The Participation of Cyprus in the «Stockholm Junior Water Prize» in Sweden

The annual International Conference «Stockholm International Water Week», a conference dedicated to water issues, was organised in Stockholm from the 2nd to the 6th of September 2013. As part of the annual Conference, a competition is organised every year among senior high school students from around the globe, who present their studies/projects related to water.

This year, for the third consecutive year, Cyprus participated in this international competition with the student who won the Cypriot competition, organised by the Limassol Water Museum. The student was Antonis Antoniades from the Grammar School of Nicosia, whose proposal was the creation of a sustainable desalination system with renewable energy sources, by using brine as a means of storing energy.

Antonis Antoniades participated in the competition with 57 young students from 29 countries. All the students were hosted by the organisers and, for five days, they had the opportunity to get to know each other, to exchange ideas, to establish friendships with other individuals who share a common interest in Science and Research, as well as to visit Stockholm.

The contestants prepared posters, portraying the general principles of their study, which were posted in a special exhibition venue at the Stockholm International Fair. A six-member International Jury studied the proposals, visited the exhibition and interviewed separately each contestant. The decision for the award was based on the submitted study, the presentation (poster) and the performance of the contestant during the interview. The reward was a crystal sculpture, accompanied by the amount of $5,000, which was awarded to the winners – the Chilean group – by Princess Victoria of Sweden. The group from Chile detected the existence of psychophiles in Antarctica, elements that are able to metabolize phenanthrene (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, PAH), as a unique source of carbon, used in order to biologically clean contaminated water in extremely low temperatures.

More information, photos and videos are posted on the Organisation’s website at: http://www.siwi.org/stockholmjuniorwaterprize

This year’s sponsors for the participation of Cyprus were the Hellenic Bank, PwC, the Cyprus University of Technology and Green Dot. The media sponsor was the newspaper ‘Phileleftheros’.

The Water Museum of Limassol has already launched the call for this year’s competition for Cyprus.

More information is posted on the website of the Water Board of Lemesos (www.wbl.com.cy) and will be sent directly to all the senior high schools (public and private) as well as to the Technical Schools of Cyprus.

On the first photo below: Mrs Melina Savva, Chargé d’affaires a.i./Consul of our Embassy in Stockholm with the group from Cyprus, Mrs Persa Papaioannou, Member of the Board of Directors, Mr Clitos Paisanos, Senior Clerk of the WBL, as well as the student who represented Cyprus, Antonis Antoniades. On the second photo, the student Antonis Antoniades presents his study before the International Jury and on the third photo, Princess Victoria of Sweden is shaking hands with the Cypriot student, Antonis Antoniades.