Following the government plans for a new Dutch innovation policy, M2i organized several workshops during the last three months to consult and discuss with its industrial and academic partners about the possible future changes in governance. During these workshops the partners discussed the unique benefits of the M2i network and emphasized their wish for a continuation of public-private collaborations, such as M2i, in order to stimulate successful material innovation now and in the future.
During the partner workshops held in January, February and March this year all M2i partners expressed their wish to continue the unique formula of M2i as a public private cooperation between industry, university and government. This type of collaboration offers them a tailor-made research and valorization program, in which they can actively participate and influence the innovation process.
The M2i network, developed over many years, provides its partners with many advantages, not just for the purpose of research and innovation. The connections within the M2i network enable partners to contribute to the development of human capital in the field of materials innovation and the M2i network is a valuable source for well-educated materials specialist talent.
In addition to the workshops, M2i is working closely with the top team HTSM (High Tech Systems and Materials) to develop future scenarios in which, taking into account the industry’s wish, the continuity of the unique benefits of the M2i formula can be maintained. In the beginning of April minister Maxime Verhagen will sign the innovation contracts with NWO and TNO and will provide
more information on the future of the Dutch TKI’s (top consortia for knowledge and innovation).