"How will we solve the challenges currently overwhelming us (like the COVID-19 pandemic, the digital society and a green transition with economic recovery) without an additional budget for fundamental research and innovation? That is the huge problem confronting more than just the academic world after the negotiations in the European Council on the EU budget. Everyone should ask themselves this, but especially the politicians in The Hague."
The 12,5 year anniversary of Neth-ER provided a special opportunity to gather high-level Dutch and European stakeholders in the fields of educa
On 22 November 2018, Neth-ER is organising its annual international networking event in Brussels. This year’s theme is ‘Knowledge first: ambitions for the future of Europe’. Gert-Jan Koopman, Director-General of DG Budget, will be the keynote speaker. Neth-ER board members will also be present at the event to further discuss this topic with you.
The design of Horizon Europe, built on the solid base provided by Horizon 2020 and the introduction of Sustainable Development Goals as key impact parameters are welcomed by the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centers (NFU). However, more budget, in particular for pillar one and two, is needed to achieve the ambitious goals set out by the Commission.
On 26 June, Neth-ER organised the event ‘Beyond 2020: the next generation of EU knowledge programmes’: a full day with presentations and discussions about the proposals for Erasmus, Horizon Europe and European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Representatives from the Dutch knowledge community, government and the EU institutions took the opportunity to discuss their views on the proposals. All proposals were generally welcomed by the audience, however, many questions are still left unanswered.
On 10 April, the VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands) and Neth-ER organised a networking event about widening participation: “Bridging the EU innovation divide”. A lively panel consisting of different stakeholders from the knowledge community as well as from the EU institutions discussed what should be done to overcome the innovation gap. This was followed by a matchmaking session during which participants could share their thoughts on the issue.