Climate change, migration & me – Presenting the winning teams!

Wednesday 1st of November the Climate change, migration & me Challenge has been finalized as part of the Young Water Professional program of the Amsterdam International Water Week. Five teams have researched 5 different cases (go here to find the case-descriptions and -owners) and presented their results to a jury consisting of:

  • Jan Busstra – Head of Unit Marine and International Water Policy – Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
  • Marcel Beukeboom – Climate Envoy of the Netherlands
  • Louise van Schaik – Head Clingendael Sustainability & Senior Research Fellow – Clingendael Institute

All the participants of the Challenge Climate Change, Migration & Me

Their research resulted into two different outputs; a research poster and a short video. The results can be found here.

We would sincerely like to thank all participants, case-owners and jury for making this Challenge a huge success! Furthermore, we again congratulate the winning groups (described below), and are very curious to hear about their experiences during COP23 in Bonn and the Planetary Security Conference in The Hague.

The winners of the challenge are: Karin Bremer, Leslie Ford, Maya Velis and Marieke Hagg from the Case: Zika In Paradise: Climate Change, Migration, and Disease. They are able to go to the COP23: the 23rd Conference of the Parties on Climate Change from 9 until 11 November 2017 in Bonn, Germany. The case was offered by Tatiana Acevedo Guerrero, lecturer and researcher in the Politics of Sanitation and Wastewater Governance at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, and Leslie Ford, a MSc candidate in Water Services Management.

The group that will go to COP23!

 The second price is for Elisa Perpignan, Derrick Agyapong, Rollis Jiofack, Oluwasegun Seriki (participating online out of respectively Ghana, Burkina Faso and Ireland),  from the case: European Pact for Water. They are able to go to the Planetary Security Conference – 12 and 13 December, 2017 – The Hague, the Netherlands. The case was offered by the European Pact for Water & Women for Water Partnership by Lesha Witmer and Annemiek Jenniskens.

The group that won an entrance to the Planetary Security Conference!

During the final presentation, we have launched an escape room that has been built on behalf of the Netherlands IHP-HWRP Committee by Popup Escape, to initiate awareness and discussion on the relation between Climate Change, Migration and your own involvement. This escape room will pop-up during several events in the coming year, where the scientific posters that are a result of this Challenge will give background and information to the players.

Will you be able to solve the puzzles in 20 minutes?


Are you also interested in placing the escape room during your event? Please let us know by emailing to

We are working on a magazine that will disseminate all the results of this challenge, and more.