Our slogan for 2015 will be ‘a little less conversation and more action’, since we believe it is good to talk about a better future but even better to act now! It is our common future, so we believe we have to show the road ahead. For that reason, the whole week of the Young Water Professionals will be dedicated to enable you to show your visions and solutions for a sustainable future!

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


Preliminary Young Water Professional Program – Amsterdam International Water Week 2015

  Final Program  
  • Introduction Day

    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.

    We will kick off the AIWW in Amsterdam for the public in the Rainproof Rave. Don’t miss out: The Rainproof RAVE will transform the stone heart of Amsterdam into a green oasis. A spectacular pop-up park on Dam square, with trees 4 meters high. RAVE with us for a green, rainproof city! For more info: visit the Facebook page, watch the video and check out the website!

  • Wetskills


    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 third time! We are looking for water students and Young Professionals from all over the world: Apply for Wetskills – The Netherlands 2015 (24 Oct – 6 Nov 2015) before July 1st, 2015! Spread the word! Check out, the flyer of the preliminary programme, click here for more information and the application form! Early bird rate if you apply before May 22nd.
    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.
  • Student Challenge

    Similar to the previous two 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.

  • Water Movie Challenge


     What is the biggest sanitation challenge in your neighborhood?

    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 neighborhood? 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 was October 23rd

    For more information open the flyer.

    The 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. Find below the winning movie of the AIWW 2013 made by Ravina Binol from Jakarta and the movie by Aron Tsai from Taiwan.

    Winner 2013

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    Video by our South east Asia ambassador Aron Tsai from Taiwan

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  • Career Event


    The Career event will take place Tuesday 3rd 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 Tuesday the 3rd of November in Amsterdam!

    The Career Event is co-organised by KNW and Nationaal Watertraineeship.
    Attend the Facebook event and invite your classmates/colleagues 


    10.00-10.15: Coffee

    10.15-11.00: “Opening”
    Labor market update combined with a House of Commons debate

    11.00-11.15: Coffee break

    11.15-12.00: Pitches + Meet & Greet
    Representative of each field will pitch for about 1-2 minutes about his/her job. After the pitches participants have the opportunity to informally talk to the professionals at several standing tables

    The fields are:
    1. Hydrology
    2. Ecology
    3. Physical Geography
    4. Civil Engineering
    5. Drinkwater
    6. Management
    7. Academia
    8. Waste water
    9. Industrial water

    12.00-12.30: Mini lecture on how to network + explanation of the career route

    12.30-13.30: Lunch/CV-check/career route

    13.30-14.45: Workshop round 1:
    Option 1: How to work internationally?
    Option 2: Traineeship in an hour

    14.45-15.00: Coffee break

    15.00-16.15: Workshop round 2:
    Option 1: Personal branding
    Option 2: Job application training

    16.15-17.00: Career route/CV-check

    17.00: Drinks

  • Innovation in Sanitation Workshop

    In 2015, still 2.5 billion people (one-third of the world’s population) lack access to improved sanitation, as well as the release of untreated human excreta into the environment poses a serious threat to human and ecosystem health. The challenges in the sanitation sector are diverse from raising political commitments, to mobilizing financial resources, developing appropriate and sustainable technologies, changing people’s behavior or building capacities and skills. We believe that sanitation needs to be higher on the global agenda and that young professionals can play a key role in addressing all those challenges.

    The objective of this session is to raise awareness about the potentials of sanitation and of youth engagement for addressing current sanitation global challenges. Following the motto of the Young IWW “a little less conversation a little more action” in this session we will explore innovative young experiences and successful cases of youth engagement in the sanitation sub-sector. The session seeks to be an interactive and participatory platform to bring together young and senior experts to foster the dialogue and collaborative interaction between them.

    The workshop is organised by Young professionals in collaboration with the Water Youth Network as part of the general programme of the AIWW congress, and is thus open for Young (minded) professionals of all ages! The workshop will be held Tuesday afternoon.

  • Young Business Drink

    What do you, as a young water professional, have to offer the market? Are you looking for inspiring new contacts? Demand and supply will be matched during the Young Business Drink at the Amsterdam International Water Week 2015. Come and visit the Holland Pavilion at the Aquatech. The 5th of November is your opportunity to get to know the young water professionals of today. Visit the Holland Pavilion from 17:00 till 19:00 expand your network, accelerate your ideas and start new collaborations!

    Free entry & drinks!

    Thurday 5th November @ RAI Amsterdam 17:00 - 19:00h
    Attend the Facebook event and invite your colleagues!
    Please make sure you register your visit for the Aquatech Trade Exhibition and access to the Holland Pavilion. Free of charge until 3 November (!).

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