Wetskills Water Challenges

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Agreement third Wetskills in Bucharest

Last week Johan Oost visited Bucharest to sign the agreement to organise the third Wetskills Water Challenge in Romania. The partners Politehnica University of Bucharest, Technical University for Civil Engineering of Bucharest and Romanian Water Association are delighted to organise the next Wetskills edition in Romania. This partnership is in close cooperation with the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest. Wetskills Foundation and both universities also discussed other opportunities for cooperation, like WetsNext opportunities. The next Wetskills-Romania is from 4 to 18 May 2017 and the finals will be held during the ExpoApa. The partners organised the first edition in 2013 (see: LINK ), resulting in an enthusiastic next edition in 2015 and thus 2017. To come in the mood, see the 2013 movie. Are you interested to join this event as participant? We are looking for Bachelor (final year), Master and PhD students as well as Fresh graduates: Sign up for the great Wetskills edition on our...

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Feasibility of illUVia concept in South Africa (WetsNext)

by Jessica de Koning (Master student University of Utrecht, WetsNext illUVia project)   [note: This WetsNext illUVia project is a follow-up of a Wetskills-South Africa 2016 case. One of the participants (Jessica) came up with a plan to do a feasibility study together with the case owner Berson UV, a local entrepreneur Blue Nickel and Wetskills Foundation.]   Yesterday, I officially started my internship at Blue Nickel, where Jeremy Tucker, my supervisor and main partner for the project works. The guys at the office in Centurion (near Pretoria) gave me a warm welcome. I am the only girl in the office, and (besides Jeremy) the only one who is working on a water and sanitation project like ours. The others work on process control, mostly for mines, which is what Blue Nickel is specialized in.   Yesterday, Jeremy and I discussed how we are going to proceed the following weeks. As priorities, we identified 1) further research concerning the features of...

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Data collection in Ahmedabad (WetsNext)

by Martien Aartsen (Master student University of Utrecht, WetsNext Ahmedabad project) In hindsight, I couldn’t imagine being able to see so many features of the country as I did in the relatively short period I stayed in India. I was able to speak to many kind government officials across different departments. I spoke to ambitious and concerned NGOs, and I spoke to involved academics. I was even able to join a water walk, organised by ‘concerned’ citizens. During this water walk, we were guided along important water features of Ahmedabad like the the Vasna Barrage, a Wastewater Treatment Plant, and a place where treated wastewater is discharged into the river. Next to my research related activities, I was also able to do some sightseeing and experience the local Diwali celebrations. Now, back in the Netherlands, it’s time to finish transcribing interviews and gathering the last bits of required data. After that, I’m finally...

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Minister Schultz van Haegen awards winning team in Iran

Tehran-Iran, Minister of Environment and Infrastructure of Kingdom of The Netherlands, Ms. Schultz van Haegen announced and awarded the winning team of Wetskills-Iran. The Wetskills jury found that returning a flamingo to Lake Urmia to raise awareness on all kinds of levels in society (from primary schools to farmers to municipalities) was the idea worth awarding.The awards were given at the trade dinner for the Dutch mission to Iran headed by Ms. Schultz van Haegen. Following two weeks of hard work, cooperation and fun, the fice Wetskills teams presented their pitches and posters of this Wetskills Water Challenge in Iran on Sunday 24th October. The ideas pitched were vastly ranging from technical solutions to give more time in adapting lifestyle for Rafsajan pistachio farmers to integrating sensor technology to create awareness by installing a large flamingo in Lake Urmia, reacting to water level, to entice inhabitants to a race to fill...

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