Global partnerships play an important role for the TU Delft to be able to find innovative solutions for today’s global challenges in both a local, regional and international context. The TU Delft strongest international partnerships not only focus on linkages with worldwide academic and research institutions but also build on an extensive network with government, NGO, private and business partners. Yet the basis of research and education partnerships originates from carefully established ‘bottom-up’ faculty relations: personal contact in researcher-to-researcher networks where curiosity and focus brings together academics on matching expertise creating synergy. Some of these TU Delft’s long term academic collaborations have grown into a number of joint research initiatives in not only Europe but also destinations as Brazil, China and Vietnam - http://jrc.tudelft.nl/ - which intend to open up access to the funds, laboratories and many talented young researchers.
To actively further support researchers in strengthening and broadening their collaborations into long-term strategic partnerships as well as to encourage explicit focus on the importance of the university’s position in the world, the TU Delft started rethinking its global alliances and currently works with a number of strategic initiatives and or activities:
- TU Delft | Global Initiative, a portal and booster of science and technology for global development which stimulates, facilitates and strengthens close cooperation between Delft scientists and partners in Sub Saharan Africa and South-East Asia
- TU Delft Cross Faculty Country Teams focus to share knowledge and networks to create stronger bonds in the internal organisation as well as start and nurture new or existing partnerships in key partner countries China and India
- TU Delft Business Relations aims to explore business opportunities and corporate relations in world-wide academic and business hubs such as Germany for e.g. Medtech, High-Tech, and Chemistry
- TU Delft International Projects provides faculties and departments with management support in international projects for research, innovation and capacity building in (developing) countries worldwide
Finally, TU Delft aims to continue its strong presence in European alliances and play an active role in the themes of the eighth European Union Framework Programme – Horizon 2020. In this, the focus is not only on the European Grand Societal Challenges but also on securing additional research funding in the areas of Industrial Leadership and Knowledge & Innovation Communities as part of the European Institute for Innovation & Technology as well as individual research grants (ERC Grants).
Building ‘scaled-down synchrotron’ begun
Detecting a hidden layer in a top work of art by Rembrandt, identifying metal fatigue in ships, predicting arteriosclerosis: these are just a few of the possible applications of Smart*Light, a synchrotron that fits on a table. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology and Delft University of Technology will build and develop this X-ray source within a consortium of other universities and companies. The high-intensity X-ray beam that this device will produce is now only available via large, expensive and scarce facilities. A symposium on Tuesday 23 January gets the research project officially under way.
Beleidsanalyse/Waterbouw afstudeerwerk wint Delfland Scriptieprijs (only in Dutch)
Using Hawkeye from the Avengers to communicate on the eye
Popular culture characters, such as superheroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Batman and Hawkeye, can provide a unique and engaging platform for the communication of difficult scientific concepts. In the classroom, these characters can be used to communicate learning objectives to students in an interesting, fun, and accessible manner by taking advantage of student familiarity with these superhero characters. Hawkeye, a member of the Avengers, is one such superhero who can be utilized by educators, as Barry Fitzgerald of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, The Netherlands) argues in the article ‘Using Hawkeye from the Avengers to communicate on the eye’, published in the journal Advances in Physiology Education.
Paulien Herder joins 3mE for e-Refinery initiative
Paulien Herder, professor of energy systems at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management and chair of the Delft Energy Initiative, joined the Department of Process and Energy part time on 1 January 2018 in order to run the e-Refinery initiative. E-Refinery is a university-wide initiative of TU Delft that sees three faculties (AS, 3mE and TPM) joining forces in the field of the electrification of the chemical and energy sectors.
Tailor-made training on innovation and entrepreneurship in Uganda
Early December TU Delft and Makerere University with funding from Nuffic implemented a tailor made training on “Innovation and Entrepreneurship to aid agricultural value chains”. The training lasted 2 weeks during which TU Delft trainers and participants discussed and identified challenges in doing entrepreneurship along agricultural value chains.