Top sector Water

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Dutch water projects

Years after delivering the famous Delta Works, the Netherlands continues to pioneer with innovative projects. The 'Sand Motor' near The Hague, Maasvlakte 2, the Blue Energy power station on the Afsluitdijk (IJsselmeer closure dam) and the earthquake-proof dykes in Groningen have attracted international interest. The same goes for a new, smart water-purification technique using granular sludge.

Ground-breaking segments

The impressive port of Rotterdam is making progress on sustainability. And boundaries also are being pushed back in the construction of exclusive super yachts, offshore services and the development of maritime systems. Water is a sector containing industry-leading segments. That is why the Dutch government has accorded this sector an exceptional position.

Top sector Water

The Dutch government has designated the Water sector as one of the 9 top sectors it wants the Netherlands to excel in. Within the top sector Water, government, researchers and companies are looking for ways to strengthen one another in a structured manner. The parties receive targeted support from the Dutch government. Moreover, the sector is heavily organised around an internationalisation agenda.

Top team Water

The water sector has a top team that encourages innovation. This team includes representatives of science, government, business and in many cases also education and other parties. The figurehead for Water is Hans Huis in ‘t Veld. He is the former chairman of the management board of the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research and former chairman of the supervisory board of Science Port Rotterdam. Huis in 't Veld is the driver of the top team and point of contact for the sector’s international action agenda.

Join the knowledge flow!

The Dutch culture of consultation is the driving force behind the partnership within the top sector. International conferences form an important link within that culture. Conference cities such as Rotterdam bring together knowledge flows from the top sector, and make sure conferences attract notice within those flows.