Wetskills-The Netherlands (Leeuwarden) 2020

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Wetskills-The Netherlands (Leeuwarden) 2020

September 12 - September 24

About The Event

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Join us again in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands!!

(Note: Wetskills Foundation is aware of the coronavirus and the potential consequences for this event. Till the authorities and/or the situation request us to postpone, we will focus on the dates: 12-24 September. Otherwise this event will postponed to another period, later this year or 2021.)

Wetskills Foundation and partners will organize the seventh Wetskills Water Challenge in The Netherlands. For the second time, this event is organized in the beautiful and monumental City of Leeuwarden, the capital of the Frisian Province in the northern part of The Netherlands! The finals will be organised during the European Water Technology Week (EWTW 2020), from the 21 to the 24 of September.

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. The presentations will be aligned to and in close cooperation with the European Water Technology Week on 23 and 24 September 2020. Our hosts for this event in Leeuwarden: WaterAlliance, WaterCampus and Wetsus invited Wetskills Foundation and its participants to organise this event and to present the great ideas to a large public event at the EWTW 2020.

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

Movie programme Wetskills-The Netherlands 2018 (in Leeuwarden)


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Registration deadline

The first deadline (local and international applicants) is: 8 June 2020.

If there are spots left after the final deadline, we will make a selection every week of new applicants until 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 The Netherlands, Europe and other countries worldwide, with a passion for water, sustainability and intercultural teamwork.

How can I apply?

Prepare a motivation letter and resume, click the botton 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 applicants (with accommodation in Leeuwarden) is 125 Euro (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 exclusively visit the Wetskills finals and awarding at the European Water Technology Week;
♦ You will visit Leeuwarden 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 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) and/or Elske Möring (elske.moring@wetskills.com)

Wetskills in Leeuwarden (2018)

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Event Cases

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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 general Leaflet Wetskills – case owners (spring 2020) and contact Johan Oost (johan.oost@wetskills.com).

Case 1: Sustainable transport in the Wadden Sea as world heritage site

Case owner: Programma Naar Een Rijke Waddenzee (and Rijkswaterstaat)

The Wadden Sea is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2009. This natural resource in the northern part of The Netherlands and neighbouring countries Germany and Denmark  is the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats in the world. Sustainable transportation in this shallow tidal system is inevitable to create and keep a sustainable economy and a resilient ecology in the Wadden Sea Based on an inventory to worldwide examples, ‘Rijke Waddenzee’ would like to have inspiring example(s) which is applicable in the Wadden Sea area.

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Event Partners

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September 12
September 24
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Elske Möring
Marcel Rompelman
Johan Oost


Oostergoweg 7
Leeuwarden, Fryslân 8911 MA Netherlands