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Wetskills-China 2019

May 30 – June 12

The first Wetskills Water Challenge ever was organized in China during the WorldExpo 2010 in Shanghai and last year Wetskills had a successful event in China again. Guess where we aimed to go this year as well… China!! The Wetskills Foundation invites Bachelor, Master, PhD students and recent graduates to apply for the Wetskills Water Challenge programme in Hangzhou and Shanghai. This edition of Wetskills will take the participants to the nice city of Hangzhou with the beautiful XiHu (West Lake). This event will be organized in close cooperation with the largest water event worldwide: Aquatech China in Shanghai (3-5 June) and the organisation is still planning a great final event in Shanghai or Hangzhou. So Wetskills will also stay in booming Shanghai!


To all who are interested in water challenges and the ancient heritage of Hangzhou and the booming Shanghai: this is your chance! Apply now for this great opportunity to experience China and its water!

We are looking for local and international students and Young Professionals, who are passionate about water and excited to work in mixed teams for transdisciplinary water solutions. Apply for Wetskills China 2018 (period: 29 May 2018 – 11 June 2018, to be confirmed).

We are looking for you!


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Application Deadline

The first deadline is 1 March 2019. (Afterwards every two weeks a selection will be done till the programme is full)

Register now


Participation costs for international participants or local participants without accommodation in Hangzhou and Shanghai are 395 euros or equivalent in Chinese yuan (excl. 21% VAT). The fee includes accommodation, programme costs, supervision, some social activities, field trips, working locations, presentations by experts and the awarding event at the Aquatech Shanghai exhibition & congress. It does not include transport, some meals, other daily costs. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses (like plane tickets and some local travel), meals during working days and other personal costs.

The fee for participants from China, who do not need accommodation, are 80 euros or equivalent in Chinese yuan, including the above arrangements, except for the accommodation in Hangzhou.

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.).

More information

For more information about this event, contact Johan Oost (johan.oost@wetskills.com) or Ioana Dobrescu (ioana.dobrescu@wetskills.com).

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Case 1: Waste Free School Shanghai

Case owner: Dutch Wavemakers

The Discovery Bay International School in Hong Kong started implementing a program for plastic free breaks. This inspired the Dutch Wavemakers to adopt a similar model in the Netherlands and to spread it all over the world. For Shanghai, the goals is to design and implement a program for Plastic Free Schools before the Winter Olympics in 2022. Pilot locations and ambassadors are already selected. Working with a local school, how can the model from Hong Kong and the Netherlands be adapted to create the first Plastic Free School in Shanghai?


Case 2: Synergies between climate mitigation and climate adaptation in the port of Rotterdam

Case owner: Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe

Rotterdam has an ambitious climate action programme, which aims to realise a climate neutral port in 2050. However, climate adaptation is a concern as well; climate hazards like sea level rise, droughts, extreme rainfall and heat waves may affect port functioning, and make our mitigation measures less effective. Therefore, we are looking for synergies between climate mitigation and adaptation. What measures can Rotterdam take to reach our climate goals and increase climate resilience at the same time?

Wetskills China
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