Talented high school students from all over the Netherlands will present their water innovation research on April 8. The junior scientist will contest for the Dutch representation at the international Stockholm Junior Water Prize, where they can win $15,000 awarded bij Swedish crown princess Victoria. Stockholm Junior Water Prize is a competition for students aged 15 to 20 who have developed research projects that can help solve major water challenges. The Dutch preliminary is organized by Wetsus.
Six teams will present their research at Wetsus to a jury of various experts: Henk Lukken – Technasium school network director, Mariska Rondeltap – senior project technologist at Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland, and Stijn Wiersma – last year’s Dutch winner. They will judge the students on their studies’ relevance, use of the scientific method, and creativity or innovation.
The topics of this year’s candidates run from sensoring in dikes, to growing plants on urine. Like a scale model of Wetsus research, many topics relate to many disciplines. “The diversity in project was as diverse as ever,” says Wetsus project coordinator Marlieke Sietsema, “the choice of delegates was definitely not easy this year – with about 50 possible representatives of the Netherlands.”
“I’m also glad that this event will take place in Stockholm again. It is quite the event with the crown princess Victoria of Sweden and all the events surrounding the presentations. I have good hopes for the candidates this year!”