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  • 22 Dec 2016 09:59 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To produce medicine sustainably and cheaply, anywhere you want. Whether in the middle of the jungle or even on Mars. A ‘mini-factory’ whereby sunlight can be captured to make chemical products. Inspired by the art of nature where leaves are able to collect enough sunlight to produce food, chemical engineers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) have presented such a scenario. They describe their prototype reactor – consciously shaped as a leaf –in today’s journal Angewandte Chemie.

    Using sunlight to make chemical products has long been a dream of many a chemical engineer. The problem is that the available sunlight generates too little energy to kick off reactions. However, nature is able to do this. Antenna molecules in leaves capture energy from sunlight and collect it in the reaction centers of the leaf where enough solar energy is present for the chemical reactions that give the plant its food (photosynthesis).

    Light capture
    The researchers came across relatively new materials, known as luminescent solar concentrators (LSC’s), which are able to capture sunlight in a similar way. Special light-sensitive molecules in these materials capture a large amount of the incoming light that they then convert into a specific color that is conducted to the edges via light conductivity. These LSC’s are often used in practice in combination with solar cells to boost the yield. 

    Even with the naked eye the amount of light captured by the ‘mini-factories’ is visible, lit up bright red. The ‘veins’ through the leaves are the thin channels through which liquid can be pumped. The start products enter the one channel, light causes the reactions and the end product comes out via the other channels. Photo: TU Eindhoven / Bart van Overbeeke

    Thin channels
    The researchers, led by Dr. Timothy Noël, combined the idea of an LSC with their knowledge of microchannels, incorporating very thin channels in a silicon rubber LSC through which a liquid can be pumped. In this way they were able to bring the incoming sunlight into contact with the molecules in the liquid with high enough intensity to generate chemical reactions.

    While the reaction they chose serves as an initial example, the results surpassed all their expectations, and not only in the lab. “Even an experiment on a cloudy day demonstrated that the chemical production was 40 percent higher than in a similar experiment without LSC material”, says research leader Noël. “We still see plenty of possibilities for improvement. We now have a powerful tool at our disposal that enables the sustainable, sunlight-based production of valuable chemical products like drugs or crop protection agents.”

    Paracetamol on Mars
    For the production of drugs there is certainly a lot of potential. The chemical reactions for producing drugs currently require toxic chemicals and a lot of energy in the form of fossil fuels. By using visible light the same reactions become sustainable, cheap and, in theory, countless times faster. But Noël believes it should not have to stop there. “Using a reactor like this means you can make drugs anywhere, in principle, whether malaria drugs in the jungle or paracetamol on Mars. All you need is sunlight and this mini-factory.”

    D. Cambié, F. Zhao, V. Hessel, M. G. Debije, T. Noël, A leaf-inspired luminescent solar concentrator for energy efficient continuous-flow photochemistry, Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. (21 December 2016). DOI: 10.1002/anie.201611101

    The article is labeled as a ‘VIP publication’, which means that the journal considers this to be an exceptional piece of work. Less than 5% of the publications in this magazine get such a label. 

  • 14 Dec 2016 10:03 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 26-29th, 2017. Vancouver, Canada.

    The European Institute of Retailing and Services Studies (EIRASS) is based at the TU/e University in Eindhoven. Their annual conference will be held in Vancouver in 2017. The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars from various disciplines and countries interested in retailing and consumer services. Over the years the conference has attracted scholars from disciplines such as marketing, psychology, urban planning, transportation, management, geography, real estate, etc from across the world. The conference gives delegates an opportunity to present their completed projects but also to present work in progress.

    AWARD: Full papers compete for the Elsevier Most Innovative Paper Award.

    THE AREA: Vancouver is a beautiful, green and clean city. It has a lot to offer from culture to nature and is ideal for trips to the Canadian Rockies. The conference hotel is located in Burnaby; a perfect base for discovering and exploring nearby Vancouver. The hotel is located steps away from the Metropolis at Metrotown mall, British Columbia’s biggest entertainment and shopping center. Skytrain is within one block and brings you to downtown Vancouver.

    For more information, see the event details here.

  • 01 Dec 2016 17:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cirque du Soleil President and CEO embodies creativity and commerce

    Attendees on the final day of ISE 2017 will have the opportunity to experience first-hand one of the world’s leading international business development executives. Daniel Lamarre, the President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, will present the show’s Closing Keynote speech on Friday 10 February 2017 at the RAI Amsterdam.

    The Closing Keynote opens the last day of each ISE. It brings ISE attendees together with some of the world’s leading business leaders for an hour of thought proving presentation and Q&A.

    For over 30 years, Cirque du Soleil has been at the cutting edge of live entertainment creation and production with shows such as Quidam, Saltimbanco and Amaluna combining stunning acrobatics, theatrics, visuals and music. Cirque du Soleil has consistently shown how creative expression can benefit from the adoption of the latest audio-visual technologies when used to enhance and compliment a show’s key storylines.

    Lamarre is responsible for Cirque du Soleil’s business and creative strategy. The company operates across five continents and is the world’s largest theatrical production company. He believes that creativity is the key to successful commerce and cites his ability to alleviate fear for business people who look to operate on a global scale as one of his key attributes.

    At ISE 2017 Lamarre will explore how emerging technologies continue to grow their influence on live entertainment, and he will share his vision on how new technologies will have a huge impact on artistic content.

    Lamarre said: “As emerging technologies continue to grow their influence on live entertainment, it is timely for me to participate in ISE 2017. I will have an opportunity to share my vision on how new technologies will have a huge impact on artistic content.”

    Integrated Systems Events (the producer of ISE 2017) Managing Director Mike Blackman commented: “ISE and its co-owners CEDIA and InfoComm International are proud to welcome Daniel Lamarre as our Closing Keynote for ISE 2017. It will be fascinating to hear the inside story of Cirque du Soleil from such a respected and successful business development expert.”

    You can find more information and register here.

  • 17 Nov 2016 12:58 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DHL has released the fourth edition of its Global Connectedness Index (GCI), a detailed analysis of the state of globalization around the world. The 2016 report, authored by internationally acclaimed globalization expert Professor Pankaj Ghemawat together with Steven A. Altman, shows that global connectedness, measured by cross-border flows of trade, capital, information and people, surpassed its 2007 pre-crisis peak during 2014. In 2015, globalization's post-crisis expansion slowed, but the data indicate that it did not go into reverse. Currently available evidence - still preliminary in some areas - suggests that the world was about 8% more connected in 2015 than in 2005.

    “Globalization has served as the world’s engine of progress over the past half century,” commented Deutsche Post DHL Group CEO Frank Appel. “The GCI documents that globalization has finally recovered from the financial crisis, but faces an uncertain future. It is imperative that policymakers and business leaders support an environment in which globalization can continue to flourish and improve the lives of citizens around the world.”
  • 25 Oct 2016 18:38 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    As of November 10, an electronic verification process will take place for all passengers flying to Canada, including Canadian citizens and dual national Canadian citizens. Canadian citizens who are also citizens of a visa-exempt country, such as the Netherlands, and who currently use their non-Canadian passport to fly to Canada, will need to obtain a valid Canadian passport before flying to Canada. If a Canadian citizen does not have a valid Canadian passport, they may not be able to board their flight.


    We therefore strongly advise Canadian citizens, including dual national Canadians, to renew or apply for a Canadian passport as soon as possible. 

    Here you will find a print-friendly fact sheet aimed at dual national Canadian citizens, videos and information in both English and French.

  • 12 Oct 2016 17:24 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Savings of almost 50%!

    The NCCC has negotiated a substantial discount for its members who wish to attend the TCI Global Conference.
    Taking place in Eindhoven 8 - 10th November 2016, the TCI 2016 Global Conference puts challenges and opportunities for innovation clusters in the dynamic context of growing cities, increasing globalisation and rising complexity on its agenda.

    For more information, visit

    TCI Global Conference - Global Changes - Challenges for Innovation Clusters

  • 11 Oct 2016 17:19 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Toronto Global have a regional mandate from the Canadian government to welcome and support foreign companies when they are expanding to the Toronto region. They have a very interesting proposition for Dutch companies who are interested in expanding to the Toronto area. They have interesting value propositions for the ICT and Technology sector, the sector Food and Food Processing, for the Automotive sector and for the FinTech sector, including some incentive programmes and other support programmes. Geographically, Toronto opens a lot of opportunities for the American market as well. 

    Two representatives of Toronto Global are visiting the Netherlands between October 30 and November 4 and they are interested to talk to a variety of Dutch companies with an interest of expanding to Toronto.

    For more information, please contact

    Sabine van Egeraat
    +31 6 2180 2165

  • 04 Sep 2016 17:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ontario is putting its new Climate Change Strategy into action by investing nearly $100 million from the Ontario Green Investment Fund into projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency and support cleantech innovation and jobs.

    The government will invest $74 million in a cleantech innovation initiative, which will help reduce greenhouse gas pollution by encouraging large industrial plants to adopt leading-edge technologies, while supporting entrepreneurs in developing creative solutions. For this initiative, the government is partnering with the Ontario Centres of Excellence, which drive the development of Ontario's economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses.

    The government is also investing $25 million in a Green Smart energy efficiency program to help small and medium-sized businesses reduce emissions and become more energy efficient. The program will be delivered by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada's largest trade and industry association.

    Ontario's new $325-million Green Investment Fund commits money to projects that fight climate change while growing the economy and creating jobs. These investments will help transform the way we live, move, work and adapt to our environment by building strong and sustainable communities.

    Fighting climate change while supporting economic growth, efficiency and productivity is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

    Quick Facts

    • The government’s new $325 million Green Investment Fund is a $325-million down payment on the province’s proposed cap and trade program and was announced in the 2015 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review.
    • The Ontario Green Investment Fund supports Ontario’s Business Growth Initiative, helping to accelerate Ontario’s innovation economy, while responding to the challenges and opportunities of rapid technological change and global economic forces.
    • In just 10 years, Ontario has become a North American leader in the development, use and manufacturing of clean energy.
    • In May 2015, Ontario became the first province in Canada to set a mid-term greenhouse gas pollution reduction target of 37 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030.

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  • 04 Aug 2016 16:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Toronto-based Nymity, a global research company specializing in accountability, risk, and compliance solutions, has announced its expansion to The Hague. Nymity’s new office in the Netherlands will support its growing EU customer base and is its first on mainland Europe.

    With evolving privacy and data protection laws worldwide, Nymity is helping prepare European companies for the EU’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will take effect on May 25, 2018. The company is already a leader in the European software solutions market.

    “After establishing our presence in Europe with our London location, we continue to expand in The Hague in order to support the implementation of the GDPR,” said Terry McQuay, Nymity’s President and Founder. “Nymity hopes to be at the forefront and center in order to help the privacy community with our knowledge and privacy management solutions, enabling organizations to be accountable and compliant.”

    Nymity’s office in the Netherlands joins its global network of locations in Toronto, Canada; Colorado, United States; Bogotá, Colombia; and London, United Kingdom.


  • 25 Jul 2016 17:12 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The acclaimed World Press Photo exhibition is back at the Canadian War Museum. Be inspired to see the world differently by visiting this year’s edition of the World Press Photo exhibition, which is on display from July 21 until August 17, 2016. Admission is free.

    The World Press Photo exhibition is the world’s leading international contest for photo journalists. Now in its 59th year, the annual World Press Photo Contest features 141 moving and thought provoking images taken during the course of 2015. Led by Francis Khon, Director of Photography at Agence France-Presse (AFP), the jury awarded the overall prize to Australian photographer Warren Richardson for his powerful image of refugees crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary, near Horgos (Serbia) and Roszke (Hungary).

    This exhibition is developed and circulated by World Press Photo and is presented at the Canadian War Museum in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

    For more information, please visit worldpressphoto.org and warmuseum.ca

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