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Accelerating the Biobased Economy in the Northern Netherlands

Kick-off BERNN: on the road to green innovation
05 October 2016

Last month, at the Biobased Business Event in Emmen, the Platform Bio-Economy Region of Northern-Netherlands (BERNN) has officially been launched. The Groningen University (UG) is key initiator of this highly innovative green economy platform.

Dr. Janneke Krooneman
Dr. Janneke Krooneman

‘The BERNN platform strengthens the collaboration between the northern knowledge partners that all have complementary expertises, both on educational programmes as well as on research and innovation themes,’ says Dr. Janneke Krooneman, Lecturer Biological Engineering, UG, and one of the initiators of the Biobased Economy Platform. Janneke: ‘ The close involvement of regional industry will stimulate inno-vations and thus economic perspectives with increasing employability within Northern Netherlands. The BERNN platform is open for new collaborations with industrial partners!’


The BERNN platform is reinforcing University’s collaboration policy with high-tech businesses to advance joint knowledge development. Under the BERNN platform, UG is close cooperating with the 4 Universities for Applied Sciences in the Northern Netherlands. The aim of the knowledge-based collaboration is to increase demand-oriented and application-oriented solutions which contribute to a green economy.

Janneke: ‘Currently the new BioBridge program is further developed. The aim of BioBridge is to reinforce the cooperation between the BERNN platform members (University of Groningen and Northern colleagues) and SME center in the field of bio-economy.‘

The BioBridge initiative connects with the former BioBrug programme. The aim of BioBrug was to forge contacts between University research groups and local businesses that are involved in the ‘biobased economy’. Janneke: ‘BioBrug focused on the collaboration between knowledge partners and companies in the northern Netherlands. BioBridge focuses specifically on cross bordering collaboration in the North Sea region.

New sources of energy

The Biobased Economy in the Northern Netherlands has really come to fruition. All essential sectors are present to accelerate successfully into a green economy. Janneke: ‘We have this vast agri-food sector in NN to provide a lot of biomass supply. Biomass is organic matter derived from living, or recently living organisms and can be used as a new source of energy. The total production of biomass in northern Netherlands is by far the largest in the Netherlands. Time to harvest thus in the transition to the green economy, to start with BERNN.’

Kick-off Platform Bio-Economy Region of Northern-Netherlands at the Biobased Business Event in Emmen. Second from the right Prof. Gert-Jan Euverink, UG
Kick-off Platform Bio-Economy Region of Northern-Netherlands at the Biobased Business Event in Emmen. Second from the right Prof. Gert-Jan Euverink, UG

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