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Head of WATEC passes on the baton

After three years as head of the internationally recognised Centre for Water Technology (WATEC) at Aarhus University, Professor Niels Peter Revsbech is passing on his management role.

2020.06.08 | Michaela Louise Thulesen

WATEC was founded in 2017 with the support of Poul Due Jensen Foundation and professor Niels Peter Revsbech has been the centre director since the beginning.

Niels Peter Revsbech has been employed at Aarhus University in 40 years and now he steps down. First step is to pass the baton on. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU

The article has been edited with the latest information. Current centre director Niels Peter Revsbech resigns his position as head of WATEC per 1 July, 2020, but a successor has not yet been found. Head of Department of Biology Hans Brix will be acting centre director.

It is time for younger energies to take over at the Centre for Water Technology (WATEC). This is according to the current centre director, Professor Niels Peter Revsbech (67), who is retiring as head of the successful hydro-technology centre and its world-class water research. After 40 years at Aarhus University, Niels Peter Revsbech is now cutting back on his responsibilities.

"Niels Peter Revsbech has been the driving force, and he has made WATEC well-known both in Denmark and abroad. I’d like to extend to him my warmest thanks," says Hans Brix, head of the Department of Biology.

The Aarhus University Centre for Water Technology (WATEC) was founded in 2017 as one of the seven strategic centres established at the former Faculty of Science and Technology. The aim was to ensure WATEC a position among the international elite within its field of research into sustainable water cycles, and to contribute technological solutions within wastewater treatment, as well as mapping and modelling water and water flows. Immediately after its establishment, WATEC received a historic donation for water research of DKK 40 million from the Poul Due Jensen Foundation.

One of the centre's main focus areas is collaboration with the business community. In 2019, in collaboration with leading Danish companies and water utilities, the centre established an international water summer school, with participants from all over the world. The results are strong, and the current centre director can leave his post satisfied and proud according to Hans Brix.

Hans Brix will be acting centre director as of 1 July 2020.

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