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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: Lara Wöhler and Rick Hogeboom.

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

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

Breakfast & keynote: Elizabeth Mix
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 16-08

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. 

Music Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

Tonight we will have a great band night in our main tent! Next to that, a dj to play music and karaoke activity are planned for you!

Excursion wetsus
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Fri. 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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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Excursion wetsus
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: ExploreU & VR Parachuting
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 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. You will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself by doing some career and personality tests ! You can also enjoy our VR Parachuting activity.

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sat. 17-08

Breakfast served!

Quiz Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sat. 17-08

We will host a cool pubquiz.

Free day
Time:09:30 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 17-08

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!

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

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

Lunch: Sand Castle Competition & Graffiti workshop
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

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.

Soft Skills: Good/Bad graphs
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote: Peter Joosten
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 18-08

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

Produced water
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Sun. 18-08

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. 18-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Movie night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

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

Breakfast & keynote: TBA
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 12-08

We will kick-off breakfast and CuriousU with the first inspirational speech!

Escape Rooms
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

Have fun and enjoy our evening programme while playing escape rooms.

Lunch: Taste the Netherlands & Speed Friending
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

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. You can try the blind tasting activity and of course make some new friends!

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

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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Earth observation of water cycle
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

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

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

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

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

River Basin Game
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote: Neil Sheridan
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 19-08

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

Farewell Ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2019 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Small Water
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 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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Lunch: Cherishing Memories & Pinatas
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 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. Here is the chance to lock all the memories you made the last days into pictures! During that lunch break you also have the chance to break some pinatas!

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

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

Water treatment with membranes
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 14-08

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 & keynote: Sofie Berghuis
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 14-08

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

Lunch: C-the future of research & Dance Workshop
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 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. You can do one of the following lab tours: Behavioral Management and Sciences LabWearable Robotics Lab, combined tour in AeroAcoustic WindTunnel & Rapid Prototyping LabNanoLab or the Experimental Centre for Technical Medicine.  

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

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Beach Volleyball Tournament
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

Enjoy a unique volleyball tournament together with your fellow CuriousU participants! Are you gonna be the winning team? Let's find out!

Dinner ΒΒQ
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

We will serve an amazing BBQ dinner tonight!

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

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

Lunch: Playland
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Th. 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.This is one of the most popular lunch activities where together with your fellow participants you can enjoy some outdoor games in the main festival area! Join us!

City Centre Summer Sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Th. 15-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment at Grolsch Summer Sounds.

Dinner City Centre
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Th. 15-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

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

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

Wetsus
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Th. 15-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Rivers and Seas
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Th. 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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Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Day:Tu. 20-08

Have a breakfast first.

CuriousU Participants Departure
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tu. 20-08

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).

Jogging & sightseeing campus
Time:15:00 - 21:00
Day:Sun. 11-08

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. 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. 11-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 11-08

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 

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

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

Wet Infrastructure through Building with Nature
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tu. 13-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day.

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Breakfast & keynote: Peter-Paul Verbeek
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Tu. 13-08

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. 

Wet Infrastructure through Building with Nature
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

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

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

We serve you a fantastic dinner!

Game Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

During this evening activity you can join our Lean Simulation game!

Lunch: Curious about your future?! & UT students wonders
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tu. 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. You will have the chance to get to know the programmes of our university and speak with representatives from our admissions office in case you are interested in continuing your studies here! During this lunch activity, you can also get to know the student teams of UT.

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

Want to know more?

If you need to know more, we have information available about the fee & programme, an admission check, registration & payment, visa, accomodation and the terms & conditions.