About WaterCampus

WaterCampus Leeuwarden is the meeting point of the Dutch water technology sector and has the ambition to play a sector uniting role for the rest of Europe as well.

WaterCampus stimulates cooperation between (inter)national businesses, knowledge institutes and governments within the water technology sector, in order to create synergy for world class innovation, education and entrepreneurship. This strengthens the global position of the European water technology sector. Additionally, WaterCampus offers  a unique research infrastructure, and is a meeting point for scientists and companies from all over Europe.

The international cooperation organized and stimulated by WaterCampus Leeuwarden leads to knowledge, talent and entrepreneurship that contribute to solutions for global water problems.

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Managing partners and organizations

Water Campus Leeuwarden is formed by:

WaterCampus Innovation Chain

WaterCampus forms a chain of links between education, specialised research, test programmes, specialist laboratories, an application centre, demo sites and, last but not least, marketing, matchmaking and successful business, called the WaterCampus Innovation Chain:

From knowledge to business. The WaterCampus Innovation Chain explained (ENG subtitles):


Capital of water technology

Leeuwarden is an authentic water city, not only because it hosts the finish of the longest ice skating tour in the Netherlands or because of the water in the city’s canals, but mainly because of its specialization in water technology. With its high concentration of companies and education/science institutes and the dedicated research and innovation infrastructure all in the field of water technology, Leeuwarden has become the European meeting point for talent and business in this field. Welcome to the capital of water technology! On top of that, Leeuwarden, European capital of culture in 2018, is a vibrant city inhabited by some 100.000 fairly young and highly educated people. www.leeuwarden.eu


WaterCampus is expanding fast and Wetsus, CEW and Water Alliance are therefore continuously looking for talent in several fields.

  • In order to stimulate entrepreneurship and valorization in the water technology sector, we look for experienced innovators and entrepreneurs. If you fit into this profile, please contact us for more information or with an open application (recruitment@wateralliance.nl) .
  • For research projects we often have vacancies for BSc, MSc, and PhD students/interns and graduates and experienced scientists with a relevant background (please check vacancies CEW, work at Wetsusjobs at Wetsus participants and Wetsus PhD positions).
  • Further, the companies based at and around WaterCampus often look for process engineers, commercial talents and technologists.

Facilities and research infrastructure

WaterCampus offers excellent research and office facilities. For more information see our page about state-of-the-art facilities.


The opportunities for entrepreneurs and the support from the sector are made possible by the following partners (please select ‘Company partners’ or ‘Know how and education partners’ above):


The WaterCampus Monitor (in Dutch only)  is published annually in spring. In addition to the reports from the individual organizations (Wetsus, CEW, Water Alliance), this monitor provides an overview of the overall WaterCampus output. The latest monitor describes the WaterCampus state of affairs at the end of 2022.

The number of companies that collaborate with a WaterCampus organization is 271, while 42 knowledge institutes are affiliated with the Campus. There are 62 international partnerships in progress, with the number of EU projects growing rapidly. Of the approximately 250 people who work at WaterCampus, 105 are international knowledge workers from 36 different countries.

There are (at the end of 2022) 123 research projects on WaterCampus. The scientific quality of the (cumulatively) 900 scientific Wetsus publications has been assessed with the highest score and a relative citation impact of 3.0 in 2022. In 2022, CEW worked with a total of 229 students on 31 applied research projects. In 2022, the Water Alliance was particularly successful in business development projects, entrepreneurship stimulation and internationalization/export.

For more details: click here for the complete WaterCampus Monitor 2023

Previous versions:

WaterCampus Monitor 2022
WaterCampus Monitor 2021
WaterCampus Monitor 2020
WaterCampus Monitor 2019
WaterCampus Monitor 2018
WaterCampus Monitor 2017
WaterCampus Monitor 2016