Our client group includes water companies, waterboards, governments, industry and SMEs. KWR thus covers the entire watercycle, both nationally and internationally. Our knowledge institute has a staff of about 170. Our researchers work together in teams, divided into three research groups: Water Quality and Health, Water Systems and Technology, and Knowledge Management. The Finance, ICT, Facilities and Human Resources staff services provide support to the research groups. Staff participation and co-determination is effected through the Works Council.
KWR is owned by the shareholders’ organisation KWH Water B.V. Daily management is in the hands of the chief executive officer and the management team, which consists of the heads of the three Research Groups.
The Supervisory Board oversees the course of activities within KWR in the name of the shareholders, with an eye to the general interest of society, which our knowledge institute stands for. The Board consists of five members who, on the basis of their own backgrounds and thanks to their valuable networks, provide both supervision and the special input that mark our course.
Through our Honorary Fellowship we express our appreciation of individuals who distinguish themselves in their dedication to joint watercycle-related research. Honorary Fellows constitute our professional reference; their importance lies in their commitment, energy and support. Among other things, the honorary title underlines our awareness that serving the public good in the field of Dutch and international water management requires special knowledge, expertise and experience that only in exceptional cases are to be found in a single person.
KWR’s CEO appoints a maximum of one lifelong fellow every year upon the recommendation of the management team, which previously consults the chairs of the KWR Scientific Council and Supervisory Board on the matter. KWR’s first Honorary Fellow was appointed in 2015: Wim van Viersen appointed Martien den Blanken, former director of PWN Waterleidingbedrijf Noord-Holland, as the first KWR Honorary Fellow. In the following years, the prominent international researchers Joan Rose and Willy Verstraete, were appointed KWR Honarary Fellow.