UvA scientists Hong Zhang (FNWI) and Maurice Aalders (AMC) have won the Science Park New Ideas Competition 2011.
UvA scientists Hong Zhang (FNWI) and Maurice Aalders (AMC) have won the Science Park New Ideas Competition 2011. They developed a catheter that can detect microbial infections at an early stage. Jury president Louise Fresco presented the prize of 3000 euros to the winners.
Suzette van der Waal (ACTA) received an honourable mention for her new method of preventing infections during root canal treatments. With 35% of the votes from the public, René Bohnsack and fellow researchers (all from the FEB) won the public prize worth 1,000 euros for their idea tackling congestion in Amsterdam.
The jury of the Science Park New Ideas Competition 2011 was headed by Prof. Louise Fresco (University Professor UvA). The other members of the jury were: Jan Post (knowledge ambassador Amsterdam), Kees Dark (IBM Innovation & Technology Executive), Prof. Rob Kirschbaum (VP Innovation at DSM) and Prof. Hubertus Irth (dean Faculty of Exact Sciences at the VU University Amsterdam).
For the Science Park New Ideas Competition, students and researchers from the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Hogeschool van Amsterdam, University Of Applied Sciences (HvA) and institutions and companies based at the Science Park were asked to submit an original, innovative and feasible scientific idea. Five nominees were then selected by the jury. The nominees presented their ideas by giving ‘elevator’ pitches during a special ceremony.
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