How to Participate

In all participating countries, SIWI co-operates with a national organisation that arranges a national Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) competition. If you are interested in taking part in a national competition, please contact your national organiser.

SJWP is open for projects striving to improve water quality, water resources management, water protection, water and wastewater treatment as well as water education and social related aspects of water. The projects may focus on local, regional, national or global topics. The contestants can compete with a practical project in the field of technology, natural and social science using innovative development methods and approaches to solve water problems. All projects must use a research-oriented approach, including scientifically accepted methodologies for investigation, experimentation, monitoring and reporting the results. Contestants in theoretical and applied science as well as projects aiming at solving community water problems are all welcome.

Only projects that have been nominated by the national organiser in each participating country are admissible to participate in the national competitions. The national and international competitions are open for students between the ages of 15 and 20, who are attending secondary high school or its equivalent. Students should not have commenced a university degree. Projects can be carried out by an individual student or a group of students, however, no more than three students can represent the project in Stockholm.

The International Jury and Judging Criteria

An International Jury of experts within the water field appoints the winner of the international competition. The judging criteria of the International Jury are based on the overall relevance of the project, both in terms of scientific significance and overall importance for environment and society. The jury further assesses the creative ability, methodology and subject knowledge reflected in the work. The practical skills, as well as the report and presentation, are also basis for judgement. Please contact your National Organiser or the SJWP secretariat if you want to obtain more detailed information on the judging criteria.

The International Final

During their time in Stockholm, the international finalists take part in daily social, educational, and cultural events, including a tour of beautiful Stockholm city naturally, the thrilling prize ceremony. One of the highlights of the World Water Week in Stockholm, the prize ceremony features inspired speeches from distinguished members of the water community.

Students Written Report and Project Display

At the International Final in Stockholm, the finalists set up their projects for display. The display is part of the contestants’ project and is used to exhibit the essential parts of the work. The display may include illustrations and demonstration material. Participants shall provide a written report and a project display for public exhibition. The report must be written in English including an abstract as well as a separate description of the project for publication in the finalist catalogue. A detailed and accurate description of the support received in carrying out the project should also be included. Together with figures, photographs, tables and annexes, the report must not exceed 20 pages of A4, including the preliminary matters. The national organiser is responsible to submit the requested information. Brief nomination guidelines are included in the form.

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