“Together we can make it happen”
Water is by its nature an interdisciplinary resource that ignores political, institutional, and industrial boundaries. Consequently,the water sector is broad, fragmented and diverse.
It consists of a number of different stakeholders from public institutions and utilities, industries, consultants and service providers, NGO’s and trade associations, universities, research entities and citizens. The variety of actors and interests is a key challenge to build a strong European research for the water sector and to transfer and apply the outcomes of the research to local and regional users. As an ETP, the WssTP is a useful tool to accelerate knowledge and technology transfer, facilitating the coordination and communication efforts, enhancing synergy effects and mobilizing resources. In order to increase the industrial, commercial and societal impact of R&D projects, it is of paramount importance to involve stakeholders in the process of designing R&D projects and to make sure that the projects are of practical use.
As the federating body, the WssTP has built a network of experts to address the full spectrum of research, from basic to applied research through effective demonstration to successful commercialisation and will oversee efficient knowledge transfer along the whole knowledge chain, overcoming the traditional fragmentation of the water sector. It supports effective engagement with a range of businesses, regulators and academic institutions, as well as collaboration with public and private entities.