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At HZ University of Applied Sciences, we conduct a great deal of practice-based research. The main focus is on questions from the professional field. The issues are examined by professors, teacher-researchers, professionals and students. The knowledge acquired provides new insights that can lead to innovations and new products for the work field.

Because the HZ researches issues from the professional field, the university has strong ties with professional practice. As a result, education is enriched with current knowledge from the field. During their research, students form an image of the field and build up a professional network. Moreover, they develop an inquisitive attitude. In this way, students are trained to become the young professionals that the professional field demands.

Water, energy and vitality
The HZ is situated in a unique location, in the middle of a delta area. All questions have a link to the delta. The research HZ conducts focuses primarily on the themes of water, energy and vitality, both of people and of organizations and of the economy and society. In addition, a significant amount of research is carried out in the fields of food and biobased economy. The HZ has chosen these themes because they have a major social, regional and even global impact. For example, research is being conducted into coastal defence, water quality and coastal tourism.

All researchers at the HZ adhere to the 'Code of conduct for scientific integrity'. You can find it here.

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A selection of our practice-based projects.

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The Water Technology Research Group is a partner in the European Union Horizon 2020 programme for the research project AquaSPICE. AquaSPICE aims at Advancing Sustainability of Process Industries through Digital and Circular Water Use Innovations. Water is used during stages of production processes in most industries. It is estimated that 20% of all fresh water consumption globally is used by industry. Innovation in water treatment can bring closed loops to almost 100% efficiency for important industrial water users by recovering and reusing resources. Water scarcity is a reality for some of Dow locations around Europe. Dow is seeking opportunities to reduce the fresh water intake in the different production sites by reusing water streams. The water streams will be treated by technologies to reuse them again in the processes. Therefore, a pilot will be operated, which consists of containers with different water treatment technologies. The pilot will be operated at Dow Terneuzen, Dow Böhlen, and BASF Antwerpen. At each location, different water streams with different treatments will be tested. This case study is a collaboration between Dow (Terneuzen and Böhlen), Ghent University, Evides Industriewater, RWTH Aachen University, and HZ University of Applied Sciences. Additionally, the focus will be on intelligent water management. A water cyber-physical-system will be created with a measurement network of real-time sensors and a model will be constructed where decisions can be made. Hans Cappon, Emma McAteer and Lies Hamelink, from the Water Technology research group, are working on the AquaSPICE project. They are responsible for supporting the operational work of the pilots at Dow Terneuzen and Dow Böhlen, as well as participating in the data analyses and evaluation of the results. The project Aquaspice has received funding from European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 958396. For more information, please visit https://aquaspice.eu/
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Research groups

A great deal of practice-based research is carried out at the HZ. The issues are examined by professors, teacher-researchers, professionals from the field and students. They are connected to seventeen research groups.

Research based on 5 themes

Our research groups carry out research based on 5 different themes: water, food, vitality, energy and biobased solutions. Click on the theme to see research groups and projects connected

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