Radboud university medical center together with the University of Twente starts research on remote monitoring and intervention in detoxification from addictive substances. Arnt Schellekens (Radboud) and Joanneke van der Nagel (University of Twente) together with several partners, receives a NWO grant for research into care in the living environment.
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University of Twente is adding more solar panels to campus
University of Twente is continually working to make the organisation more sustainable. It is our mission to respond to societal needs by developing sustainable, proactive measures to support our planet and the people who live on it. We are dedicated to environmental, social and economic sustainability in our education, research, innovation and the way we run our own organisation. Many ongoing initiatives in this area can be found here.
New material to create green hydrogen
Researchers from the University of Twente developed a new composite material that outperforms the individual compounds by one to two orders of magnitude. The composite consists of several earth-abundant elements, that could potentially be used for efficient hydrogen generation without rare and precious metals like platinum. The researchers published their findings in the scientific journal ACS Nano.
Construction Langezijds completed: ITC Faculty on campus in April 2023
On 16 March 2023, the key to the transformed Langezijds building was officially handed over to the University of Twente (UT). Construction combination Dura Vermeer Bouw Hengelo/Trebbe and Croonwolter&dros delivered the building to UT by handing over a large wooden key. With this handover, the ITC faculty can start using this unique building from mid-April.
UT Researchers Develop Ultraefficient white light laser on a chip
A team of researchers from the University of Twente has made a breakthrough in ultraefficient on-chip supercontinuum generation. The findings, published in the journal Advanced Photonics Research, represent a major step forward in the field of integrated photonics and enable applications in portable medical imaging devices, chemical sensing and LiDAR.
Solar Team Twente presents tenth solar car: RED X
Solar Team Twente presented its new solar car, with which they will participate in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in October this year. The usually green heart of Twente, the Koninklijke Grolsch, turned red for a few hours. In the presence of the partners of the team, the tenth solar car was presented: RED X.
City climate plans are improving but still neglect vulnerable people
Most local authorities are not considering the needs of vulnerable people sufficiently when planning for climate change, according to a study of more than 300 European cities. A recent study led by the University of Twente has found that only 167 out of 327 European cities had full urban adaptation plans by the end of 2020 – with most found in the UK, followed by Poland, France, and Germany. While, in general, plans improved between 2005 and 2020, they got worse over time in terms of detailing measures that particularly address vulnerable people. The researchers recently published their work in the Nature journal Urban Sustainability.
UT celebrates International Women’s Day
On March 8th, people from all walks of life will walk together through Enschede during the International Women’s Day March organised by Amnesty UTwente. During this special week full of activities, we put our women students and staff in the spotlight and embrace equity. The official opening ceremony is this Wednesday, but there are already plenty of initiatives for you to join on Tuesday the 7th. “We want to emphasise that anyone – regardless of gender – is included. We want to create an equitable environment at UT together”, says organiser Verena Menzel.
Breaking down household waste and reforming it into products
We have been separating our waste for many years, but a large part of the waste stream cannot be recycled. Scientists at the University of Twente are researching, in collaboration with companies, how you can make new products from so-called complex and ‘wet’ waste streams. This involves efficiently isolating the chemical components that are then used in new materials. This spring sees the start of the project ReBBloCS – Renewable Building Blocks from Complex and wet waSte – with a grant of 3.8 million euros from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.
100 million to National Growth Fund project for future-proof living environment
The Dutch government has announced that the National Growth Fund will allocate 60 million euros and 40 million euros conditionally to the project ‘Future-proof Living Environment: Transition to Emission-Free, Circular and Climate-Proof Building and Infrastructure’. The proposal was submitted by a consortium of 130 parties from the government, market and science. Part of the proposal is a collaboration between the Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (University of Twente) and the Faculty of Religion and Theology (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), in particular the Amsterdam Centre for Religion & Sustainable Development (ACRSD).
Vici grant for three UT professors
UT professors Mark Huijben, Christian Nijhuis and Floris Zwanenburg, all associated with research institute MESA+, have received a Vici grant of EUR 1.5 million from NWO. This will allow them to develop an innovative line of research in the coming years and further develop their own research group. Vici is one of the largest person-centred scientific grants in the Netherlands and is aimed at advanced researchers.
16 million to ensure the Dutch Delta remains liveable – even if it changes
Deltas and coastal plains are attractive places to live: fertile, flat, open to the sea. These lowlands are, however, also vulnerable to climate change and sea level rise. To better predict how deltas will develop in the future we need a thorough understanding of biogeomorphology – how organisms, currents, waves, water and sediment together shape the delta landscape. It was announced today that ?-ENIGMA, a project that focuses on this shaping of the delta landscape, is one of the projects to be funded from the NWO Large-scale Research Infrastructure (LSRI) call. The project will have a duration of ten years and will receive 16 million euros in funding.
Financial impuls from Regio Deal for recruiting technical talent
The Regio Deal applied for by Twente Board on behalf of entrepreneurs, municipalities, educational and knowledge institutions and other parties involved in Twente has been honoured. This means that Twente may invest a further 25 million euros in the socio-economic development of the region, including a stronger commitment to recruiting technical talent by higher education institutions.
Playing with computer models via a physical game board: the Virtual River game
In the context of the RiverCare research programme, co-financed by the Dutch Research Council and partners including Deltares, Rijkswaterstaat (the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management) and Tygron, the serious game Virtual River Game has been developed. The purpose of the game is to explore together the complexity of river management, by challenging players to use interventions to achieve objectives in the game. To that end, players have to take various objectives (flood protection, nature and costs) and different interests (roles) into consideration.
Standardized agreements on intellectual property transfer to spin-offs
Today, Universities of the Netherlands (UNL) presented transparent deal term principles for transferring intellectual property rights to university spin-offs. The University of Twente is one of the 12 universities and UMCs supporting and using these new deal terms.