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Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation (AcTI)

Member Academies

PO Box 19 121 / 1000 GC Amsterdam The Netherlands

T. +31 20 551 08 02 | F. +31 20 620 49 41

info@acti-nl.org
www.acti-nl.org

Identity

Margrethe JONLMAN
Chairman

Founding date: 1986
Number of members: 86
Management and Staff: 1.4
Annual Budget: 240.000 € (in 2013)
Financing and sources:
Industry • 22%
RTOs and Universities • 21 %
Academy of Sciences support • 12 %
Project sponsoring • 23%
Government support • 10%
Membership fees • 11 %

Mission

– The Academy wants to give insight into the interaction between science, technology and the community. Based on a long-term vision, the Academy’s mission is to influence the way society thinks and acts with regard to science and technology as important components in the community; with a special focus on the issues society is facing today such as population growth, energy, climate change, health and natural resources.
– Meeting place and network for high level decision makers and experts in technology development, research, higher education and innovation in The Netherlands.
– Furthering contacts between members and representatives of government institutions, NGO’s, political bodies, etc on nationally and internationally.
– Advancing a favourable climate for innovation in the Netherlands as part of Europe and promoting innovative entrepreneurship by means of the innovation conferences.

Committees / Main working groups

– Conference Committee
– China Working Group

Highlights 2017/2018

– The new Dutch government that started in late 2017 has put forward some new incentives and policy changes regarding science, innovation and entrepreneurship. At the request of the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, AcTI has written and presented an advice titled “Professionalizing the Golden Triangle” in which AcTI puts five critical issues forward that would need to be addressed in this new context in order to strengthen the innovative and entrepreneurial Dutch economy for the medium-long term: 1. Continuity in policy, 2. Mission-driven innovation is needed to bring science and industry R&D agenda’s together, 3. Facilitate SMEs and startups, 4. Strengthen tech transfer capabilities and the exact sciences, 5. Increase spending in public R&D and create new specific instruments vs. generic tax incentives for R&D. The report has been well received and used in a recent policy letter on “Valorisation” (i.e. creating value and impact with academic knowledge and science) of the Government to Parliament.
– On 23 March 2018 AcTI organized a high-level meeting with Prince Constantijn of Orange, Special Envoy for Startups, and several University, Science foundation and private sector leadership on the Euro-CASE Innovation Platform II report “Barriers to innovation and scale-up of innovative SMEs”. The goal of this meeting was to have a high-level discussion on the existing barriers, instrumentation and respective roles of knowledge-institutes and government to support and foster innovative startups to scale.
– This meeting came just after AcTI had launched a new initiative to connect with the new generation of technologically innovative entrepreneurs: the Young Innovator Platform. AcTI was able to provide real case input into the discussion through experienced fellows and several Young Innovators who are actually working on getting their companies to scale. The discussion has led to a more prominent role for AcTI in the national discussion and policy making on topics of technology transfer, academic commercialization and scale-up. AcTI has been asked by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy to provide content and practical support through its fellows to keep these topic on the political and societal agendas.
– On 9 April 2018 AcTI organized jointly with KNAW (Netherlands Royal Academy of Sciences) a public symposium on Carbon Capture and Utilization, partly driven by the preliminary results of the SAPEA working group that worked on this matter. Prof. dr. Abanades of the Spanish National Research Council and vice chair of the SAPEA working group was part of a panel of experts and presented and discussed the Climate mitigation potential of CCU technologies. The symposium was part of both AcTI, KNAW and SAPEA objective to do outreach to the general public and to inform and discuss the latest scientific and technological developments that have critical importance for the most pressing societal challenges.