Climate Change, Migration, & Me

This Challenge has been finalized on the 1st of November. See the following post.

We are working on a magazine that will disseminate all the results of this challenge, and more. Please let us know if you are interested in receiving it.


What is this Challenge about?

Watch this animation to find out

Not clear enough? Open our flyer here and read on. Some background on why the topic of Climate Change and Migration is thus urgent to tackle now, can be found here.

The Challenge

  1. The Challenge will start with a full day at the LEF Future Centre in Utrecht, where experts will introduce the problem and set out the issues they are working on. 10 different research questions will be explained, and you will start working on one of them with an interdisciplinary & international group you will form right there: September 18
  2. You will then start a research, collecting data and doing interviews, in order to add to one of the 10 issues. You will be guided by the case owners and Deltares. Your research will result into a scientific poster and video.
  3. All video’s & scientific posters will be set in a conference setting, where you can present your results to the jury and other visitors of the Amsterdam International Water Week: 1 November

The Cases

Five different organizations working on Climate Change and Migration related topics, ask your help in solving their case. These organizations and their cases are showcased here; click on the figures to find out what the case study is about. More info will follow soon.




Pop-up escape room

A pop-up escape room will be created which will simulate the feeling of having to flee due to climate-change problems like droughts and floods. The escape room will at least be used during the Young AIWW (see below).

Young Amsterdam International Water Week

If you join the challenge, there is an immediate catch. All participants are also invited to participate with the complete program of the Young AIWW. This also holds an introduction day in Amsterdam with students and young professionals from all over the world.

Prizes of this challenge

The groups will have a chance of 2 out of 10 to win this Challenge! One winning group will be able to go to COP23, the other group will go to the Planetary Security Conference. The groups will have the opportunity to present their work and results during the conference.

A day to COP23 – First prize – Offered by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment

6-17 November 2017 – Bonn, Germany

COP23 is the informal name for the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with the aim to confront the problem of climate change. At COP21, held in Paris in November-December 2015, the parties negotiated what is known as the Paris Agreement, which established specific actions and targets for reducing greenhouse gases emissions, mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change, and financing mitigation and adaptation efforts in developing countries.

Planetary Security Conference – Second prize – Offered by Clingendael

12 and 13 December, 2017 – The Hague, the Netherlands

The Planetary Security Initiative will hold its third annual Planetary Security Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “From Analysis to Action”. The goal of the conference is to strengthen the knowledge-policy interface by consolidating the community of practice on planetary security. The PSI aims to increase awareness, to deepen knowledge, and to develop and promote policies and good practice guidance to help governments, the private sector and international institutions better secure peace and cooperation in times of climate change and global environmental challenges.

Advice Deltares


The following jury will decide on November 1st which groups win the above two prizes:

  • Jan Busstra – Head of Unit Marine and International Water Policy – Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
  • Marcel Beukeboom – Climate Envoy of the Netherlands
  • Louise van Schaik – Head Clingendael Sustainability & Senior Research Fellow – Clingendael Institute
  • The young water professionals visiting the Young AIWW program will be invited to vote. Their combined vote will function as one vote in the jury as well.

Judging criteria

  1. Problem description
    • Case well interpreted & analysed
    • Explained why is the case topic urgent
    • Convinced why is it necessary to take action
  1. Proposed solution
    • Proposed solution is effective
    • Proposed solution is feasible (cost, techniques)
  1. Advantages are weight against the disadvantages
  2. Original
    • Has not been proposed/tried before
    • Idea creates new perspectives
    • Creative video/presentation
  1. Collaboration
    • The proposal is in good collaboration established
    • They have made use of the diversity of the cultural and disciplinary background