About the project


Water is life. One of the most fundamental challenges facing the world today is how we manage and develop this precious resource in the face of growing demand, to promote economic growth in a responsible and environmentally sustainable way. The second edition of the Water is Life conference will be organised in a partnership Maurick College (The Netherlands) and Raffles Institute (Singapore). Singapore has no natural water resources in the form of large river systems or aquifers; the Netherlands faces challenge keeping seawater out and freshwater in. Yet, these countries have successfully overcome these challenges through science and innovation. The Netherlands has become a leader in water technologies, successfully converting the change in salinity as fresh water meets the sea to a source of electricity. Land-scarce Singapore has forged ahead, creatively expanding its water reservoirs and using membrane technology to purify water.

In a world characterized by climate change and increased global inter-connectedness, the local and global challenges surrounding water security are increasingly complex. We need to prepare for the future by developing, in our youth, the knowledge and leadership necessary to manage and overcome these challenges. This conference aims to bring bright young students from different countries together in a meeting of hearts and minds. It seeks to plant the seeds of friendship and dialogue, instill awareness on the issue of water management and develop scientific, diplomatic and leadership skills in young participants.

Our vision

Our vision for this initiative is to nurture future young leaders for the effective stewardship of water resources through international cooperation, in line with resolution 65/154 adopted by the UN General Assembly on the International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013.


  • To create deeper awareness and instill a sense of urgency regarding water security and sustainability issues through keynote addresses, dialogue sessions and student presentations on water management strategies and challenges in their countries;
  • To facilitate the development and sharing of scientific innovation in water technologies and water ecology through a scientific symposium;
  • To develop friendship and collaborative networks for future exchange and research projects on water technologies through cultural exchange, collaborative workshops;
  • To develop leadership and diplomatic skills in participants through facilitation sessions that incorporate dynamic workshops and activities aimed at developing their organisational skills, ability to lead and work as a team.

Age group

Participants should be between 16 to 19 years old.

This site is made by

  • Sascha de Jong (Management & Programming)
  • Daniël Stekelenburg (Programming)
  • Ramón Pleijers (Assistance)
  • Harmen Meijer (Assistance)
  • David Stekelenburg (Media)
  • Loïc Macken (Programming)

  • Joost Janssen (Assistance 2014-2015)
  • Lex den Otter (Assistance 2014-2015)
  • Dennis van de Sande (Assistance 2014-2015)
  • Keyon van der Elzen (Assistance 2014-2015)