Japan wins Stockholm Junior Water Prize

The Award Ceremony of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) 2020 took place on August 25.
This is an international water prize for High School students with innovative ideas about water technology and water management. This year 29 countries participated. Nikki van Haasteren and Elise Hornstra were the representatives of the Netherlands, with their project ‘Biomimicry: Filtering water by imitating life’.

Normally all the countries would present their work to an international jury in Sweden, but due to the Covid measures the event had to be online. The judges selected a top ten from which they chose the winners.
This year also a new award was introduced: the Public Choice Award. Unfortunately the Netherlands did not win either of the prizes: the Public Choice Award went to Bangladesh, the Diploma of Excellence to U.S.A. and Japan won the Stockholm Junior Water Prize and 15.000 dollar. Nonetheless we are very proud of Nikki and Elise!

Online editie Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Waar normaal de Stockholm Junior Water Prize bestaat uit een week vol presentaties, excursies en natuurlijk de Award Ceremony, vond dit jaar een online editie plaats. Nikki van Haasteren (20) en Elise Hornstra (19) mochten dit jaar Nederland vertegenwoordigen tijdens deze internationale werkstukken wedstrijd voor waterinnovatie.

Afkijken van de natuur

Nikki en Elise, winnaars van de Dutch Junior Water Prize, hebben in hun project gekeken naar Biomimetica: de natuur als inspiratiebron gebruiken voor nieuwe technische oplossingen. Ze hebben dit toegepast op het filteren van water en kwamen tot de conclusie dat een combinatie van wetlands, filtersysteem in de nieren en filtratie door sedimentatie het beste werkt.

Top tien

Nu de Stockholm Junior Water Prize online moest plaatsvinden, werden jury presentaties met alle 29 deelnemende landen ingewikkeld. Daarom koos de organisatie ervoor een top 10 te selecteren, die hun projecten mochten presenteren aan de jury. Nederland werd helaas niet geselecteerd, maar maakte nog wel kans op twee andere prijzen: Diploma of Excellence en de Public Choice Award. Deze laatste prijs was nieuw geïntroduceerd dit jaar.

Award Ceremony

De Award Ceremony vond dinsdag 25 augustus, online, plaats. De vlaggenparade, de opening van de Award Ceremony waarbij elke deelnemer met de vlag van het desbetreffende land zwaait, kwam ook in de online editie terug. Bangladesh won de Public Choice Award, U.S.A. ging er met het Diploma of Excellence vandoor. Kroonprinses Victoria van Zweden mocht de hoofdprijs van 15.000 dollar uitreiken aan het winnende team van Japan. Hiroki Matsuhashi en Takuma Miyaki hebben in hun project gekeken naar Ta-Ta-Ki: een traditioneel Japanse manier om grond te verstevigen, zodat regenwater niet wegspoelt, maar goed opgenomen kan worden in de grond.

Dutch Junior Water Prize

Ook volgend jaar zal er weer een nieuwe editie van de Dutch Junior Water Prize plaatsvinden. Dit is een werkstukken wedstrijd voor het beste idee op gebied van waterinnovatie. Tevens is dit de voorronde voor de internationale finale in Stockholm. De finale vindt volgend jaar plaats op 9 april 2021, inschrijven kan uiterlijk 28 februari 2021 via De Dutch Junior Water Prize wordt georganiseerd door Wetsus.

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