Science & Applied research

Both fundamental and applied research are carried out at WaterCampus. Wetsus takes care of the pre-competitive technology development on a scientific level. CEW focusses on technology development and innovation acceleration on an applied research level.


The Centre of Expertise Water Technology is the knowledge and innovation centre for applied research and product development in the field of water technology. The cooperation between public and private bodies combines the strengths of (trade) education, research institutes, governmental organisations and entrepreneurs in order to train talent for the Water top sector and accelerates the valorisation process for the innovative industry.


Scientific research at WaterCampus  Leeuwarden is conducted by Wetsus.

Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology, is a facilitating intermediary for trend-setting know-how development. Wetsus creates a unique environment and strategic cooperation for development of profitable and sustainable state of the art water treatment technology. The inspiring and multidisciplinary collaboration between  over 100 companies and 23 EU research institutes in Wetsus results in innovations that contribute significantly to the solution of the global water problems.  Wetsus’ scientific research program is defined by the private and public water sector and conducted by leading universities. 70 PhD’s, supported by a scientific and general staff, are currently working  in the high tech experimental hall  and labs.