NWO at Hannover Messe 2017

Inspired by science, driven by society and resulting in innovative technologies

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is the national research council in the Netherlands. NWO runs eight research institutes and one advanced research center, all of which are centers of expertise in specific scientific fields. The NWO divisions jointly promote strong ties between those working in the world of science and between science, society and industry. 

We welcome you to discover our joint solutions and partners in Big Science for Industry at the Hannover Messe, hall 2 Research & Development, booth C12.

Our crosscutting themes at the Hannover Messe at a glance:

Big Science for Industry

High-quality technology is the key to converting scientific curiosity into economic and social innovation. NWO and TNO play a leading role in the partnership between high-tech industry and science to take on the challenges of the future. Our approach covers the entire innovation chain: from fundamental research, via applied research to demonstration and exploitation. Join us as we strengthen the ties between the world of science and between science, society and industry.

Showcases Big Science for Industry (TNO & NWO)

  • E-ELT prototype

In Chili, the European Southern Observatory is building a new optical telescope, the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). Starting in 2024, the ELT telescope, which will be the largest of its kind in the world, will begin to reveal previously invisible exoplanets. The E-ELT has a main mirror with a diameter of 39 metres, consisting of 798 hexagonal segments, each of which has a diameter of 1.4 metres. Each segment will have its own load-bearing structure. The complete construction will therefore consist of 798 smaller segments. A Dutch consortium (consisting of VDL and TNO) is therefore a contender for this ingenious load-bearing construction. A prototype of this load-bearing construction will be exhibited at the Hannover Messe.

  • KM3Net neutrino balls

KM3NeT is a new neutrino detector in the Mediterranean Sea with a volume of one cubic kilometre at a depth of 2.5 km. When neutrinos interact with water they produce a blue light. This light is registered by thousands of light-sensitive systems. It enables us, for example, to study objects in the centre of faraway galaxies, such as black holes. Nikhef plays a crucial role in the design and production of this system, and there is great demand for the many components produced by Dutch industry. We will present a system at the Hannover Messe consisting of three balls with light-sensitive detectors.

  • ITER/Magnum PSI


In Cadarache in France, the most important countries in the world are building a new fusion energy project called ITER. From 2025 onwards, the first experiments will be conducted there to bring us one step closer to establishing working fusion power plants. In the Netherlands, the NWO institute DIFFER’s Magnum PSI is working overtime to investigate the heavily burdened ITER wall. In addition to an ITER model, there will also be a mirror-cleaning installation on display at the Hannover Messe, which was designed and built by the Dutch company De Roover with TNO.

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Big Data

CWI (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica) is the Netherlands’ national research institute for mathematics and computer science.  CWI’s data research is focused on managing volume (very large databases), velocity (high-speed processing and analysing), variety (integrating data from various sources) and veracity (generating reliable information) of big data. Research areas include database management, data analytics, machine learning and data visualization. In all these, steps transparency is vital to ensure that the results do indeed reflect conclusions that can be drawn from the data. The establishment of spin-off companies such as Stokhos Emergency Mathematics, SEITA and SWAT.engineering is an important instrument for CWI to transfer technology and knowledge to society and industry. CWI is proud to present the three latest spin-off companies since the founding of computer builder Elektrologica in 1956 at the Hannover Messe.

  • SEITA (Sustainable Energy Is Totally Achievable)

SEITA advises suppliers of renewable energy in the area of 'demand response' using flexible energy tariffs. With 'demand response', consumers can adjust their energy demand to the available supply of renewable energy. Suppliers have an interest in this, because they are burdened with imbalances between fluctuating consumer demand and unpredictable supply from renewable resources. SEITA provides insights into how demand and supply react to flexible energy tariffs. These insights can be used to enable ‘demand response’.

  • SWAT.engineering

The vision of SWAT.engineering is to create software that can be organically adapted to changing circumstances. Unfortunately, most software systems resemble large brick-and-mortar buildings consisting of many fixed components that are hard to change or recombine when requirements and applications evolve. Software Analysis and Transformation (swat) is the key to smaller, better, more flexible, more secure, and better maintainable software systems. swat engineering takes swat to the next level by helping its clients in creating tailor-made systems with built-in change and growth capabilities. swat engineering aims at creating future-proof, sustainable, software solutions.

  • Stokhos Emergency Mathematics

Stokhos provides solutions for emergency services

Stokhos Emergency Mathematics provides software solutions which enable the proactive relocation of emergency services based on predictions of future demand. The software is capable of identifying patterns in ambulance demand based on demographic and historical data of emergency calls and factors such as weather and traffic. The new system translates these data into an optimal distribution of ambulances over the region. The algorithm-based software is a dynamic decision-support solution for dispatch center operators to improve the operational process significantly, resulting in more frequent timely arrivals, more saved lives and decreased healthcare costs.

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Responsible Innovation

Considering ethical and societal questions at an early stage creates more support in society and helps prevent innovations from unnecessarily coming to a standstill. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has developed its Responsible Innovation research programme to do just this. This programme is aimed at including possible ethical and societal consequences at an early stage of a technological or other innovation so that due consideration can be given to these in the innovation process. This prevents failures and expensive adjustments in retrospect and it creates opportunities for better products and services due to socially inspired innovations.

Opportunities for businesses

For businesses participation in NWO Responsible Innovation research translates, for example, into:

  • a greater licence to operate;
  • innovations that align better with consumers and the societal environment and that also generate ideas for unexpected innovations;
  • receiving usable, constructive feedback from excellent scientists;
  • joining in with the European Societal Challenges, in which Responsible Research & Innovation is paramount for the European Horizon2020 programme.

We welcome you to meet us at the Hannover Messe.

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Olivier Morot (voor mediavragen) Olivier Morot (voor mediavragen) t: +31 (0)6 53175377 o.morot@nwo.nl