Luc Keustermans awarded KWR’s seventh Honorary Fellowship for his contribution to Flemish - Dutch water research

KWR is honoured to announce that it conferred its prestigious Honorary Fellowship to Luc Keustermans for his long-lasting commitment and drive to lay the foundations for the Flemish-Dutch collaboration in applied water research. KWR’s CEO, Prof. Dragan Savić, handed the Honorary Fellow Award to Luc Keustermans on 8 June 2023 during the festival celebrating 40 years of collaborative water research in the Netherlands and Flanders.

An outstanding contribution to KWR

As Technical Director of the Flemish De Watergroep from 2002 until 2018 and from 2018 until his retirement as Director of Strategic Projects, Luc Keustermans was pivotal in developing and strengthening the collaboration with KWR and the joint water research programme. On 1 May 2016, De Watergroep joined the collaborative research programme BTO and became the first international shareholder of KWH, the holding of which KWR is a 100% daughter. For KWR and its shareholders, the Flemish collaboration resulted in an expanded home base for research and application and new cooperations with high-quality Flemish research partners.

Luc Keustermans: ‘When you are on your own and have limited resources to set up your research programmes, you can better work together. It allows you to develop more innovative solutions faster. I am honoured to receive the award: the most beautiful gift is a gift you do not expect.’


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Luc Keustermans onderscheiden met KWR’s zevende Honorary Fellowship

KWR Honorary Fellowship

Since 2015, KWR has awarded an Honorary Fellowship annually to individuals who contribute to the research community and society. These individuals include managers, supervisors or proprietors within KWR’s national and international network. Luc Keusternans is the seventh recipient of the prestigious Honorary Fellow award, following Martien den Blanken (2015), Joan Rose (2016), Willy Verstraete (2017), Ad van Wijk (2018), Harry Seah (2019) and Marion Koopmans (2020).

An Honorary Fellow is appointed for life. An Honorary Fellow with the other Honorary Fellows constitutes a source of knowledge, expertise, and experience that supports the ambition and collective values that KWR upholds.