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27 May 2015 - Premières during Hi-Tech Fashion Event at University of Twente The Innovation Lecture 2015 held at the University of Twente on 2 June 2015, with main guest speaker Neelie Kroes from StartupDelta, will coincide with a Hi-Tech Fashion event. Under the slogan “High Tech Human Touch”, the University will exhibit the latest developments in wearable technology: fashion of the future that makes use of 3D printing, lasers, LEDs, solar energy and other technologies. Designers of international stature will take part, including Pauline van Dongen, Hellen van Rees, Leonie Smelt, Leonie Tenthof van Noorden, Sensoree, Maartje Dijkstra, POPKALAB, as well as designers from the University of Twente and Saxion. As the crowning touch, a number of designers will show creations never before seen on the catwalk, and the University will, for the first time in its existence, have a few fashion firsts. 26 May 2015 - Albert van den Berg receives prestigious ERC Grant for the second time UT professor Albert van den Berg has scooped the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant from the European Union for the second time. This scholarship is already regarded as very prestigious, but within the current call, together with only a few other Dutch researchers, Van den Berg received a second ERC Advanced Grant.  Up to this year, only one other Dutch researcher had been able to achieve this. Van den Berg receives a research grant of 2.25 million euros that he, together with staff members from his research team, will use to cultivate blood vessels on a chip, made from 'reprogrammed' human stem cells. The blood vessels will then be used to develop disease models to improve research into the occurrence of thrombosis and brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and MS. 26 May 2015 - Prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant for Sonia García Blanco It seems a bit like rush hour at the office of Sonia García Blanco these weeks. The researcher, who works for MESA+ and the TNW-group Optical Sciences was awarded a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant in February. The final grant agreement was finalized last week. Together with the projects already running, every single minute is utilized to get all the work done. 21 May 2015 - Innovation lecture and Hi-Tech Fashion event The University of Twente has a long and vibrant tradition in business and entrepreneurship. Now more than ever, business generated by scientific research is the engine for economic growth. Transforming cutting-edge expertise into economic activity and benefits to society is one of our university’s core objectives. With 800 successful spin-off companies to its name, the University of Twente leads Europe in terms of start-ups. Collaborating closely with students, the business community and government, UT scientists are committed to delivering the technological and social solutions of tomorrow:  University of Twente, the University of Booming Business! You are welcome at the Innovation lecture 2015. 20 May 2015 - Oratie Michel Versluis: Druppels en bellen op de golven van geluid Een minuscuul belletje dat landt op een bloedprop die de zuurstofvoorziening in de hersenen blokkeert en waarmee je vervolgens de prop op kunt blazen met behulp van ultrageluid. Of ultrakleine druppels die zich hechten aan een tumor en ter plekke chemotherapie toedienen, zonder schadelijke bijwerkingen in de rest van het lichaam. Verre toekomstmuziek? Niet als het aan natuurkundige Michel Versluis ligt. Eenvoudig is het niet, maar alle basisingrediënten zijn al beschikbaar. Op 21 mei spreekt Versluis zijn intreerede uit aan de Universiteit Twente. 18 May 2015 - hDMT turns the Netherlands into a global player in organ-on-chip technology Nine research institutes and industrial partners today announced their intention to join forces in the field of organ-on-chip technology. The establishment of the hDMT (Institute for human Organ and Disease Model technology) can elevate the Netherlands to rank among the top in the world in this field of research. This is according to Albert van den Berg, scientific director of UT research institute MIRA and one of the initiators of the research consortium. 18 May 2015 - Two UT scientists receive a Vidi grant UT researchers, Dannis Brouwer and Floris Zwanenburg, are receiving a Vidi grant of 800,000 Euros from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Brouwer is going to use his grant for research on flexible mechanisms that can make a much larger stroke (rotation angle) than existing elastic hinges. Brouwer sees applications in both ultra-precision machines as well as professionally printed robot hands, orthoses and flexible implants. Zwanenburg is going  to manufacture electronic circuits with a single atom in the heart of the circuit.  7 May 2015 - Scientists control the flow of heat and light in photonic crystals Scientists from the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and Thales Research & Technology, France, have found a way to control heat propagation in photonic nano-sized devices, which will be used for high speed communications and quantum information technologies. Their results are published in the leading American journal Applied Physics Letters on 30 April 2015.