On 8 September, the kick off meeting took place of cooperation between Avebe and the University. Avebe, Groningen University and the project developer Triade have reached agreement about a new innovation center to be built at the Zernike Campus in Groningen earlier this year.
In his welcome speech, Prof Dr. Jasper Knoester, Dean of Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, UG, emphasized the importance of the establishing of the Avebe Innovation Center at the Zernike campus. More intensive cooperation with Avebe will lead to new research and innovation. ‘Welcome Avebe!’
Mr. Gerard ten Bolscher (Innovation Director Avebe) underlined the importance of the cooperation as well.
By joining knowledge within Avebe and seeking cooperation with an important party such as the University of Groningen, Avebe is able to make big strides when it comes to innovation. ‘So, let’s get out what’s in it,’ Ten Bolscher concluded.
The Innovation Center to be built will be a complete innovation centre with a laboratory, pilot factory, office and a client innovation centre. Agreements have also been reached on cooperation in the area of research and education. Avebe is a cooperative of 2,500 growers of starch potato in the Netherlands and Germany.
Marco Giuseppin, Director pilot plant Avebe, spoke about the 10 research areas Avebe and UG are intending to focus on in the coming years, for example research into Plant Physiology and plant breeding innovations. In the coming months new research themes will be identified.
Prof. Marc van der Maarel spoke about his research experiences with Avebe research. He knows both organizations and sees many opportunities for innovative research initiatives but also for exchange of educational projects.
Finally, Edward van der Meer, Director of Zernike Campus, gave an inspiring introduction to the plans and developments of the Zernike campus. He also gave an insight into the plans for the accommodation of Avebe in a new building (approximately 5,500 m2, location De Mudden) halfway through the Zernike campus. The actual move is planned for the end of 2017. To be continued.
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