University of Twente professor Hans Hilgenkamp has been invited to join the Global Future Council on Scientific Collaboration by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The council is a think tank with 20 members that works on international scientific partnerships, providing advice and developing initiatives. This is done in consultation with many other organisations, both through the World Economic Forum and outside it.
Those scientific partnerships involve, for example, collaborations between parties from different countries (including countries with different levels of development), between disciplines, and between universities, industry and politics.
‘Many of the issues that we are currently discussing relate to COVID-19, but many other areas are important, too,’ explains Professor Hilgenkamp. ‘The way we share and handle data, to mention just one example.’
Professor Hilgenkamp is very honoured to have been invited to join the Forum. ‘I want to use this role to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals formulated by the United Nations. One specific example is the strengthening of higher education in developing countries by supporting scientific research in those countries. The objectives of the Council are a very good fit with the work we do here at the University of Twente.’
The WEF’s Global Future Council on Scientific Collaboration includes distinguished names such as Magdalena Skipper (Editor-in-Chief of Nature), Jean-Pierre Bourguignon (President of the European Research Council) and Sir Adrian Smith (Director of the Alan Turing Institute and President Elect of the Royal Society). It is chaired by Fabiola Gianotti (Director General of CERN) and Subra Suresh (President of the NTU in Singapore). The council has already been officially launched.
You can see an overview of the Global Future Council’s work and its members here.
Hans Hilgenkamp conducts research in the field of nanomaterials with special electronic properties, such as super conductors. Over the years, he has built up an excellent track record in the scientific community. He has won several personal research grants and is a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW). Between 2014 and 2019, he served as dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Twente.
You can read more about Hans Hilgenkamp here.