New perspectives of the Russian-Dutch cooperation for the Institute of Smart Materials and Technologies

The meeting of the Innovation Working Group of the Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Kingdom of the Netherlands was held on November 28, 2018, as a part of the 3rd International University Cities Forum.

From the Russian side, the Governor of the Tomsk Oblast Sergei Zhvachkin and the Director of the Department of Strategic Development and Innovation of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Artem Shadrin participated in the proceedings. Michiel Sweers, Deputy Director General of the Enterprise and Innovation, Director for Innovation & Knowledge at the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, led the Dutch delegation.

The representatives of the Tomsk Region and the Royal Embassy of the Netherlands in Moscow, leading researchers and professors from the Tomsk Universities, and the Dutch Universities (Maastricht University, Utrecht University) took part in the meeting. The business professionals from Philips, the innovation claster and other Tomsk companies attended the Innovation Group as well.

On behalf of the Tomsk State University, the Executive Director of the StrAU Institute of Smart Materials and Technologies Irina A. Kurzina (Doctor of Science in Physics and Mathematics, Professor of the Faculty of Chemistry) took the floor. She spoke about the educational programs in the chemistry field, research and scientific projects conducted in the laboratories of the Faculty of Chemistry and Institute, as well as existing partnership relations with the Dutch Universities and research institutions (Maastricht University and Leiden University).

Professor of Maastricht University, Netherlands, Herman Kingma and professor Irina Kurzina paid special attention to the presentation of the Interdisciplinary International Bachelor Program, Tomsk International Science Program. This educational project will start at Tomsk State University within the “Institute of Smart Materials and Technology” in the academic year 2019/2020 . The Tomsk International Science Program (TISP) is a unique program developed in collaboration with Maastricht University, the Netherlands, aimed at training of a new generation of top speсialists with interdisciplinary knowledge to meet the huge challenges we face now and in the future.

The dean of the Faculty of Chemistry Yury G. Slizhov and professor Irina A. Kurzina also met with Eric Appelman, Director of New Business Development, Brightlands Chemelot Campus (The Netherlands), and Dick Bongard who is working for the Netherlands-Russia Center Limburg. They discussed a variety of opportunities and perspectives on further cooperation.