December 17, 2019 SDGs

IWA World Water Camp in Copenhagen 2020

World Water Camp 2020 is a week of unique educational experiences for a group of 50 students from around the world.

Life as we know it today, could not have developed without water. Water. The elixir of life. Who would have thought that a substance so basic can be a luxury for some, and the lack of it could have fatal consequences for others?

From ancient times, water has been one of the main driving forces for survival and death. Solutions for the handling of water can be found in settlements as old as 8,000 years. We came a long way since then, and the necessity of handling both drinking water and sewage/stormwater was recognised together with the need for knowledge sharing within the sector.

Especially nowadays, when climate change is one of our main challenges together with water scarcity. Every continent, in one way or another, suffers from problems related to water. Some places around the world will experience droughts others excessive rainfall. The only way to solve these problems is to take action.

One of the best examples for this pursue is Denmark. Even though it is a small country, it has a great will and potential to change, to adapt and to innovate. It isn’t a coincidence that it was selected as the world champion in UN sustainable development goals and named to be a ‘living water laboratory’.



Several facilities and resilient climate structures that are able to have a circular economy and recover scarce resources are being built. In Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, there are several examples of solutions that make the city greener and more liveable, such as: the climate street that absorbs rainwater, the curb-extensions that treat rainwater from roads, and the green rooftop office buildings with a dual purpose to catch and store stormwater runoff that is used later as an irrigation system for the green rooftop.

In another Danish city, Aarhus, a great example would be the soon-to-be-constructed ‘wastewater treatment plant of the future’ that is going to be 100 % CO2-neutral, energy-neutral as well as will recover phosphorus from wastewater sludge. Denmark is full of other exciting examples based on partnerships, research to practice collaborations, and innovation centres that introduce a different approach to the water sector, a sustainable, liveable cities approach.

The water sector in Denmark is continuously searching for innovative solutions, especially in the era of the fourth industrial revolution. SMART solutions are continually being developed and implemented. SMART water meters for more precise water usage as well as leak detection and machine learning to predict response during flood events are just a couple of examples that are used around the country.

Water is a very precious resource, and in order to conserve it for the many more generations to come, innovative solutions are needed. Denmark, as one of the front runners in the industry, will give you an insight to the world of water at the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2020 in Copenhagen, that takes place from 18th to 23rd October 2020.

VIA University College together with IWA are organizing the first ever World Water Camp, that will take place at the same time as the congress and exhibition. There bachelor and master students will have the opportunity to explore the congress as well as to get more acquainted with topics within climate change adaptation, wastewater and drinking water presented by the lecturers of the camp.

The students will also have the chance to expand their network, to interact with the presenters of the congress/lecturers of the camp as well as to engage in discussions in an international setting about the emerging concerns and trending technical solutions in the water sector. As a student organiser and Young Water Professional, I will be guiding you through this experience with all the other organisers.


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WORLD WATER CAMP 2020 is a one-week course camp associated with the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2020 and aimed at students from all over the world.

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Eva Krajcikova

I am an undergraduate student from Slovakia. After graduating from Climate- and Supply Engineering program at VIA University College in Horsens, Denmark in 2020, I plan to pursue my dream to make a difference in the world, taking a small step at a ti... Read full biography