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Join us on our event on innovation ecosystems 17 June!

Date:                  Friday 17 June 2022, 10:00-14:00
Location:          House of the Dutch Provinces, Trierstraat 59
Language:        English
Registration:   here

On 17 June 2022, the event “Hit or Miss: Fostering dynamic ecosystems” will take place in person in Brussels. During this event, we will explore innovation ecosystems through the lens of vocational education providers and universities of applied sciences, with emphasis on the way that regional innovation strategies, national funding instruments and European policies interact. Following the title ‘hit or miss’, we examine what works through best practices, and what further support is needed to foster dynamic ecosystems and better connect innovation initiatives around Europe.

The event is co-organised with Neth-ER, MBO Raad, Vereniging Hogescholen, and will be followed by a networking lunch offered by Universities of Applied Sciences Netherlands.

10:00 – 10:30: Walk-in

10:30 – 10:35: Welcome by Rob van Eijkeren
(Head of Office, House of the Dutch Provinces)

10:35 – 10:40: Welcome by Jurgen Rienks
(Director Neth-ER, moderator of the day)

10:40 – 11:10: Keynote speech Thomas Wobben
(Committee of the Regions)

11:10 – 11:30: Pitches on innovation in practice:

  • Lisa Heyman – graduation tree project
    (Candidate Dutch UAS hero award, Avans UAS)
  • Anu Manickam
    (Researcher entrepreneurship Hanze UAS)
  • John Schobben
    (Practor innovatiesucces, De Leijgraaf)

11:30 – 11:55: Break

11:55 – 12:15: Speaker from the European Commission
(DG RTD, Innovation Policy & Access to Finance, TBC)

12:15 – 12:55

Panel: Hit or miss – what makes a strong ecosystem?

  • Moderator: Jurgen Rienks
    (Director Neth-ER)
  • Vocational education perspective: Jorick Scheerens
  • Regional perspective: Willem Foorthuis
    (Regional perspective, Hanze UAS and MBO Terra)
  • National perspective: Inez Meurs
    (Taskforce for Applied Research SIA)
  • European Perspective: Speaker Innovation Policy
    (DG RTD European Commission TBC)

12:55 – 13:00 Round-up by UASNL president Rob Verhofstad and Jurgen Rienks
13:00 – 14:00 Network lunch, offered by UASNL.

Please register through the Neth-ER website here. There is no registration deadline, but we may not be able to guarantee a seat if you show up without earlier notice.

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