Last week Wetskills wrapped up its fourth event in Romania at the new Flood Proof Romania testing facility. As one of the initiators Wetskills Foundation was invited by Romanian partners to align this Wetskills event to this unique event (read more). As chair of jury, Michiel van Haersma Buma (former CEO Water Authority Delfland and chair of advisory board Brigaid project) congratulated the international team that came up with an innovative way of reducing plastics in the touristic area of Nehoiu in the Carpathians and to stimulate tourism in this region (see poster).
The winning international and transdisciplinary team existed of: Romanian participants Theodor Diga (University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine), Alexandra Turturica (University Politehnica of Bucharest) and Eduard Secu (Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest), Sjoerd van der Meulen (HAN University of Applied Sciences) from The Netherlands and Sandra Malagón (Waterschapsbedrijf Limburg) from Colombia.
The finals were organised at the Brigaid Conference in Bucharest a day earlier. The audience from governments, academia and private sector listened carefully to the three pitches provided by the teams.
Watch the compilation movie about the Wetskills experience.
The fourth Wetskills Water Challenge in Romania started on 3 June with an exclusive field trip to Nehoiu municipality. After teambuilding activities, exchanging cultures, getting to know each other, the working activities started with the Brain Hurricane on 6 June. Ongoing the participants worked for 7 days in Bucherest. This fourth event was organized together with the local host Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharestand partners as: Embassy of The Kingdom of The Netherlands, University Politehnica of Bucharest, University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Romanian Water Association, Apele Romane, Top Sector Water and case owners: Dutch Water Authorities / Blue Deal, VPdelta and Nehoiu municipality with Green Adventures.
Wetskills Foundation aims to integrate future water leaders in the current water sector worldwide to create out-of-the-box ideas and networks. Since 2010, more than 700 students and young professionals from about 150 international universities and organizations have participated in one of the almost 40 Wetskills Water Challenges held in: Asia (China, South Korea, Taiwan, Kyrgyzstan, The Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh and India), North Africa & Middle East (Israel, Oman, Morocco, Iran and Egypt), Sub-Saharan Africa (South Africa & Mozambique), Europe (United Kingdom, Romania & the Netherlands), North America (United States & Canada) and Latin America (Colombia).
Pictures about the finals at the Brigaid Conference, UTCB, Bucharest