31 May 2021 | Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Science and Education, visited Eindhoven today, together with Dutch Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven and State Secretary Mona Keijzer. During a lunch discussion organized by TU/e, they discussed European science policy and the role of innovation ecosystems.

The lunch meeting took place at Strijp-T, where the visiting ministers spoke with TU/e Executive Board president Robert-Jan Smits, Rianne Letschert (rector of Maastricht University), Mayor John Jorritsma and assistant professor and Irène Curie Fellow Lisanne Havinga, among others. Two topics were central: European science policy and the role of innovation ecosystems, and improving the appraisal system for academics and scientists, which is currently primarily based on numbers of publications. The European Commissioner highly praised the achievements of TU/e and the Irène Curie Fellowship programme.

State Secretary Mona Keijzer (left), TU/e President Robert-Jan Smits, Eindhoven Mayor John Jorritsma, European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel and Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven. Photo: Bart van Overbeeke.
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Erica Poot

Liaison Officer, TU/e