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).
Announcement from the Supervisory Board Nicoly Vermeulen new Vice President Operations
Nicoly Vermeulen is to become the new Vice President Operations (VPO) of the Executive Board TU Delft. The university's Supervisory Board has announced her appointment from 1 January 2018.
Linda van der Spaa voted best graduate 3mE
On the 9th of november the Delft University Fund announced the 2017 Best Graduates of TU Delft. Each faculty has named their Best Graduate 2017, totalling a number of eight recently graduated cum laude students. On November 22nd, during the 2017 Best of TU Delft Award Ceremony, these Best Graduates will compete for the 2017 Best of TU Delft award. Faculty 3mE Linda Van der SPaa has been voted as best graduate student. The Faculty congratulates Linda with her nomination and wishes her the best of luck!
Student team from TU Delft wins international Synthetic Biology competition
Students from TU Delft have won the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition in Boston. Earlier this week, the team presented their idea for a quick, on-site method to demonstrate antibiotic resistance in bacteria in dairy cattle. The test would allow a farmer to adjust the treatment if resistant bacteria is detected, and reduce the unnecessary usage of antibiotics.
Scanner for paintings turns out to be promising new CSI tool
In a special collaboration the TU Delft, the Rijksmuseum, the UvA en the NFI have introduced a new method for detecting ‘hard to find’ and concealed forensic traces. This work was officially published today in Nature’s open access journal Scientific Reports and is based on MA-XRF (i.e. scanning macro x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy) a technique originally developed for the elemental imaging of paintings and other works of art.
Tourism and travel make Paris targets unachievable
In the year 2100, the world's population will be flying nine times as many kilometres as in 2015, and the average travel distance for all tourist journeys is set to double over the same period. Aviation, 90% of which is tourism, will not be able to escape a severe reduction in growth, or even no growth, if we are to meet the climate targets. This conclusion is drawn by Paul Peeters, who will be awarded his PhD for his thesis on this subject at TU Delft on Wednesday 15 November.