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The 2nd edition of the Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge has been launched!
Under the theme Adaptive Solutions for Climate Change the challenge is inviting students and young researchers worldwide with an interest in environmental sustainability and climate adaptation to propose solutions relating to their own local environment. The challenge is open for participation to undergraduate and postgraduate students from all relevant disciplines, including but not limited to environmental science and engineering, water management, urban design and planning, coastal engineering, governance and policy.
The Call for Abstracts is closing on the 17th of October after which selected students will work with the partners to further develop their proposals. A special event for students in Singapore is organised on the 2nd of October at the Aquatic Science Centre. You will receive more details shortly.
As previously, we will take care to maximise visibility for our partners and sponsors throughout the program. Your organisation names and logos are included in all communication materials and featured on the new water challenge website. A brief profile is included in the Call for Entries (attached).
Finally, a special welcome and thank-you to Martin Smouter, Area Manager Asia at Van Oord. Van Oord is the lead industry partner for the challenge this year.
Attached the official Call for Entries. Website: www.hollandwaterchallenge.nl/
Singapore and the Netherlands have enjoyed strong relations for centuries, resulting in successful cooperation in many areas across industry, education, research, culture and government policy. More than anything else, Singapore and the Netherlands share a special relationship with water.
Over many years, both countries built extensive expertise and experience in delta and water technology. Building on their global leadership and honouring the long-standing relationship, Singapore and The Netherlands are proud to the present the annual Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge & Sustainability Award.
The Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge aims to strengthen the relationship between the water sectors of Singapore and the Netherlands by creating a bilateral platform for knowledge exchange and talent development. To this end, the programme is focused on two key deliverables:
I. Sharing Experiences & Successes
Singaporean and Dutch organisations – both public and private – cooperate in many areas of the water sector. While the nature and objectives of their activities are very diverse, they increasingly recognise the importance of sharing expertise and best-practices across the whole water-cycle. The Water Challenge programme creates regular opportunities for parties to meet, establish new business connections and highlight opportunities for cooperation.
II. Attracting & Educating Young Talent
For Singapore and the Netherlands to deal successfully with the many water-related challenges they face in the coming years, there is a critical dependency on young talent. As it is, both countries are confronted with growing shortages of water professionals. Here lies a joint interest of both the public and private sector to invest in talent development. Bringing out the very best the Singaporean and Dutch water sectors have to offer, the Water Challenge seeks to inspire young talent in both countries to take an active part in finding innovative solutions for sustainable water management.
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“Where innovation and knowledge meet water technology, a world of possibility awaits. Both Singapore and the Netherlands are proven leaders in the quest for sustainable economic growth and maximization of human resources, leveraging the promising global water sector. As we continue to explore these vital subjects, there are innumerable opportunities for bilateral cooperation– not only between our two countries, but also between businesses, governments, individuals, and knowledge institutions, on an international scale. Bright, enquiring young minds are invited to accept this challenge to help unlock water’s vast potential.”
– Johannes W.G. Jansing, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Singapore