09. May. 2019
Three students from Egaa Gymnasium*, Tobias Washeim, Kristian Katholm Nielsen og Sebastian Lykke Dalsgaard, wins Stockholm Junior Water Prize - Denmark for their project detecting micro-plastics in water.

The winners of the Danish Stockholm Junior Water Prize final will be coached by top class researchers from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) as preparation for the international competition in Stockholm.

”The quality of the projects at Stockholm Junior Water Prize is usually very high, so our aim is to help the Danish contestants by giving them the knowledge needed to excel at the final. There will be fierce competition from competitors from 30 countries, each with their water-related  project aiming to help the environment and create social, technological or scientific value,” says Professor Hans-Jørgen Albrechtsen, DTU Environment.

At the core of the project is an innovative way of measuring micro-plastics in seawater, which has earned the students a golden ticket to Stockholm in August.

Expert coaching

The preparation team consists of someof the leading water tech researchers in Denmark from DTU Environment. The team is lead by Hans-Jørgen Albrechtsen, Berit Godskesen, and Poul Løgstrup Bjerg.

"Stockholm Junior Water Prize is a kind of youth Nobel Prize in water which Denmark hasn't previously participated in. We want to change that. Denmark is one of the countries in the world with the most knowledge and innovation in water, and it is only right that we should definitely make an appearance in this competition."
Professor Poul Løgstrup Bjerg, DTU Miljø.

Water and sustainability awareness

The participation in Stockholm Junior Water Prize is part of a new project between DTU Environment and the House of Natural Science aiming to improve awareness among high school students about the global challenges of water resource  management. The goal is to improve the general knowledge level about water technologies and sustainability through thematic school work around the topic. An important part of this work consists of developing new learning materials for students and offering complementary courses for their teachers.

The project runs for three years and is financed by the Poul Due Jensen Foundation.

* The group behind the project consists of five students: Rasmus Thoft Nygaard, Jacob Storgaard Sørensen, Tobias Washeim, Kristian Katholm Nielsen, and Sebastian Lykke Dalsgaard. Groups of up to three were allowed at the Danish finals, while only two persons will be invited to represent the project at the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.


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