EU Liaison Officer, Wetsus
Pieter de Jong is an Environmental Engineer who graduated at Wageningen University and Research Centre. Pieter has worked in Brussels since 2009. There he started as a representative of the Dutch schools, universities and research centers. Since 2011 he has been active for Wetsus, European Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology. He links the institute located on WaterCampus Leeuwarden to European regions, companies and universities. In addition Pieter is co-chair of ERRIN and coordinator of the Water Working Group. Moreover he is secretary of the technology platform WssTP Working Group on Resource Recovery. Furthermore he is active in the Taskforce of the EIP Water.
Wetsus, European Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology, was founded in the Dutch province Frisia, a region without a university (The University of Franeker closed in 1843, after 258 years of existence). The foundation of Wetsus shows how it is possible to enable research, innovation and growth by linking with existing universities and companies from all over Europe. The research is executed at WaterCampus Leeuwarden, the capital of Frisia. The performance of participants has improved. Better papers, more patents, more spin-offs, more growth and jobs. And also more scientific talent and more entrepreneurs.
Today WaterCampus Leeuwarden and Wetsus look for international partners in other European regions to link up through RIS3, either with a focus on Water Technology or a sector which allows for cross-sectorial cooperation. In all cases win-win situations form the basis for cooperation in research, innovation and economic growth.