Joep van den Broeke is a researcher in the Innovation and Valorisation team. This team plays a central role in realising innovations and creating societal and economic value from the knowledge developed by KWR with its partners. Joep is especially involved in KWR’s international activities, including Watershare, in which he contributes on the basis of his background in technology development, implementation and commercialisation. At the centre of this work is the connection of water practice to research, for example, in the translation of needs into appropriate practical solutions. Joep has acquired experience with this process while working for different stakeholders in de water industry. After earning his doctorate in chemistry at Utrecht University, he worked at Kiwa Water Research, Benten Water Solutions (of which he is a co-founder), and at three companies active in the field of sensor measurements of water quality. He worked on optical and spectroscopic measurement techniques, and on the implementation of technological solutions in the water sector worldwide. He is particularly interested in the real-time monitoring of water quality, water safety and smart-water concepts. Within the framework of these activities, he has been involved in several national and international research projects (including the Horizon 2020 programme), in which, besides making substantive contributions, he has also filled the roles of work package leader, project coordinator and principal scientist.