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    The European Junior Water Programme (EJWP) is the flagship programme and official trade name of H20-people. Registred in 2015, H20-people became active in the public sphere with EJWP, which is its largest initiative in action to date. The H2O-people mission is to enable personal & professional growth through unique programmes aimed at connection of talent to realize potential through all career phases.

    We support the engagement of young professionals and employees to be fulfilled in their roles in creating a new water world together. To do this, we guide, train and challenge our clients with new ideas going out of comfort zones to work on new projects, and enlarge networks to learn how they can collaborate with new people and concepts. This positive emphasis can contribute to talent retention in organisations and within the water sector.

    H20-people is also a collaboration partner designing tailor-made strategies for participation and funding within EU and other collaboration projects. We focus on the human capital element in programs – thus empowering people to develop their potential for generating solutions for tomorrow’s challenges. H20 people is available to enter into small–medium project partnerships to facilitate larger trainings like summer school instruction on water-related topics. Our challenging programs support ambitions of managing a future of natural and technical transformations in the water sector.

    Contact us if your organisation will benefit from tools to create tangible results through training or project partnerships with our dynamic community of human-centric professionals.

    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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    Do you want to create a specific programme for your organisation, project or other collaboration? Get in touch to schedule a free consultation.




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      Meet Naomi Timmer, the director of H2O People and Founder/Director of the European Junior Water Programme. An energetic and positive person, Naomi likes to connect different initiatives and people, in working for a better world with more smiles. Naomi shared her motivations and thoughts on EJWP in today’s environment. ‘I value human development and human rights in all my roles to create something that contributes to the challenges of our societies. It drives me in what I do to see people happy because they are getting the most out of themselves, and then us working together to make this a better place for all of us. Ending up in the water sector was actually a bit of a surprise. Being in wat…

      EJWP Ambassador Chrysi Laspidou, a professor in the Civil Engineering Department, University of Thessaly in Greece, led a session

      Europe is aiming for a ZERO POLLUTION system by 2050, which is vital to a healthy environment and livelihoods – as we live in a world of increasing chemicals, with climate change as an aggravating factor. The theme of EU Green Week (June) 2021 is Zero Pollution. And what about water? Water quality is of course highly affected by pollution, and water can spread pollutants to other ecosystems. Forging ZERO WATER POLLUTION practices is key. An inter-generational dialogue on how to achieve Zero Water Pollution can motivate people of all ages to share their ideas on how to achieve these goals. The European Commission Services and European Junior Water Pro…

      Dutch artist-inventor Ap Verheggen is leading a workshop and warm-up session in our EJWP New Waves Festival online in the afternoon of Thursday 22 April. The workshop entitled ‘Hands and Minds Together’ will feature EJWP participants developing inspired concepts from Ap, who is also an EJWP Team member. Ap is the creative director of the SunGlacier project, which generates water from maximised condensation of air using solar and other energy. SunGlacier began as an art-meets-science project, and now holds real world applications by producing potable water from air nearly anywhere on the planet, even in hot and dry deserts. In an upcoming demonstration, Ap is building a solar-powered rain sho…

      What do an artist-inventor, an outward-oriented programme manager, a certified trainer, a former journalist, and a PhD candidate in Natural Systems and Global Change have in common? We’re all part of the EJWP Team, of course! This month, meet Rasha Hassan, one of our newest members. Originally from Syria and based in Spain she has a master’s in Water and Coastal Management and is our team member currently working on her PhD. Rasha shared her thoughts on being part of the EJWP team: ‘EJWP is a key experience to fuse and harness very diverse European backgrounds to benefit the European water sector. We are in an era that focuses on teamwork, but we forget that we need leaders who really unders…

      I’m Romanian but have been living in the Netherlands for more than a decade, having initially come here for my studies. I hold a bachelor’s and master’s in environmental sciences and began working in the water sector after my theses and my internship on water topics. My work revolved a lot around water technology, up until I joined the Water Footprint Implementation organization. I’m now taking a much broader angle, working among other things, on shifting people’s perception of water consumption by quantifying and raising awareness of the water ‘hidden’ in the products we use every day. I found out about EJWP through Wetskills, where I’ve been a program officer for the last three years. I li…
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