Water Journal : Water Journal November 2011
feature article 44 NOVEMBER 2011 water feature articles Each year, the international Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) competition brings together the world's brightest young scientists to encourage their continued interest in water and the environment. Each of the finalists represented in Stockholm are the champions of national competitions with thousands of participants entering unique projects in 30 countries. The competition is open to young people between the ages of 15 and 20 who have conducted water-related projects focusing on local, regional, national or global topics of environmental, scientific, social or technological importance. The international winner receives a US$5,000 award and a prize sculpture. As a result of the national competitions, thousands of young people around the world become interested in water. This year, the SJWP celebrated its 15th anniversary and welcomed the winners of national competitions in Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, US and Vietnam. Seeing Opportunity in Challenges After 15 years, the SJWP has shown that brilliant young minds can find inspiration in some unlikely places. Ingenious teams from the world over have shown how to clean water and protect marine environments with everything from oysters to eggshells. They also see opportunity and hope where most find challenges, and develop solutions that are cost-efficient, immediate and applicable the world over. During their time in Stockholm, all of the finalists have the opportunity to meet and learn from the present leaders of the global water community (as part of World Water Week in Stockholm), and make life-long friendships with international compatriots who share a passion for water and science. They also have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to receive the international prize from HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden during the exciting prize ceremony. The SJWP is part of World Water Week in Stockholm -- an international conference which focuses on developing world water and sanitation issues. Both SJWP and World Water Week are run by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). The water challenges our younger generations face will be more intense, intricate and expansive than ever before. Looking at the work that was brought to Stockholm, they created a compelling case to show they are up to the task. The Australian Water Association (AWA) has been the national organiser for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) since 1998. Each year AWA runs a national water science competition for high school students and selects a representative to go to Stockholm and compete in the international final. The SJWP is regarded as one of the world's best international student prizes and enjoys the patronage of HRH Princess Victoria of Sweden, who attends the Awards Ceremony each year and is introduced to all of the national finalists. The SJWP has been well supported in Australia through sponsorship and in 2010/11 was sponsored by ITT Water and Wastewater, SA Water and Allconnex Water. Sponsorship covers the costs of running the award and travel costs to go to Stockholm for the winning student and the AWA organiser. In Stockholm, the SJWP finalists participate in a five-day cultural program and give short presentations to the 'International Jury', which determines the winner. Corinne Cheeseman, AWA National Manager -- Technical Programs Brilliant young minds provide solutions to water issues as part of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize The Future is in Good Hands Australian Finalist Mathuja Bavanendrakumar. Bright young contestants from around the globe come together at the 2011 Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition.
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