Friesland College – CIV Water

The Pilot PoVE Water project is initiated and will be run by CIV Water (Centres of Innovative Craftmanship Water). CIV Water is a joint initiative of educational partners, industry and (semi-) government in the water sector in Friesland and is led by Friesland College. CIV Water is located at the WaterCampus Leeuwarden, the meeting point of the Dutch water technology sector.

Pieter Hoekstra

Programme manager

Responsible for the set up and further development of the CIV Water from a project into a sustainable organisation.

Sanne Ligthart

Communication advisor

Sanne is a flexible and strong operations professional. She has a demonstrated history of working in communication, marketing and public relations for 10 years, both in the public and private sector.

Petra van den Berg

Project assistant

Petra is a project assistant at CIV Water. She focuses on finances for PoVE Water.

Johanna Wijtsma

Project coordinator

Johanna is project coordinator at CIV Water with a focus on small and medium sized projects related to the water boards and educational partners.

Pieter de Jong

Expert in water technology

Pieter de Jong is an expert in water technology and a very gifted public speaker, representing research outcomes of Wetsus in international conferences and workshops. In addition, he is an expert in European affairs and innovation ecosystems. Pieter de Jong is a board member of ERRIN, the European organisation of innovative regions and co-organiser of Water Europe working group Resource Recovery, which bring together all the European experts in this field.


Katapult is an independent organisation (foundation) created by the ministries of Economic Affairs (EZK), education (OCW) and Social Affairs (SZW) to support the implementation of national STEM strategies (currently: Technology Pact).

Pieter Moerman

Programme director VET

In his role as programme director VET at the Dutch national STEM platform (PBT), Mr. Moerman has contributed to the development of over 160 public-private partnerships in VET and higher education.

Boudewijn Grievink

senior project manager at We are Katapult

Mr. Grievink supports the development of European Centers of Vocational Excellence, building on the experience and best practices of over 300 public-private partnerships in vocational and professional education in the Netherlands. Mr. Grievink has ample experience in internationalisation in the education sector, as well with European funding programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+

Geert Asselbergs

Senior project manager internationalisation 

Mr. Asselbergs is responsible for the coordination of all internationalisation activities of the Dutch national STEM platform.


Vitens is the largest drinking water company in The Netherlands. Vitens delivers top quality drinking water to 5.6 million people and companies in the provinces Flevoland, Fryslân, Gelderland, Utrecht and Overijssel and some municipalities in Drenthe and Noord-Holland. Annually Vitens delivers 350 million m³ water with 1,400 employees, 100 water treatment works and 49,000 kilometres of water mains.

Rudolf Zijlstra

Team manager drinking water 

As Teammanager drinking water treatment plants, Rudolf is responsible for the planning, monitoring and optimisation of extraction and treatment activities to ensure a reliable drinking water supply. Rudolf manages approximately 26 employees.

Peter Kloosterman

Team manager Friesland

Peter leads a team of 24 specialists who ensure that drinking water in the province of Friesland is pumped up from the ground, purified and distributed. Peter has been involved with student activities within CIV Water since 2013.

Marije IJszenga

Team manager Chemie

Bsc, Medical Biology and BioTechnology at Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen. Marije is Teammanager Chemie at the laboratory of Vitens. Vitens’ advanced laboratory in Leeuwarden controls the quality of drinking water from source to tap. The laboratory processes hundreds of samples every day and the analyses are largely automated.

Learning Hub Friesland

Internationalisation is a crucial response to the demands to develop graduates who possess adequate skills, knowledge and attributes to engage and perform in a globalised and intercultural world. By learning international competences, students are better qualified for an increasingly global labour market. This does not only benefit students who want to go abroad. In their own country too, students will have to deal with contexts in which international knowledge and skills are needed. Learning Hub Friesland supports all activities that are aimed at bringing together schools, students and teachers with different views, cultures and educational systems in order to better understand and appreciate one another and enrich one’s own culture.

Erna van der Werfff

Founding partner & Managing director at LHF

BSc in International Business & Languages from NHL University. Socially involved and highly experienced manager with expertise in EU cooperation, social entrepreneurship and educational material development. Erna has initiated and managed various successful Erasmus+ projects on behalf of VET schools and is always focused to create a true impact in the partner organisations, regions and beyond.

Glasgow Clyde College

Glasgow Clyde College is a multi-campus college with three sites based in Glasgow (West, Northwest and South) and the West of Scotland. One of Scotland’s largest further education institutions, the College was formed in August 2013 following the merger of 3 Glasgow Colleges; Anniesland, Cardonald and Langside.

The college is home to over 17,000 full-time students and over 8,000 part-time students, our aim is to help students and learners achieve more and open doors to employment.

David Innes

Assistant Principal: Engineering, Computing & the Built Environment

David Innes has 25 years’ experience in the Further Education sector in Scotland. As Assistant Principal for Engineering, Computing & the Built Environment, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership and management to ensure the Faculty meets the needs of the communities the College serves.

Nicola Murray

Senior Lecturer: Engineering, Computing & the Built Environment

Nicola is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Energy and Building Services and has 20 years’ experience working as a Mechanical Engineer for various plumbing and gas installation, servicing and repair companies as an Engineer/Assessor. She works as a consultant for various professional bodies on the advancement of gas safety and has been involved in international gas/heating projects.

RTU Olaine College of Technology

The objective of RTU Olaine College of Technology is to prepare high range professionals for Latvian pharmacology, biotechnology, environment, food production and related sectors in sustainable and qualitative education process, which uses modern technology and programmes with high added value. The College offers its students the opportunity to obtain high-quality sustainable education by acquiring study courses in a state-of-the-art technology environment.

Ivars Pēkainis

Lecturer at OTC RTU, coordinator in ERASMUS+

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Laura Žorža

Head of the higher education department, director of the “Biotechnology” study program. Lecturer

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Riga Technical University (RTU)

Riga Technical University (RTU) is the largest technological university in the Baltic States, which aims to ensure high quality study process, excellence in research and sustainable innovation and commercialization activities, as well as education, technology transfer and innovation. RTU offers Bachelor, Master and Doctor studies in several sectors ranging from Engineering to Environmental Sciences. RTU had 9 faculties, 33 research institutes and laboratories in 5 cities of Latvia. In this project, RTU is represented by members of Department of Water Enginering and Technology from Faculty of Civil Engineering.

Janis Rubulis

Associated professor and senior researcher

As a researcher Dr. Rubulis has worked on projects of FP 5th – 7th (since 2002). Dr. Rubulis has conducted several national research projects for Ministry of Education and Science Republic of Latvia, as well ERDF and with industrial partners. He is specializing in drinking water quality in networks, distribution and accounting of water and the knowledge is approbated at infrastructure of several Latvian end-users.

Sandis Dejus

Associated professor and senior researcher

Sandis actively took part in the academic and scientific events of Riga Technical University Department of Water Engineering and Technology and Water research laboratory. He has prepared and lectured in various study courses as an associate professor, while as a researcher, Sandis has been involved in the implementation of several national and international scientific projects. In collaboration with the Latvian Water and Wastewater Works Association, he has actively participated in activities related to the public education promoting the smart and responsible use of drinking water.

MCAST, Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology

The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) was established in 2001 “to provide universally accessible vocational and professional education and training with an international dimension, responsive to the needs of the individual and the economy.” MCAST is the main provider of vocational qualifications with over 10,000 students and 640 academics and corporate personnel and 6 Institutes namely Agribusiness, Applied Sciences, Arts and Design, Business & Commerce, Community Services, Information and Communication Technology, and Engineering and Transport. The Institute of Applied Sciences offers over 20 programs that include water-related themes such as the Higher Diploma in Environment and Water Technology, the B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering and the M.Sc. in Integrated Water Resource Management.

Edwin Zammit

Deputy Director

Edwin has worked in an Environmental Research Laboratory as an environmental biologist with one of the main activities being the quality testing of water. Edwin has occupied the post of Senior lecturer at MCAST and has taught a number of units related to the fields of water quality and water technology at EQF levels 4 and 6. He has mentored students carrying water research projects. Edwin’s main interests include work-based learning, creating link between VET and the workplace, applied science popularization and internationalization.

Alex Rizzo

Engineer and the Deputy Principal Research and Innovation

Alex’s main expertise are in vocational education & training (VET), alternative technologies, grounded theory research, and integrated water resources management. Alex’s previous engagements included Deputy Chairman at the Malta Water Services Corporation (WSC), and various engineering and management roles within the water utilities sector where he has worked for over 15 years, taking on various engineering and management roles. Alex presently heads a number of research and skilling projects relating to the efficient use of water, as well as in grounded theory research on organizational behaviour.

Conrad Vassallo

Director of the Institute of Information and Communication Technology

Mr Conrad Vassallo graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Education degree in Computing from the University of Malta. He joined the Institute of ICT that same year as an assistant lecturer making him one of the founding lecturers at MCAST. He was promoted to lecturer in 2004 and also appointed as a Programme Manager responsible for the courses from level 2 till level 4. In 2005, he was appointed as Institute Coordinator and subsequently to BTEC Lead Internal Verifier, responsible for monitoring the quality assurance process of the BTEC courses. In 2010 he furthered his studies with a Master’s degree in Software Engineering and consequently he was promoted to Senior Lecturer where he made part of the lecturing staff teaching the MCAST degree courses.

WSC, Water Service Cooperation

Water Services Corporation (WSC) is the only utility company on the Maltese Islands, supplying water to a population of approximately 450,000 people. WSC owns three reverse osmosis plants, with a fourth one being built and expected to be commissioned in 2020, various underground boreholes, reservoirs and a whole distribution network. Furthermore, a fully accredited laboratory, and a team of multi-skilled operators support the operation function to ensure a cost-effective operation of continuous water supply, which quality conform to the drinking water directive.

Pablo Micallef

Communications Manager

His recent work at the helm of the communications department at the Permanent Representation of Malta to the European Union, in Brussels, has given him an insight into how to operate within a European framework and deal with the daily pressure of queries, requests and lobbying that the delicate task of Presidency of the Council of the European Union entails. Mr. Micallef worked for a number of yours within the Vocational Education industry.

CREA Hydro&Energy

CREA Hydro&Energy is a cluster of companies, research institutions and universities. It is working in the branch of technologies for water constructions, water and waste treatment a renewable energy. Members of the cluster collectively participate on research, product innovations and development, promotion of the branch, presentations and realizations of projects in Czech Republic and in other countries. It is a key organisation for water management and water technology in the region and one of leaders the Czech Republic, it is also an important player in regional development. The cluster has been actively involved in national and international innovation, research and internationalization programs (EUREKA, H2020, INTERREG). The cluster CREA Hydro&Energy provides expert studies, training of foreign experts and consultations in the field for Czech and foreign ministries and other institutions within development cooperation and its own commercial projects.

Břetislav Skácel

Cluster manager, chairman of Committee and CEO of CREA Hydro&Energy

Břetislav Skácel has gained experience as Production Manager of international projects in GEOtest, Commercial Director in INKOS (electro-mechanical equipment for water). In addition, Břetislav has wide participation in management of implementation projects in the fields of renewable resources of energy and water treatment.

Denisa Havlíková

Finance and communication manager of iWATERMAP at cluster CREA Hydro&Energy.

Denisa Havlíková graduated at Mendel University in Brno. She has professional experience as participant of regional project under the leading of Mendel University and gained experience as publicity overview manager in private company in Brno. Since 2019 Denisa is a part of CREA team as a finance manager.

Mendel University in Brno

Mendel University in Brno (abbreviated to MENDELU) is a public institution with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research that has driven new ways of thinking since 1919 and proudly bears the name of J. G. Mendel, the founder of modern genetics. There are over 8,300 students at the university, including 5,500 undergraduates and 2,800 postgraduates. Nearly 1,600 international students make up almost 20 % of the total student body. Mendel University offers more than 100 different graduate degree programmes in Czech and in English languages. The University comprises one University Institute and five faculties: AgriSciences, Business and Economics, Forestry and Wood Technology, Regional Development and International Studies and Horticulture. The modern university campus is based in Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic – the heart of Europe.

Petr Kupec

University teacher – Assistant professor, Head of the Department of Landscape Management

Main fields of research and project activities: Forest hydrology, Landscape management, Landscape planning.

Michaela Menšíková

Institutional coordinator for Erasmus+ programme

Michaela is highly interested in projects concentrated on solving important environmental and societal problems including different stakeholders from academic, educational, business and political scene. As an economist she was focused in her work on water resources management from the institutional point of view.

EFVET, European Forum for Vocational Education and Training

EfVET is a unique European-wide professional association which has been created by and for providers of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in all European countries. Its mission is to champion and enrich technical and vocational education and training through transnational co-operation by building a pan-European network of institutions and practitioners. EfVET aims to:

• promote quality and innovation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training throughout Europe;
• develop collaboration, mutual co-operation and sharing of good practice;
• to encourage co-operation in vocational learning at European level;
• give VET institutes a platform of influence in EU policy.

Valentina Chanina

Experienced Project Office Manager

Skilled in Intercultural Communication, European Integration, International Relations, English, and Proposal Writing. Strong program and project management professional graduated from Medical University.

Vittoria Valentina Di Gennaro

Communication & Project Officer

Italian mother tongue, fluent in English, French, Spanish, and with a good knowledge of Portuguese, she has an extensive experience in designing communication strategies and implementing social media campaigns for EU institutions and major EU based organisations. She is also proficient in using content management systems, developing communication materials, and organising high-level events.

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