Together we realize the broadest combination of knowledge and within this we choose to focus on young top talent and those areas where we can have the most impact, namely the necessary system transitions on energy, nutrition, health and circular society, among others. We will make joint investments in this area. We work across the borders of the institutions, certainly also with partners outside our organisations, thus developing an ecosystem where talented people can find each other to solve the currently unimaginable problem.
With this collaboration, we are even stronger in achieving mission-driven knowledge development based on science, which helps to solve social tasks. We challenge young scientists and students to push their boundaries together and to facilitate them optimally by giving them the space to develop new insights beyond the boundaries of their knowledge. The core of the approach is to let the curiosity of the scientists take the lead and not to limit them with publication objectives.
We bring together teams that are given room to develop cooperation on the themes mentioned above. These can be transdisciplinary research links, but also groups of students working on a graduation project through challenge-based education or teams of employees who improve support processes and facilities. Based on the priorities of the four partners, we choose the subjects for which groups are actually formed. How the teams work is not determined in advance; space, creativity and impact are core concepts of this collaboration.
The collaboration is daring. The results are uncertain and unpredictable. We see such an approach as necessary to contribute to the transitions that society is facing.
Esther Stiekema is the Alliance coordinator as of 1 May 2020. She support the Boards of the four institutions in designing the strategic collaboration and carrying out the common agenda. Previously, Stiekema was the Director Of Academic Affairs and the Director of Research Policy and the Director of the Academic Affairs Office at Utrecht University.