Dutch ambassador Johannes W.G.Jansing in Singapore announced the launch of the Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge, a global competition for young researchers who aspire to make a difference in the global water community. Ambassador Jansing made his announced during the Dutch Day at the Singapore International Water Week on July 6.

First Singapore edition
The challenge has been made possible by financial support from a number of companies as well as educational and research institutions from Singapore and The Netherlands. Last year the Holland Water Challenge took place in China on occassion of the Dutch Water Week at the World Expo in Shanghai. Now the challenge will have its first edition in Singapore.

Innovative ideas from graduate students
Working in partnership with The Netherlands 'Foreign Talent', Singapore DutchWater Alliance (SDWA) will be spearheading this annual competition under which graduate students will be introducing and presenting their original innovative ideas that have potential in making a real difference in providing sustainable water solutions.

Idea into reality
The winner of the challenge will receive the Singapore-Netherlands Sustainability Award and funding to embark on an internship project to turn the winning essay into reality. The Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge 2011 will take place in September 2011, and the winner of the award will be announced in early 2012.

Inspiring keen young people
This prestigious annual award recognise the long-standing relationship between Singapore and the Netherlands. Both countries share a rich history in many aspects of water management and are keen to inspire young people to pursue a career in the water field.

Programme Partners for the Singapore challenge are: Royal Boskalis Westminster, Singapore-Delft Water Alliance, PUB Singapore, National University of Singapore, Royal Netherlands Embassy in Singapore and Deltares.

1. Official launch of the challenge on the 6th of July by Ambassador Johannes W.G. Jansing (during SIWW)
2. Campus promotions: August-September 2011
3. Deadline registrations: 15 October 2011
4. Deadline proposals: 15 December 2011
5. Grand Final in Singapore: January/February 2012 (to be announced)

Do I need to pay to participate?
No, participation is free. Also, when you are invited for the semi-final presentations or the Grand Final, we will cover all your travel and accommodation expenses.

What is the award I can win?
The overall winner of the Challenge will be awarded with the Singapore-Netherlands Sustainability Award, which consists of an extensive internship or research project in Singapore and/or the Netherlands. In addition, individual business case winners will be awarded by the Programme Partners.

How to participate?
Click here to read everything about the registration process.