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Working with water landscapes

A coalition of research institutions, companies and organisations has begun 'Working with water landscapes'. HZ University of Applied Sciences is one of the participants. In this four-year project, nature-inclusive planning of large water bodies is linked to economic revenue models for recreation, land use and hydraulic engineering. One of the pilot projects is the restoration of intertidal areas in the South-western Delta. The participants believe that prioritising economic (co-)use rather than public tasks such as water storage contributes to wider public support.

KAAP opens

KAAP is a place where companies can develop, test and demonstrate innovative products in conjunction with the educational sector and the government. The building housing ‘the kaap’ on the Kenniswerf in Vlissingen was recently opened. HZ University of Applied Sciences is one of so-called frontrunners in KAAP. The Airtub project, in which the engineering department is investigating whether wind turbines at sea can be inspected and maintained using a drone, has been accomodated in this building. A number of innovative companies have also rented space in it.

Partnership HZ and Ter Weel

Healthcare group Ter Weel and HZ University of Applied Sciences recently signed a partnership agreement. John Dane from HZ and Coby Traas from Ter Weel signed the document during a small, interactive meeting. The parties have been working together for years on student placements and educational and research activities, such as combating food waste, the use of music in the case of elderly people suffering from dementia and (digital) day care.

Zeeland Youth Monitor

Small children are getting more frequently upset than a few years ago. This according to researchers from HZ Knowledge Centre Zeeland Society in response to the latest edition of the Zeeland Youth Monitor.

The study takes place every four years. The researchers now see clear differences compared to 2017. Getting upset more quickly may indeed be related to the corona virus, according to the knowledge centre. Up until the second lockdown, parents did not observe any obvious effects, but the impact of the second lockdown may have been significant. For example, small children were not allowed to visit grandparents and only occasionally could they play with a friend.

After the summer, KCZS wants to take a closer look at the impact the corona virus had had on Zeeland's children. In the Zeeland Youth Monitor, researchers look at how children and young people and their parents are faring in Zeeland. This was the knowledge centre’s first publication under the HZ banner.

The centre was previously known as the ZB Planning Office. HZ Knowledge Centre Zeeland Society (KCZS) carries out research into social and economic issues in Zeeland.

Read the KCZS publication here.

Plastic made from seaweed

A number of chemistry students from HZ University of Applied Sciences have developed seaweed products under the supervision of Dockwize. They did this during their research minor. HZ and Dockwize are working together on this. During the workshops given by Dockwize, the students also considered entrepreneurial questions such as 'What problem can I solve in the market?' and 'Who is my target group?’

Lidija Pakalnickaite developed a shampoo block based on seaweed. "I did in-depth research into market requirements. I based my product strategy on it," says the student. She discovered that shampoo often contains toxic substances and that shampoo bottles can leak while travelling. “The shampoo block is a solution." Seaweed is an ideal ingredient for shampoo. "I found significant concentrations of Omega-3 fatty acids, which improve skin health. I combined these with other plant substances. As a result, I now have shampoo in a solid form. It improves the skin rather than poisoning it." Lydia Sloof also developed a skin care product. She developed an effervescent tablet from which you can break off pieces. Seaweed proved suitable for this too. "It also contains a lot of antioxidants, which are good for anti-ageing. Furthermore, the seaweed makes it a sustainable product because it is a local resource. Other wellness products often contain palm oil.”

Elizaveta Samoylova did something different and developed plastic made from seaweed. "The big advantage is that it is biodegradable. It breaks down completely within ten minutes in seawater. Really, you want it to break down immediately in the water. I still need to do more research to determine if it is suitable for the large packaging market.” Water management student Patrick van Zweden investigated the seaweed market. "You can see that there are still many unknowns in the process from growth to production. Seaweed is a natural product that is subject to all kinds of factors. The type of seaweed and the processing techniques have not yet been developed. It is pretty cool to see what can already be produced from it."