The Euregio Studentseminar aims to bring together a select group of students to exchange ideas revolving around current social topics at play in the European Union, in particular in it’s border regions, the Euregio’s.

Euregio Studentseminar: 15 & 16 February 2018

This year, eight different schools are taking part in the Euregio Studentseminar. These eight schools select a total of 120 students to participate in the seminar. These students join each other during a two day event and participate in a carefully constructed inspiring program. The theme for the Studentseminar 2018 is 'Climate, watermanagement and technology', investigating the main question:

What are the effects of climate change on society, economy, technical development, politics and nature?

The theme will be discussed from three different perspectives, supported by Waterschap Vechtstromen, KNMI and faculties from the University of Twente. During the seminar, several lectures will be given by politicians, scientists and enthusiastic teachers. Interesting workshops will take place, as well as challenging assignments and debates. 

The multidisciplinary approach in the programme of the Studentseminar reflects the approach of the Twente Education Model (TOM) that is applied in the bachelor programmes of the University of Twente. Through project-based education, students at the UT learn to look at societal problems from different perspectives and how to sove the problems from different disciplines.

The main language during the Studentseminar is English, however the goal is not to speak perfect English but mainly to make yourself understandable for others. 

Global Programme

Day 1

Thursday, 15th of February 2018

10:00 - Opening and video message by the state secretary Raymond Knops

Raymond Knops
State secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations

10:30 - Keynote lecture about climate change by prof. dr. Gerard van der Steenhoven, director general of KNMI

Gerard van der Steenhoven
Director general of KNMI

11:00 - Climate Quiz

11:30 - Lecture Climate & Water

12:15 - Lunch and departure with buses to Kristalbad

12:45 - Kristalbad Quest

14:25 - Back to the UT

15:00 - Case: Climate change scenarios: "what are the effects of climate change on society, economy, technical development, politics and nature?"

16:00 - Case presentations

16:20 - Feedback by prof. dr. Stefan Kuks, Chair of the Water board Vechstromen

Stefan Kuks
Chair of Water board Vechtstromen

16:30 - Break

16:40 - Discussion of the case

17:00 - End of the programme, departure with buses back home

Day 2

Friday, 16th of February 2018

9:45 - Arrival with coffee and tea

10:00 - Designlab tour

10:30 - Welcome by dr. Pieter Boerman, director of Pre-U

Pieter Boerman
Director of Pre-U, Pre-university of the University of Twente

10:45 - Keynote lecture by UT researcher Lara Wöhler

Lara Wöhler
PhD Candidate at the University of Twente

Lara Wöhler will give a lecture on the modelling of the Grey Water Footprint: how are medicines and other pharmaceutical waste impacting our drinking water?

11:15 - Break

11:30-13:15: Expert Workshops. 
The students will be divided into different workshop groups, where they will gain expertise in one of the three domains:

Water Resources & Geo-information Technology

Two workshops will be given by the faculty Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) and the faculty Engineering Technology (ET) within the theme of 'Water Resources & Geo-information Technology'.


Workshop by prof. dr. Daphne van der Wal

The first workshop contains two subjects. The first subject is about water observation through satellites. Transboundary water poses huge challenges for monitoring, assessment, planning, and management because the difficulty in collecting all needed data by traditional means and the different national and regional interests that need to be served. Often there is no agreement on how much water resource is available in a river basin and how it changes in space and time. Climate change and direct human intervention (e.g. via hydraulic-infrastructures and land use changes) have further exacerbated these challenges. Recent advances in satellite technologies however have opened many new opportunities for quantifying and analysing the terrestrial water cycle in time and space. We present a methodology for assessing the transboundary water resources variability worldwide.
The second subject of the workshop is about coastal observation. As many people live close to the sea, coastal flooding is a major threat to our society, and even more so in the light of climate change. In this workshop, you will learn how waves, tides and rivers shape our coasts. We will look at different ways to manage and protect our coast, including nature-based solutions to reduce the risks of coastal flooding and erosion. Based on images from satellites and models, we will explore the safety of coasts around the world.


Workshop by Lara Wöhler, Joep Schyns and Eros Borsato

The second workshop is about the simulated River Base Game. In the game, the students will take the roles of farmers who are living in one river basin and all need water to grow their crops. In the simulation water is a limited resource and therefore the limiting factor for the farmers’ productions. They have to find a way how to cope with the issue of water scarcity and find (creative) solutions to the issue while playing several rounds of the game.

International Water Policy & Governance

Two workshops will be given by the faculty Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (BMS) within the theme of 'International Water Policy & Governance'.

Workshop 1

Get it right in one shot! Principles for Urban Climate Adaptation Policy

Workshop by dr. Kris Lulofs and dr. Gül Özerol

Climate change adaptation is going to take a lot of time and resources. Governments have to take the lead in redesigning urban water management. And they can only spend their tax payers money once. So… what are the steps needed to develop a sound overall plan? That plan has to be contextual, addressing the local and regional adaptation needs. Every city has its own needs and characteristics. So it has to be well structured, having a clear idea about the issues and risks, and appropriate and feasible goals. In international comparative perspective the participants will learn about contextual circumstances in two cities. Then the participants will be asked to think of appropriate principles, goals and instruments for a specific urban area and a specific climate change issue. The final element will be a feedback session.

Workshop 2

Implementation matters! The Governance Assessment Tool and its use

Workshop by prof. dr. Hans Bressers

Climate change adaptation is a complex and dynamic process. Strategies and plans are developed step by step in cooperation between actors. Moving from plans to action requires a lot of ‘connective capacity’ to enable the realization of projects in practice. Municipalities, water boards, citizens, farmers and companies all have their own ambitions and interests and still have to cooperate. Every joined project has to contribute to that climate resilient future. Without a good governance context the degree of trust, openness and mutual liking is likely too low to allow for real cooperation. The governance assessment tool enables you to assess circumstances that are supportive, restrictive or neutral for the implementation of projects and measures. After introducing the tool participants will practice with it. This will be done by assessing brief case descriptions from multiple countries. The final element will be a feedback session.

Membrane Technology & Water Purification

Two workshops will be given by the faculty Science and Technology (TNW) within the theme of 'Membrane Technology & Water Purification'.

Workshop 1

Workshop by prof. dr. ir. Walter van der Meer

Clean drinking water is so widely available in developed countries today that many people take it for granted. In many developing countries however, clean drinking water is not available. Worldwide, >1 billion people have no alternative but to drink contaminated water.

Clean drinking water is one of the major societal themes on the international (research) agenda. Membrane filtration has been emerged as a cost competitive, robust and viable alternative to conventional drinking water production processes. Consequently, membrane filtration processes are increasingly being applied for all kinds of water sources, e.g. sea, ground, waste and surface water in drinking and process water production. Drivers for this growth include desalination to combat water scarcity and the removal of various contaminants (e.g. organic micropollutants, bacteria and viruses) from water to ensure that the produced drinking water meets the stringent drinking water quality standards. 

In this workshop, several drinking and waste water treatment plant schemes, based on membrane filtration will be discussed in an interactive way with the participants.

Workshop 2

Workshop by John Kooiker

Workshop description will follow soon!

13:15 - Lunchbreak

13:45 - Exchanging expertise in groups
The groups will be filled with students from all three of the expert workshops

14:45 - Preparation of the debate (contents and debating skills)
The students prepare for the debate with their original groups from the expert workshops

15:45 - Coffee and tea

16:00 - Debate between three representatives of each domain
The other students observe the debate and think about the final advice

16:45 - Conclusion and discussion with Stefan Kuks from Waterschap Vechtstromen

Participating SChools

  • Alexander-Hegius-Gymnasium - Ahaus
  • OSG Bataafs Lyceum - Hengelo
  • Gymnasium Georgianum - Vreden
  • Mariengymnasium - Bocholt
  • Staring College - Lochem
  • Het Stedelijk Lyceum College Zuid - Enschede
  • Werner-von-Siemens-Gymnasium - Gronau

assignment and ARTIcles for participants

The assignment and the articles below are in preparation of the Studentseminar 2018.

Assignment Articles Studentseminar 2018

To prepare yourself for the studentseminar of next week you can read some articles about, among other things, climate change. Try to find some similarities and differences between the articles and try to find two examples in Germany and the Netherlands about climate change. You can also prepare yourself by keeping an eye on the news about climate change.

Below you can find some English and Dutch websites and articles.

You can download some articles in German below:

  1. Hochwasser Daten
  2. Ursachen und prognosen: Zehn Fakten zur Flut
  3. Hochwasser in Deutschland: Die Tschechen helfen Dresden
  4. Ist Tschechiens Egoismus schuld an der Elbeflut?
  5. Nach der Flut ist vor der Flut
  6. „Land unter“ den Kampf angesagt
  7. Bericht über die Erstellung der Hochwassergefahren- und Hochwasserrisikokarten
  8. Renaturierung der Dinkel: Fluss darf wieder in Schleifen und Kurven fließen
  9. Tschechien reguliert unseren Pegel
  10. Übereinkommen zum Schutz des Rheins
  11. EU will Hochwasserschutz verbessern
  12. Dünger-Import aus den Niederlanden"Diese Gülle ist einfach zu viel"


The project Euregio Studentseminar is made possible by the efforts of the INTERREG V A-Programma Deutschland-Nederland and co-funded by the European Union (EU). Additional funding is by the Ministerium für Schule und Bildung NRW, the Staatskanzlei NRW, province of Overijssel, province of Gelderland.  De organisation is in hands of the University of Twente and the Water board Vechstromen.