NWO institutes present themselves to high-tech industry at Hannover Messe

9 April 2014

The NWO institutes ASTRON, SRON, NIOZ and the three FOM institutes AMOLF, DIFFER, and Nikhef present themselves at the technology fair Hannover Messe 2014. On behalf of NWO, the institutes are present from 6 to 11 April in the Holland High Tech House in Hall 2 Research & Technology. This year the Netherlands is the partner country for the Hannover Messe and Dutch high-tech knowledge and products are under the international spotlight. The Messe will be opened by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Hannover Messe 2014

In the Holland High Tech House, the institutes will present themselves with other Dutch knowledge institutes and companies as an important player in the Dutch economic priority area High Tech Systems and Materials (HTSM): excellent, world class, and innovative. With their pioneering research, each NWO institute forms a valuable source of excellent knowledge within its field for collaboration with high-tech industry.

At the stand, the institutes show examples from the Advanced Instrumentation roadmap. This roadmap covers instruments and infrastructure for large scientific projects at both a national and international level. High-end instruments for scientific, analytical and medical applications and high-tech production equipment are also part of this roadmap. As it is an industrial trade fair, the institutes will also take their spin-offs with them to demonstrate that scientific research is a driver for technological innovations.

Focus on the institute's partnerships

Logo Dutchpartnership Hannover Messe

During the Messe the NWO institutes will enter into new strategic partnerships:

  • On Monday 7 April, FOM-DIFFER and Eindhoven University of Technology will give a powerful boost to fundamental energy research by signing a partnership agreement. The new research group that Eindhoven University of Technology will contribute to DIFFER will strengthen the ties between this research institute and education at the university and will give more focus and mass to energy research.
  • On Wednesday 9 April, ASTRON will sign a partnership contract with the University of Hamburg for the LOFAR radio telescope. The State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, Sander Dekker, will be present at the signing.
  • On Thursday 10 April, State Secretary Sander Dekker will be present at the signing of a statement of intent to collaborate between NIOZ and the Marum Center for Marine Environmental Sciences of the University of Bremen. These two institutes will use their knowledge of fundamental and applied research to investigate the climate and materials.


NWO Spinoza laureates 2013 will give a lecture in the Glass House

Physicist Michail Katsnelson and linguist Piek Vossen will each give a lecture in the Glass House in the Holland Pavilion. In 2013, both of them received an NWO Spinoza Prize (2.5 million euros) for their pioneering work. Michail Katsnelson will speak on Tuesday 8 April about the creativity in his work and the development of graphene and then participate in a roundtable discussion. Piek Vossen will speak on Thursday 10 April about how the combination of linguistics and ICT is a fantastic world to discover and will then participate in a panel discussion about the Human Capital Challenge.

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Source: NWO


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