From 10 to 12 September 20 researchers from the University of Groningen (UG) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) attended a workshop in Cambridge (MA) to familiarise themselves with MIT’s Catalyst and IMPACT methodologies and build connections.
The workshop is a next step in ongoing discussions between MIT and UG to explore a more intensive collaboration in the areas of impact and entrepreneurship with a thematic focus on healthy ageing and energy transition. In the next months this should lead to the development of a longer term collaboration model between MIT, UG, other partners from the University of the North and businesses from the Netherlands and the US.
MIT Impact is a short programme of 10 weeks during which early career researchers explore and defend the real-world impact of their research, additionally they learn more about career options outside of academia.
MIT Catalyst starts with a period of six months during which Catalyst Fellows work together to craft a portfolio of research proposals through an iterative process guided by an experienced mentoring team. Then, a 12–30 month phase starts where teams collaborate, develop, and test solutions with ongoing mentorship to ensure progress towards impactful outcomes.
The spin-out count from MIT is remarkable, with a project translation rate of 15% at MIT and an impressive 50% with MIT Catalyst. Furthermore, these educational initiatives have also already proven their success in other European countries where they were implemented.
Prof. Moniek Tromp has been appointed Captain of Science of the Chemistry Top Sector by the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. As from 1 July 2023, she succeeded Prof. Bert Weckhuysen from Utrecht University.
Leonardo Arriagada Beltran conducted his PhD research on the interface of computer-generated art and the constantly evolving field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). He will defend his Phd thesis on 21 September. His research offers valuable insights...
Harish Vedantham and Casper van der Kooi have been nominated by New Scientist for Wetenschapstalent 2023 (Science Talent 2023). This election is meant to give young scientists and their research a stage.
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