2016 Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize (ASJWP) winner announced

Once again we are thrilled to announce that Mohamed Jakaria, QAHS 2015 graduate,  has been named the 2016 Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize winner.

Farquhar, DanielQAHS was represented by two finalists this year, Daniel Farquhar (pictured right), whose research topic was To what extent does pH, Salinity, Turbidity and Dissolved Oxygen Levels affect the Quality of Water as it moves inland on the Gold Coast? and Mohamed who researched The effect of increasing surface area of Elodea canadensis on nitrate levels in effluent discharged from Beenleigh wastewater treatment plant in South-East Queensland, Australia.

The finalists and winner, were announced last Wednesday 18 May at the Ozwater Gala Dinner. Mohamed attended the dinner and made a very impressive and inspiring speech upon accepting the prize – which was highlighted by a keynote speaker at the conference the following day.

The ASJWP is an annual water science competition for high school students focusing on projects aimed at improving the quality of life through improvement of water quality, water resources management, water protection and water and wastewater treatment. This award aims to increase interest in water-related issues and research and to raise awareness and knowledge of global water challenges.  The scope of a student’s project may be on a local, regional, national or global topic but must have the potential to improve quality of life and/or the environment.

The next step for Mohamed is to prepare for the International Final in Stockholm (28 August – 2 September, 2016). We wish him good luck for his trip to Sweden and look forward to hearing about this experience later in the year.

Mohamed and Daniel make up a total of 13 QAHS students to make this level in the ASJWP in the last seven years, with five winning first place and a trip to Sweden for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize international event.

Ms Trudy Newlove
Science Operations Officer

Pictured presenting Mohamed with his award is on the left, Jim Athanas, Managing Director – Oceania, Xylem (Award Sponsor)  and on the right Peter Moore, President, Australian Water Association. Photographer Iain Bond.