ECIU updates 17.03.2017

Linköping and Enschede connect in Smart City topics. Thursday March 3, a delegation from Linköping, Sweden, visited the newly named Novel-T (Kennispark Twente). Among the visitors were students, a delegation of Science Park Mjärdevi and a delegation of Linköping Municipality.

The cooperation in large European Research projects takes a major part in the Enschede-Linköping relationship. Currently nine projects are active. One of the examples is the SHERPA project, in which ground-aerial robots help improve rescuing activities in Alpine environments. Another project is the SATORI project, in which philosophers work together to assess the ethical impact of research and innovation.

This time, the visit was initiated by students of Linköping University and a delegation of Science Park Mjärdevi. The students were eager to learn more about how we in Twente work together with companies and what roles students play in this cooperation. The Student Union & University Innovation Fellows were happy to host the Linköping students.  

The two municipalities of Linkoping and Enschede also took part in the program. In the public administration domain were striking similarities between the cities: a great interest for Smart City related topics, such as mobility, sustainable energy, waste management, housing, etc.

In the near future cooperation is explored in the context of EUROCITIES, in which Netwerkstad Twente and Linköping take part. Inspired by earlier organized hackathons and creathons, the starting point is to use these kinds of events to develop practical collaborative programs. Both Enschede and Linköping have a close relationship with Palo Alto, USA, and further international collaborations will be explored.

Other highlights during the day were the site visits to LOPES Rehab Robot, the Experimental Center for Technical Medicine (ECTM), and spin-off companies like SciSports, Xsens and Demcon. 

The Mjärdevi science park in Linköping supported the student initiative for a visit and asked Novel-T (Kennispark Twente) to organise a visit.

For further information, please contact Wilbert Pontenagel (Novel-T / University of Twente) or Toon Bom (Gemeente Enschede)


Sist oppdatert av Shizuka Kamata Sydnes (17.03.2017)

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