Laurens Hessels is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University and senior researcher at KWR Watercycle Research Institute. Laurens conducts research into the processes and mechanisms of knowledge valorization and into methods and indicators for evaluating valorization. He advises organisations in the water sector about knowledge management, learning processes and implementation of research results. Laurens completed his PhD in 2010 with a study into how university researchers deal with the practical applications of their work. From 2010 to 2016, Laurens worked at the Rathenau Institute, where he did research into coordination, public-private collaboration and international knowledge networks.