NCR is the leading cooperative alliance between all major Dutch institutes for river studies. We integrate knowledge, facilitate discussion and promote excellent science.

About NCR

The Netherlands Centre for River studies (NCR) is the leading cooperative alliance between all major Dutch institutes for river studies. We integrate knowledge, facilitate discussion and promote excellent science. By linking the strongest expertise of its partners, NCR forms a true centre of excellence in river studies. The disciplines within NCR are contributed by its partners and include not in particular order:

  • Hydrodynamics and Morphodynamics
  • Geomorphology and sedimentology
  • River ecology and water quality
  • River governance, serious gaming and spatial planning.


The NCR boards as of February 2018. From left-to-right, top-to-bottom. Top row: Rob Lenders, Jaap Kwadijk, Monique te Vaarwerk, Wim Uijttewaal, Koen van der Werff, Ton Hoitink, Second row: Hans Middelkoop, Koen Berends, Mario Franca. Third row: Astrid Blom, Ymkje Huismans, Esther Stouthamer, Suleyman Naqshband, Gertjan Geerling, Ralph Schielen, Suzanne Hulscher Bottom row: Alessandra Crosato, Rob Leuven, Denie Augustijn

Programme Secretary

The program secretary is responsible for the continuity, day-to-day management, communication (e.g. website, mailing, social platforms) and reporting of the NCR. Additionally, the program secretary is part of the program committee and supervisory board in the role of secretary. The secretary is appointed by the Supervisory board. The current secretary is dr. ir. Koen Berends of Deltares.

Supervisory board

The supervisory board consist of one senior member of each NCR partner. The member of the board choose their chair, which currently is prof. dr. Jaap Kwadijk of Deltares. The board supervises the implementation of the cooperation agreement, mediates in disputes and approves the annual program.

Programme committee

The program committee consists of representatives from each of the NCR partners. The program committee chooses the chair, which currently is drs. Matthijs Boersema of Rijkswaterstaat. The  program committee is responsible for the (scientific) program of NCR. The committee initiates and stimulates research activities, proposals, and exchange of knowledge, ideas, experience, and results. The committee has regular meetings, with a frequency of about four times per year.

Young NCR

Young NCR (YNCR) was created in December 2020 with the aim to strengthen the NCR for young/early career professionals within the field of river studies in the Netherlands. The main goals of this board are:

  • To create a space where young river professionals can exchange knowledge and experiences,
  • To promote the presence of young professionals in (multidisciplinary) cooperation and knowledge transfer between research, governance and practice,
  • To promote the exchange of knowledge and experience between young and senior professionals,
  • To make suggestions and give feedback to the NCR program committee from a young professional point of view, keeping in mind the interests and needs of young river professionals in different stages of their career.

To this end, YNCR organises social gatherings, career and professional workshops, lunch talks, and symposia. While YNCR activities target young/early career professionals, no age or professional experience limitation applies. As of May 2024, the board of YNCR consists of the following 11 members, each representing an NCR partner institution:





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A meandering river – dividing vertically, but connecting horizontally – symbolising the opposing and binding forces in society. The colour gradient (blue to green-yellow) symbolises hydraulics, ecology and sediment



If you benefited from the NCR in your project, we encourage you to acknowledge us in your products! You can use the following acknowledgement: This research has benefited from cooperation within the network of the Netherlands Centre for River studies. 

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NCR was officially founded on October 8th 1998 by its founding fathers (amongst others) Eric Marteijn of RWS-RIZA, Eelco van Beek (WL|Delft Hydraulics)  and Ad van Os (WL|Delft Hydraulics) . The first partners were the Universities of Delft, Nijmegen, Utrecht, Twente, UNESCO-IHE, RWS-RIZA, WL|Delft Hydraulics, the Staring Centre and the Institute for Forestry and Nature Development.


First NCR-Days were held by WL|Delft Hydraulics, TNO-NITG and Alterra (formed from the Staring-Centre and Institute for Forestry and Nature Development) join NCR.


Conclusion of the joint research programme IRMA-SPONGE, sponsored by the EU (INTERREG-IIC) that was set-up and coordinated by the NCR.


Wageningen University joins NCR


Start of the integrated project (IP) FLOODsite funded within the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission.


Deltares is formed from WL|Delft Hydraulics and parts of TNO and RWS.  The remaining part of RWS still devoted to river studies joins NCR as RWS-WD (Rijkswaterstaat Waterdienst). Closing conference of FLOODsite.

NCR celebrates her 10th anniversary at the NCR-DAYS 2008 organised by Deltares in Dalfsen.


Rijkswaterstaat re-organises and is henceforth represented as RWS-WVL (Rijkswaterstaat Water, Verkeer en Leefomgeving).

NCR celebrates her 15th anniversity the the NCR-DAYS 2013 at UNESCO-IHE.


The NCR partners, spearheaded by the University of Twente, submit and are awarded the joint research programme ‘RiverCare’.


Alterra and Wageningen University join forces and are from now on represented as ‘Wageningen University & Research’


NCR celebrates her 20th anniversary at the NCR-DAYS 2018 organised by Deltares in Delft


Young NCR is formed.


NCR celebrates her 25th anniversary at the NCR-DAYS 2023 organised by Radboud University Nijmegen

First NCR Summerschool organised by Twente University.