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East Netherlands

Presentation of the Region

In the East Netherlands, we are working together on innovative solutions for a healthy and sustainable future for all. The plans are summarised in the The East Netherlands Innovation Agenda. We are working on this from the Think East Netherlands platform. Knowledge institutions, Economic Boards, provinces Gelderland and Overijssel, regions, cluster organisations and (umbrella) organisations are investing in innovations in the fields of safe and sustainable food, healthcare, digitalisation, clean energy and circular economy. Think East Netherlands and join us.

The East Netherlands Innovation Agenda

The East Netherlands Innovation Agenda shows our contribution to the national missions and thus to the national and European innovation policy. This dynamic agenda shows concretely what the partners in the East Netherlands want and can do together to achieve social and economic impact.

The strength of our region lies in (the combination of) the following innovation themes:
• Digital Industry & Technology
• Prevention & MedTech
• Smart Energy
• Producing smart & sustainable food
• Circular

The East Netherlands has a clear vision, shared ambitions and common support for the five themes. These are five key drivers for the further development of innovation in the East Netherlands to meet the major societal challenges we face worldwide. To achieve this, we are looking for partners in the Netherlands and Europe.

RIS3 Priorities

The RIS3 has been developed within the framework of the new ERDF period 2021-2027 and constitutes an important basis for the new Operational Programme ERDF, our economic policies and the review & update of our programme “The Strength of East (‘Kracht van Oost’). This strategy has been drawn up after extensive consultations with many stakeholders: businesses, knowledge institutes, authorities, etc. As we consider it important that the RS3 remains a dynamic document, we will regularly update this strategy together with our stakeholders.

The East Netherlands is a region with innovation in its DNA. It is among the top forty most innovative regions in Europe with a strong economy. The provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel are investing heavily in tackling social issues, and are combining knowledge and expertise thereto because innovation contributes to prosperity and well-being. It is for good reason that East Netherlands is one of the top regions of wide prosperity.

Political Representatives
Erwin Hoogland

Regional Minister for Regional economy and international in the province of East Netherlands

Regional Contact Persons
Reinier Zweers

Program manager European cooperation at Gelderland Province

Karolien de Bruine

EU liaison at East Netherlands Development Agency

Regional Address

Markt 11
6811 CG Arnhem

Brussels Office Address

1040 Brussel

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Science meets regions - Final Event

Please download the presentations shared during the event at the top right.

SMR East Netherlands

Please find below the documents shared during the event:

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Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3) East Netherlands 2021-2027