NOTE: The event consists of the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) and the Aquatech Trade Exhibition, both are held in the Amsterdam RAI. This location facilitates the conferences of the AIWW and the Auqatech Trade Exhibition. We, as Young Water Professional programme have a pavilion located at the Aquatech. The Student Challenge and the Career Event will be held there. It is as well a place to meet your fellow Young Water Professionals, relax and have a beer during our daily happy hours from 16h.

Registration for the Aquatech Trade Exhibition is for free but make sure to register before entering the RAI otherwise a fee will be charged at the door. In case you register for the AIWW Young Water Professional programme you are automatically registrated for the Aquatech Trade Exhibition!

Click on the links below to visit the official website of the International Water Week and the Aquatech Trade Exhibition.

International Water Week Amsterdam                  Aquatech Trade Exhibition

Young Water Professional Track

Student Track

One day before the main AIWW program starts we offer you the possibility to meet your fellow Young water professionals. Together with some true Dutchies you will get to know Amsterdams highlights. What would a trip to Amsterdam be without a canaltour and a visit to one of the most well-known beer breweries of the Netherlands?

So what would we do on this awesome day in Amsterdam: visit the canals, eat some true Dutch pancakes and visit a beer brewery. Of course in the evening we can’t miss out on Amsterdams famous bar culture. We will fit in some relevant water issues during the day to prepare you for the week to come. For only 50 euros you are welcome to join us on this once in a life time experience of Amsterdam. The introduction day is the start of a week full of in depth conversations as well as a lot of fun and good times. Start your AIWW time with a new group of international friends, and join us on the introduction day!

Click here to find the flyer of the introduction day.

Are you a student or young professional with a passion for water? Would you like to team up with international peers to work on challenging water issues and get to present your ideas to a high-profile audience at the Amsterdam International Water Week? This is your chance! Wetskills is part of the AIWW for the fourth time! We are looking for water students and Young Professionals from all over the world.

Together with participants from all over the world you will work in multidisciplinary teams of 4-5 people. The aim is to develop innovative concepts and solutions for study cases provided by the water sector. Cases are linked to themes within the Delta, Industrial or Utility Leaders Fora of the International Water Week in Amsterdam. Groups compete for their place in the finals during The Battle on behalf of their respective Fora. An expert jury will select the ultimate winner at The Grand Finale.

The Challenge is a two-week pressure cooker. We will start with a team-building trip of 2-3 days in order to meet each other. This includes field trips to water-related and cultural sites. An intensive period will follow focused on working on the assigned case study. Experts on the cases will guide you during the weeks (starting with the Brain Hurricane) and facilitate your team in finding your own innovative concept. During the second week you can visit Aquatech Exhibition, join the International Water Week including the Young Water Professional Programme.

Because Wetskills is celebrating its first jubilee this year, the Challenge will be concluded with a Big Jubilee Party with Wetskills alumni and supervisors.

Who can apply? Any student or Young Professional (0-5 years of working experience) with a passion for water and inter-cultural teamwork. The participant needs to be able to speak and write in English.

Similar to the previous three editions the Student Challenge will part of the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) Youth Program. Supervised by experts students are challenged to find innovative and smart solutions for present-day problems in the urban water management and drinking water sector. Collaboration and a multidisciplinary attitude will be key skills during the two day event. In addition, participants of the Student Challenge get familiar with the water sector, can discover what the sector offers them and extent their professional network.

What is the biggest sanitation challenge in your neighbourhood?

Are you a creative student or a young professional? Do you want to show the world your ideas about how to tackle the biggest sanitation challenge in your neighbourhood? This is your moment! Explore, interview, be creative and show us your local story in a movie not exceeding 3 minutes. The award for the best movie is €1000,-  

Final day for your submission is October 1st

For more information open the flyerThe Water Movie Challenge has been organized twice before during the AIWW in 2011 and 2013. Watch the video’s on the Water Movie Challenge channel on youtube.

The Career event will take place Thursday 2nd of November and will be a full day of valuable workshops, presentations and tips & tricks for students and young water professionals to increase your chances on the labour market. You will get the possibility to meet professionals in the water sector, get to know your fellow young water professionals and work on your professional network. Coffee and networking drinks are included, but everyone should bring their own lunch. No fee is charged but to participate in this event it is mandatory to register by sending an e-mail to: Please refer to ‘career event’ and indicate your age and current occupation (in case you are a student indicate which program and university). Note: Full = full. We are looking forward to meet you Thursday the 2nd of November in Amsterdam!

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