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Wetsus News October 2011

Published: 18 oktober 2011

Change in research management Wetsus

Program director dr. Gert-Jan Euverink will leave Wetsus per November 1, 2011 to become a professor on Products and Processes for Biotechnology in the Biobased Economy (PPBB) at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Gert-Jan has been responsible for a significant part of the Wetsus-success and we thank him warmly for his great dedication. Of course we congratulate Gert-Jan with his new position and wish him all the best in his new career. Wetsus participants can say goodbye to Gert-Jan on November 24 (further details will follow)

Gert Jan Euverink
Gert Jan Euverink
Bert Hamelers
Bert Hamelers

We are happy to let you know that dr.ir. Bert Hamelers will be the successor of Gert-Jan Euverink. Our new program director has worked at Wageningen UR as associate professor and has in that position been involved in many successful Wetsus projects. He will start at Wetsus in the course of November. We are confident that under Bert’s supervision the scientific quality of our team will continue to flourish.

Wetsus Congress 2011

Again, the Wetsus Congress attracted overall 700 visitors. On day 1, the theme was; Cooperation in innovation, a global requirement? Speakers with diverse backgrounds presented their view, from a water technology perspective. We welcomed on the Harmonie stage, amongst others:
Judith A. Merkies, member of European Parliament, Hank Vander Laan, Founder and Senior Adviser Trojan Technologies Inc., dr. Eppo Bruins, director Technology Foundation STW and drs. Renske Peters, director Water Affairs of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.

The annual Marcel Mulder Award was presented to Annemiek ter Heijne. The prize is awarded to the Wetsus researcher who made the most exceptional performance in the field of water technology in the past year.
Annemiek, who defended her thesis “Improving the cathode of a microbial fuel cell for efficient electricity production”, will also receive this year’s SENSE Award. This award is granted each year to an outstanding SENSE dissertation that was successfully defended in the year before. The SENSE Research School is a joint venture of environmental research groups of Dutch universities and institutes. Annemiek’s PhD project was part of the Wetsus program. The presentation of the award will take place during the upcoming conference of SENSE Research School and the Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies of Twente University (October 19-21).

Day 2 of the Wetsus Congress focused entirely on science, with the morning and afternoon program starting both with an inspiring international speaker: Eilon Adar, director Zuckerberg Institute for Water research, Israel, and Benny Freeman, University of Texas, USA.

Congress 2011 day 1 136

Day 2 of the Wetsus Congress focused entirely on science, with the morning and afternoon program starting both with an inspiring international speaker: Eilon Adar, director Zuckerberg Institute for Water research, Israel, and Benny Freeman, University of Texas, USA.

Symposium and defenses

September 30, 2011, was a busy day at Wetsus: in the morning a symposium was organized on Electrochemistry, Energy and Water.
Friday afternoon September 30, 2011, Wageningen University organized 2 PhD ceremonies in Leeuwarden: Nienke Stein and Adriaan Jeremiasse defended their respective theses: A microbial fuel cell-based biosensor for the detection of toxic components in water, and: Cathode innovations for enhanced H2 production through microbial electrolysis.

Nienke Stein promotie
Adriaan Jeremiasse promotie

Meet Wetsus on Aquatech

The World of water technology in Amsterdam.
Aquatech Amsterdam is the world's leading trade exhibition on process, drinking and waste water
technology. Wetsus is present in Hall 7, 07423.

Calendar

November 24 Wetsus Internal Congress (members only)

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