Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology is a facilitating intermediary for trendsetting 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 companies and research institutes from all over Europe 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. By clicking here, you can experience a tour in the Wetsus building:

Our core values


Searching actively for and the development of trendsetting technological innovations which are applicable to society.


Focusing on inspiring relationships with our partners in order to create an effective network.


Our ability to keep promises and providing declared standards.


Creating a pleasant working atmosphere in which colleagues can grow professionally and personally.


Supporting and respecting each other in an open and safe environment.

Wetsus Research

The research objective of Wetsus is to develop innovative and sustainable water technology. In our vision, this technology must be:
• based on process technology
• a potential breakthrough solution
• emission free
• part of an endless cycle (cradle to cradle)
• introduced into society by entrepreneurs

All info about the research at Wetsus can be found here.

Wetsus Research

HR Excellence in Research

Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology, has submitted a request for recognition as an organization with excellent HR policies for researchers. After approval, Wetsus may then use the HR logo “excellence in research”. The European Commission wants to promote openness and transparency on labour markets for researchers. To this end, Wetsus has drawn up a charter and code of conduct for the recruitment of researchers.

HR Excellence in Research

City of Leeuwarden, capital of water technology

The critical mass of this program is concentrated in Wetsus’ interdisciplinary laboratory located in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. The research facilities are excellent.

The research involves many different scientific disciplines and focuses on the following five main research areas in clean water production and waste water treatment:

  • New water sources
  • Sustainable water supply
  • Waste water treatment and reuse
  • Reuse and production of components and energy from water
  • Detection of pathogens and micro/nano pollutants


City of Leeuwarden, capital of water technology

Since 2010, Wetsus publishes about 60 journal publications each year (peer reviewed international journals, indexed in “Scopus” and “Web of Science”). The average number of publications per PhD student is 4.3. Researchers at Wetsus publish regularly in the following journals (impact factor 2013 in brackets): Progress in Materials Science (25.9) and Energy & Environmental Science (15.5; 6x since 2012), Water Research (5.3), Environmental Science & Technology (5.5), Bioresource Technology (5.0), ChemSusChem (7.1), Journal of Membrane Science (4.9), and Desalination (4.0).

Since 2010, Wetsus publications are cited on average 2.2 times higher than the world average (ISI Web of Knowledge, Essential Science Indicators, categories Chemistry, Environment/ Ecology). This puts Wetsus as a research institute of its size (>50 publications annually), in the category “very high impact”.

Summary research excellence Wetsus

At the moment about 65 PhD’s work at Wetsus from all over the world. 63% of the staff and researchers are from outside The Netherlands.

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We are Wetsus

60 Publications per year
65 PhD’s at Wetsus
63 Nationalities at Wetsus