On 25 January Professor Willy Verstraete was appointed KWR Honorary Fellow. KWR bestowed Verstraete the Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his great contributions to research into microbial processes and to responsible resource and environmental management. He is a tireless activator and inspirer in the field of resource recovery and, despite his retirement in 2011, has remained fully active both in and beyond his field of expertise. Among other things, he was one of the initiators of KWR’s Resource Recovery line of research. The collaboration between Verstraete and KWR is still growing: spin-off company Avecom and Allied Waters are currently developing a new project on protein for human consumption.