Campus provides 2 speakers for TEDx event at Dutch embassy in Dublin

Wednesday 19 March 2014

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At a European level clever and innovative solutions are encouraged by the programme ‘Horizon 2020’. In the Netherlands businsess, knowlegde institutes and government have identified the theme of ‘Healthy Ageing’ as a priority. Working together with the Healthy Ageing Campus in Groningen or Health-Valley in Nijmegen, the focus is on encourageing an interdisciplinary approach to support healthy ageing.

The Netherlands Embassy is keen to encourage international public-private partnerships and cooperate across borders in both business and research. Ireland is at the forefront of some of the most innovative thinking in the area of ‘Healthy Aging’. This event would be an opportunity for a meeting of minds.

The networking lunch is set in the format of TEDxBinnenhof. The event starts with introductions from the Ridderzaal in The Hague via the livestream. Next Dutch embassies all over the world will host simultaneously their own events discussing innovative solutions for global challenges. Key speakers will each tell a unique story of innovation in maximum 7 minutes.

Our speakers are:

Floris Foijer – Principal Investigator ERIBA

After obtaining his PhD degree at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, having done research at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA and in Cambridge, UK, Floris Foijer moved to ERIBA, the European Institute for the Biology of Ageing. His mission is to better understand what causes ageing. Studies are focused on the mechanisms that result in loss of cells with age and the decline in the function of old cells and tissues. ERIBA aims to develop novel strategies to prevent or combat age-related disease and to provide evidence-based recommendations for healthy ageing. The approach is based on curiosity, communication and collaboration. Group leaders and their teams working with unique model systems and technology platforms meet regularly and share their knowledge and expertise to accelerate discoveries.

Henk ten Cate Hoedemaker – Surgeon Groningen University Hospital

Henk believes in the strength of combining learning and gaming. While attending an event about serious gaming, he got an idea that would profoundly change the character of practicing surgery skills. According to Henk, practicing these skills should be fun, so all surgeons would be stimulated to maintain and improve their abilities. Grendel Games has made this a reality. Last year the surgeon game was launched. Ever since, Henk has been invited to multiple events to share his vision.


The network lunch in Dublin is for everyone involved in the theme of Healty Ageing: Irish and Dutch researchers, health associations, health care specialists, as well as enterpreneurs in the health sector.