To exchange knowledge and come to further cooperation, AMS Institute joined the Dutch delegation in the economic trade mission to France on 10 and 11 March 2016. As expert on smart cities, AMS Institute was asked to lead the sessions on this subject.

Both French and Dutch cities are increasingly facing challenges concerning sustainability and quality of life. Aiming to tackle these issues together, this economic mission led by Minister Lilianne Ploumen was organized. The mission focused on laying a foundation for further, concrete cooperation between the two countries on eight different themes.

AMS Institute in lead on Smart Cities sessions
As an expert on the subject of Smart Cities, AMS Institute was asked to moderate the sessions within this theme. On behalf of the institute, scientific director Arjan van Timmeren led workshops and the interactive conversations during two expert meetings on the subject with Dutch and French participants from knowledge institutes, government and business partners. What are the challenges for Smart Cities in France and the Netherlands? Which common challenges can be found and where can synergy be found between French and Dutch organizations? How can they cooperate on solving (one of) these challenges and make concrete research projects or business cases from it?

Sail and 3D printed bridge project on show during Innovation Parade
To showcase tangible examples of innovative products and technologies, the delegations of both countries where invited to join the Innovation Parade. AMS Institute took this opportunity to show the guests more about the crowd monitoring project during SAIL2015 and about the new manufacturing techniques as applied in the 3D printed bridge.

The trade mission focused on the following eight themes: Aerospace, Biobased Economy, Circular Economy, Food Innovations, Plant breeding,  Serious Gaming, Smart Cities and Offshore Wind energy.

MoU’s signed with French partners
The Dutch Royal couple joined the delegation during the innovation parade and were present during the signing ceremony, where multiple cooperation contracts were officially started. AMS Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding with both  Suez and La Fabrique de la Cité to collaborate in future projects in the field of metropolitan solutions. More information on this newfound collaboration can be found here.