About the Water is Life Associaton


Water is life. One of the most fundamental challenges facing the world today is how we can manage and develop this precious resource in the face of growing demand, climate changes, pollution issues, rising of sealevels, and anticipating economic growth in a responsible and environmentally sustainable way.In a world characterized by increased global inter-connecting, the local and global challenges surrounding water issues are increasingly complex.

Our mission

We need to prepare our generation for the future by developing, in our youth, the knowledge and leadership necessary to manage and overcome water challenges. The Water is Life Association brings bright young students from different countries together in a meeting of hearts and minds. It seeks to plant the seeds of friendship and dialogue, instill awareness on the issue of water management and develop scientific, diplomatic and leadership skills in young participants.
Our vision for this initiative is to nurture future young leaders for the effective stewardship of water resources through international cooperation, in line with resolution 65/154 adopted by the UN General Assembly on the International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013.


The Water is Life Association is a cooperation between Raffles Institution Singapore and Maurick College The Netherlands.
The Water is Life Association organises every second year an international water-conference for highschool-students to provide them with a discussion platform to share local research-results in the broad perspective of multidisciplined water-issues.


  • To create deeper awareness and instill a sense of urgency regarding water security and sustainability issues through keynote addresses, dialogue sessions and student presentations on water management strategies and challenges in their countries;
  • To facilitate the development and sharing of scientific innovation in water technologies and water ecology through a scientific symposium;
  • To develop friendship and collaborative networks for future exchange and research projects on water technologies through cultural exchange, collaborative workshops;
  • To develop leadership and diplomatic skills in participants through facilitation sessions that incorporate dynamic workshops and activities aimed at developing their organisational skills, ability to lead and work as a team.

This site is made by

  • Frans van Horssen (Management & Programming)