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.

Course Schedule

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CuriousU: Water

Day
Free day / city trip etc.
Time:09:30 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 19-08

This is your day off. You can e.g. do a city trip to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Münster (Germany) or Osnabrück (Germany). Have fun!

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sat. 19-08

Have a breakfast first.

Pubquiz
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sat. 19-08

We will host a cool pubquiz.

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

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

Lunch: happy as a child
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 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 can be a child again and hit each other with water pistols!

Beach volleyball party
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

Play some beach volleyball and dance to the music of Odem Ska and Reggae Band!

Breakfast & keynote: Bram Nauta
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 16-08

Bram Nauta is a professor in Electrical Engineering at the UT and he can tell you everything about chips and circuits. He invented the Nauta Circuit. This invention came to his mind while he was taking a swim. He quickly went out of the pool and asked for pen and paper. Nauta will talk about his invention.

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Dinner: BBQ
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

Bring along your flip-flops, because you'll have an amazing barbecue this evening.

Membrane
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 16-08

Walter van der Meer, Erik Roesink & Joshua Willott will give lectures and we will also be making membranes

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Membrane
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 16-08

Walter van der Meer, Erik Roesink & Joshua Willott will give lectures and we will also be making membranes

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Lunch: C- your future
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Th. 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 get introduced to the courses that are being teached at the University of Twente.

Grolsch Summer Sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Th. 17-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment.

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

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

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

Jan-Willem van Egmond

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Presentation skills & pitching
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Th. 17-08

To be announced

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Dinner: Happy Italy
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Th. 17-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

Breakfast & keynote: Parya Pasha Zadeh Monajjemi
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Th. 17-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Parya Pasha Zadeh Monajjemi over breakfast.


She is a Geoinformatics engineer specialized in spatial data management and GIS analysis with a keen interest in spatio-temporal analysis of movement data for understanding human behavior in the context of modern cities.

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

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Excursion: Wetsus
Time:09:30 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

We will go on an excursion to Wetsus

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Band night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 18-08

Baby blue is returning to CuriousU! Last year it was a big succes.

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

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

Breakfast & keynote: Lee Vinsel
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 18-08

Lee Vinsel is an Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He studied Philosophy and History of Technology. He will give a talk about maintenance and innovation in our current society. Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more.

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Introduction: Earth observations
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 14-08

Gabriel Parodi

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

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

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

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

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

Lean simulation game
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

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

Earth observations
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 14-08

Gabriel Parodi

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Produced water
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Sun. 20-08

Nieck Benes

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

We'll watch a cool movie together!

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

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

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


During this lunch you can join a dancing workshop.

Produced water
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 20-08

Denie Augustijn

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Breakfast & keynote: Cristina Zaga
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 20-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Cristina Zaga over breakfast. She is a reasearcher in the research group Research Group Human Media Interaction.  Her  research revolves around child-robot cooperative (pro-social) interactions during collaborative games/tasks. 

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

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Escape room & silent disco
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

During theis evening you can try to get out of an escape room. Next to this we will also have a silent disco. Do not forget to bring your headphones :)

Wet infrastructure through building with nature
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Tu. 15-08

Ewert Aukes & Koen de Koning

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

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Wet infrastructure through building with nature
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tu. 15-08

Ewert Aukes & Koen de Koning

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Lunch: blind tasting & nitrogen ice cream
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tu. 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 do a blind tasting and eat some nitrogen ice cream. There will also be piñata's and some sticks to smash them!

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

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

Breakfast & keynote: Jose E. Ramirez-Marquez
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Tu. 15-08

Dr. Ramirez-Marquez has been a researcher all his life with an interest in developing computational techniques to solve a variety of problems. His research efforts are currently focused on the reliability analysis and optimization of complex systems, the development of mathematical models for sensor networks operational effectiveness, the computational analysis of resilience and, the development of evolutionary optimization algorithms. He will give a talk about future trends in smart city research.

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Small water
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 21-08

Jeff Wood

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Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

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

Lunch: labtour
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

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 have a tour across all the labs on campus.

River basin game
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

Rick Hogeboom

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Movie
Time:21:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

In the evening we will watch a movie in the open air theater. check twitter.com/OUTwente

Registered participants can give us suggestions for the movie they want to see.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 21-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Luc DeWulf one of our uplifting keynote speakers. Luc tells us in an inspiring manner about looking at our talents and strengths and how use them in stead of looking at our weakness and how to fix them.


Check the other inspirational speakers.

Buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 21-08

Dinner time! 

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Sightseeing around campus
Time:21:00 - 22:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Don't want to do some sports, but you do want to see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide.

Explore the campus
Time:20:00 - 22:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Explore the campus with your new friends.

Jogging around campus
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both!

Sightseeing around campus
Time:16:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Don't want to do some sports, but you do want to see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide.

Jogging around campus
Time:15:00 - 16:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both!

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 13-08

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 

Breakfast & keynote: Ed Brinksma
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 13-08

Prof.dr. H. (Ed) Brinksma, our former university dean, will kick-off the first inspiration speach @CuriousU!

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Day:Tu. 22-08

Have a breakfast first.

Check-out
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tu. 22-08

The last day. 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.

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 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.
  • 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.

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.