HZ University of Applied Sciences is a knowledge institution. We do a lot of applied research. We find answers to social issues from companies, governments and institutions. These questions are investigated by lectoren (professors), lecturer-researchers and students in collaboration with the professional field. The lectoren and researchers are affiliated with seventeen research groups.

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

Because of HZ's unique location 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 sometimes even global impact. For example, we do research on coastal defense, water quality, broad prosperity and coastal tourism.

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Crosscare 2.0

The CrossCare project stimulates, supports and accelerates innovations in healthcare. CrossCare…



In Ensure, HZ University of Applied Sciences and other knowledge institutions are investigating…


Energie(k) Onderwijs

Energie(k) Onderwijs or Energetic Education is a border region project that will recruit, train,…


Manabas Coast

In the new project Manabas Coast, a partnership including HZ University of Applied Sciences is…



A well-functioning sewer is vitally important, but as a small municipality, how do you make sure…



The goal of EffluentFit4Food is to increase the availability of quality irrigation water for…

Water Food

VOLTA Farming Food at Sea

The cultivation of algae, seaweed and shellfish, called low-trophic aquaculture, can contribute to…

Research groups

The HZ has seventeen research groups that conduct applied research.

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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.


HZ University of Applied Sciences is situated in the heart of the South-western Delta, where the sea and rivers meet and the land is below sea level. These characteristics bring great challenges with them. Water is therefore one of the major themes of the HZ.


It is expected that more people will live in delta areas in the future. Sustainability is a requirement for keeping these areas habitable. Energy transition is therefore an important issue for delta regions.


How do you keep a region like the South-western Delta liveable and vital?


The world's population will continue to grow in the years to come. If we want to continue feeding everyone, other production methods are needed.

Biobased solutions

The transition from an economy that runs on fossil raw materials to one in which these have made way for biomass as a raw material is necessary.


Learn more about applied research at HZ.

Online magazine: HZ Discovery

Read the latest HZ Discovery including interviews with Biobased Building lector Frank Huijben and Building with Nature coordinator Jaco de Smit here.

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