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drs. N.T. Miedema

EU Consultant innovatie, onderzoekfinanciering & beleid
drs. N.T. Miedema

Strategic Department of Education & Research University of Groningen. University of Groningen Press. Until recently, I was the EU consultant and chief editor on innovation, research programmes and finance opportunities with a strong focus on groundbreaking fundamental research, but as well co-creation and opportunities for business development and a strong focus on impact with and for society.

2008-2012 Strategic programme manager European Research Council (ERC) funding. The (at that moment new) ERC programme is the EU flagship programme for the most talented and groundbreaking researchers. ERC funds purely on excellence, originality and groundbreaking nature. I was member of EARMA, the European Research Manager Association. My role was pioneering, to foster strategic talent development on a central level, thus including all faculties of the University of Groningen, and to develop cross-over, multidisciplinary and especially groundbreaking research with new paradigms, new insights or applications. I provided strategic advise, project support and talent training. On an organisational as well as on a tailormade personal level, the main challenge was to make a plan, build an project architecture and communicate scientific ideas successfully to the European Commission. During time, we built a talent network and organised a laureate advisory structure for the next generation of research talent. For the laureates, I co founded the ERC Laureate Society of the University of Groningen, where new plans were drafted and inspiration shared. As Society we were part of the European ERC Laureate Group.

Result: in 5 years a staggering total of 32 project were awarded, equivalenting more than 50M€ funding. We were topping the Dutch rankings and even reached the top 12 European list of most succesful ERC Universities. See the overview: This meant a boost to the University of Groningen ambition to be at the very top of European research and to built new research leaders and enable them to start or consolidate their own research group. The results gained a lot of attention in Europe and, upon invitation, I advised the Bologna University and INAF on ERC.

2008- recent: as EU consultant, I am responsible as Chief editor and founder of the EU magazine "Post Europe", identifying opportunities for research funding, providing examples of "good practice", and inform on European research policy to alle researchers, policy makers and to the Board of the University so as to foster research endeavors through more strategic information and opportunities on research funding and innovation.

2013-recent: Bureau of the University editor for "Outline" magazine to external relations and as part of the Department of Research and Valorisation, the "Catching Innovation" magazine, by providing strategic content on business development opportunities, entrepreneurship & related research policy to alle researchers, policy makers and the Board of the University and to external (business- and governmental-) contacts.

2010 As past of an advisory group, I advised the Board and researchers on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and specifically on our international actions with the aim to participate in a Knowledge Innovation Centre (KIC). Result: we formed a consortium with other European universities, governmental bodies and companies (tri-partite dialogue). This consortium was granted a KIC in the energy sector and is still running today.


period abroad (1996-1993) mainly working in industry
London, UK: European FP6 project manager and project marketing communication
Zurich, Switzerland: international HR contract manager (Italian based multi national company ENI)
Koper, Slovenia: setting up a company (SME)

Period after studies (1993-1997) working as psychologist and in education/policy Groningen and Harlingen (NL): Clinical psychologist in first line private practice
Lisse (NL)/Pekela (NL): strategic education policy advisor and strategic health policy advisor to the board of the municipalities.  Pioneering work regionally and nationally, setting up pilot projects on for example curriculum building, stimulating socio-economic participation and multi-cultural inclusion and health networks. Developing policy and practical measures on improving equal chances to address special needs and talents.  Setting up a regional structural multi disciplinary professional network to foster cooperation and share good practice.

1988-1993 MSc in Psychology University of Groningen/University of Stirling, 1988-1993 (GRADUATION).  Thesis on "Adapting and Coping with changing life events in a Social Psychological perpective" which resulted in a published article.

1987-1993: MSc in Pedagogical studies on Education ("Onderwijskunde"), University of Groningen/University of Stirling,  1987-1993 (GRADUATION).

1988 First ERASMUS grant to Stirling, Scotland, studying psychology and antropology.
Post graduate study at UNAM, Mexico-City

Post Graduate degree in diagnostics Amsterdam

Post Graduate studies in Complementary Medicine, University of Westminster London

Course Dance Movement, London

Concour European Commission in area of Public Health, Brussels/Luxembourg (pass)

Course European Law University of Groningen on European decision making process


Ambassador Energy4All, foundation for fundraising to find a medicine for metabolic energy disease

Advisor on international dance production

Sailing instructor in Groningen & Friesland

Laatst gewijzigd:03 januari 2019 15:13

Contact information

Broerstraat 5
9712 CP Groningen
The Netherlands