Q: My poster display was damaged during shipment. There is no way that I can get it repaired. What do I do? Will this count against me?
A: No, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) competition is primarily judged on the content of the paper and the presentation. The jury looks to the display board to see if all of the technical information is presented. Damage to this board will not affect how you are judged.
Q: Several countries have very sophisticated displays while mine is a cardboard display of standard size. Will the competitors with the elaborate displays receive extra credit – do I stand a chance of winning with my poster?
A: Again, the display is not the main judging criteria for the SJWP. Judges are interested in the content of the paper and how the students present this information.
Q: When the judges interview us, what should we expect?
A: Generally, the judges allow 15 minutes per interview. During each interview, the finalists are expected to use approximately 5 minutes to present their project. The remaining time, the judges prefer ask questions.
Q: How many times do I present my project to the jury?
A: There are three jury groups and the projects should be presented to all members of the jury. Hence, the finalists will give their presentation three times.
Q: The jury did not spend ten minutes with me. What does this mean?
A: When the interviews take place, the jury has already read the papers and prepared questions to clarify technical information and to give them a better understanding of your project. If your paper is informative and well presented, it may be that the judges have all the information they need.
Q: Will the judges understand my project?
A: Yes, the members of the jury are water experts with extensive experience from a wide range of disciplines.
Q: I wish to show a Power Point presentation which lasts longer than 15 minutes. Will the jury let me use more time?
A: No, 15 minutes is the limit. In general, Power Point presentations are discouraged since the jury prefers interaction with the students.
Q: Will the jury come with constructive comments in order to help us develop the project?
Q: Will the jury be available after the event to give us additional comments regarding our work?
Q: Will the jury give us written feedback on our projects?
Q: I need to use a laptop or other technical equipment. Will my outlet/plug fit into a Swedish socket?
A: Probably not, see picture below of Swedish socket and outlet. The Swedish voltage is 220 V. Make sure to bring adapter and/or transformer.
Q: Where can I store my computer at the end of the day?
A: Please bring it to your room at the hotel. There is a safety box in each hotel room. We are not responsible for computers or any other technical, sensitive or valuable equipment. Make sure it is insured before you travel to Stockholm
Q: What will happen when I arrive at the airport?
A: Make sure you get in contact with one of members of the SJWP-team. They will be in terminal 5 at arrival level, very close to the customs.
Q: What do I do if I get lost at the Airport when arriving?
A: First, look for one of our team members with the SJWP sign (see pictures below). Second, go to the information desk in terminal 5 and ask them to call for Stockholm Junior Water Prize team members. Wait until we arrive at the information desk.
Q: Where can I exchange money?
A: We strongly recommend that you exchange money at “Forex”: http://www.forex.se/ on arrival at Arlanda Airport.
Q: How do I get to the hotel?
A: On arrival the SJWP-team will direct to a minivan which will take you to hotel Scandic Park.
Q I am travelling to Stockholm together with my parents, my teacher and the national organizer. Is it possible to take them to their hotel using minivan provided by SJWP ?
A: No, we only have room for the finalists in the minivan. National organizers and accompanying persons have to arrange their own transportation. There are several ways to get to the city center from the Airport such as express trains, taxi and busses.
Q: Can I call my family when I arrive?
A: Yes. Each person can make one phone call on our behalf. Ask the SJWP team members for the phones when you arrive at the hostel. For additional phone calls you need to cover the cost yourself. For 100 SEK you can get a phone card which will last for 30 minutes up to 6 hours depending on which country you are calling to
Climate and Clothing
Q: What’s the climate like?
A: The weather in Stockholm at this time of the year is usually cool with temperatures between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius; rain may occur. Therefore we recommend that you bring warm clothes as well as something to wear against the rain.
Q: What kind of clothes should I bring?
A: You find detailed information on what clothes to bring in the Finalists Welcome Letter.
Q: What’s the Dress code for the SJWP Reception and Award ceremony and the?
A: SJWP Reception and Award Ceremony
For the SJWP award Ceremony during the World Water Week we have the following suggestions: Female: national dress, dress, skirt or a pair of trousers with blouse or School uniforms. No jeans, t-shirt, college sweatshirts or sneakers are allowed.
Male: national dress, suit, nice trousers, shirt with or without tie. School uniform. No jeans, t-shirts, college-sweatshirts or sneakers are allowed.
Q: Will I need to bring any particular type of shoes except the ones for the SJWP Award Ceremony?
A: Yes, it will be very useful to bring a pair of shoes that are comfortable walking in.
Q: Can I drink the tap water in Sweden?
A: Yes. Tap water in Sweden is very safe.
Q: Where can I access the internet?
A: At the hotel there are several computers in the lobby where you can access the internet for free. There will also be free internet in hotel rooms.
Q: What should the team prepare for the Cultural cabaret?
A: You can make a small performance, share a game typical of your country, sing a song, read a poem, dance or give a taste of food. But, don’t worry it is just for fun.