WAC, ZAP and FACT facts: developing Application Centers for Technology
There is a need for well trained and educated (food, water and process) technologist in the Northern part of the Netherlands. Together with industrial partners, the Provinces of Friesland and Groningen, the Universities for Applied Sciences in Groningen and Leeuwarden have taken up the opportunity to invest in pilot facilities and (food) processing equipment: in fact these are pilot scale laboratories for industrial use and educational purposes in the context of an applied University.
The Water Application Centre (WAC is specialized in water technology, whereas the Zernike Advanced Processing (ZAP) in Groningen focusses on ingredient and biobased technologies. The Food Application Centre for Technology (FACT) will have pilot scale laboratory and processing facilities
The goal of the centers is to facilitate companies, including SME and start ups, with pilot scale equipment to innovate in process and product, using easily accessible, state of the art equipment, having access to expertise of professors and (future) staff. The centers assist companies in innovation, life-long learning for their employees, and to provide well trained new staff to ensure the growth of the industries in the Northern part of the Netherlands.
In the presentation the what, why and how of the three centres will be explained by their managing directors:
ZAP: Rob van Linschoten.
WAC: Antje Hagendorf
FACT: Koos Oosterhaven
One of the industrial partners, Easy Measure, will present more details on the use of one of the centers: “how does it work for us and why does our company make use of the facilities”.
About Dr. J. (Koos) Oosterhaven
Koos studied Agriculture at the University for Applied Research in Leeuwarden (1984), and Biology at the University of Groningen (1989). He obtained his PhD at Wageningen University and Research Centre in 1995 and was Business unit manager Food Technology until 2005. He moved to the contract research company NIZO food research and was in his role of Business manager responsible for the sales team and part of the management team (until 2016). In his current role Koos is manager FACT, the Food Application Centre for Technology at the University for Applied Research in Leeuwarden.