Joep van den Broeke is a senior researcher and project manager in the Innovation and Valorisation team. Drawing on his background in technology development, implementation and commercialisation, he contributes to the initiation, realisation and supervision of projects in which the connection between practice and research plays a central role. For instance, he is programme manager of ‘Water in the Circular Economy’ (WiCE) [link naar https://www.kwrwater.nl/samenwerkingen/collectief-onderzoek-water-circulaire-economie/].
WiCE is an initiative of the Dutch and Flemish drinking water utilities and KWR, in which joint research is conducted with water-cycle partners within the framework of the circular economy, climate adaptation and the sustainable energy transition. Joep is also project leader of the Chain Explorer and Knowledge Valorisation projects, which are part of the Water Quality Knowledge Impulse programme [https://www.kwrwater.nl/projecten/kennisvalorisatie_scoren_met_kennis/]. This programme is a collaboration between the national government, provinces, Water Authorities, drinking water utilities and knowledge institutes, in which knowledge is made applicable for practical implementation by water managers.
Over the years, Joep has also built up extensive experience and expertise in international projects, including ones funded by the EU [link https://www.kwrwater.nl/samenwerkingen/horizon-2020/]. Joep holds a doctorate in chemistry (Utrecht University), and has a background in the sensor measurement of water quality and the implementation of technological solutions in the water sector worldwide. He is particularly interested in the real-time monitoring of water quality and smart-water concepts.