NOTE: The Young AIWW program runs parallel to the Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) and the Aquatech Trade Exhibition, both of which 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 Young AIWW program is FREE as long as you make sure to register for the free Aquatech Trade Exhibition as well before entering the RAI otherwise a fee will be charged at the door. Click here to register for Aquatech today!
Click on the links below to visit the official website of the International Water Week and the Aquatech Trade Exhibition.
Young Water Professional Track
Details for Young AIWW Program
One day before the main AIWW program starts we offer you the chance to meet your fellow Young water professionals. Together with some true Dutchies you will get to know some of Amsterdam’s highlights.
So what would we do on this awesome day in Amsterdam: Stay tuned for more information but we can tell you that there will be tasty food and awesome people! 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 60 euros you are welcome to join us on this once in a life time experience of Amsterdam. Start your time at AIWW with a new group of international friends, and join us on the introduction day!
Date: Sunday 29 September 2017
Cost: 50 Euros
Registration: End of September
During the official opening of the Young AIWW, we will be introducing the events for the week as well as our volunteer team. Our Ambassador will share her experience over the last 2 years as Ambassador. There will also be and inspirational round table of young professionals from various companies (Wetskills, Water Youth Network, Deltares, Plastic Whale, Susteq, etc) and from different stages in their careers. This is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow young water professionals!
Please see below a detailed description of the various activities for Day 1
Young AIWW Advisory for Students and Lunch
This is your chance to meet other young professionals and share your expertise with students through peer-to-peer learning. The Young professionals will be divided by skills (eg. engineering, communications, geography etc.). Lunch will be provided to those who participate.
Resilient Cities and Utilities
For the past several months, a group of multidisciplinary group consisting of Young Professionals (YEP-ers) from Myanmar and The Netherlands, students of TU Delft, Myanmar Maritime University and Yangon Technological University and Dutch alumni working and living in Myanmar have been working on an interesting case on water related challenges of the city of Yangon, in Myanmar. During the AIWW conference they will present their recommendations and suggestions in presence of a representative of the city government of Yangon (YCDC-Yangon City Development Council). In dialogue with the audience, they will organize an open discussion with YWP’s about their results and the process of working in a foreign country and how to contribute to real issues in co-creation between local and international young experts.
Come join to participate!
Accelerator Think Tank
In a 1 hour discussion lead by the visual strategy consultant INK Strategy, a policy maker, a scientist a start-up and you the audience, will try to form an answer/strategy/concept about questions such as ‘Is water a governmental problem or should civilians also participate?’. ‘How can start-ups contribute in solving water problems? ‘
The place to be at the end of the day to mingle with your fellow water friends, meet other water professionals and enjoy our famous dutch beers and ‘bitterballs’. Coming after work? Based on our three different daythemes there will also be a supershort but awesome inspirational program for you every day!
Please see below a detailed description of the various activities for Day 2
Pop-Up Escape Room – All Day
Throughout the day there will be a pop-up escape room that you can experience related to water. Grab some friends and make your way over there for a unique experience!
Climate Change, Migration and Me (by IHP – HWRP Committee)
During the Climate Change, Migration & Me programm you are the Judge in the final event of a 3 month ‘running’challenge. The programm start with a speech on a project facilitated (to be determined) by the WYN (Water Youth Network) and end with speech about the Water4Virungas project, a 14 million dollar project on water & conflict management around VNP in Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.
The X partipicants of the challenge have worked on cases of 10 different organisations. Cases give answers to questons like: What is the influence of ICT and social media on migration patterns? What are the drought policies in your country; how does the average civilian cope with it? How aware are European citizens of the effects of climate change on their water availability or flooding chances? Or add your own case. We invite students & young professionals from all around the globe, between 18 and 30 years old, with all possible backgrounds, to join!
Speaker to be determined
More information to come…..
The place to be at the end of the day to mingle with your fellow water friends, meet other water professionals, take part in some networking activities and enjoy our famous dutch beers and ‘bitterballs’. Coming after work? Based on our three different daythemes there will also be a supershort but awesome inspirational program for you every day!
Please see below a detailed description of the various activities for Day 3
Working on the future. That’s what working in the water sector is all about. Your future and that of your environment. Water is an important theme on the national and international agendas. Think of issues as clean drinking water, drought or floods. The coming years, the Dutch Water sector will need an increasing number of well-educated water professionals. With the right skills, knowledge and a broad perspective. Can you meet the challenges of tomorrow?
During the program of the career event there will be professionals who can help you take your next step towards a successful career in the water sector. First there will be a debate about the labor market and it’s challenges. Then you can join pitches and meet & greets with professionals from different parts of the water sector. After that you can participate in several workshops about personal development.
PLEASE NOTE: You must register for the career event, please go to our registration page for more information!
Sandwich Creative Session (by Van Hall Larenstein Students)
Do you as a YWP have ideas on ways to get more citizen based knowledge, data and protection of the Dutch coastline? Do you as a YWP want to help children and students develop critical thinking skills and – where relevant – apply them? During a creative session you’re contributing to the implementation of Sandwatch in the Netherlands.
Sandwatch is a UN voluntary educational program through which school students and community members learn and work together to scientifically monitor their beach environments, so as to critically evaluate beach problems and conflicts.
During the creative group session the students will provide more insight in the Sandwatch project and present the results of their analysis. The YWP attendees are then invited to share ideas and possibilities for engaging the identified Dutch stakeholders, tackle analyzed problems and develop new ideas to implement Sandwatch along the Dutch coastline. The YWP’s valuable knowledge and network can help to introduce the global Sandwatch network in the Netherlands.
Other Events going on during AIWW organized by Young AIWW
High Level Panel on Water
During the AIWW, the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) will contribute through their Valuing on Water Initiative. The focus will be on actions, after principles on how to value water have been determined earlier.
We Young Water Professionals (YWPs) are involved through the online consultation on the principles and actions and during the AIWW we will present our ideas on how to implement the actions to the HLWP! On our online consultation page, YWPs can input their ideas on how the principles should be implemented. Eventually, we want to gather these ideas and in the form of a challenge or case study develop one or several of the generated ideas into a more concrete proposal, which will then subsequently be presented during the AIWW.
In collaboration with the Hogeschool of Rotterdam we organize a student challenge. About 60 students will crack their heads on solving X cases in small groups of X people. The theme for the day is ‘Water resilience in urban areas’. In the morning they will do a site-visit, where they get the opportunity to brainstorm. During lunch the students get the possibility to meet with the YWP who participated in the Chasing Water Dreams programm in the morning.
After lunch they will elaborate on the cases.
In groups of 15-20 people you will get a guided tour to the stands at the Aquatech of your specific theme of interest. The can choose from Water management and resilience, smart cities, circular economy and break-trough innovation.
In groups of 15-20 people you will get a guided tour from X to the stands at the Aquatech of your specific theme of interest. The can choose from Water management and resilience, smart cities, circular economy and break-trough innovation.