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Wetsus News February 2016

Published: 17 februari 2016

New Wetsus Participants

Wetsus is happy to welcome Universiteit Utrecht/Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS) as knowledge institute participant. In the first project with this university, the focus will be upon antibiotic resistance in water and soil ecosystems. In this project, resulting in the ‘Source Separated Sanitation’ theme of Wetsus, IRAS will cooperate with the Central Veterinary Institute of Wageningen University.

Van Hall Larenstein also joined Wetsus. VHL is a university of applied sciences that trains professionals who contribute to a more sustainable world. The curricula of VHL University of Applied Sciences focus among others on water technology. Also VHL water technology lector Paul van Eijk will be connected to the Wetsus research activities in the field of antibiotic resistance.

EWS has joined as a platform participant. The European Water Stewardship program is dedicated to advancing Water Stewardship and responding to the growing need for robust and credible water risk management around Europe. Water authorities and businesses in food & beverages, chemicals and airports are using the EWS standard to assess, verify and communicate responsible Water Stewardship practices.

rEAUnald Consultancy is another new platform participant. This consultancy firm focuses on cooperation and innovation in the international water technology sector.

Visit European Commissioner Vella

As conclusion of his visit to Leeuwarden last week, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella visited Wetsus. Wetsus Executive Board members Cees Buisman and Johannes Boonstra showed him the building and all the facilities. They were joined by Marianne Wenning, director for 'Quality of Life, Water & Air', Directorate-General for the Environment, European Commission.

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European Water Week in Leeuwarden

Over 700 international guests visited Leeuwarden last week for European water technology events: EIP Water Conference and the conference Cities and Water. The EIP Water conference was held on Wednesday and carried the theme: how is water innovation succeeding in Europe? The conference was preceded and followed by 29 side meetings on 9th of February as well as 7 site visits on the 11th February. The opening speech was delivered by Melanie Schultz van Haegen, the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment.

On Thursday February 11, the conference Cities and Water took place. This event was chaired by Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs. A contribution to the program was, amongst others, given by commissioner Karmenu Vella. The conference discussed the foundations for the Urban Water Agenda 2030. Many European cities and municipalities are facing serious water issues, such as pollution, scarcity, salinisation and flooding. The conference resulted in the Leeuwarden declaration.


Grant Louis de Smet

TU Delft researcher dr. Louis de Smet, who is currently active in the Wetsus themes of Sensoring and Desalination, has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant of nearly 2 million euro for his project ‘Electro-motion for the sustainable recovery of high-value nutrients from waste water.’

De Smet will use his prestigious grant to study ultrathin, ion-selective polymer coatings for the recovery of specific nutrients from waste water via electro-driven separation processes. The focus is on phosphate, which is of special interest as all life forms need phosphorus and its resources are limited.


Save the date:

The Wetsus Congress 2016 will be held on October 3 and 4. This year's theme is Financing Innovation.

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