About Hilde Passier

Dr. Hilde Passier is geochemist and manager of teams, programs and projects. She has had management roles on the interface of knowledge development and application of knowledge since 2006, as knowledge manager and department head (2008-2019).

She is leader of the strategic research program Environmental Quality at Deltares and coordinator of the applied-knowledge program of Deltares on water quality and nature for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. She is representing Deltares in the management of the Knowledge Impulse for the Delta Approach for Water Quality and participating in the projects of the Impulse, with the main goal to ensure the developed knowledge will have value in practice.

As department head of Subsurface and Groundwater Quality, she was manager of 25 experts, and responsible for the development and execution of applied research projects for numerous clients and consortia. These projects include collaborative projects of the Geochemical and Microbiological Laboratory ‘Castel’ at Deltares in Utrecht on innovative concepts for the improvement of environmental quality.

Keywords in her work are knowledge entrepreneurship, knowledge valorization, collaboration with knowledge partners and other parties, risk-based management of the environment, sustainable use of subsurface and water. She obtained her PhD in Marine Geochemistry at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She has been employed by Deltares/TNO since 2003. Before that, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Geochemistry and the Paleomagnetic Laboratory at Utrecht University, and as a consultant on water and ecology for Royal Haskoning.

Working experience

  1. Deltares

    Leader of the strategic research program environmental quality

    2019 - present
  2. Deltares

    Coordinator of the applied research program on water quality and nature

    2016 - present
  3. Deltares / TNO (untill 2008)

    Expert geochemist and project manager

    2003 - present
  4. Deltares

    Head of the department of Subsurface and Groundwater Quality

    2010 - 2019
  5. Deltares

    Manager of strategic research program eco innovations

    2013 - 2015
  6. Deltares / TNO

    Head of the department of Groundwater Quality

    2008 - 2010
  7. TNO

    Deputy head of the Department of Soil Management

    2006 - 2008
  8. TNO

    Knowledge manager Groundwater and Subsurface Quality

    2006 - 2008
  9. IWACO / Royal Haskoning consultancy group Water and Ecology

    Project manager/Expert Geochemist

    2000 - 2003
  10. NWO/Utrecht University, Paleomagnetic Laboratory

    Postdoc position

    1998 - 2000
  11. Utrecht University department of Geochemistry

    Phd position

    1994 - 1997

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