On 26 and 27 February Maureen de Haan represented the NOST during the California Food Policy Council (CAFPC) meeting in Sacramento to observe new trends and developments in the California food system. The Roots of Change team organized this meeting for bringing different local food policy groups together to discuss some important food topics. Representatives from councils and food Alliances from all over California were presented during this event in Sacramento.
The California Food Policy Council (CAFPC) is a collaborative of local food policy groups working to ensure that California’s food systems reflects the needs of all of its communities. Their purpose is to build the capacity of local food policy bodies to find common ground on policy priorities, generate public support for those policies, educate policymakers on issues in the food system in the United States, and advocate for food system change in California.
The entrepreneurial spirit of the Netherlands has been lately been positively highlighted in US online media. As a small country perched in the North-western corner of the European continent bordering the North Sea, the Netherlands has always been an out-looking country full of entrepreneurship, innovation and foreign trade which are the reasons why we became a prosperous country already in the 16th century.
The Ministry for Economic Affairs in the Netherlands is responsible for technology and innovation policy. Entrepreneurship is a topic that has reached to top of the political economic agenda in the Netherlands over the past years. The fall out of the world-wide financial crisis and subsequent economic recession make it clear that we cannot stand still and that innovation and entrepreneurship are paramount for economic growth. Also the government has stepped in and partners with the private sector in order to safe guard our prosperity for the next generations. Continue reading →
by Natasha Chatlein (natasha at nost dash sv dot org) A Sustainability Tour around the Dutch ABC Islands in the Caribbean with Henk Rogers On the occasion of the 35th Dies Natalies (that is the 35th Anniversary in academia speak) … Continue reading →
[Participating companies updated as of February 18]
With half of the country below sea level, the Netherlands is quite susceptible to the effects of Climate Change. Add our dense population and high cost of energy and you’ll understand why we’re very much focused on energy efficiency, reducing emissions, water management and smart urban solutions. Stewardship of the environment and advances towards a more resilient society are high on our agenda.
Few people realize that photonics are all around us. It has become a category of pivotal technology that we all use in our daily lives in our communication networks, our $20 computer mouse at home and barcode scanners in grocery stores. For those not familiar with Photonics, it’s best explained that instead of using electrons, light (‘photons’) is being used for communications, computation, imaging and sensing. Photonics has been around for quite some time, but only recently companies have started complementing electronics in optoelectronic integrated circuits such as thin-film semiconductor devices.
All sides of the spectrum are pushing the limits on photonics. From a small company like Technobis, developing extremely sensitive measuring and sensing equipment, to the likes of Infinera and Google doing their best to satisfy the ever growing hunger for bandwith.
In the first week of February, the world’s photonics developers, manufacturers and knowledge institutes flock to the Photonics West Conference in San Francisco to exhibit their lasers, sensors, optoelectronic circuits and present their research to the rest of the world. The Dutch exhibitors traditionally combine their forces in the Holland Pavilion where a strong Dutch photonic ecosystem is presented. For the 2014 edition of the Photonics West Conference the Dutch pavilion was set up with the theme: “Integrated Photonics” categorized in four domains: Knowledge, Design, Manufacturing and Integration & Application, providing a powerful cross-section of the Dutch value chain of photonics. Continue reading →