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Janneke Hoedemaekers new Business Director MESA+

From 1 August 2014, Janneke Hoedemaekers will be the new Business Director of the MESA+ Research Institute for Nanotechnology of Twente University. She will succeed Miriam Luizink.

In 2010, Janneke Hoedemaekers received her Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics at Twente University, followed by a Master's degree in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society. During her student days, she fulfilled various functions in student commissions. 

Janneke Hoedemaekers was active as a trainee at the Science System Assessment Department at the Rathenau Institute and in 2008 she worked as a physics teacher at a secondary school. In 2011, she worked as project manager for the Innovation Attachés of AgentschapNL in San Francisco (USA). There she focussed on the exploration of Science and Technology Development in the field of Nanotechnology in California. During this project she already received support from MESA+. 

In the continuation of her career, she was active as National Contact Person and Advisor for the European 7th Framework Programme/Horizon2020 at AgentschapNL. In this role she concentrated on themes such as Nanotechnology, New Materials and Product Technology (NMP) and the participation of small and medium-sized businesses. Currently she is employed as Liaison Officer for European Innovation at the Amsterdam Economic Board, after which she will return to Twente shortly.

Relevant solutions
Janneke Hoedemaekers about her new challenge:  “What has always attracted me to Twente University is the practical orientation of science;  searching for solutions that are relevant, also in a social context.  The connection with Twente University has always remained, in particular with MESA+ and corresponding activities.  That is why I am looking forward to this new and yet familiar work environment.  I’m very much looking forward to an energetic cooperation.”

Dave Blank, Scientific Director at MESA+, is very pleased about Hoedemaekers’ appointment:  “I am very excited that we have found a suitable successor for Miriam Luizink. Janneke is well known in the nano field, in Brussels and at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Her background in Applied Physics and Philosophy, together with her educational experiences form an ideal