Courses

Summer school: Water

Access to clean water is evidently crucial. With growing population, climate change, and emerging new contaminants, water challenges are omnipresent. It is of prime importance to understand water systems and their management, innovate water treatments, and explore e.g. energy generation possibilities from water.

Produced Water

Produced water is the major byproduct in the oil and gas industries. In oil and gas wells large quantities of naturally or injected water can be present. This water, which is trapped in the underground formations, is extracted to the surface during the production of the oil or gas. It contains hydrocarbons, salts, and various other components. Produced water is a growing source of concern due to environmental reasons. During CuriousU we will look at the several aspects associated produced water, and we will discuss and compares technologies that provide potential solutions to the problems it poses.

Nieck Benes is professor of Films in Fluids. He has a longstanding background in the science and technology of separating molecules from mixtures, in particular using membranes.

 Learning Outcomes. After attending this topic a student:

  • Is aware of the ecological and economical aspects associated with produced water
  • Is aware of the major techniques that are available to treat produced water
  • Has identified the major stakeholders and can reflect on their strategies w.r.t. produced water

Small Water

Small water deals with the phenomena and properties of water when encountered on a small length scale. The presence of interfaces and surfaces become dominant for the characteristics of aqueous systems, with often surprising consequences. Here, we will focus on interface related aspects such as wetting and water repellency.

Rob Lammertink is professor of Soft matter, Fluidics and Interfaces (SFI). His research interests include transport phenomena in aqueous media where surfaces, e.g. catalysts or membranes, are encountered.

Learning Outcomes. After attending this topic a student:

  • Understands the relevance of lengthscale (nano, micro) on interface characteristics.
  • Can relate interfacial phenomena to aqueous processes.

Other topics

  • Water Treatment and Purification
  • Water Footprint
  • Rivers and Seas 
  • Blue Energy
  • Interfacial Phenomena 
  • Earth Observation of Water Cycle
  • Ecodynamic Development and Design - Building with Nature 

Building with Nature

Building with Nature (BwN) is an infrastructure development philosophy that makes use of natural processes both to improve ecosystems and at the same time realize their socio-economic potential. It emphasizes interactions between biotics and a-biotics in ecosystems and realizes the potential of the eco-system, while using the forces of nature. We will use multiple examples of wet infrastructure in coastal and inland systems. You will also have the opportunity to undertake your own BwN design session. Finally, we will suggest ways to promote Building with Nature in society.

 Ewert Aukes MSc is a PhD candidate in the STW NatureCoast project and works for the Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability (BMS-CSTM). He studies how human interactions and arguments during (wet) infrastructural decision-making processes shape the infrastructure solution.

 Dr. Kris Lulofs works as a researcher at the Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability (BMS-CSTM) and manages the Twente Water Centre (TWC). Since 2006, he participates in the Ecoshape-Building with Nature research and innovation program

 Learning Outcomes. After attending this topic a student:

  • Understands the importance of the Food-Energy-Water nexus and the need to rethink infrastructural development and design for socio-economic goals.
  • Is aware of the drivers for BwN and the role of EU habitat regulations.
  • Is able to apply the principles of BwN.
  • Is able to assess and evaluate governance conditions for BwN.

Water management

How should we manage our precious and limited freshwater resources? Water managers, politicians, business(wo)men and scientists all over the world ponder about this difficult question. We will not bother you with theoretical monologues. Instead, you will get a chance to experience yourselves how hard it is to manage our water resources wisely, efficiently, effectively and fairly – from the perspective of the end user! How we are going to achieve this? We will play…. the River Basin Game. This exciting, educational game – developed by prof. Arjen Hoekstra – realistically illustrates various phenomena that take place when people use water in a river basin. It’s always fun and a great learning experience. Hope to see you there!

The River Basin Game will be hosted by two enthusiastic PhDs from prof. Hoekstra’s research group: Abebe Chukalla and Rick Hogeboom.

Abebe is a PhD researcher on water footprint reduction in crop production. He can tell you everything about irrigation and wise farming practices. He knows how basin scale water allocation decisions will affect individual farmers.

Rick is doing his PhD research on global water scarcity. He keeps a bird’s eye view of worldwide water use and supply. He can put water allocation decisions on the basin scale in the perspective of a globalized world economy.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Experience how difficult water management can be.
  • Learn about hydrological, social and economic issues related to water management, such as the ‘tragedy of the commons’, cooperation, free-rider behavior, upstream-downstream effects, complexity of water systems, conflicts between individual and group optima and (the difficulty of) cooperation.

Festival Schedule

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Day
Lunch: Dutch olympics
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 17-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you'll do some typical Dutch games.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Fri. 17-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Band night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 17-08

Tonight we will have a great band night in our main tent!

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 17-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Excursion wetsus
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 17-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Fri. 17-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Excursion wetsus
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Fri. 17-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sat. 18-08

Have a breakfast first.

Free day
Time:09:30 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 18-08

This is your day off. There is no CuriosU programme today but you can arrange your own city trip to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Münster (Germany) or Osnabrück (Germany). Have fun!

Pubquiz
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sat. 18-08

We will host a cool pubquiz.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 19-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspiration speaker over breakfast. 

Lunch: dancing
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can join a dancing workshop.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Movie night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

Soft Skills: Good/Bad graphs
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Produced water
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Sun. 19-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Lunch
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. This lunch hast two topics: "Graffiti art" and "hydrogen ice cream". Curious? Join the lunch :-)

Lean simulation game
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

Have fun and enjoy our evening programme while playing a lean simulation game.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 13-08

We will kick-off breakfast and CuriousU with the first inspiration speach!

Earth observation of water cycle
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Earth observation of water cycle
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 13-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

River Basin Game
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 20-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 20-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 20-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Closing ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 20-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2018 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Lunch
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 20-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 20-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Small Water
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 20-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Meet your Buddy
Time:20:00 - 21:30
Day:Sun. 12-08

Meet your CuriousU buddy!

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 12-08

The registration point will be in the biggest tent. Please register as soon as you arrive. If you arrive earlier or later please contact us via curious@utwente.nl 

Jogging & sightseeing campus
Time:15:00 - 21:00
Day:Sun. 12-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both! Jogging around campus will start 15:00 and 17:00


Don't want to do some sports, but you do want to see some cool locations on campus? During the sightseeing activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide. Tours start at 16:00 and 21:00.

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 12-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Lunch: Pinata & lab tours
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tu. 14-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. During this lunch "we have piñata's and some sticks to smash them! Furthermore you can go an our famous (university) lab tour.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Tu. 14-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Beach volleyball party
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Tu. 14-08

Together with your team you can join the Beach volleyball tournament!

Breakfast & keynote: Parya Pasha Zade Monajjemih
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Tu. 14-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speaker Parya Pasha Zade Monajjemih over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. Parya Pasha ZadeMonajjemih. Parya Pasha Zadeh Monajjemi, a Geoinformatics engineer specialized in spatial data management and GIS analysis with a keen interest in geo-visual analysis of movement data for understanding human behavior in the context of modern cities.  

Wet Infrastructure through Building with Nature
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Tu. 14-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course and have some discussion and exercises on the topic.

Wet Infrastructure through Building with Nature
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tu. 14-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. It is a lecture as well as a tutorial.

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Dinner: BBQ buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Tu. 14-08

We serve you a fantastic BBQ!

Check-out
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tu. 21-08

The last day: please check out (i.e. returning the keys) and saying goodbye to all your new friends. By returning your key you will get back your deposit for the log cabin or student dorm (online refund).

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Day:Tu. 21-08

Have a breakfast first.

Water treatment with membranes
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: happy as a child
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting. During this lunch you can be a child again and hit each other with water pistols! A famous CuriousU event :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Escape rooms
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

Play a games in our fascinating escape rooms!

Breakfast & keynote: Stefan Kuhlmann
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 15-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Stefan Kuhlmann over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

We will serve buffet tonight!

Water treatment with membranes
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 15-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Rivers and Seas
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Th. 16-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Th. 16-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast. 

Lunch: C- your future
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Th. 16-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.During this lunch you'll get introduced to the programmes (MSc and BSc) that are being teached at the University of Twente. Furthermore we will have an expo with start-ups!

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Th. 16-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Grolsch Summer Sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Th. 16-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment @ Grolsch summer sounds

Dinner: Happy Italy
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Th. 16-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

Rivers and Seas
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Th. 16-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Overall Learning Outcomes

After attending the full course a student:

  • is aware of the ecological and economical aspects associated with produced water
  • is aware of the major techniques that are available to treat produced water
  • has identified the major stakeholders and can reflect on their strategies w.r.t. produced water

Course aim

Build awareness of emerging technologies and scientific developments related to water management, treatment and fundamentals.

Course leaders

Nieck Benes dr.ir.
Full Professor
Rob Lammertink prof
Full Professor

Course details

  • Methods: Lectures, project, excursion.
  • Course level: Beginner’s/Intermediate/Advanced
  • Target group: Bachelor’s students of engineering or science
  • Required knowledge: An engineering or science background at Bachelor’s level
  • Course leaders: Prof.Dr.Ir. Nieck Benes and Prof.Dr.Ir. Rob Lammertink
  • Credits: 2 ECTS credits for successfully completing the summer school

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