The 137th meeting of the AGUASAN Community of Practice (CoP) will be jointly held with the AGUASAN Workshop 2018 on Tuesday, June 26th on the topic of “Leveraging the data revolution – informed decision-making for better water and sanitation management”.

This is an exclusive opportunity for Swiss-based water and sanitation professionals to get to know the AGUASAN CoP and at the same time take part in day 2 of the AGUASAN Workshop and benefit from practical insight presentations, a panel discussion, market place and lots of networking opportunities with 60+ water and sanitation experts from all over the world.

Please find more information on the venue, program and participants in the documents hereafter:

If you wish to sign up, please write an email to Roger Schmid (


Swiss Junior Water Prize 2018

Laura Bauer from Jona (SG) wins the Swiss Junior Water Prize 2018

Neuchâtel (28th April 2018) – The national contest for young researchers, Swiss Youth in Science, closed its 52th edition recognising the efforts of the 116 participants who made it to the final. The Swiss Junior Water Prize 2018 was granted to Laura Bauer, a talented young student (17) from the  from the Kantonsschule Wattwil (SG)  for her work “Littorella uniflora am oberen Zürichsee – Untersuchung der aktuellen Verbreitung und Ökologie einer gefährdeten Art”, a research on a highly endangered water plan in Switzerland.

The awarded entry is a meticulous research project that highlights the effects of human intervention on the delicate balance of water ecosystems. Laura Bauer was able to locate a colony of shoreweed on the upper shore of Lake Zürich, where this species had not been documented before. The increase of settlements around the lake has affected the natural fluctuations on the water level, which are critical for the reproduction of the plant. With her work, Laura makes an important scientific contribution towards the conservation of this aquatic plant in Switzerland. Furthermore, she has committed to surveillance of the locality where she spotted the shoreweed for the Foundation Infoflora.

The jury acknowledged Laura´s work the distinction “excellent” and commented with the following words “Laura Bauer performed an excellent bio-ecological analysis of the shoreweed (Littorella uniflora), a highly endangered Swiss plant species. She was able to discuss the distribution of shoreweed in the upper Lake of Zurich, due to her extensive research on water quality, substrate composition, competition (algae and macrophytes), differences in water levels and further parameters. Her precise data enables the author to give solid conclusions on survival and protection of this plant.”

About Swiss Junior Water Prize

The Swiss Junior Water Prize recognizes young students between 15 and 20 years old, who have conducted outstanding school projects related to water and sanitation with proven environmental, scientific, social or technological significance. The winner is entitled to represent Switzerland in the international competition Stockholm Junior Water Prize, held during the World Water Week. The Swiss Junior Water Prize is a joint effort of the Swiss Water Partnership and the Swiss Toilet Organisation, aiming to encourage Swiss Youth to grow an interest in water and sustainability issues.


The Swiss Junior Water Prize can be carried out thanks to the sponsorship of the following organisations.

Skat Consulting Ltd.

Georg Fischer 

Amstein + Walthert

A special recognition to VSA for their contribution to enhancing the visibility of the Swiss Junior Water Prize within the water sector.


By interest to support the Swiss Junior Water Prize, please contact or

SWP Steering Board Elections 2018


In 2018, out of the 12 Steering Board (SB) Members, 8 are facing the end of mandate.

Two Steering Board Members out of the 8 have decided to end their mandate officially this year at the General Assembly (red in table below) meaning two seats are open for the SB elections:

  • Jean-Benoit Charrin, Farmstrong Foundation (independent)
  • Ulrich Steiner, Holinger AG (private)

To succeed the two SB seats, three candidatures have been submitted to the secretariat (profile description below):

  • Derko Kopitopoulos (Ecopsis)
  • Roland Metzler (IBG)
  • Andreas Zysset (EBP)

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Further, the following six Steering Board Members, out of the 8 members whose term will finish this year, have expressed their interest to run for another term and will need to be re-elected (blue in table below):

  • Olga Darazs, CSD Engineers (Private) | Co-Chair of the SWP
  • Johannes Heeb, Cewas (Private)
  • Eric Plan, CleantechAlps (Network/Professional Association)
  • Chris Zurbrügg, Eawag (Research)
  • Nidal Salim, GIWEH (Non Profit)
  • Edi Medilanski, SECO (Public)

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Candidates Profile

The following three candidates are running for election for the two vacant seats in the SWP Steering Board. We therefore ask you to vote for your two favorite candidates online.

Derko Kopitopoulos, Director and Project Consultant | Ecopsis Sa

Graduated as a civil engineer (EPFL 1985) Mr Kopitopoulos has been dedicated to the development of the sanitation sector first in Switzerland, then at international level. Founder (1992) and director of the company ECOPSIS S.A., he has had the opportunity to run or participate in many sanitation and wastewater projects around the world. He has contributed to the drafting of national sanitation policies in a dozen of countries. Today, Mr. Kopitopoulos provides consultancy services through ECOPSIS as a senior advisor to national and international donors, regional/local authorities, public utilities and private sector representatives, taking into account the needs, demands and expectations of the final beneficiaries for sustainable sanitation services. More information on

Mr. Kopitopoulos’s statement: “Switzerland has a vibrant and dynamic water sector based on values such as the promotion of dialog, integrity, solidarity – and pragmatism. It is worth sharing! I believe that the SWP provides a unique opportunity to promote “the Swiss approach” internationally and wish to contribute so our “Swiss Voice” get stronger. I also hope to contribute by sharing some of my experience of the private sector and the international markets in the sanitation and water sectors.”

Roland Metzler, Director | IBG Ltd.

Roland Metzler is the Director of the Engineering Company IBG Ltd. (part of the Holinger Group), which is active in the Water and Wastewater Sector.

Roland Metzler has close to 15 years of experience in international and national projects in the field of Water Supply, Wastewater Treatment, Waste Management, Contaminated Sites and Renewable Energies. He is also well-versed in the following area: Procurement of Equipment, Internationally financed Projects, as well as Finance Engineering.

During his career, Roland Metzler worked with a number of international financial institutions such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). He also had the opportunity to work with the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Mr. Metzler’s statement: “I truly believe that my skills in the development of projects and my ability to handle the different institutions (listed above) would be a great asset to the members of the SWP Steering Board. I will bring my knowledge and various skills to contribute to the SWP and promote its values and projects. I believe that my positive personality will allow me to integrate the team smoothly. My profile will hopefully complete and nicely fit the already diverse profiles of the actual board.”

Andreas Zysset, Director of the Environment and Water Division | EBP Schweiz AG

Dr. Andreas ZYSSET, director of the Environment and Water Division at EBP Schweiz AG, member of its executive board and partner, is an engineer (PhD) and a trained diplomat, with supplementary training in financial planning and accounting. Through many different institutional and technical projects in Switzerland, Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa, Mr. Zysset gained a profound insight into the institutional and regulatory framework of the water sector in different countries, their service levels and shortcomings.

In Switzerland, Mr. Zysset advises the federal authorities on possible future institutional models and value-added improvements in the water sector, including climate change adaptation, use of water resources in extraordinary circumstances, and on federal and cantonal roles and responsibilities in flood control management.

Mr. Zysset’s statement: “The Swiss Water Partnership (SWP) offers a unique platform, bringing together Swiss actors in the international water sector from all domains. Should I get elected as member of the Steering Board, together with my colleagues I will endeavor to foster joint initiatives of SWP members, making its shared values (solidarity and integrity) for water tangible.”

Vote for the Steering Board Members here!

More Information: Steering Board Elections 2018 Procedure and Candidates