlBalushi (Sultanate of Oman)   I had an exciting day working together with my team digging to find a solution for our case that has been assigned to us. I s...

  • First Beginnings

    2021 Wetskills Netherlands by Giovanni Arah van de Weg   Today was one of the first days of working on our challenges. After team building for the first few days, it was nice to start working on ...

  • Professional Tour

    2021 Wetskills Netherlands by Hayam Rashid Al-Balushi (Oman)   On Monday (25/10/2021), at 9:00 AM, all groups gathered together at the hostel to start the professional tour around Amsterdam with ...

  • Sunny days and the Crazy 88

    2021 Wetskills Netherlands By Karabo Mokoena (South Africa)   The sun welcomed us like a warm hug to Zeemburg, as participants from different cities met and warmed up to the upcoming week of auth...

  • Follow Wetskills-The Netherlands 2021

    After being hit by the global COVID19 pandemic, Wetskills Foundation hosted various virtual and hybrid events while unfortunately postponing some events due to restrictions and increased positive case...


Event Cases

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Case 1: A future-proof water system – How to handle heavy rainfall?

Case owner: Water Authority Drents Overijsselse Delta

Due to a changing climate, The Netherlands is increasingly confronted with heavy rainfalls. Moreover the effects of the heavy rainfalls are quite difficult to predict and can happen around the year. The current water systems cannot always handle the enormous amount of water of such heavy rainfall, which leads to negative effects. In the Netherlands, the water authorities have the task of ensuring a robust water design of the area. New technical and social design principles can improve the current water system to be future-ready. How can Water Authority Drents Overijsselse Delta use the experiences from abroad to create a robust water system to handle heavy rainfalls?

Case 2: How can various Blue Deal partnerships in different countries learn from each other?

Case owner: Blue Deal programme by Dutch Water Authorities

The Blue Deal is a cooperation between the Dutch Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Infrastructure & Water Management and the Dutch Water Authorities to help 20 million people in 2030 with more, better, and safer water. One of the objectives of the Blue Deal Programme in 2022 is to institutionalise learning within the programme. Objective of this learning programme is to exchange experiences and knowledge between partnerships to raise the quality of work in the overall goal of reaching sustainable results. How can the Blue Deal Programme further innovate in, and optimize the institutionalization of learning within the programme based on the lessons learned in different countries?

Case 3: How can Water Credits reduce the global Water Footprint?

Case owner: Water Authority Limburg

Water is more and more considered as a sustainability value assessment by industries and governments. This at a time that local and global water supplies are under increased pressure of climate change and pollution. Therefore we advocate to realize a global standard for Water Credits. A standard similar to the international system of Carbon Credits. In this system the biggest polluters of greenhouse gasses compensate their emissions buying Carbon Credits. The collected money is then used to decline or compensate greenhouse gasses elsewhere. We are looking for a similar model. A model which triggers (big) water user and water polluters to reduce their water footprint or compensate their water footprint elsewhere. How can water credits with specific guidelines lead to an international standard to reduce water use and pollution?

Pitch & Poster

Pitch & Poster

Pitch & Poster

Movies about previous Wetskills editions in the Netherlands

Event Partners

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October 24, 2021
November 5, 2021
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Amsterdam, Netherlands


Marcel Rompelman
Odwa Mtembu
Johan Oost