The Netherlands is well regarded as a global leader in industry, science, and technology resulting from a strong national commitment to innovation. In the past decades, the Dutch government has identified research and development as a theme priority which has been translated into extensive infrastructure for nanotechnology facilities and industry support.

There is a significant research and academic focus on STEM of high priority in the Netherlands as seen by large scale investments from the Dutch government in research institutes and centres of excellence, including MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, and the AMOLF Institute. The MESA+ and AMOLF Research Institutes are considered high-priority strategic partners for the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) in terms of similar vision and complementary expertise of members. 

History of WIN-Netherlands Activities and Initiatives

  • AMOLF faculty member Dr Bruno Ehrler visited WIN in June 2018 to receive the WIN Rising Star Award recognizing his achievements in his career, and also presented at WIN’s International Frontiers in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Symposium on 6th June 2018.

  • “New Interdisciplinary Research Opportunities to Combat Urgent Global Challenges in Health, Information & Communications Technology, and Energy”. A group of eight WIN members along with WIN Executive Director and Assistant Director travelled to the University of Twente in the Netherlands to participate in a research workshop, supported by the IRPG program from the Office of Research for $10,000 matched by the Faculty of Science and the Departments of Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical Engineering.

  • A WIN delegation visited the AMOLF Research Institute in Amsterdam on October 15, 2019, meeting prominent AMOLF researchers and touring facilities.