It all started with an Extended Essay!

Congratulations to QAHS 2013 graduate Lewis Nitschinsk who has won the Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize and will travel to Sweden for the international competition in September this year.

Lewis with his entry in BHP


Lewis’ winning research is An investigation into the optimal reclamation point of phosphate from an industrial waste water treatment facility through chemical precipitation using calcium chloride.


ASJWP logoSJWP – Bringing Together the World’s Brightest Young Scientists: for 17 years, Stockholm Junior Water Prize has congregated the world’s most imaginative young minds for an outstanding competition in the capital of Sweden, encouraging their continued interest in water and sustainability issues.

Each year, thousands of participants in over 30 countries all around the globe join national competitions in the hopes of earning the chance to represent their nation at the international final held during the World Water Week in Stockholm.

The national and international competitions are open to young people between the ages of 15 and 20 who have conducted water-related projects of proven environmental, scientific, social or technological significance. The projects range from local or regional to national or global topics.

The winner of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize receives a USD$15,000 award, a blue crystal prize sculpture, a diploma as well as the stay in Stockholm. H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is the Patron of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

Finalists from the participating countries are invited to Stockholm for five consecutive days where they actively take part in the global conference through a variety of activities. Inside the World Water Week conference venue, a poster exhibition of all student projects will give the finalists an opportunity to discuss their projects with the wide range of conference attendees, including researchers, politicians and media. Each of the finalists is further interviewed by a jury of international experts, who decide on the winner announced at the prize ceremony.

During their time in Stockholm, the winners of the national competitions get the opportunity to meet and learn from the present leaders of the global water community, and get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to receive the international prize during an exciting award ceremony. The students also make life-long friendships with international compatriots who share a passion for water and science.

Well done also to our 2013 graduates Sakhi Doshi and Aakanksha Bose who were finalists this year.  QAHS has now had nine ASJWP finalists in five years with three national winners.  We wish Lewis good luck for his trip to Sweden – a great follow-up to his trip to the  Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, USA in May!

Jane Sleeman