Distinguished experts from our universities, government, research institutions, and the industry will be invited to judge the entries. The judging criteria are as follows:


The relevance of the project both in terms of scientific relevance and overall environmental and societal relevance:

  • Does the project target an important challenge within the water environment?
  • Is the project scientifically relevant (can the scientific level be related to basic, applied research and are the results directly applicable for implementation?)
  • Can the project contribute to the improvement of the quality of
    • the environment?
    • life of people?
  • Is the project proposing innovative solutions to unsolved problems?
  • Does the project increase the awareness of water issues?
  • Does the project integrate environmental and societal issues?

Creative ability

Creative ability shows the creativity of the project in relation to:

  • How to pose a problem
  • How to solve a problem
  • Analyzing data
  • Experiments or investigations
  • How to mediate and make the affected parties aware of the problem.


  • Is there a clearly defined idea on which a result can be achieved?
  • Is the problem well defined?
  • In what way has it been limited?
  • Has the work been planned accordingly?
  • Is there adequate information upon which to draw conclusions?
  • Have the possible misinterpretations of the data been taken into consideration?
  • Are there any new questions or suggestions for continued research?

Subject Knowledge

Is the student familiar with the literature and ongoing research in the field?

  • Upon what sources has the work been based?
  • Is the list of references satisfactory? (Have the references really been studied?)
  • To what extent have sources of popular science been consulted?
  • Is the author familiar with the topic dealt with his/her work?
  • Is the author knowledgeable of ongoing research in the field? Terminology?
  • Is the author familiar with alternative solutions?

Practical Skills

  • Has the student made the exhibit himself/or herself?
  • Has he/she carried out the measurements, etc.?
  • What help has been provided by parents, teachers, professionals, etc.?
  • Has advantage been taken of material available in school?
  • From where has the equipment been obtained for the exhibit? Was it self-made?
  • How well has available technique been used?

Report and Presentation 

  • Can the student present the work in a proper and informative way, both written, verbally and through the exhibit?
  • Is the content of the work well structured?
  • Is the level of the text, illustrations, diagrams and the language in the written report sufficient?
  • Is the display appealing with regards to any special qualities and personal touch?
  • Is there a relationship between the display and text material?

The International Jury and Judging Criteria

An International Jury of experts within the water field appoints the winner of the international competition. The judging criteria of the International Jury are based on the overall relevance of the project, both in terms of scientific significance and overall importance for the environment and society. The jury further assesses the creative ability, methodology and subject knowledge reflected in the work. The practical skills, as well as the report and presentation, are also the basis for judgement. Please contact your National Organiser or the SJWP secretariat if you want to obtain more detailed information on the judging criteria.

The International Final

During their time in Stockholm, the international finalists take part in daily social, educational, and cultural events, including a tour of beautiful Stockholm city naturally, the thrilling prize ceremony. One of the highlights of the World Water Week in Stockholm, the prize ceremony features inspired speeches from distinguished members of the water community.

Students Written Report and Project Display

Before arriving at the International Final in Stockholm, the finalists will have prepared their digital i-posters. The display i-poster is part of the contestants’ project and is used to exhibit the essential parts of the work. The display i-poster may include illustrations and demonstration material. Participants shall provide a written report and a project i-poster display for public exhibition. The report must be written in English including an abstract as well as a separate description of the project for publication in the finalist catalog. A detailed and accurate description of the support received in carrying out the project should also be included. Together with figures, photographs, tables, and annexes, the report must not exceed 20 pages of A4, including the preliminary matters. The national organiser is responsible to submit the requested information. Brief nomination guidelines are included in the form.