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6 February, 2018

With passion for water

Despite having participated in numerous science fairs, the
 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) 2017 remains one the most
 memorable experiences for Krtin Nithiyanandam who participated last year.

Krtin Nithiyanandam is a 17-year student from London. This is his story from his SJWP experience 2017.


With one clear goal in mind – to identify
 student innovation within water research – the SJWP enhances
 a common interest present within each of the finalists and
 provides an opportunity for students to showcase their water
 research to an active and interested global community.

My passion for water-research stems from my desire to be 
able to advance global health. I believe that democratizing
 access to basic humanitarian resources, such as water, will
 allow humanity to combat disease, famine and malnutrition. 
I see sustainable, and accessible, water-purification as a 
means of accomplishing this goal and it was this realization 
that inspired my entry to the SJWP – which was a cellulose-based
 bioplastic capable of cheaply removing several water pollutants.

The SJWP international jury was comprised of experts from 
all areas of water research, from civil engineering to science 
communication. Their intuitiveness and ability to constructively 
scrutinize our research from professional perspectives 
was particularly outstanding; the international jury rapidly 
picked up on the intricate details mentioned in our oral
 presentations and ascertained their applications. For example, 
Professor Yoshihisa Shimizu explored the potential use of my
water-purifying bioplastic to clear the radioactive water pollutants 
around the Fukushima coast in his native Japan, and 
Ms. Fabienne Bertrand was particularly interested how my 
research was socially sustainable so it could be effectively implemented
 in countries like Haiti, where she is predominantly 

Although a competition with a singular focus on water,
the SJWP encourages projects spanning several disciplines,
from bio-engineering to social policy; I hadn’t realised how 
diverse a field water-research truly was.

We were fortunate enough to attend some of the World Water 
Week seminars, during which we heard world leaders and water advocates describe their unparalleled work in democratizing 
water access and ensuring water security for future
 generations. A particularly insightful presentation was that by 
Professor Stephen McCaffrey: he highlighted how water was a
 powerful resource that had implications from political diplomacy 
to advancing global public health. Professor McCaffrey
 described his inspirational role in consolidating the Cooperative
 Framework Agreement between the Nile riparian states, thus 
opening numerous possibilities for sustainable socio-economic
development – all thanks to the fair partitioning of vital water
 resources in the Nile Basin.

The week in Stockholm certainly motivated me to further 
pursue my water research in the endeavour of addressing 
public health. The SJWP cultivated an atmosphere of collaboration instead of competition, and has gifted me with lifelong friends from a diverse,
international community, with whom I hope I will someday be
 able to collaborate with to solve some of the world’s greatest
 water challenges.