3 - 5 June 2019

Young Water Professionals Programme 2018

You are water and water is the future!

Explore the water world, get inspired by real cases, innovation and experienced professionals of all ages! The Young Water Professionals Programme is focused on including young water professionals, especially those under the 35 years of age. Join us and connect with like-minded people at the Young Water Professionals Pavilion, stand 7.1H861, during Aquatech China 2018. 


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31 May until 2 June 2018


National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai)
South entrance, No.168 East Yinggang Rd.
Qingpu District, Shanghai
P.R. China


Register for Aquatech China 2018 is free of charge.



31st May 2018

10:30 - 11:00 Wetskills Water Challenge in China: Finals & Awarding
Location: South Entrance
Mixed teams of Chinese and international Young Professionals and students pitch out-of-the-box solutions
for water challenges formulated by the water industry. A jury will decide the wining team, based on creativity,
practicality, business model and social-economical impact. This is the last session of the two-week Wetskills programme
with 20 participants that started in Hangzhou on 20 May.
13:30 - 15:00 Opening Ceremony
We will kick off the program with inspiring stories and introduce the YWP program. Our Keynote speaker will be Dr. Xiao Lin,
General Manager, of Cycle Columbus.
15:15 - 16:30 Water sector innovation & short video interviews
Learn about innovation in the water sector, a journey of the professionals and let's explore together insights of the young generation.
Amongst the speakers: Mr. Johan Oost (Managing Director Wetskills Foundation).
16:30 Wrap up

1st June 2018

10:30 - 12:00 Water Innovation Roundtable

Round table with water professionals - experts and entrepreneurs discussing the role of innovation in water sector
Panel discussion with innovators and water experts from all over the world. Amongst the speakers Ioana Dobrescu (Romania)
and Peter Jansen (Waternet Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 - 15:00 Water quiz and social media challenge
15:00 - 17:00 Wetskills round tables
17:00 Wrap up

2nd June 2018

10:00 - 11:30 Young Water Professionals Programme wrap up

Wetskills water challenges Aquatech China 2018

The Wetskills Water Challenge is a two-week pressure-cooker programme for students and young professionals with a passion for water from all over the world. They meet in Shanghai and work in transdisciplinary and transcultural teams at waterrelated topics. The main challenge: develop as a team your own innovative and out-of-the-box solution for water challenges in a changing world. This year’s challenges are:


Detention Basin in Coastal Plain Areas in Zhejiang Province

Case owner: Zhejiang Institute of Hydraulics and Estuary

The coastal plain areas in Zhejiang Province is prone to typhoon storm surge disasters and waterlogging disasters due to the backwater effect of high tide level during torrential rain periods. It is envisaged to build a detention basin in coastal plain areas, which connects with open seas under normal conditions. When a strong rainfall is predicted and there is low tide level at open seas, the sluice gate is closed to keep a low water level in the detention basin so that floods can be discharged into the detention basin when the strong rain comes, minimizing the waterlogging possibility. At the same time, the detention basin would form a buffer zone to enhance the capability against typhoon storm surges.


(Pour) water versus soil energy


Case owner: Westland Municipality

In a greenhouse horticulture municipality, such as Westland Municipality , both energy management and the availability of good irrigation water are essential for production of the crops. The subsurface is a source and buffer that are interesting and used for both renewable energy (with cold-heat storage) and irrigation water. But this leads to a conflict between both due to the limited capacity in aquifers. How can we use the existing aquifere capacity for both renewable energy and irrigation water in an harmonious way?


Adapting to climate change in Overijssel


Case owner: Province Overijssel

Province Overijssel is working on becoming water robust and climate resilient in 2050. This starts by identifying the areas with the highest risk and by engaging in dialogue with the stakeholders. The challenge is to connect themes such as water, nature, agriculture, energy, mobility and spatial development in the approach. Working together with municipalities, waterboards and other stakeholders is essential. How do we identify the biggest bottlenecks and work together in 'good governance' to tackle them?