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Wetsus News February 2014

Published: 13 februari 2014

World Water Day
This year, Wetsus/WaterCampus Leeuwarden will host the Dutch national celebration of World Water Day, on Thursday 20 March.
The Dutch water sector and the energy sector join forces to increase the affordability and financial viability of water and sanitation services.
Key-note speaker Ben Knapen of the European Investment Bank will join in the search for opportunities, innovations and investors for water services worldwide. The knowledge and experience of the energy sector will serve as a benchmark and an inspiration.
World Water Day offers a program with interactive workshops, a plenary debate and a range of networking opportunities. We will look back at the results of the Walks for Water and the Serious Request fundraising. The event is co-organized by WaterCampus Leeuwarden (Wetsus, CEW, Water Alliance), Vitens Evides International, Aqua4all and the Netherlands Water Partnership.

Promoveren David 17 jan 2014 commissie+paranimfen

David Vermaas PhD defense on Blue Energy: Cum Laude
Friday January 17th 2014, at the University of Twente, David Vermaas successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled: ‘Energy generation from mixing salt water and fresh water: Smart flow strategies for reverse electrodialysis’. The work was carried out in the Wetsus Blue Energy research theme. Because of the excellent quality of the work of David, in terms of scientific excellence, depth, broadness and applicability of the research as well as scientific and societal output, he was awarded the degree of Doctor with distinction (‘cum laude’).

RED (Reverse Electrodialysis) is a technology capable of generating electrical energy by mixing e.g. river water and seawater. David’s work focused on improving the current output of the RED system by applying novel flow strategies. The work contributed substantially to the realistic potential of reverse electrodialysis as a renewable power source. David published more than 15 scientific papers, of which one in Energy and Environmental Science (impact factor: 11.653).


On February 6 Wetsus/Watercampus Leeuwarden was honored with a visit of the ambassador of India, Mr R.N. Prasad. India’s water needs and the cooperation opportunities with Watercampus Leeuwarden and the international watersector connected thereto,were discussed. From left to right:
Hein Molenkamp (director Water Alliance), Rajesh Prasad (ambassador of India), Charu Chawla (PhD student Wetsus/Twente University) and Johannes Boonstra (executive board Wetsus)

Masterclasses Water technology
Empower People and Wetsus organize an unique series of masterclasses on subjects that will be highly relevant for the development of the water sector the coming years. The masterclasses will be held quarterly and guided by international speakers that make the difference on the selected topics.
• March 13, 2014: Technology and the borders of technological development
• June 12, 2014: Resource recovery and value creation
• September 18, 2014: Public private integration
• December 18, 2014: Financing of projects in developing countries

From June 2014 the masterclasses will be part of the first Executive Water MBA in the world. Please register for the first masterclass via:

WaterCampus Business Challenge
The fifth edition of the successful international WaterCampus Business Challenge, powered by Wetsus, Water Alliance, CEW, Deloitte, Rabobank, Icos Capital and O2 Environmental will take place from March 17 to 21, 2014. Candidates can still enroll!

A team of experienced entrepreneurs is eager to learn and inspire the candidates about how to create a good business plan. Different business models will be discussed. Intellectual property protection, sales and marketing strategies and developing your own company concept are examples of topics that will be on the agenda.

Wetsus Congress Update
The title and focus of our annual Wetsus Congress on October 6 and 7, 2014 will be ‘From Knowledge to Business’. By now the program for Day 1 has been finalized.
We feel honored and proud to present inspiring speakers, among them Wiebe Draijer (SER), Hans Corstjens (Platform Beta Techniek) and Rob Hamer (Unilever).
As for the science program at Day 2, we feel fortunate to have two world-wide renown keynote speakers: Derek Lovely on microbiology and Alexander Friedrich on anti-biotic resistance. Please check for more information about the program and registration.


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