Eindhoven University of Technology’s innovative learning environment, innovation Space, has been nominated for the Dutch Higher Education Prize. The award ceremony will be held on March 1.

“I learned from the outset how to make a prototype.” “The instructor gave me the confidence to try out my ideas.” “The teachers motivated us to go even further than we ever thought possible before we took the course.” These are just a few quotes from an evaluation of courses at Innovation Space. An open community where students, student teams, student entrepreneurs and researchers work in interdisciplinary teams together with businesses and civil society organizations on the challenges of today and the future. Innovation Space is a finalist along with the Urban Futures Studio from Utrecht University and the ‘Re-imagining Tomorrow through Arts and Sciences’ minor from Erasmus University.

Innovation in education

This new education award serves as a great token of appreciation for teacher teams that are achieving outstanding results. According to the website of the Dutch government, it also motivates teachers to continue with innovation in education and knowledge sharing. TU/e innovation Space is to receive half a million euros in prize money. That amount could rise even further to 1.2 million euros once the Minister of Education, Culture & Science announces on March 1 who is in first, second and third place.

“It’s a national acknowledgement of what we have been working on for the past five years,” says Professor Isabelle Reymen proudly. She and two other faculty members were at the forefront of what has grown into the student community that it is today. “Five years, ago we started out very small with two or three courses.” Meanwhile, 2200 students take 38 courses there, the teaching team has grown to 27 teachers in charge and 120 teachers are involved.

Creating impact

There were two main reasons driving innovation in education, Reymen explains. “We are dealing with a different generation of students. They really want to create impact, to improve the world.” At first she thought it was one student who wanted to graduate in Sustainable Energy, “but no, it was one after another. You have to offer education to these students in a different way. By addressing their passion and challenging them.”

As the second reason, Reymen cites industry, in particular, the Brainport region, which she says: “Just craves different kinds of employees. Engineers of the future who can really work together in interdisciplinary teams, have an entrepreneurial attitude and are able to think on a systems level.”

Reymen and her colleagues drew inspiration from abroad. “We combined that with our experiences with the student teams that we already had. Even though students don’t gain any study credits for that, you could just see that students there were working on what they are passionate about and learning a lot.”

World Champions

For instance, Team Solar built a car that runs on solar energy. The team became world champions four times in Australia. “That’s just fantastic, those students learn an awful lot. Not only about working together, but also about applying that battery technology in the real world. They used the know-how they learned and all that new knowledge and insights, because they wanted to become world champions, of course.”

Challenge-Based Learning forms the basis of the learning environment. With this, students work on relevant social problems for challenge-owners from the field. “Real-life clients for whom the students come up with a solution.” They work together on that solution from a variety of disciplines. Where applicable, they build a prototype and reflect on their work together.

Reymen herself teaches a course on innovation and entrepreneurship, the Innovation Space Project. “When you see what students learn in six months – that’s how long a course takes – it’s amazing. They have done something that they would never have thought possible. The self-confidence they gain from that is wonderful to see.” In addition to the courses, there are also activities that students do not receive any study credits for, such as the student teams. “There, too, you see students are really thriving and accomplishing some truly amazing things.”

Learning from each other

As did industrial design student Tom Cobbenhagen, who completed a Master’s project. He flourished due to the multidisciplinary nature of the curriculum. “What often happens at a university, and certainly at a technical one, is that people tend to stick to their own field. As a result, they come into less contact with other disciplines. It is precisely because you are thrown into a group here with all sorts of different backgrounds that you can combine those strengths. There is much more room to learn from each other. I didn’t end up deepening my studies, but actually broadening them. We learned to create an impact for the challenge owner – Eindhoven Airport. And its social goals: a solution to the mobility problem.”

Read more about the activities at TU/e innovation Space here.

Looking back, Reymen finds it “really wonderful that with a relatively small team, we can still make a major structural change in education at TU/e happen.” “I am most proud of the fact that we succeeded in doing that.”

The prize money has already been allocated. Reymen will use the money in any event to invest in a wider range of courses, “so that more students can come into contact with Challenge-Based Learning.” To that end, she wants to develop training courses for teachers to help them deal with challenge owners and coach them properly. “Also, we want to offer more choice in the courses and themes that students are interested in. Right now, we are still working on a course level; in time, we would really like to be able to give students an individual learning path.”

Working together with other schools

One example is an online platform so that students from different schools and universities in the Netherlands and Europe can work together on challenges. “We already work together with Fontys and with the four technical universities in the Netherlands and we are active in European Alliances. If you really want students to work together, you have to be able to do that very effectively online, because you’re not all in the same place at the same time.”

Should Innovation Space win the top prize, Reymen will be looking further into the future and envisioning innovative ecosystems. “At the moment, we are still taking on challenges ad hoc. We want to see if we can set up long-term partnerships so that we can work together in a more structural way with multiple partners. For example, a Sustainable Energy learning line, where citizens work with companies, and governments work with students and cross-disciplinary research groups at Eindhoven University of Technology.”

At the end of the second Comenius Festival on March 1, the Minister of Education, Culture & Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, will award the first Dutch Higher Education Prize.

Source: Innovation Origins

Press release Ministry of Economic Affairs and NAG, February 25, 2021.

The Netherlands Aerospace industry, represented by Mr. Lex Besselink, Chairman of the National Association for the Aerospace Industry NAG, and Airbus SAS, represented by Mrs. Grazia Vittadini, Airbus Chief Technology Officer, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday, 25 February 2021. The signing of the MoU is an important step towards the future of sustainable aviation. The signing was witnessed by the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Mrs. Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, and the Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Mrs. Mona Keijzer, who both emphasized the importance of the agreement and the role of the Dutch industry in the realization of sustainable aircraft. In attendance were also the French Minister Delegate Mr. Jean-Baptiste Djebbari and the German Commissioner for the Digital Industry and Start-ups and Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy Mr. Thomas Jarzombek. The CEO of Schiphol, Mr. Dick Benschop, emphasized the support of the complete Netherlands aviation sector; the infrastructure, the operators and industry.

The purpose of the MoU between NAG and Airbus is to establish a long-term strategic relationship in the field of sustainable aviation research and innovation, for both academic and industrial parties. The dedication of Airbus to connect with the innovative and robust Dutch industry and knowledge centres is welcomed to enable a sound return of aerospace after the pandemic. “We look forward to reaching the goals set together and realising a healthy future business for both Airbus and the NAG members”, says Lex Besselink, Chairman of the Netherlands Aerospace Group.

The Netherlands aviation sector, as represented by the parties united in the Dutch Sustainable Aviation Roundtable in which both the NAG and Airbus participate, committed to ambitious CO2 reduction targets towards achieving zero emission aviation in 2070, including:

  • reaching CO2 emission levels of 2005 in the year 2030, and 50% less in 2050;
  • zero emission ground-based operations in 2030;
  • use of minimum 14% blended SAF in 2030;
  • replacement of all fossil kerosene by sustainable alternatives by 2050;
  • and aiming to be a frontrunner in aviation electrification.

The NAG members are committed to these agreements and they aim their Research and Innovation programme to fulfil these targets. Airbus welcomes the Netherlands’ ambitious government policy towards sustainable aviation which will contribute greatly to our industry-wide decarbonisation targets. “The Netherlands’ rich talent pool, capabilities and experience has always made it an attractive home base for Airbus”, said Grazia Vittadini, Airbus Chief Technology Officer. “We look forward to accelerating research and working towards disruptive technologies to achieve a sustainable future together.”

An important link in this MoU is the Dutch Government. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure and Water Management are closely involved in this cooperation.

“It is my mission to successfully position Dutch tech companies and our manufacturing industry”, said Mona Keijzer, State Secretary of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands. “After all, we want to remain an innovation leader. International cooperation creates jobs and income in the Netherlands. For example, when our entrepreneurs can develop and produce composites for aircraft. The signing of this MoU today means that we can keep engaging in this area. And this is important, so that when the aerospace industry climbs out of this corona crisis, it can continue to innovate and find sustainable solutions.”

Breakthroughs are needed for aviation to become more quiet and green.

“To realise CO2 reduction, focussing on sustainable aviation fuels and technological innovation, including novel aircraft designs and new types of propulsion is important”, says Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister for Infrastructure and Water Management. “The first steps have been taken, such as the world’s first passenger flight with a blend of 500 liters of synthetic kerosene. Let’s inspire each other and enter a new era for aviation together”.

Source: NAG news

Online workshop with ZEISS Quantum Challenge and hybrid conference in combination

Due to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the QuApps conference cannot take place as a face-to-face event in March 2021 as originally planned. For this reason, a combination of an online event on March 2, 2021 and a hybrid event from September 13 to 15, 2021 will be held. In this way, both topicality and personal contact, which is very important in this subject area, is guaranteed.

Current research and fields of application of quantum technology

The international QuApps conference deals with the state of the art and the development of quantum technology. The technology is developing rapidly and offers previously unimagined potential for future innovations in business and science. The subject areas include quantum computers, cryptography and quantum sensors. In addition to quantum engineers and researchers, the event is also aimed at business development strategists and trend scouts in industry as well as investors and the interested public. The participants get deep insights into current research and existing applications. The focus of the conference is the exchange with and between renowned experts in quantum technology.

Virtual workshop with expert presentations and award ceremony of the ZEISS Quantum Challenge

QuApps will kick off with the virtual event “QuApps Online: Workshop on Applications on Quantum Technologies” on March 2, 2021. The winners of the ZEISS Quantum Challenge 2020 will also be announced in this context. The idea behind the ZEISS Quantum Challenge is to advance the leap in quantum technology from scientific application from laboratory scale to marketable products.

In 2020, ZEISS launched the Quantum Challenge, a competition dedicated to the use of quantum technologies in sensor and imaging applications in a real setting. To this end, ZEISS has called on the scientific community in the field of quantum technology to face six real challenges in the categories of medical technology, microscopy and industrial metrology. The challenge aimed to identify promising solutions, discuss them among experts and become partners to advance these ideas together. The contributions submitted by numerous participants were evaluated by a jury of experts. The winners have now been determined. As part of the QuApps Online Conference, they will be announced on March 2, 2021 and present their approaches to the professional world.

News item via IVAM

EINDHOVEN – As Brainport, do not think that you are have made it already. The ambition with high-tech start-ups must increase to create new ASMLs, says John Bell of HighTechXL.

New chip technology to correct for movements of the patient when making an MRI scan. This can prevent the scan from failing and having to be recreated. It is an example from the nursery of HighTechXL in Eindhoven. The organization is building dozens of high-tech start-ups on the High Tech Campus.

Biggest in the world

John Bell, who took up his position as director six months ago alongside founder Guus Frericks, has a mission. He wants to become the largest of its kind in the world with HighTechXL. That is building start-ups in “deep tech”, to indicate the difference with the part that focuses on online platforms based on existing technology. In Bell’s view, the Brainport region has the ideal breeding ground for the development of deep tech, with its ecosystem built around the collaboration between high-tech companies, education and knowledge institutions and the government.

You must not think that you are already there. You have to keep providing oxygen and food, otherwise the plant will die. We need to pull even better talent from the world this way and try to be the best deep tech in the world.

John Bell, HighTechXL

HighTechXL is already on a list of the top five start-up builders in the world. Bell’s ambition is in line with that of the municipality of Eindhoven, which wants to become a deep tech start-up city of Europe. We still cannot be satisfied with the development that has been made in recent decades, says Bell. “You shouldn’t think you’re already there. You have to keep providing oxygen and food, otherwise the plant will die. We need to pull even better talent from the world this way and try to be the best deep tech in the world. To achieve this, cooperation with the municipality of Eindhoven, the ecosystem and the government will have to be further intensified. ”

ASML en Philips investeren mede om de regio te versterken, om een B- en C-SML te kunnen creëren.”

John Bell, HighTechXL

The organization is supported by ASML, Philips and the High Tech Campus as investors. ,, ASML and Philips are investing in part to strengthen the region, to create a B and C-SML. It is important for ASML and Philips that new parties arise. This gives their suppliers a stronger basis. They can also benefit from talent that is attracted and retained for the region. ”

Build from the ground up

HighTechXL changed its working method at the end of 2018. Instead of supporting existing start-ups, it opted to build new companies from the ground up. “From existing teams, something always went wrong. The team did not function well, patents were not strong enough or the company had the wrong customers. ”

The basis of the new set-up are unused patents, for which a team of bright minds is trying to develop commercial applications. For example, photonics technology for MRI scans comes from the European space agency ESA. There is also collaboration with the Swiss research organization CERN, TNO and Philips Research. The patent owners receive royalties based on the turnover that the start-up is able to generate.

International teams

A team trying to get a start-up off the ground is made up of people from all over the world. Based on profiles it is estimated whether they can work well together.

“We have people from Taiwan, Australia and European countries such as Italy, Turkey and Germany”, says Bell. “They are often people who have already built a company and sold it. Both technicians and specialists with, for example, a marketing background will join.

John Bell High Tech XL

John Bell wants to build a bridge between start-ups and large companies with HighTechXL. © Jean Pierre Reijnen/DCI Media

Collaborations from Philips

Bell, born in Eindhoven himself, worked for Philips for years on innovation by entering into partnerships with companies from completely different industries. The alliance with Sara Lee / Douwe Egberts led to the development of the Senseo.

After working at Johnson & Johnson on collaboration with start-ups for the development of new products, Bell is now on another side. At HighTechXL he looks at how large companies can help start-ups. Incooling, for example, which is developing a technology for cooling chips, is in talks with major chip manufacturers and data centers. “A start-up needs a large company for knowledge, financial resources, customers and the supply chain.”

Continuation during Corona crisis

Since the restart two years ago, 22 high-tech babies have been born under the flag of HighTechXL. During the corona crisis, 15 started, from behind the computer and virtually without physical contact.

Another 40 to 50 start-ups should see the light by 2025, according to the target. “This would create 2000 jobs and thus make a substantial contribution to the innovative strength of the region and therefore of the Netherlands. It is crucial that more money is made available for deep tech start-ups. The Netherlands is lagging behind other countries in Europe, the United States and Asia in this area. ”

IPO with start-ups

HighTechXL wil met zijn start-ups naar de beurs NXchange, een platform dat beleggers koppelt aan bedrijven. Het idee is dat ze kunnen handelen in zowel een ‘mandje’ van alle start-ups samen als in individuele bedrijven. ,,We proberen daarvoor 30 miljoen euro op te halen bij investeerders”, zegt John Bell. ,,Start-ups hebben dan zowel financiering als een beursnotering.”

HighTechXL wants to take its start-ups to the NXchange stock exchange, a platform that links investors to companies. The idea is that they can trade in a “basket” of all start-ups together as well as individual companies. “We are trying to raise 30 million euros for this from investors”, says John Bell. “Start-ups then have both financing and a stock exchange listing.”

The corona crisis is not making it any easier for the fledgling companies. Investors and customers are more cautious, Bell knows. The government’s corona loan has helped a number of start-ups. “But the repayment of the money will start soon and some have little income. Not everyone is going to survive. That is fine in itself; it is part of the start-up world. “”

Cover photo by Alexandre Debiève on Unsplash

The “Horizon Europe” programme, which was launched this Tuesday, 2 February, has a budget of around €95 billion for research and innovation all over Europe from 2021-2027.

“Horizon Europe” is the ninth European framework programme for research and innovation, following on from the “Horizon 2020” programme (2014-2020), and will be the biggest programme ever undertaken in Europe. Its launch by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU is being promoted along with a mobilisation process for all of Europe, in conjunction with structural funds and, particularly, with the national recovery and resilience plans of each member state in preparation for the “Next Generation EU, 2021-26” programme.

The aim is for the European Union to lead the twin green and digital transition in association with a resilient recovery through a renewed European Research Area (ERA) and through an effective increase in public and private investment in R&D, particularly in the context of the recent reaffirmation by the European Commission of the goal of 3% of public and private investment in R&D in terms of gross domestic product by 2030.

“Horizon Europe” is thus based on three terms of reference:

  • 1. Scientific excellence: development of quality skills and expertise in order to reinforce the scientific leadership of the European Union, with the involvement of all the regions and all European citizens; creation of new markets, working conditions and skills, particularly in the sectors most severely affected by the negative impacts of the pandemic.
  • 2. Global challenges and European industrial competitiveness: natural resources, mobility, food, digital media and energy are just some of the areas that can count on additional support for research into the challenges they face, as well as for the associated industrial technology; it is in this area that partnerships are expected to be created with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
  • 3. Innovative and inclusive Europe: there will be stimuli for the creation of professional careers linked to research, both in the public and private sectors, making them more inclusive, particularly for women and minorities; it is also intended to foster research and recruitment ecosystems in order to train and retain talents in Europe. Other goals include cooperation between national funding agencies and the European Commission, while also contributing to promoting the creation of “European university” networks.

The “Horizon Europe” programme includes four implementation pillars:

Pillar 1: “Science of Excellence”, supporting scientific excellence in terms of human resources and infrastructure, particularly through the European Research Council (ERC), the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), as well as research infrastructures (ESFRI).

Pillar 2: “Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness”, which will support research and development activities in six areas (or clusters): Health; Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society; Civil Security for Society; Digital, Industry and Space; Climate, Energy and Mobility; Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment. Under the scope of these six areas, Pillar 2 also includes:

  • Research Missions, in five áreas:
  • Cancer;
  • Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation;
  • Climate-neutral and smart cities;
  • Soil health and food;
  • Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters.
  • Institutional Partnerships: aimed at mobilising public and private sectors in areas such as energy, transport, biodiversity, health, food and the circular economy.

Pillar 3: “Innovative Europe”, supporting the creation of new markets and SMEs, including new supports to be granted under the scope of the new European Innovation Council (EIC), the support for European Innovation Ecosystems (EIE) and for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT legislation was recently revised, on 29 January, already during the Portuguese Presidency, in order to encompass more inclusive action open to all of Europe and two new areas of intervention, through Knowledge and Innovative Communities (KIC) (namely, oceans and creative industries, in addition to the initial areas of health, digital, energy, materials and climate).

Pillar 4: “Extending participation in and reinforcement of the European Research Area”, including support for the extension of participation in and the reinforcement of the European Research Area, through a set of different funding instruments aimed at establishing networks for human resources and at institutional level.

Implementation of “Horizon Europe”

The implementation of the “Horizon Europe” programme will be coordinated by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research (DG RTD), following on from the previous European research and innovation framework programmes. Further details at Horizon Europe | European Commission.

In the case of Portugal, the coordination and dissemination of the strategy for reinforcing national participation in the “Horizon Europe, 2021-27” programme is carried out through PERIN – “Portugal in Europe Research and Innovation Network”, which includes the main funding agencies and promoters, namely FCT, ANI, AICIB, PT Space, the ERASMUS Agency and DGES, working closely with the promotion offices for European programmes in academic and research institutes, as well as in companies, business associations and company incubation centres and interface institutions.

Portugal’s aim is to double national participation in the “Horizon Europe, 2021-27” programme compared to participation in the Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) programme and attract around two billion euros for research and innovation activities on a competitive basis by the public and private sectors, including SMEs (in comparison to the approximately 1.1 billion attracted between 2014 and 2020 through supports granted by the H2020 programme, also in competitive terms).

Source: Europa.nu

As part of an NWO-supported public-private collaboration, measurement equipment specialists Bronkhorst and Krohne teamed up with the technical universities of Delft and Twente to bring flow meters into the next generation. Their goal: to develop new and innovative meters that could provide real-time insight and analytics of flowing media, all without having to interrupt the flow.

Author: Collin Arocho, Bits&Chips
Lead picture: An ultrasonic flow meter installed on a customer setup. Credit: Bronkhorst

All types of industries are working to find ways to collect data and use analytics to get the most out of their products. According to the experts at Bronkhorst High-Tech and Krohne Altometer, the flow measurement market is inevitably trending in the same direction. “We want to be able to measure more than just the flow of media through a pipe. We want to measure the flow plus other parameters like density, viscosity and other meaningful quantities,” explains Joost Lötters, science officer at Bronkhorst.

In industry, Lötters has spent more than two decades focused on developing mass flow meters used in measuring and controlling the flow of liquid and gas for a variety of applications in laboratory, machinery, industrial and hazardous areas. Next to this “day job” at Bronkhorst, he serves as a part-time professor of microfluidic handling systems at the technical universities (TUs) in both Delft and Twente. Meaning that when it comes to knowledge of the measurement equipment market, he has a firm grasp on customer demands, as well as the technological innovations that are needed in the domain.

In 2014, Lötters caught wind of the partnership research incentive program through the Dutch Research Council (NWO), where the council would match funds, from 3-10 million euros, to support public-private collaboration projects. With inside knowledge of the research capabilities at the TUs, he reached out to his colleagues at Krohne to help guide the development process of next-generation flow meters in a program called “Flow+” – aimed at collecting and harnessing valuable data to give customers more insight and to bring down costs.

Researchers were invited to submit proposals of how their idea would fit in the program. “We looked at the proposals through the lens of NASA’s technology readiness levels,” describes André Boer, Krohne’s general manager. “Typically, universities work up to level 3 or 4, the stage of a proof-of-concept or functional model. For Flow+, we wanted something more advanced: we wanted to go to TRL 6, a fully functional and transportable model, with the ambition to take it all the way to level 9 – mission success. We wanted to use our expertise to help the researchers bridge the gap and to get first-hand experience from industry, but also to get our products to the market.”

Ultrasonic

In all, collaborators received a total of 18 submissions of project designs. Four proposals made the final cut. Now, a few years later, two of the projects have already matured to TRL 5. The first of them is an ultrasonic flow meter, stemming from TU Delft. By clamping on this small device to a pipe, the system uses soundwaves to penetrate and measure the flow inside, collecting valuable information such as the pipe diameter, wall thickness and speed of the liquid.

“To do this requires a very intelligent system that can calibrate itself automatically in any setting,” depicts Jankees Hogendoorn, general manager of Krohne’s New Technologies Group. “In this setup, the system utilizes a phased array of transducers – a group of sensors – to steer the acoustic beam to specific points and specific planes to gather information from an entire cross-section of the pipe. This allows us to collect valuable data and determine flow velocity from point to point without the need to cut into the pipe.” Meaning end-users not only receive more accurate analytical data than ever before but can monitor the health and stability of pipelines while realizing faster installation with minimal risk of leaks and a reduction of the total cost.

“I’ve been working at Krohne for 35 years, and we started developing ultrasonic flow meters really early on, as this was one of our biggest wishes,” expresses general manager Boer. “While the ideas were there, when it came to actually producing such a tool – forget it. The technology being developed by TU Delft just didn’t exist 20 or 30 years ago. That’s one reason this collaboration with the TUs has been such a success in our eyes. Through this program, we’ve been able to make use of the latest developments and realize next-gen technology.”

Flow+ PhD student working on the micro Coriolis flow sensor in the lab at the UT. Credit: Flow+

Coriolis

The second of the most advanced projects is the thermal noise limited Coriolis flow meter, a collaboration between the TUs of Delft and Twente. A Coriolis-type flow sensor consists of a vibrating tube through which a fluid is flowing. The moving mass of the fluid results in Coriolis forces acting on the vibrating tube that can be detected and used to determine how much substance is passing per second. However, when measuring gasses, it can be a little tricky because of their low density – implying a lot of pressure is needed to push the gas flow through the pipe.

“By creating an inline solution, we can collect all the relevant data and ensure that the high-throughput processes can be controlled and adjusted in real time, thus, limiting downtime of the system,” explains Lötters. “At Bronkhorst, we specialize in using the Coriolis principle for ultra-low liquid flow rates and we would like to improve this principle for measuring gas flows. But to do that, we need to dramatically improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the device, since the mass flows for gases are much lower than those for liquids due to their lower densities.”

To find a solution, Twente assumed the role of improving the sensitivity of the sensors to measure lower flows. Meanwhile, Delft took to upgrading the electronics used to decrease the noise level. After a few iterations of in-house development, this team is close to achieving a custom ASIC chip that will be integrated with the enhanced sensor from Twente en route to a market-viable product.

Printed circuit board with the micro Coriolis flow sensor chip mounted in the middle. Credit: Flow+

Plus

“The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so we still have to see how it all integrates, but I would call this cooperative effort a success,” says Lötters. “There are still some questions we’re addressing as we advance through the technology readiness levels. But our vision of measuring ‘flow plus something else’ is being realized. Now, we measure flow. Next, we’ll measure flow plus quantities such as density, viscosity and heat capacity. Finally, we’ll go towards recognition of gases, liquids, and determination of the composition of gas and liquid mixtures, for example by adding a machine-learning component. It’s a step-by-step process, but that’s the direction we’re going.”

In terms of future application of the Flow+ solutions, the market possibilities are quite diverse. “Applications of these systems range from medical solutions like measuring the composition of medicine mixtures of multi-infusion setups in hospitals and nutrition supply and waste drainage in organ-on-a-chip systems to energy content measurement in mixtures of fuel gases or research on catalysts and recipes for effectively extracting oil from wells in the oil and gas industry and many others,” illustrates Lötters. “All of these industries rely on the monitoring and measurement of both the flow in a pipeline and the content of the flowing media.”

Flow+

For the Flow+ project, measurement equipment specialists Bronkhorst High-Tech and Krohne Altometer teamed up with Delft University of Technology and the University of Twente to develop next-generation flow meters with enhanced data collection capabilities and increased sensitivity. The project is co-funded by Holland High Tech, Top Sector HTSM, and the Dutch Research Council (NWO), with a public-private partnership grant for research and innovation.

Article via Holland High Tech news

Press release Amsterdam Scientific Instruments

Amsterdam Scientific Instruments B.V. (“ASI”) today announced that Amsterdam Scientific Instruments B.V. has appointed Thorbjoern Schoenbeck as CEO and chairman of the executive board.

In addition, Hans Brouwer and Steven Tan, who managed ASI since 2017, will join the executive board. The new leadership appointments are effective immediately and will enable ASI to execute its ambitious corporate development strategy focused on continuous innovation and persistent growth.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Thorbjoern’s caliber and experience joining ASI,” said Hans Brouwer. “After having developed ASI from a small academic startup to a fast-growing company with a robust organization, top-tier customer base and mature product portfolio, we need renewed leadership to successfully bring the company to the next phase of development and growth. Thorbjoern has a strong background in high-tech and a proven track record commercializing advanced instrumentation. He is a strong communicator who understands our customers, both academic and industrial. Furthermore, having served in various sales leadership roles at Malvern Panalytical for the past 14 years, Thorbjoern has a solid understanding of our products and markets.”

Thorbjoern Schoenbeck said, “I am honored and excited to lead ASI. I believe ASI has a great team, a unique innovation power and a wonderful portfolio of products that will empower researchers around the world to push the frontiers of life sciences and physics and to force breakthrough innovations that will change the world.”

Speaking on behalf of Value Creation Capital, one of ASI’s investors, Willem van den Berg said, “We very much appreciate Steven Tan and Hans Brouwer for developing and driving ASI to its current successful position and for having the awareness and insight that new leadership and governance is required in anticipation of the next phase of the development of ASI. We believe that Thorbjoern has the right expertise, communication skills and leadership abilities to inspire the team and deliver on ASI’s ambitions.”

Source: ASI press release

Press release Rijksoverheid: Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat (kerndepartement)

France and the Netherlands will cooperate intensively in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The national AI coalitions of both countries will jointly investigate how SMEs can make optimal use of AI; both countries will use agricultural data to increase the possibilities of AI for farmers; entrepreneurs and researchers who want to apply for EU subsidies for new inventions together can count on more support from both governments.

These and other agreements were made during the first digital innovation mission to France, from 25 to 27 January 2021. Under the leadership of State Secretary Mona Keijzer (Economic Affairs and Climate) and her French colleague Cédric O, 160 Dutch and 120 French entrepreneurs and researchers spoke. about how they can reinforce each other.

State Secretary Mona Keijzer (EZK): “In recent years, France and the Netherlands have sought more convergence in the field of digitization and AI. We think the same about this in various areas: it has enormous potential for our citizens and companies, but it must be safe, fair and people-oriented. We are well matched when it comes to AI, and together we can take on the world. We confirmed this on our innovation mission. The collaboration with this economic superpower in Europe will yield a lot to our entrepreneurs and researchers: not only knowledge, but also potential customers. In the area of ​​mobility, for example, we can contribute with our smart digital traffic solutions to the smooth running of the Olympic Games that will take place in Paris in 2024.”

AI for entrepeneurs

Both the Netherlands and France have a national organization within which governments, entrepreneurs and researchers want to get the most out of AI. The Netherlands has the Dutch AI Coalition; France the Hub France IA. These coalitions will work together to ensure that as many entrepreneurs and researchers as possible can reap the benefits of AI. They focus, among other things, on SMEs, startups and scale-ups. They will also investigate whether AI products should be certified that guarantees their high standard.

Stronger together in Europe

The European Union provides various grants to researchers and entrepreneurs for the development of new (digital) products and services. This is done through the Horizon and Digital Europe programs, among other things. Of all European countries, French parties get the most funding from these programs; The Netherlands is in fifth place.

The Franco-Dutch innovation mission has resulted in France and the Netherlands collaborating more closely when applying for this European subsidy for AI projects. This gives our research institutions and entrepreneurs a greater chance of receiving the European funds. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy has reserved an additional 99 million euros in total to help finance Dutch proposals.

Agriculture and health

The Netherlands and France are both major producers of food: the second and third exporter of agricultural products in the world. In order to maintain this position, it is important to make agriculture and horticulture ever more efficient and at the same time to make it more sustainable, so that the largest possible, nutritious yield is achieved with as few raw materials as possible. AI and data play an increasingly important role in that process. During the innovation mission, the Netherlands and France agreed to collaborate in the field of agricultural data from agricultural data so that this can benefit farmers and horticulturists. For example, they can determine more precisely when to harvest and how much nutrients are needed.

Both countries will also investigate what AI can mean for healthcare. For example, through a Dutch invention – the Personal Health Train – AI can make it possible for individuals to make their health data available to scientists, while at the same time having complete control over what happens with their data. A separate innovation mission will be organized later this year in the field of AI and health.

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An innovation project can be a great idea, without preliminary testing it can still fail. This is why you can apply for a grant to map the technical and economic risks. The feasibility project is one of the instruments of the SME innovation stimulation Region and Top Sectors (MIT). In addition to MIT feasibility subsidy, you can also apply for subsidy for MIT cooperation projects.

Which projects are eligible for subsidy?

Grants are provided to SMEs to carry out an MIT feasibility project. An MIT feasibility project consists of a feasibility study or possibly a combination of a feasibility study, industrial research and/or experimental development. Note that at least 60% of the costs of the MIT feasibility project consists of a feasibility study.

MIT Feasability study

A feasibility study mainly consists of desk research. Building a prototype is therefore not covered by the eligible costs of an MIT Feasibility Study. When you combine a feasibility study with experimental research, the development of a prototype is eligible. In an MIT Feasibility Study you can think of:

  • Literature review
  • Patent search
  • Inventory of available technologies and potential partners
  • Market survey
  • Competition analysis

Experimental development

Do you want to develop new services, products or processes or improve existing ones? In contrast to a feasibility study, the development of a (commercially useful) prototype in experimental development is eligible.

Industrial research

This is about acquiring new knowledge and skills through research, which can be used to improve or develop products, processes or services.

How much is the subsidy?

The subsidy amounts to 40% of the eligible costs up to a maximum amount of € 20,000 per feasibility project.

New round 2021

SMEs that research or develop new innovations are expected to be able to apply for a subsidy via the MIT scheme from 13 April.

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The Netherlands will be the center for global food innovation with the Global Coordinating Secretariat (GCS) in Wageningen. Prime Minister Rutte announced this during a digital meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The GCS is part of the food system initiative of the WEF to drive innovations and new technologies in the food chain that contribute to global food security. From the Netherlands, the GCS directs the further development of global regional food innovation hubs, including the European hub in Food Valley Wageningen.

Worldwide, nearly 2 billion people lack access to adequate, nutritious and safe food and 690 million people suffer from chronic hunger or lack of proper nutrition. The expected growth of the world population and the consequences of the climate crisis only increase the urgency of this food insecurity. So we have to produce more and smarter food than ever before.

Minister Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality: “The Dutch agri-food, horticulture and breeding sectors are global players when it comes to knowledge and techniques for the sustainable production and processing of food. This knowledge and innovation is already going all over the world, for example Simon Groot’s company East-West Seed, which provides millions of small farmers with good seeds. With FoodValley as the European Food Hub in the WEF and the Global Coordinating Secretariat in the Netherlands, we can share that knowledge and expertise much more with the world. ”

Minister Van ‘t Wout of Economic Affairs and Climate: “The Dutch economy is one of the most innovative in the world. With the arrival of the Global Coordinating Secretariat, we can use our innovative strength even better to contribute to food security in the world. With a strong combination of companies and knowledge institutions in agri-food, horticulture, breeding, high-tech and ICT, we have all the factors in-house to play a leading role and to shape the necessary changes in the food system.”

Food Innovation Hubs

Changing the way we produce and consume food requires globally scalable innovations that match regional conditions. The regional Food Hubs play a crucial role in this by bringing farmers, companies, scientists and (other) parties from the food chain together to develop innovations and business and revenue models that contribute to a sustainable and future-proof food system. Hubs have been set up in Asia, Africa and Central and South America. FoodValley has been appointed as the European Food Hub at the global tables since November.

Global Coordinating Secretariat

The cabinet and development company Oost NL (commissioned by the province of Gelderland and the province of Overijssel) support the GCS financially and by forming a small core team. The GCS will help the regional hubs scale up, drive new regional hubs and build global partnerships for innovation. Together they ensure that knowledge and innovation for a healthy and sustainable food system are better spread around the world.