Laurens Hessels researches knowledge and innovation. He advises organisations in the water sector about knowledge management, learning processes and implementation of research results. He also contributes to the KWR research strategy, the design of its research programmes and collaboration with knowledge partners. Laurens studied environmental chemistry and philosophy of science, and completed his PhD in 2010 with a study into how university researchers deal with the practical applications of their work. From 2010 to 2016, Laurens worked at the Rathenau Institute, where he did research into coordination, public-private collaboration and international knowledge networks. He also did temporary work at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science for a year to contribute to the 2025 Vision for Science.