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Applied Research

HZ University of Applied Sciences is a knowledge institution. We do a lot of practice-oriented research. We find answers to questions from professional practice at companies, governments and institutions. The issues are researched by professors, lecturer-researchers and students in collaboration with practice. They are attached to fifteen professorships and two knowledge centers.

The knowledge acquired provides new insights. These lead to innovations in the field and new products. This is how we contribute to regional development and enrich our education at the same time.

Because of the unique location of the HZ, in the middle of the Southwest Delta, we focus on the themes of water, energy and vitality. We also do a lot of research in the areas of food and the biobased economy. These fit the DNA of the region and have a major social, regional and even global impact. For example, we do research on coastal defense, water quality, broad prosperity and coastal tourism.

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Discover our research

Below is a selection of our projects. Click here for a complete overview.

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Research groups

The HZ has seventeen research groups that conduct applied research.

The five focus areas of our research

Our research groups conduct research in the themes of water, energy, vitality and in the field of food and the biobased economy. View the connected research groups and projects for each theme.

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Online magazine: HZ Discovery

Read the latest HZ Discovery here, including an article on the Airtub project and solutions by young, talented researchers to the freshwater shortage in Zeeland.