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    The European Junior Water Programme (EJWP) is the flagship programme and official trade name of H20-People. H20-People became active in the public sphere with EJWP in 2019. At the moment H2O-People has two glafship programmes: the European Junior Water Programme (EJWP) and Blue Innovation Track for Advanced Water Leaders, and supports multiple European collaboration projects and innitiatives.


    The H2O-People mission is to support water people, their organizations, their projects, and other collaborations with key specialties for succes. Our services empower water professionals to apply their complete skill sets to establish a water-smart sociert, from knowledge transfer and creation, to communication and leadership – combined to create impact through social innovation.

    Therefore H2O-People develops and implements unique programmes, through utilitzing the power of social design and collaborates in projects on human capital development throughout the European Water ecosystem.

    The services of H2O-People include:

    Contact us if your organisation will benefit from tools to create tangible results t with our dynamic community of human-centric approach. More information on our dedicated website and H2O-People Flyer.

    Our philosophy

    Empowering people not only for technical solutions, but also reinforcing human elements of partnerships for social innovation in the water and environmental sector.

    Our programme participants develop a broader scope of professional and personal opportunities, leading to positive impacts in their engagement with organisations that are committed to a better living environment. H20-People structures interaction with participants to create a space for further inspiring exchanges among trainers and the program designers. We apply personalised approaches and follow-up in a commitment to target results. An eye for synergies is developed through pairing the right people with the right expertise to broaden the scope of development.

    We believe in operational partnerships with our participants, and from this connectivity comes a more real potential for participants to contribute to their communities. Our expertise centers on programs that highlight links between the content of participants’ work within the physical environment, to identify optimum paths for projects and personal development.

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      EJWP Team

      EJWP Ambassadors

      Professor Dr. Phoebe Koundouri

      Professor in Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) and Denmark Technical University (DTU); Head SDU ATHENA RC; Chair UN SDSN Global Climate Hub & SDSN Europe, President EAERE
      Ambassador since 2022

      Richard Elelman

      Head of Politics, Eurecat – Centro Tecnológico de Catalunya and
      Acting Coordinator of the WWQA – UNEP
      Ambassador since 2020

      Marielle van der Zouwen

      Deputy director and management team KWR Water Research Institute, Head of Sustainability & Transitions Group
      Ambassador since 2020

      Veronica Manfredi

      Director for Zero Pollution and Green Cities
      Ambassador since 2020

      Chrysi Laspidou

      Professor-Civil Engineering, University of Thessaly, Greece;
      Vice President of Research and Technology–Water Europe;
      Member of the WEF Nexus Steering Committee at Future Earth
      Ambassador since 2021

      Maria Cristina Pasi

      Founder & Managing Director Izar; Sustainability & Innovation Certified specialist
      Ambassador since 2023

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      Interview at the end of the journey with Hedviga Horvothova, Technical University Kosice, Slowakia August 2021 Understanding different people from various backgrounds is a new approach to how I am used to working, because I research and teach about local and national topics in wastewater and recycling. It’s good that EJWP has given me a broader view on the water sector, because I only work with one small part of it. Seeing the larger picture, and working with the people in it, is something inspiring because I can now better understand my own work and the contributions I am making. I’m working at the Technical University of Košice in Slovakia in the Faculty o…

      Interview at end of the journey with Rhys Hellin, Welsh Water July 2021 Hands-on experience for development has always been more interesting to me than classroom learning. I began my civil engineering career in a work-study arrangement. My first post was supporting a project manager looking after contract elements, then into project management – until an opportunity came up in 2013 with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) for a position in wastewater networks contracts team. In the past two years, I’ve been working on a dam safety program and how businesses are investing in the future. We have a number of reservoirs in Wales that need investment to ensure their fun…

      In this video from EU Green Week 2021, Jo Bacallo, who is currently contributing to EJWP content, shines a light-hearted humour to engage with experts and policy makers on the serious topic of water pollution. The video focuses on the idea that the different dimensions of our planet are ailing and complaining with human-like emotions. As a result, the question is asked: What would they say to the existing pollutants on top of all the pressures of the pandemic? In this context, Jo advocates that intergenerational and interindustry dialogues on water are more relevant than ever, and results need to be a part of our daily practices both as experts and …

      Case owner: Water Europe, VLT Value of Water   Client: Gonzalo Delacámara  Participants: Merel MostertAndres LuchtBorko Radivojevic…

      How can the EU better prevent, remedy, monitor, and report on water pollution – and mainstream the zero pollution ambition into all its policy developments? Naomi Timmer moderated an expert online panel on 2 June during EU Green Week to address this question, and to show case videos submitted in the weeks leading up to the session, 'Making waves – young people’s views on water pollution'. Compilation of participants' videos on Zero Water Pollution fo EU Green Week 2021 Ms. Joanna Drake, Deputy Director-General, Directorate General for Environment, European Commission said in the session that young people will be more affected by emerg…

      Interview at the end of the EJWP Journey with Rosa Esposito, Isle Utilities, Italy June 2021 EJWP is my first networking and training programme of its kind. When I read the outline for EJWP, I thought it was a good idea because it was a group of younger-generation water professionals learning and working in an EU context. As a result, we know more about the countries and organizations, and the young professionals working there. EJWP can be helpful as well for organizations that we come from, through sharing knowledge and better mechanisms for collaboration in the sector. In analysing our projects, and human capital, it’s clear that the water sector needs a c…