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It may not have made headlines today, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important: the latest news about the Changemaker Challenge!

And the winner is……

Today it’s Monday May 14, and we’re prying open our eyes to look back on a special weekend. No, we’re not talking about the Songfestival (too bad Waylon). Last weekend we organized the semi finals and the finals of Dopper Foundation’s Changemaker Challenge; a competition […]

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Here are the semi finalists!

Today, you are probably minding your own business, drinking some water to ease your headache that might’ve been the result of another party. And then: BAM! You are one of the semi finalists of the Changemaker Challenge! It could happen to you. Is your name […]

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Meet our judges!

You enter the stage, the spotlight shines in your face, and you hope those comfy looking chairs will turn when they hear your research proposal. But who is sitting in these chairs? Meet the judges of the Changemaker Challenge, the experts who decide whether your research gets a chance to change the world forever.

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30 DAYS LEFT TO SEND US YOUR RESEARCH PROPOSAL!

The preparations are in full swing, we’re spreading posters at every university and we want to be present at every student event to inform all students about The Changemaker Challenge. The recruitment process of the second edition has started and we are fully engaged in motivating all students who write their theses about plastic and / or water to submit their research proposal.

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The finals 2017

On 22 March, World Water Day, it was all hands on deck for the 11 Changemaker Challenge finalists competing for the prize of € 3,000. Because the sizzling final was battled out aboard the Pasaat sailing vessel! Perfectly peacefully, of course.

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Rossella Messina

Microplastics have already been found in various brands of German beer, but no research has yet been carried out to ascertain whether our drinking water has been contaminated with these miniscule plastic particles. Rosella is going to change that!

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Brigit van Brenk

Due to growing use, wastewater increasingly contains traces of medicines and pesticides. Brigit has come up with a way to break down these substances naturally with a superrrr mushroom!

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Alejandro Medina Aristizábal

In La Guajira, a desert region in the north of Colombia, many children die every year due to a lack of safe drinking water. Changemaker Challenge finalist Alejandro wants to use his invention to counter this.

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Mohammad Rafiqul Islam

Virtually nowhere else are the effects of climate change as visible as in Bangladesh, where periods of drought alternate with floods. Finalist Mohammed wants to investigate whether it is possible to harvest rainwater with the aid of microcredit.

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Eric Ziemann

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently sounded the alarm about antibiotic resistance. How can we detect even the smallest residues of antibiotics in water? Water Technology student Eric is going to find out!

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Ira Wardani

The Citarum River in Indonesia is one of the most important rivers in Java, as well as one of the most polluted rivers in the world. Ira wants to find out how can we prevent waterborne diseases amongst the surrounding residents of this river!

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Gayathri Jaikumar

Changemaker Challenge finalist Gayathri wants to study how primary and secondary microplastics are dispersed through the marine ecosystem. To do that, she is starting at the basis of the food chain: water fleas!

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Lucas van der Maas

There is no successful method for the biorecycling of bio-plastics without loss of raw materials and energy. Changemaker Challenge finalist Lucas wants to develop a solution for this using micro-organisms.

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Report finals

A palpable tension is in the air in the hall of the Utrecht University on 9 February. However, this time the damp armpits and stressed little faces aren’t the result of any exams, but are caused by the breath-taking Changemaker Challenge semi-finals.

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Doing research for a company? You can still participate!

Are you writing your research at a company? No worries! You can still participate in the Changemaker Challenge.

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Changemaker Challenge does not cause study delay

Even though you probably love the student live, you are also looking forward to handing in your Master’s thesis. Therefore, we have organized the Changemaker Challenge in such a way that it will not cause study delay.

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Dopper Foundation is looking for Changemakers!

The Changemaker Challenge is a Dopper Foundation initiative. Worldwide, this Foundation is fighting against single-use plastic and for clean drinking water, by – among other things – gaining knowledge about these subjects.

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