Young Chilean women win the water international competition in Stockholm

Publicado: 04 septiembre, 2013

Omayra Toro and Naomi Estay, Senior students at Liceo 1, represented our country in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, and won the first place in the competition, with the project “Psycrobacter: Antarctic Cooperation for Bioremediation of waters [contaminated] with petroleum“, thus becoming the first Chilean team to achieve this.

In March this year, the young women won the junior Water Competition organized by the Dirección General de Aguas (Gerenal Department of Water or DGA), held during the 2013 Latin American Water Week held in Viña del Mar. This award allowed them to participate with other finalists from 28 countries in the prestigious hall of the World Water Week.

Before they traveled to Sweden, the Liceo 1 students visited Fundación Chile where they rehearsed the presentation of their project in English – simulating all the conditions of the competition- where a group of experts from our Foundation, headed by Juan Ramón Candia, Manager of Water and Environment at FCh, oriented them in their presentation. The Chilean team won the award and a check for €5,000 from Her Royal Highness, Princess Victoria of Sweden.