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Workshop measuring water quality

In the summer, we as Amsterdammers like to take a dip in the canals, the Amstel or the IJ. But what about the water quality?

During this workshop you learn everything about measuring the quality of (swimming) water. How do you find out whether or not you can take a dip in the water? When is there pollution and where does that come from? Can you measure the water quality yourself and how do you do that?

We take the time to build simple measuring devices ourselves and do experiments. In addition, there are (experiential) experts who tell us what it really is like with the water quality in Amsterdam. They know from their own experience or because they work at an official research institute, how you can collect the best data and what you need to know in order to get started yourself.

Are you curious about the quality of the water you like to swim in? Are you a real do-it-yourselfer, or a scientist in the shell? Then come along!

Thanks to cheap(er) technology, it is becoming easier as a non-scientist to collect reliable data about your own environment. In the Amsterdam Smart Citizen Lab we show you how this works and how you can contribute to a healthy city with simple do-it-yourself technology. In the Fablab van Waag you can make your own sensors, from high-tech to simple DIY solutions.

Admission is € 5, - (including a drink). This event will be (mainly) Dutch spoken.


Introduction to citizen science by Ivonne Jansen-Dings.

Experts from Waternet share their knowledge about the water quality of swimming water in Amsterdam and the latest ways to measure this.

Build simple DIY measuring devices and do experiments with water from the canals and the IJ.

Inventive DIY solutions for measuring swimming water, devised by the Sensemakers. They have been conducting their experiments around the Marineterrein in Amsterdam and are (as they say) becoming smart and wise by trial and error. Their project is called Waterbuoy. Ted van der Togt talks about their experiences and can explain all technical details.

How can you ensure that the data on water quality is easily accessible to the public, policy makers and experts? In the Amsterdecks project, Alain Otjens is concerned with data visualisation. What choices did he make when visualising data about water quality?

Questions and completion of the conversation.

About the Smart Citizens Lab

Throughout the year we organize Smart Citizens Lab workshops and design sessions aimed at improving and mapping the living environment. Together we develop do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) solutions and creative interventions. There is room to experiment and learn, to explore together what we want and how we can achieve it.




Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam