Eindhoven University Of Technology: European Innovation Commissioner met TU/E

Mayor of Eindhoven John Jorritsma met with European Commissioner for innovation, science and education Mariya Gabriel, Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven and State Secretary Mona Keijzer to discuss European science policy and the role of innovation ecosystems. The meeting was organised by TU/e and was also attended by TU/e Executive Board president Robert-Jan Smits, rector of Maastricht University Rianne Letschert and others.

Two topics were central: European science policy and the role of innovation ecosystems, and improving the appraisal system for academics and scientists, which is currently primarily based on numbers of publications. The European Commissioner highly praised the achievements of TU/e and the Irène Curie Fellowship programme, reports Indiaeducationdiary.

TU/e president Robert-Jan Smits said: “I think it is a particularly good sign that the euro commissioner for innovation selected Brainport for her first working visit to the Netherlands. It underlines that this region, with its strong innovation ecosystem, is a model for Europe. We showed the ministers how committed Brainport is to European cooperation and the European agenda. We were also able to make it clear that, as far as Brainport is concerned, the Netherlands is complying with the European agreement to invest three percent of its GDP in research and innovation. At the same time, investments must continue to be made at the European level in ‘key enabling technologies’, to secure our earning power of tomorrow.”

After the meeting, visitors took a look at the car built by the student team TU/ecomotive Luca, which is made entirely from waste. The delegation then proceeded to Fontys-ICT at Strijp-T, where they were informed about AI projects and education.

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