Postgraduate studies in Sustainable Water Resources at ETH Zurich

Applications are now being accepted for the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Sustainable Water Resources, a one year full time study and research program at the Institute of Environmental Engineering, ETH Zurich.

The MAS is designed to advance the knowledge of engineers, scientists, and water resources managers on sustainable water use in a changing world, preparing them to face the challenges of the future.

For further information, visit the MAS website or write to The deadline for application is March 30, 2021 for a starting date of September 20, 2021.

If you are interested in joining this unique program please start the application process now.

Swiss Junior Water Prize 2020 to be Youth Ambassador

Anna Sidonia Marugg becomes Youth Ambassador at the SWCF

The winner of the Swiss Junior Water Prize 2020 has joined the organisation of the Swiss Water and Climate Forum as Youth Ambassador. Anna Sidonia Marugg will be collaborating with representatives of the academia, civil society, private and public sector in a platform for mitigation and adaptation to climate change in Switzerland. In her role as Youth Ambassador, Anna Sidonia hopes to address the younger generations to get involved in the challenges posed by climate change in Switzerland and to contribute with innovative solutions at regional level.

The Swiss Water and Climate Forum is a large-scale project generator for the regionalisation of the climate and water debate. The Forum is conceived as a two-year cycle of regional activities, during which sustainable initiatives for the promotion of Swiss climate resilience emerge. The first gathering of the Forum will take place in Willisau (LU) from 8th to 10th September 2021

Sponsors Swiss-JWP

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

Skat Consulting Ltd.

Xlylem, Inc.

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


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Presentation New SWP Members 2020

The new SWP members of 2020 presented their water projects and told us their motivation to become member of the Swiss Water Partnership. The following speakers introduced us to their projects:

  • Michael Szönyi, Zurich Insurance
  • Devi Bühler, Institute of Natural Resource Science, University of Applied Science Zürich (ZHAW)
  • Tatenda Lemann, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern
  • Fabio Hüther, Evodrop
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Burkhardt, Institute of Environmental and Process Engineering (UMTEC), University of Applied Science Eastern Switzerland (OST)

See the presentations here.

45th Session Human Right Council_Online side-event - Ten years after the proclamation of the right to water: challenges and perspectives in times of crisis

Sep 23, 2020 | 13:00 pm – 14:45 pm 

The Geneva Water Hub together with the Permanent Mission of Togo to the UN Office in Geneva and UNICEF is organizing a side-event during the current session of the Human Rights Council.

The year 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the proclamation of the right to water as a fundamental human right by the United Nations General Assembly. Despite important developments such as its inclusion in national constitutions and legislations or its definition by international mechanisms and bodies, there are still many challenges for its realization at the universal level. These challenges have been highlighted and amplified by COVID-19. The year 2020 is a pivotal year in more than one way: it does not only mark the 10th anniversary of the proclamation of the right to water, but it is also 10 years away from the deadline for the achievement of the  Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Thus, with the current COVID-19 pandemic, the issues at stake and challenges related to the realization of the right to water are particularly highlighted.

The objective of the online event “Ten years after the proclamation of the right to water: challenges and perspectives in times of crisis” is to take stock of the right to water 10 years after its universal recognition. It will highlight the role of the right to water in times of crisis, especially in the context of current humanitarian and health crisis. In this context, the Geneva List of Principles on the Protection of Water Infrastructure developed by the Platform for International Water Law of the Geneva Water Hub and its partners will also be presented.


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WWWeek at home 2020 - SWP Sessions

On 27 August 2020 the World Water Week at home has successfully come to an end with the Swiss Water Partnership co-hosting three sessions: “Switzerland: Blessing or Curse for Water in the World?, “Water Data Scarcity – overcoming gaps for decision-making towards climate resilience” and Solving the Water-Climate-Puzzle by connecting youth stories and decision-makers. All sessions with a total of 19 conveners attracted around 200 attendees from 28 different countries. By clicking on the title you can watch the recording of the session.

Switzerland: Blessing or Curse for the Water in the World? 

Sustainable water use in the face of increasing climate risks is the responsibility of all stakeholders linked through global supply chains. In this session, Swiss water sector players shared their experiences and viewpoints on Switzerland’s key role in water stewardship around the globe from four angles, actively engaging participants.

Switzerland is often portrayed as one of the leaders in responsible water management and WASH innovation. While certainly contributing to improved water management and governance around the globe, it has at the same time a significant water footprint: A remarkable 82% results from imported goods and services, often from water-scarce regions affected by climate change. The influence of the tiny alpine nation reaches far beyond its borders, not only due to multinational corporations with seats in Switzerland but also as the world’s biggest offshore banking and financial marketplace, and as seat of 65 of the world’s largest shipping companies controlling 22% of the global maritime trade.

The session demonstrated four angles of Switzerland’s role in responsible water use and stewardship in relation to climate resilience around the globe:

  1. Experience with the use of innovative technology for measuring water use for climate-resilient agriculture at local level.
  2. Cases of Swiss international development support to small-scale producers to optimize climate-smart water use in agricultural value chains.
  3. Progress and challenges on Swiss policy on virtual water trade.
  4. Ways forward to reduce the water and carbon footprint through consumption decisions of Swiss consumers and retailers.

The key messages of the session were:

  1. Swiss actors and their partners are actively contributing solutions to SDG 6.4 on water.
  2. It is not only about optimising water use. Often the use of inputs and other resources can be optimised, for greater local incomes and environmental sustainability. These multiple dimensions of water use need to be increasingly considered.
  3. Stakeholders, linked through global supply chains, have different roles and responsibilities in sustainable water and resource use, through their decisions.

Water Data Scarcity – overcoming gaps for decision-making towards climate resilience

Water data scarcity highly impacts decision-making in water resource policy and management. This session provides insights into current developments and cost-effective solutions to overcome water data scarcity for making informed decisions towards climate resilience. It enables the participants to learn and share their best practices in addressing water data gaps.

When water policy is not based on facts, it becomes jeopardized by individual aims and biases, losing sight of clear goals in view of society’s benefit. Water data scarcity is therefore a major cause for reduced effectivity of water policies as well as for the incapability of communities to take informed decisions towards climate-resilient water management.

Relevant data on water resources and its policies must be reliably collected, trustworthy managed, and comprehensively presented to decision-makers. Trust can only evolve, if the data acquisition, aggregation and transfer to policy-making is handled transparently and conclusions are reproducible.

Progress in recent technology has opened new opportunities for collecting, aggregating, storing as well as communicating data. Nowadays beneficiaries can be involved easily and thus can develop ownership. At the same time, the validation of data can become more challenging.

The key messages of the session were:

  1. Reliable, open data is needed and it has to be defined which institution is in charge.
  2. With low-cost data collection with inclusion of the local communities we can increase awareness and get more reliable data.
  3. For policy reforms concerning climate change, long-time series need to be collected, starting now to see trends and to know where we are heading to.

Solving the Water-Climate-Puzzle by connecting youth stories and decision-makers

This session explored ways to solve and make connections that build into the Water-Climate-Puzzle by using youth stories as a dynamic narrative and to connect them with decision-makers to bridge the gap between science, policy and generations.

The impacts of climate change manifests itself most visibly through water and the future generations are at risk! Showcasing real stories from across the globe, we opened a dialogue with decision-makers on how policies affect the life of young people and how young leaders provide concrete, tangible answers to climate and water challenges and aim to influence decision-making. The session tried to answer the following question: How can policy makers effectively incorporate insights and lessons from youth-led initiatives in the water-climate nexus? The format of the webinar was dedicated breakout sessions allowing deepdive discussions on research, advocacy and from the field, bringing together young leaders and decision makers. The session was cartoon live and streamed online. 

The key messages of this session were:

More than mere beneficiaries, youth are central actors and stakeholders in the achievement of the sustainable development goals related to the water and climate nexus. Worldwide, young women and men are proposing and implementing concrete solutions in the fields of research, advocacy and on the field. To be successful the youth needs to be perseverant. “Dare to be bold! Make sure you are heard! Please realise your knowledge is at the forefront of what is available in the sector, please share it. Don’t be discouraged by the slowness of the sector to embrace new things!” said Mr Pim van der Male. If young leaders have the responsibility to be Strong-willed, they should not have to handle the burden of changing water policy-making on their own. We have a common responsibility. The importance of dialogue is thus reaffirmed. In order for young people and decision-makers to work together, we must multiply the spaces for dialogue and the development of a common vision.

WWWeek at home

To help bridge the gap between the 2019 and 2021 World Water Weeks, SIWI is inviting you to join the WWWeek At Home between 24 and 28 August 2020. WWWeek At Home will bring together convenor-hosted, virtual adaptations of sessions on water and climate change originally destined for World Water Week 2020.

Swiss Water Partnership is co-convening four sessions:

Wednesday 26 August 2020

1 pm (CET): Solving the Water-Climate-Puzzle by connecting youth stories and decision-makers

Thursday 27 August 2020

10 am (CET): Co-Benefits of Implementing NBS for Climate-Related Water and Flood Management

2 pm (CET): Switzerland: Blessing or Curse for Water in the World?

3 pm (CET): Water DATA scarcity– overcoming gaps for decision-making towards climate resilience

Click on the links to find out more about the sessions and register.

Support the Swiss Finalist until the 10th August!

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2020 is carried out online! Despite the challenges that COVID-19 brought to all areas, 30 countries managed to pull out their national competitions and the selected projects are competing to win the international award.

Additionally to the prestigious prize, which will be designated as usual by the jury of international water experts, for the first time ever a finalist will be recognised with the People´s Choice Award, giving the audience the possibility to support their favourite projects. The interesting point about this award is that the winner could have the opportunity to visit the Stockholm World Water Week next year as a special guest, compensating for the cancelled event in 2020.
The Swiss finalist is Anna Sidonia Marugg, who conducted an excellent project researching on the presence of microplastics in alpine water systems. Support Anna Sidonia´s passion for science by voting for her amazing project!
You can see the Swiss entry here


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

Swiss Entry to the Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2020

Despite the cancellation of the Stockholm World Water Week 2020, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2020 will be carried out in a modified format. Most countries were able to pull out National Contests under the current challenging situation, and the finalists have already submitted their projects to be evaluated by the international jury. This year, after the jury evaluates the written projects, only a reduced number of finalists will be interviewed by the seven members of the jury using online platforms. The award ceremony will take place during the week of the 24th to 27th August 2020 and it will be broadcasted live.

A welcome addition to the contest are the finalists´ video presentations, or elevator pitches, which are now available on the SJWP Finalists´ platform, WaterTank. A “People´s Choice Award” is expected to be chosen by audience voting on the video presentations. The Swiss finalist Anna Sidonia Marugg made an attractive presentation of her project “First Evidence of Microplastics in the Waters of the Upper Engadine in Switzerland”

See Anna Sidonia Marugg´s project description and elevator pitch here


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

Skat Consulting Ltd.

Xlylem, Inc.


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