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Jantina Tammes School Pitch event: Economic Agenda of Nij Begun

When:We 03-04-2024 15:30 - 18:30
Where:House of Connections, Grote Markt 21, 9712 Groningen

On the 3rd of April, our annual Pitch Event will take place.

This year's pitch event will center around exploring how AI and/or digitalisation can contribute to the Economic Agenda of Nij Begun; on the way to recognition, recovery and perspective. If your research aligns with or could contribute to this theme, we invite you to pitch your ideas to fellow researchers. Each pitch should be a maximum of 3 minutes. Alternatively, if you're interested in attending to listen to the pitches but prefer not to present one yourself, that's perfectly acceptable. Simply sign up for the event to secure your spot.


  • Welcome and Opening by Jacquelien Scherpen and Thony Visser
  • Keynote by mayor Koen Schuiling
  • Nij Begun in relation to the UG by Quin Genee
  • Pitches (see below)
  • Closing speech by Ming Cao and Alice Klamer
  • Drinks

Please confirm your attendance before the 2nd of April, by clicking the registration button below. If there are any additional details you require, feel free to reach out.


  • Jenny van Doorn: ''Moi'' or ''Hoi''? The Gronings-speaking robot
  • Hedderik van Rijn: MemoryLab & MemoryLab Health: How Cognitive AI improves education and Healthcare, in a highly diverse region such as the North of the Netherlands
  • Paris Avgeriou: Engineering Doctorate on Autonomous Systems
  • Tommaso Caselli: GroNLP's research
  • Peter Merx: Public engagement made easy
  • Jeanne Mifsud Bonnici: Kick-back organised crime
  • Ajay Kottapalli: Enhancing Vital Health Monitoring: Wearable Sensor Technology
  • Bayu Jayawardhana: Center for Autonomous Systems
  • Celestine Lawrence: Large Spectral Model: a step towards dog-level intelligence for sensing trace chemicals in the air
  • Nicolai Fabian: A systems perspective on technological change: What we can learn from the Ruhr area and IT failures
  • Milad Abbasiharofteh: Navigating a New Beginning with a Twin Transition and Problem-Solution Alignments
  • Ronald Stolk: National large scale AI-facility
JTS |Pitch Event 2024

Summary Economic Agenda of Nij Begun

The Economic Agenda stems from the cabinet response 'Nij Begun' (New Beginning’), which followed the parliamentary inquiry into the gas extraction in Groningen. In February 2023, the committee of inquiry presented the report 'Groningers above gas' ('Groningers over gas'). It stated that the Netherlands has a debt of honour towards inhabitants of Groningen: 60 years of gas extraction in Groningen may have brought prosperity to the Netherlands, yet the people in the gas extraction area have suffered disproportionately from this, due to the earthquakes caused by gas extraction. In the report, the committee of inquiry makes recommendations on how the government can redeem this 'debt of honour'. In April 2023, under the banner 'Nij begun', the cabinet came up with 50 concrete measures to improve the situation in Groningen.

The Economic Agenda is a key pillar of these 50 measures. The other three pillars are sustainability, a Social Agenda and the Agenda 'damage repair and reinforcement' (Herstel Groningen'). With the Economic Agenda, Groningen and North Drenthe will remain attractive regions for working, learning, studying and investing. A generation-long effort will be made on three major transitions: sustainable energy, health and the changing economy in the rural area (agriculture). A 'kwartiermaker' is set to develop the agenda in 2024, in coordination with all stakeholders. The Economic Agenda will be prepared in consultation with the region, linking up with existing projects and ambitions, which have emerged from the Nationaal Programma Groningen (National Programme Groningen, NPG), and the 'masterplannen' from the Toekomstagenda Groningen. For the plans from the Nij Begun Economic Agenda, 100 million euros per year is available for 30 years, and a one-off amount of 250 million for the years 2024 and 2025. The agenda is expected to be completed around 1 January 2025.