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Wetsus News September 2015

Published: 22 september 2015

Wetsus Congress

You can still register for the Wetsus Congress 2015, September 28 and 29, 2015.

On Monday September 28, the focus will be on ‘Talent Hubs for Innovation’. Contributions on this topic will be delivered by among others European commissioner Carlos Moedas, Hans de Boer (President of VNO – NCW) and Lidewijde Ongering (Secretary-General of the Ministery of Infrastructure and the Environment).
Science is the key word on September 29. Our scientific team has prepared an interesting program based on the Wetsus research themes. Keynote speeches will be delivered by dr. Ameet Pinto, Environmental Engineering, University of Glasgow and dr. Adriana Boschetti-de Fierro, Gambro Dialysatoren GmbH, Germany.

Please click here for the program and registration.

New Wetsus participants

Wetsus is happy to welcome four new theme participants and two new platform participants.

Our new full participants:
· Van der Knaap ( is a group of companies that specializes in developing high quality 
  rooting and growing media, and sees many interesting links with water technology.
· Schauberger Natur Technik ( investigates natural phenomena and develops technology
  following the principles of Viktor Schauberger: to understand and copy nature („Natur kapieren & kopieren“).
· Aquabattery ( has also joined Wetsus. AquaBattery's ambition is to introduce the Blue
  Battery, a totally new grid-scale Electrical Energy Storage (EES) system to enable and secure increasing
  supply of electricity from unpredictable renewable energy source.
· Oosterhof Holman ( Oosterhof Holman is a Dutch contractor specialised in
  environmental technology and sustainable energy projects.

Theo Noordstrand and Harm Beerda of Oosterhof Holman  with Cees Buisman and Johannes Boonstra, Wetsus Executive Board
Theo Noordstrand and Harm Beerda of Oosterhof Holman with Cees Buisman and Johannes Boonstra, Wetsus Executive Board

Our new platform participants:
· IZER is focused on upscaling early stage sensor technology to mass production. IZER facilitates early stage
  companies to create value and offer competent and mature products, tested to international standards. IZER
  works closely with several venture capital partners.
· Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier (HHNK, has also joined as a platform
  participant. This water board manages water barriers, waterways, water levels, water quality and sewage
  treatment in the province of Noord-Holland.

Open Day and poetry plaque

Wetsus recently organized an Open Day in the new building. The maximum was 1200 visitors and soon after opening the registration, this number of people already was reached.


The city of Leeuwarden features a poetry route, consisting of large stone plaques , with poetry carved in it. On September 17, Wetsus also got a stone, presented by gemeente Leeuwarden and Stichting Poëzietableaus. The text, derived from the famous Chinese philosopher Laozi, was selected by Wetsus colleagues Elmar Fuchs and Adam Wexler.

Nothing under heaven is softer or more yielding than water;
but when it attacks things hard and resistant
there is not one of them that can withstand.
Because of what it is not, water prevails.
There is nothing that can compare.

Laozi (Laozi, Tao Te Ching)

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