Medical Delta and Centre for Sustainability to join new European consortia
On 9 December the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) announced the names of the two European consortia that have each been chosen to create a ‘Knowledge and Innovation Community’: a KIC. These two KICs, in which hundreds of millions of euros will be invested. will focus on ‘Health’ and ‘Raw Materials’.
This was good news for the three South Holland universities, and in particular for the Medical Delta consortium and the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability.
Menno Kok, Managing Director of Medical Delta:
‘Although it’s the size of the subsidy and the scope of the consortium that first catch your eye, the biggest advantage of this consortium is its ambition to develop a single common strategy to safeguard healthcare and welfare in the long term. Medical Delta is one of the key stakeholders in developing and implementing this strategy.’
KIC ‘Healthy Living and Active Ageing’
Medical Delta plays an important role in the European InnoLife consortium, that won the call for the ‘Health’ KIC. Over the coming seven years InnoLife will work as a ‘Knowledge and Innovation Community’ on innovative products and services in the areas of healthy living and active ageing. Teaching will also be a significant component: from 2018, a million students will take part in online teaching programmes.
More than 140 representatives from companies, universities and research institutions from 14 EU countries are participating in InnoLife. Rotterdam, with Medical Delta, is acting as co-location for the Netherlands and Belgium which will be managed by Medical Delta’s Managing Director Menno Kok (Erasmus Medical Centre). Read more
David Peck, Managing Director of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability:
‘Companies, governments, society and our students are looking for us to join together to address the wicked challenges of the 21st century. The Centre for Sustainability will provide the basis for a strong partnership to provide that response.’
KIC ‘Raw Materials’
The European consortium that won the call for the Raw Materials KIC is RawMatTERS. Researchers from Delft and Leiden are already participating in the consortium, and David Peck of the Valorisation Centre at the Technical University Delft was a member of the core team that wrote the application. The researchers are already working together in the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability, that focuses on the scarcity and environmental impact of raw materials and the transition to a circular economy. The increasing dependence on raw materials is an important challenge for Europe, in view of the dependence of the EU on other world regions. RawMatTERS brings together more than 100 partners from 20 EU countries.
Researchers from the Centre for Sustainability will primarily play a significant role in the areas of waste, recycling, closing loops, sustainable product development, the business models relevant to these activities and the circular economy.
European Institute for Innovation and Technology
The European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT), is a body of the European Union but operates independently. The EIT has been in existence since 2008 and has its head office in Boedapest. The Institute focuses on important societal challenges set out in Horizon 2020. It brings together universities, research institutions and companies in Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs). The first three KICs were set up in 2011, in the areas of climate, energy and ICT. The ‘Health’ en ‘Raw Materials’ KICs that are just emerging will constitute the second wave of knowledge and innovation communities.