16-05-2023 New building for OPCW: the centre for chemistry and technology

On May 12, Willem Alexander, King of the Netherlands, officially opened the doors of the new Centre for Chemistry and Technology, part of OPCW (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons). The centre is located in Nootdorp, the Netherlands.

In 2013, OPCW, an independent international organisation, received the Nobel Peace Prize for its extensive efforts against the use of chemical weapons or the threat thereof. The organisation conducts inspections worldwide, where reliability is crucial because the results must be beyond doubt.

Ector Hoogstad Architecten (EHA) designed a representative building with a robust architectural appearance befitting an international organisation. The firm created an interior consisting of three recognisable atmospheres. The environment of the equipment and logistics centre is sober and purposeful and has an almost industrial character. The laboratories are businesslike, light and bright and have been worked out as a matter of course to meet all the strict hygiene and safety requirements. In the meeting rooms and the central hall, wooden finishes, colour, and planting have been added to the palette, achieving a warm and representative atmosphere.

The new ChemTech Centre is designed to optimally support all of OPCW’s work processes, characterised by strict protocols and safety regulations. The building contains laboratories, a storage and shipping area for instrumentation, offices and training facilities. All areas related to missions and research, from expeditions to research labs, are located at ground level, allowing deployments to take place efficiently and quickly. Moreover, this allows equipment and collected samples to take a short, easy and safe route within the building. Surrounding a central hall are several training laboratories and instruction rooms providing training ranging from chemical analysis to emergency preparedness & response. The main hall has extra height and brings daylight deep into the building. The space offers a view of the various parts of the ChemTech Centre and is designed so that larger gatherings can easily gather here for knowledge exchange and meetings.

EHA created the design for the ChemTech Centre based on an intensive co-design process with clients and users, which was organised entirely digitally due to the COVID pandemic. The building was subsequently delivered on schedule and budget and could be realised thanks to generous donations from the vast majority of OPCW’s 193 member states.

More information can be found here:

25-04-2023 PlusUltra Groningen officially opened on Campus Groningen

Alderman Carine Bloemhoff officially opened Plus Ultra Groningen (The Netherlands) on Thursday afternoon. The brand-new building is a development by Kadans Science Partner on Campus Groningen. Another great milesone for the campus. During the festive opening, several guests spoke about the future activities in the building and on the campus.
The DNV Technology Centre also opened its doors to give visitors a guided tour. In cooperation with Campus Groningen and Kadans, DNV facilitates the future Innolab with a focus on renewable energy. The aim of the Innolab is to be a common facility for innovative start-ups, spin-offs, and scale-ups in the field of sustainable energy. Besides DNV, TNO has also moved into the building. This makes Plus Ultra Groningen the place for energy innovation.

With a wide range of laboratory and office spaces and meeting opportunities, Plus Ultra Groningen facilitates the formation of a strong community. Research and innovation in energy, technology and sustainability is the connecting force between all users.
By accommodating growing and established companies and organisations together in Plus Ultra Groningen, meetings and collaborations are stimulated. Moreover, connections are made between organisations on Campus Groningen, but also with organisations on other campuses. Plus Ultra Groningen is part of Kadans’ international network, which already connects 27 science parks and campuses in Europe.

Campus Groningen is the centre for innovation, research and business in the northern Netherlands. The campus is divided between two locations: Zernike Campus, located north of the city, and the Healthy Ageing Campus, located near the UMCG in the city centre. Since the inception of Campus Groningen, more than 250 companies have established themselves on one of these two campuses. This makes Campus Groningen one of the fastest-growing campuses in the Netherlands.

05-04-2023 The IASP Innovation Districts Alliance is Live!

Arising from the collaboration of city governments, universities, companies and the local community, innovation districts are vital to build environmentally, economically and socially sustainable cities. They can be a mechanism for urban, economic and social transformation, regenerating depressed areas, refurbishing old buildings, run-down neighbourhoods or former industrial districts (brownfield), or creating new districts (greenfield). What they all have in common is a mixed-use of space, the coexistence of businesses and people that combine working environments with living, leisure and culture to spark innovation.
Developing an innovation district is a complex business. The exchange of experiences can make an essential contribution to the success of such a project. IASP’s long-standing experience with various innovation areas will now be used specifically for innovation districts. IASP – International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation announces the creation of the Innovation Districts Alliance, with founding members PI Buenos Aires (Argentina), Melbourne Innovation Districts (Australia), Porto Digital (Brazil), TusCity (Nanjing) and CHJ Innovation Center (Shanghai) (China), Berlin Adlershof (Germany), MIND – Milano Innovation District (Italy), Glasgow City Innovation District and White City Innovation District (UK) and 22@Barcelona (Spain) acting as coordinator. As Innovation Area Development Partnership (IADP), we are very proud that our founders Paul Jansen and Jacques van Dinteren are invited to join the alliance as experts in this field.
More information can be found here:

18-01-2023 Artikel in het FD: na de campus en de valley

In het FD een artikel over innovatiedistricten: “Na de campus en de valley zoeken stadsbestuurders nu het magische innovatiedistrict”. “Innovatiedistricten schieten in heel Nederland uit de grond. Het concept waaide over uit de VS, waar in steden als Boston en New York innovatieve bedrijvigheid plaatsvindt, midden in het stadshart. In Nederland is het soms niet meer dan een mooie naam voor stadsvernieuwing.”

04-01-2023 New buildings constructed at Pivot Park

Yesterday we visited our partner Pivot Life Science Park in Oss, The Netherlands. Last year they celebrated its 10th anniversary, and the park has experienced impressive growth during these years. Currently, a strong community of about 1,000 people work together in Europe’s primary biopharmaceutical campus. With new buildings like Grizzly and Panther almost completed, Pivot Park is ready for further growth. Grizzly will become a multi-tenant building. With a GFA of 11,000 square meters spread over eight floors, this building will be the largest on the life sciences campus. The all-new Panther building at Pivot Park is a five-floor building with a flexible structure: the facade and floor plans can be adjusted as desired, creating an ideal building with laboratories, cleanrooms, offices and storage area.
Nice to note that our IADP partners VKZ BVProof of the sum, and Dura Vermeer are involved in these real estate developments.
More information:

17-12-2022 Partners IADP finalize Development Vision

The integral development vision for the Energy & Health Campus (EHC, Petten, The Netherlands) is ready and was prepared by a multidisciplinary design team led by Proof of the sum with Karres en Brands, Hilversum, HamburgArup and VKZ BV. The unique natural landscape of the EHC between the dunes serves as an essential starting point for the new layout of the campus area. Besides the landscape, the vision also touches on other topics such as sustainable mobility, building innovation centres, workplaces, facilities, sustainability, image quality and accessibility. With scope to 2045, the development vision outlines a long-term development path. The joint final picture will follow an integral area development. The first step will be further outlined in the coming period.
The campus companies are joining forces to further grow the campus into a fully-fledged innovation campus in sustainable energy and nuclear medicine. Hermen van der Lugt (chairman EHC board): “From this shared vision, we are building further on an attractive innovation climate for all campus residents and new users. An attractive location for (international) students, researchers, knowledge workers and companies, with a competitive innovation climate, incubators, high-quality facilities, an accessible labour market and a pleasant living environment.” 

15-12-2022 IADP visited Connectr – energy innovation

Connectr – Energy innovation (Arnhem, The Netherlands) focuses on energy transition and does so from beautifully renovated industrial buildings at Industrial Park Kleefse Waard (Werken op IPKW). The starting point is that the energy transition needs an enlargement of scale, which requires an accelerated application and scaling up of innovations. Connectr provides this with the help of, among other things, an Innovation Program, Innovation Lab and Shared Facilities. Innovations are directly tested, demonstrated and put into practice by Connectr, to grow from there. The main focus is electrical energy technology, electrochemical energy storage and sustainable drive systems. Thanks to Wouter van der Burg for the interesting tour!

28-11-2022 New City Campus in Amsterdam

Today BPD Gebiedsontwikkeling handed over the keys to the new city campus to, marking the completion of Amsterdam’s historical Oosterdokseiland.

Set to be a lively environment where people can meet, inspire, live, work and play, this innovative new work campus is one of the largest urban projects in Western Europe. It is the result of a unique collaboration with multiple international design firms who’ve come together to create a state-of-the-art sustainable, and healthy place to work.

Through mixed-use facilities designed with a holistic approach to health and well-being, the campus creates a positive experience for all users: from the citizens of Amsterdam who use the public space and retail facilities to the tenants who live in the residential building to the young workforce. The all-inclusive approach to health encompassed ten factors that address the differing needs of occupants while also achieving a BREEAM Excellent design certificate. These ten factors include a considered approach to air circulation, water, nourishment, daylight, physical movement, thermal comfort, sound and materials, as well as a holistic approach to mental well-being and strategies to give back to the Amsterdam community.
For more about the project:
Design by UNStudio.
Photos: Klimaatservice Holland

17-11-2022 Inspiring Autumn Meeting

Our annual autumn meeting took place at the Brainport Industries Campus (BIC) in Eindhoven where we were welcomed by Erik Veurink ✔️. Today Erik explained us about the major expansion of BIC, which is about to begin, and showed us around the campus. David Kloet (Karres en Brands, Hilversum, Hamburg) gave a fascinating lecture on how to look at urban planning and landscaping in the development of innovation areas. He illustrated this using a variety of projects by Karres and Brands. Paul Jansen and Jacques van Dinteren updated the audience on the most recent developments in the field of innovation areas. After the tour of the campus, the IADP partners had plenty of time to talk with each other over a snack and a drink. After this successful afternoon, we are already looking forward to our spring meeting in February!
More information about becoming a partner of the Innovation Area Development Partnership (IADP) can be found here (but is only relevant for Dutch and Belgian organisations):

29-09-2022 IASP World Conference: presentation by Roy Pype (Proof of the sum)

In the working session Developing innovation districts and knowledge environments, Roy Pype (Proof of the sum) captivatingly described how architecture can make an important contribution to the interaction between the residents of a campus or science park. During his presentation, Roy explained the theory behind the creation and transformation of knowledge in organisations. It recognizes knowledge creation and sharing as behaviour that can be supported and encouraged by adequate space configuration. Furthermore, five design parameters are identified that play an important role in supporting knowledge behaviour and the creation of knowledge environments. In conclusion, each individual parameter is discussed based on literature and research from the field of knowledge management as well as organisational psychology.
You will find the paper here:

13-09-2022 New building Echo for Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

In light of ever-increasing student numbers, combined with the need for more education space, Echo, the new interfaculty building for Delft University of Technology (Dutch: Technische Universiteit Delft, also known as TU Delft), is designed to meet the leading Dutch university’s need for flexible extra teaching space – now and in the future.

This energy-generating interfaculty building offers a wide variety of teaching rooms to cater for the diversity of teaching methods and study styles. As the most sustainable building at the TU Delft, this campus building is contributing to the university’s ambitions to operate a fully sustainable campus by 2030.

For Echo, UNStudio, in collaboration with Arup (both partners of Innovation Area Development Partnership (IADP)) and BBN, created a design that fully supports different educational typologies and teaching methods with a sustainable building in which adaptability and the well-being of the user are central.

Designed to be a future-proof and active campus, Echo not only connects with the surrounding public space, but it also defines it. More information can be found here:

5-9-2022 New podcast: #1 campus development: how to build a strong innovation system?

This special mini-series about campus development is part of ‘Building the Future’. In this first episode, we focus on ecosystems. Specifically, how to build a strong ecosystem. Developing campuses is way more than bricks and mortar: building a strong community requires time and effort from all parties involved. We learn about the different forms and definitions of innovation ecosystems and the value of strong collaborations. We also discuss how Kadans, together with its partners, puts this all into practice in the new Plus Ultra Leiden building at Leiden Bio Science Park. Host Rudy van Beurden discusses this topic together with three guests: Gwen van Overbeke (Governance, Communication and Branding Manager at Leiden Bio Science Park), Paul Jansen Jansen (Vice president of Innovation Area Development Partnership (IADP)) and Tom Straeter (Senior Ecosystem Manager at Kadans Science Partner).
Building the Future – Campus Development is a co-production of Kadans Science Partner and Innovation Area Development Partnership (IADP).
Listen to the first episode in this new series on Spotify:

13-06-2022 ‘Stickiness’ and science parks

What type of science park do companies stick to the longest?
Companies “stick” longer at larger corporate-based science parks than at university science parks, according to research by the Research Department of a.s.r. real estate. But there are more sides to this story. Curious? Then read the research paper “Stickiness and science parks” by Benny Ng and Olle Overbosch.

10-06-2022 Visualising KNOOP XL, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Knoop XL is a large development surrounding the central station area of Eindhoven undergoing a metamorphosis. The municipality of Eindhoven wants to create a highly liveable and sustainable city district.

The largest part of the development area, named ‘Fellenoord’, lies to the north of the station. For this part, KCAP (partner of the Innovation Area Development Partnership (IADP) ) wrote the development vision, with the ambition to create a climate-proof and innovative city district. The vision marks dense, mixed-use urban areas offering a network of high-quality public spaces and small mobility routes. The development on the south side is well on its way. It consists of three parts: District E, Stationsplein and Lichthoven. It is expected to be largely developed in the next five years.

Curious how the future-proof districts will look? KCAP developed VR models with preliminary impressions for both sides. Check their website if you want to learn more about Fellenoord in particular:

VR Model Knoop XL – Northside:
VR Model Knoop XL – Southside:

08-06-2022 Hoe ontwikkel je een duurzame en innovatieve campus?

De ontwikkelingen van de afgelopen twee jaar hebben de organisatie van het werk en de werkomgeving op de campus in een ander daglicht geplaatst. Duurzaamheid heeft inmiddels een hoge prioriteit. Maar hoe wordt daar invulling aan worden gegeven? Universiteiten en het bedrijfsleven zoeken steeds meer de samenwerking op. Hoe kan meer slagkracht worden ontwikkeld? Coworking, scenarioplanning en het werven van talenten zijn andere vraagstukken die de agenda voor het organiseren en inrichten van de werkomgeving op de campus bepalen.

Deze actuele vraagstukken komen op 28 juni aanstaande aan de orde op Campusday in Building 37 op de TU Delft Campus. Deskundige professionals geven presentaties en interactieve workshops zorgen voor verdieping van de vraagstukken en kennisdeling. Vanuit Innovation Area Development Partnership (IADP) verzorgt Paul Jansen een bijdrage aan deze dag. Hij zal met name in gaan op het fenomeen van innovatiedistricten dat nu ook in Nederland snel aan belangstelling wint. IADP-partner Ellis ten Dam verzorgt een interactieve sessie over scenarioplanning en CO2-routekaarten samen met Ingmar Scheiberlich).

Het event Campus Day is bedoeld voor directeuren, managers, stafleden op het gebied van Huisvesting, Vastgoed, FM, HR, IT, duurzaamheid en mobiliteit in een campus-omgeving.
Voor meer informatie en inschrijving:

30-05-2022 Innovation Park Twente (The Netherlands) will be transformed into an innovation district

Innovation Park Twente will be transformed from a business park into an innovation district where living, working and collaboration are central. In the future, the area will be connected to the campus of the University of Twente. Construction of the urban development plan for Kennispark Twente has commenced. This marks the first step in realising the transformation to Twente’s innovation district.
The transformation increases its appeal as a business location. Over the next ten years, this area development could create more than 1,800 new jobs at Kennispark and another 800 indirect jobs in the region.
Kennispark Twente was the first Business & Science Park in the Netherlands where research by the University of Twente was converted into business activity. In 30 years, Kennispark has grown into a campus of national importance. It is an important job engine for Enschede and Twente. This transformation is essential in order to continue to compete with other Science parks worldwide and to maintain its economic value for the region. The new Kennispark offers space for a mix of innovative businesses, housing for PhDs and young professionals, and communal facilities. A smart parking strategy frees up space for more greenery and development space in a future-proof Kennispark.
The urban development plan made by IADP-partner Karres en Brands offers all those involved in Kennispark a clear vision of the envisioned development of the area. It ensures that the municipality of Enschede, its partners and private organizations can make targeted investments in buildings, public spaces and facilities at the Kennispark of the future. This should ensure an attractive living and working environment that makes it easier for the city to attract and retain talent and employment.
In collaboration with Municipality Enschede, University of Twente and Goudappel Coffeng.

19-04-2022 The future of Novio Tech Campus

Recently, the new management team of the Novio Tech Campus (Nijmegen) spent three afternoons discussing future development opportunities for this still relatively young campus. Expansion of land ownership and municipal plans for restructuring the adjacent area create unique opportunities for further growth and strengthening its social-economic profile. According to Bert Krikke, CEO of the Novio Tech Campus, investments are badly needed: “In its current state, it is difficult for existing companies to grow and for new companies to establish themselves. A key aspect of the ongoing development is to retain regional employment and the linkage between talent and companies. Strengthening the community, with catering, a conference centre and other facilities is part of the plans.” The guidance of this process was prepared and supported by Paul Jansen and Jacques van Dinteren, both founders of the Innovation Area Development Partnership (IADP). Active stewardship by the management team of the Novio Tech Campus will enable a strong socio-economic basis for the transformation of the entire Winkelsteegh district. IADP is in discussions with other science parks/campuses about setting up similar sessions. 

12-04-2022 The laboratory in your street: how science can bring discovery back to our cities

When we picture typical laboratories or research facilities, the image tends to be of large, pristine white buildings set in rolling hills or dedicated ‘knowledge parks’, usually located some distance from a town, near a handy motorway exit. But a range of converging trends is beginning to challenge this practice, bringing a new generation of scientific buildings right into the heart of our towns and cities. It’s a slightly surprising story of creative post-pandemic repurposing, considerable commercial opportunity and a way to drive effective recruitment.
Further reading:

28-03-2022 Two new partners join IADP

As IADP, we are delighted to announce that ASR Dutch Science Park Fund and Ector Hoogstad Architects have become a partner of our knowledge platform.

ASR Dutch Science Park Fund invests in commercial real estate on science parks in the Netherlands, in partnership with local entities, such as universities, or on a stand-alone basis. They realize fully serviced office and lab space as well as multi-tenant buildings with shared facilities.
The development of science parks in the vicinity of leading universities and knowledge institutions is important for the Dutch knowledge sector. The ASR Dutch Science Park Fund actively contributes to this. The fund invests in sustainable real estate that fulfils the accommodation needs of the various companies and institutions in a science park. The fund aims to invest at least 50% of its portfolio in real estate that has a clearly defined impact on the local ecosystem.

Ector Hoogstad Architects (EHA) joins the Innovation Area Development Partnership. This company is driven by their desire for progress and characterized by a no-nonsense approach to creating meaningful architecture as well as a preference for rational, practical solutions. 
The EHA team has all the knowledge and experience required to execute projects of any sort from start to finish. They take a special interest in designing architecture in the service of the knowledge economy, both in The Netherlands and abroad. The communities served vary from primary schools to universities and from scientific research institutes to major industrial parks for innovation and advanced technology. For each of these distinct communities, EHA creates visually appealing, functionally specific and dynamic environments that allow the talent within them to flourish. Their buildings provide ideal conditions for coming together to collaborate and spark off each other’s creative energy. This is architecture in its essential role as a catalyst and source of inspiration.

07-03-2022 IADP welcomes a new partner: Energy & Health Campus

With the arrival of the Energy & Health Campus in Petten (Netherlands), IADP’s network is getting an interesting broadening. The companies on the campus in the Dune Valley of Petten, namely NRG|PALLAS, Curium TNO and Joint Research Centre (of the European Commission), are major global players in their fields of sustainable energy transition and nuclear medicine. On this innovation campus, more than 1,600 professionals in research, development and production work together on groundbreaking solutions that contribute to a sustainable and healthier world.

Accelerate the energy transition
The Energy cluster has many research- and test facilities in the field of solar and wind energy, green hydrogen production, energy efficiency, biofuels and biomaterials, the reuse of industrial residual heat, electric motors and safe mobility systems. Finding key technology solutions always in collaboration with universities, other applied research institutes and with the aim that the Dutch and European business community can lead the way and export their innovations.

30.000 patients a day, worldwide
Every day, more than 30,000 patients worldwide with serious conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases are helped with medical isotopes from Petten. This makes the Netherlands a global top producer. This daily security of supply is achieved because of the unique entire production chain is here seamlessly connected. This strong nuclear knowledge infrastructure further expands the campus with new facilities for the development of new nuclear medicines for diagnosis and therapy

Campus development
In the coming period, the campus team is working on further development. In addition, the campus will have a wide range of new facilities from which campus companies can work together with relevant partners to achieve breakthroughs in the field of sustainable energy and nuclear medicine. For example, to the new PALLAS reactor, the FIELD LAB (a partnership with teaching hospitals to accelerate the development of new nuclear medicines) and the Nuclear Health Center (NHC) where basic ingredients for nuclear medicines will be made. The new PALLAS reactor, the FIELD-LAB and the NHC will expand and strengthen NL’s position as the world market leader in the field of medical isotopes. Work is also being done on area developments and for joint campus activities. There will also be a program to connect the campus more with educational institutions. Work is also underway on a public Experience Center. The latter is a long-cherished wish of all parties to create a public attraction in Petten. Here, visitors can take an energy and health journey and learn all about the intelligent solutions and important work that is being devised and carried out at the Energy & Health Campus.

Energy & Health Campus, situated in the dunes, Petten, The Netherlands
17-01-2022 Novio Tech Campus in the neighbourhood of the future?

Winkelsteeg – a district in Nijmegen (The Netherlands) – is an ideal area for new developments. Alderwoman Monique Esselbrugge and Novio Tech Campus CEO Bert Krikke explain what Winkelsteeg will look like in the future. “We used to build business parks on the outskirts of cities, but Winkelsteeg is right in the heart of Nijmegen!”

To Monique Esselbrugge, alderwoman of economic affairs for Nijmegen, it just makes sense that Winkelsteeg will become the city’s new area for development. “There are only a few places within city boundaries where we can grow, and Winkelsteeg offers the most opportunities out of all of them.” The plan is to turn Winkelsteeg into a neighbourhood that combines living, working, recreation, and lots of greenery.

Bert Krikke, CEO of Novio Tech Campus, is pleased with the city’s plans: Novio Tech Campus is located in Winkelsteeg, near De Goffert train station. “Further development of Winkelsteeg is sorely needed. If you cycle or drive through the area, you first have to pass through a very uninviting section of town with empty lots and poorly maintained buildings. The part of Winkelsteeg that borders the train station has been redeveloped, but if you pass under the station, it’s like you’re transported into a whole different world. Currently, the buildings on our Campus are a bit uninviting, and the car park at the west end really needs some tender love and care.”

Development is a two-way street

According to Monique, the business park currently lacks a clear identity. “We want to put more focus on the activities in Winkelsteeg: you have the high-tech industry at Novio Tech, but there’s also room for light industry—for example, 3D printing or bookbinding, which can easily be combined with Winkelsteeg’s living or recreational qualities.”

The Campus has development plans too. “Our Campus is filled to the brim at the moment,” Bert explains. “There’s high demand for new companies to settle, but we just can’t meet it right now. That’s why we also want to expand our campus: 100,000 square meters of new Health and High-Tech Buildings!” According to Bert, these plans fit well with the city’s ideas for the district. “The area around De Goffert train station is ideal for a hybrid solution, combining living, working, and the Campus.”

The growth of Novio Tech Campus is a central goal of the new plans, says Monique. “We have been seeing Health and High-Tech companies ending up on Kerkenbos, which is a shame. A business sector like this needs its own place, and we can ensure one by helping the Campus grow.”

The same role, but a new function

Revamping the area around the Campus will also affect NTC itself. “Our role will never change: we are a Health and High-Tech campus and always will be. But I do see opportunities to change our function,” says Bert.

He explains that the Campus currently mostly attracts employees: “We want to change that. We want to become a city campus where you can take a nice walk or get a cup of coffee on the weekends, with lots of greenery, water, and beautiful architecture that’ll make the area attractive to a lot of different people.” Similarly, Bert wants to get rid of the 9-to-5 activity on the Campus. “We want it to turn into an area that people want to visit. We need new venues to achieve that, such as restaurants, sports facilities or meeting rooms—and, more broadly, child care facilities.”

There’s a reason the city is looking to combine all of these ideas with living space: “Nijmegen is in great need of more housing: Utrecht and Amsterdam are the only cities in the Netherlands that are under higher pressure, in terms of shortage,” says Monique. “A redeveloped Winkelsteeg with 4,000 new homes would mean a lot to Nijmegen. Plus, it would connect Dukenburg and Lindenholt to the city. There’s currently an area between those districts and the rest of Nijmegen where you just don’t come, unless you work there.”

Proud of their plans

Monique explains that the city is very proud of the plans they have come up with. “Municipalities don’t often invest heavily in business parks. We’re going to invest 85 million euros in Winkelsteeg to transform it into a beautiful district. I think it’ll become a unique, vibrant area with a lot of room for innovation.”

Because the plans of the municipality and Novio Tech Campus complement each other, Bert sees that it is important to keep one thing in mind: “Together, we have to carefully determine the pace of development and look for synergy. Take public transport, for example: when 4,000 new homes are built, the area will become a lot busier and require more busses, which our companies and employees will then also be able to use. This way, we kill two birds with one stone.”

Novio Tech Campus
12-01-2022 A booster for the Innovation Park Zürich

The Innovation Park Zurich at the airfield Dübendorf is one of the key developments in Switzerland. The project, which has been underway for 10 years, had to endure several changes in political conditions, before the synthesis plan could be signed in August 2021. The document ensures a joint development between stakeholders, the Canton and surrounding municipalities with a common vision, action plan and implementation agenda for the entire airfield area. 

Our partner KCAP Architects&Planners has been involved in the development and implementation concept of the Innovation Park Zurich since 2019 with an emphasis on innovative urban development, environmental compatibility, sustainability, and careful use of resources. They can finally share that the legal plan of the Innovation Park Zurich has been officially approved by the Federal Supreme Court, and are delighted to continue their involvement in this ambitious development with their project partners!

Legalization of masterplan:
Signing of synthesis plan:

10-01-2022 Development plan for the Energy & Health Campus Petten (The Netherlands)

Our new partner Energy & Health Campus (EHC) in Petten (The Netherlands) has started the Development Vision for their campus. Several other IADP-partners will be working on this project in the coming months. Together, they will give direction to the development of the EHC into a fully-fledged campus in the field of sustainable energy and nuclear health.

The Development Vision will demonstrate the opportunities that will strengthen the ambitions of the companies on the Energy & Health Campus and create room for new activities and education. This will be done with consideration for the beautiful Natura 2000 dune landscape that surrounds the EHC and makes the campus location so unique. In composing the integral Development Vision, the EHC is working with a multidisciplinary design team led by Proof of the sum with Karres en Brands, Hilversum, HamburgArup and VKZ BV.

More information (in Dutch):

Energy & Health Campus is beautifully situated in the dunes

22-12-2021 Kadans Science Partner selected to develop sustainable multi-tenant building on Utrecht Science Park

Utrecht University and the Utrecht Science Park Foundation have selected Kadans Science Partner to develop and operate a new multi-tenant building on Utrecht Science Park. For Kadans Science Partner this means the third building in this science park.

For the Kavel 32 project, Utrecht University and the Utrecht Science Park Foundation were looking for a party to finance, develop, realize and operate a multi-tenant laboratory building for R&D start-ups and scale-ups in the Life Sciences sector.

With the submitted plans, Kadans Science Partner received the highest score for the realization and exploitation of the new multi-tenant building. Kadans will deliver a future-proof and energy-neutral building, called Plus Ultra Utrecht, on Kavel 32 of Utrecht Science Park. Plus Ultra Utrecht will offer over 22.000 m2 of office and laboratory space. Because both Kadans and the Utrecht Science Park have sustainability high on their agenda, they are aiming for a BREAAM-NL OUTSTANDING certification and thus an energy-neutral building with BENG 2 < 0. Primary energy use is limited with low-energy installations, fully compensated with solar panels. In addition, Kadans is committed to numerous other sustainability elements, entirely in line with the ambition of Utrecht Science Park.

Johan van Gerven, Associate Director Acquisition & Development at Kadans Science Partner: “We are looking forward to contributing to the development of Utrecht Science Park. We are very enthusiastic about what we will do with Kavel 32. A great challenge is a shared lab that we want to realize. This way we can facilitate the full life cycle of Life Sciences companies on Utrecht Science Park and be a full partner for the park”.

In the call, the focus was clearly on dealing with the actual end-user. In addition to high requirements for the building, the selection was also based on communication with tenants, the contribution to the ecosystem and putting the tenant first. Kadans’ unique approach to these aspects was a key factor in the choice for Kadans.

Because of the involved approach towards tenants with its own facility, commercial and community team, the focus is on relieving the end-user. Kadans will continue to be involved with tenants. The community manager will be responsible for developing the local and international ecosystem. This will connect tenants with each other and, in cooperation with the Utrecht Science Park Foundation, with other USP parties and stakeholders. Kadans also offers tenants access to an international network of its 23 campus locations in Europe.

16-11-2021 IADP welcomes new partner VKZ

VKZ is the new partner in IADP’s expanding network. VKZ is an independent consultancy firm that advises private and public parties on new construction, redevelopment of real estate (portfolios) and large-scale area developments. This is done from various perspectives such as finance, process- and project management, market research, concept development, marketing and mediation. VKZ has extensive experience and gives support and advice from the first budget estimate and (financial) business case to the exploitation and sale of a project. Sustainability and the consequences of new developments and human behaviour are aspects that are firmly embedded in every process and project.
IADP is pleased with this new partner who contributes with her expertise to a further broadening of knowledge within IADP. This will boost the knowledge exchange between our partners and offers opportunities for the formation of interdisciplinary consultancy combinations in the development of innovation areas.

Artist impression of Pivot Park. VKZ is assisting Pivot Park with the area development and the concrete development of a number of new laboratories/office buildings. This artist impression was made by VSAP Architects & Planners.

10-11-2021 IADP yearly autumn meeting; once again a great success!

On November 9th 2021 IADP organized its annual Autumn Meeting. We were very happy that despite Corona restrictions, together with about twenty-five partners we gathered and exchanged ideas in person. Tom Straeter of Kadans Science Partner, who hosted the meeting, shared the developments of Kadans Science Partner.
The meeting took place in the recently-opened Plus Ultra II building at the Wageningen Campus (The Netherlands). A very impressive building designed by Roy Pype (Proof of the sum), who talked about the design principles, aimed at promoting interaction. Marjolein Brasz (Foodvalley) shared her experiences with the building in her role as a tenant.
Jacques van Dinteren (IADP) highlighted some insights from a large number of global developments in the field of areas of innovation. Rikus Wolbers (Oost NL) looked back on his years as director of the Novio Tech Campus in Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and told the audience about the do’s and don’ts of managing such an innovation area. The newly established campus community fund of Campus Groningen was explained by Annet de Vree and Ronald Hesse. Finally, we went for a tour in the two Plus Ultra buildings and finished the successful afternoon with informal drinks. What a pleasure to finally meet each other again in person!

18-10-2021 Jet Brains Campus, St. Petersburg (Russia)

Today, designing workplaces isn’t about designing for efficiency. Rather, it requires us to take a more holistic approach, where inclusion, equity, resilience, sustainability, and most importantly, health, are key drivers. The new JetBrains campus in St. Petersburg, designed by our partner UNStudio, is a prime example of this.

Overlooking the Gulf of Finland, this modern workplace will be a warm, green, transparent, open and inviting space for employees. What our decades of experience and research have shown us is that designing a workplace that focuses on the wellbeing of staff, can have a hugely positive impact on not only their physical and mental health but also their creativity and therefore productivity.

You can find out more about the approach to this design here:

Designed by UNStudio

Visualisations: ZOA Studio, AAND3

Jet Brains Campus, St. Petersburg

07-10-2021 Najaarsbijeenkomst IADP

De Najaarsbijeenkomst van IADP vindt dit jaar plaats op dinsdag 9 november aanstaande in Connect, de meeting room op de brug tussen Plus Ultra I en Plus Ultra II op de campus in Wageningen (adres: Bronland 10, 6708 WH Wageningen). Het betreft een besloten bijeenkomst van IADP-partners.

Het programma is als volgt:

14.30 uur            Ontvangst

15.00 uur            Welkom, Paul Jansen, IADP/Arup

15.05 uur            Welkom in Ultra Plus II, Tom Straeter & Rik Creemers, Kadans Science Partner

15.15 uur            Werken in Ultra Plus II, Marjolein Brasz, Food Valley

15.25 uur            Hoe het ontwerp kennisdeling stimuleert, Roy Pype, Proof of the sum

15.45 uur            Het nieuwe RIVM gebouw, Gerard Streng, Strukton

16.00 uur            Do’s en dont’s van  science park management, Rikus Wolbers, Oost NL

16.20 uur            Het Campus Community Fund, Annet de Vree & Ronald Hesse, Campus Groningen

16.35 uur            Terugblik en vooruitblik IADP, Jacques van Dinteren, IADP

16.40 uur            Rondleiding door Ultra Plus II

17.00 uur            Napraten met een drankje en een hapje

08-09-2021 Brainport Industries Campus new IADP-partner

We are very pleased to announce that the Brainport Industries Campus (BIC) in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, has joined the Innovation Area Development Partnership.
BIC is an international campus development where top technology, education, government and high-quality facilities come together under one roof. Smart Industry is literally getting off the ground here, in a completely circular building with a modular design. It is the place where the high-tech manufacturing industry meets, where companies learn from each other and work directly with the new generation of technically trained people. In this way, optimal use is made of knowledge and skills to arrive at innovative solutions and innovation.
BIC also offers facilities that otherwise are hard to access or unaffordable. And because there is so much specialism around, there are numerous opportunities to continue to work on innovation with other tenants. This is what the campus’ entire climate is aimed at. Moreover, those who set up a business at Brainport Industries Campus can create their ideal working environment. Thanks to a modular building system, freedom of choice and flexibility know no bounds here.
Campus management realises efficiency and offers friendly and state-of-the-art service. As such, it is more than just management and retained organisation of the campus. All forms of services provided by campus management and its partners focus on the users and continuous attention is paid to the environment, sustainability and (information) security. The service provision process is structured in such a way that it facilitates the customer process to the greatest possible extent and causes minimum disruption. Contact with users is characterised by mutual transparency and openness.
More information about BIC can be found here:

Brainport Industries Campus, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
01-07-2021 Utrecht Science Park builds the largest rainbow path in the world

Thanks to a student initiative, Utrecht Science Park in The Netherlands will have the longest rainbow bike path in the world: its founding partners the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Utrecht University and the UMC Utrecht have joined forces to create it, as a symbol to show that everybody is welcome to be who they are.

At 570 metres long, it is the longest rainbow cycle path in the world and was created to mark international Pride month. Although the rainbow flag applied to the cycle path is a symbol of the LGBTQI+ community, all parties involved want the cycle path to give a signal about diversity and inclusion in the broadest sense of the word, and the three universities are also seizing the opportunity of the rainbow bike path to jointly launch a diversity and inclusion programme.

“We want to show that everyone can be themselves and is welcome in the Utrecht Science Park,” says Elena Valbusa, Diversity Officer of University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. “Everyone, so regardless of your colour, sexual orientation, cultural background, but also regardless of your disability or your parents’ income. We prefer to look at the human being, with everyone’s own talents and qualities and how we can develop them further.”

Melody Deldjou Fard, a city council member for GroenLinks, was one of the earliest supporters of the idea. “I thought it was a great idea. The future of our country is taking shape in the Utrecht Science Park. And that’s exactly why it’s important to make diversity and inclusion explicitly visible here,” she commented.

The bike path was the initiative of student Elias van Mourik (22), who hopes that it will contribute to a feeling of acceptance and inspire others to also actively contribute to diversity and inclusion. “A lot of people live, work and study in the Utrecht Science Park. It’s therefore great that at such a location you get a symbol that shows that everyone is accepted.”

To learn more about Utrecht Science Park and its community, visit

08-06-2021 Bert Krikke succeeds Rikus Wolbers as director of Novio Tech Campus

Bert Krikke is the new director of Novio Tech Campus. As of July 1st he will take over the position from Rikus Wolbers. Krikke is looking forward to taking the next step in further growing the campus.

As of July 1st, Bert Krikke starts as general director of Novio Tech Campus. Krikke: “Now is a good time to take over this position. The municipality of Nijmegen has a new development vision with growth opportunities for NTC to the surrounding area. Health and High Tech are in the spotlight now more than ever. Together with all partners and stakeholders, we want to realise our growth ambition.” 

Roel Fonville, Chairman of the Board of Novio Tech Campus, “Rikus Wolbers has led the successful start and development of the Novio Tech Campus with full commitment and is handing over a fine organisation to Bert Krikke. The board, therefore, looks forward with confidence to the next steps in the development of the Campus, for which Bert Krikke brings the perfect expertise.”

Krikke takes over the role of Rikus Wolbers, who has been involved as director of the Campus since the beginning. Wolbers: “The first steps and further development of the Campus and the companies on it have been made in recent years. I have enjoyed working on this with a great deal of pleasure. Now it’s time for the next step, both for Novio Tech Campus and its expansion plans and for me personally.” 

In recent years, Krikke was involved in several sustainable area developments in the Netherlands, such as Ecomunitypark in Friesland and the Floriade area in Almere. Krikke: “Working from a strong concept is essential for campuses. Strengthening our position, focusing on integral sustainability and creating an optimal working and living climate for existing and new companies will be our challenge.”

Bert Krikke specialises in the sustainable development of buildings and areas and also has extensive experience in public-private partnerships and project financing. He is looking forward to using his expertise to further develop the Nijmegen hotspot for innovation in Health and High Tech: Novio Tech Campus.

Image: Bert Beelen. Left: Bert Krikke, right: Rikus Wolbers
02-06-2021 Kadans Science Partner acquires Rotterdam Science Tower

Kadans Science Partner has expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of the Rotterdam Science Tower. With this addition to the portfolio, Kadans is now also active in Rotterdam. In recent years the tower has become an international landing place for innovation and entrepreneurship. A great next step for Kadans to grow into an international ecosystem of science parks.

The building was developed in 1975 and redeveloped in 2012 into the multifunctional office and laboratory building it is known for today. Rotterdam Science Tower has over 40,000 m2, including 622 parking spaces in the adjacent parking garage. A large part is a high-quality laboratory and office space. The location is easily accessible by both public transport and car. Various knowledge-intensive companies and institutes are currently active in the tower, such as ViroClinincs, the Erasmus MC incubator and the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Kadans Science Partner is buying the building from a private investor who, in collaboration with Cyclus Property, has laid the foundation for the implementation of a successful innovation and life sciences strategy. A start was also made on renovating the building and making it more sustainable. Kadans will continue to renovate the building in the coming period, particularly paying attention to the creation of high-quality office and laboratory spaces. Making the building more sustainable is also an important part of this. Kadans will also manage the building and provide the high level of service that goes with it.

Chiel van Dijen MRE, Commercial Director Kadans Science Partner: “We are delighted to expand our portfolio in Rotterdam. Rotterdam Science Tower is an important location for innovation, entrepreneurship and future development. This is a great step for us that fits within our growth ambition”.

Another important part of the renovation is the creation of inspiring, central meeting spaces. This is an important part of all Kadans’ buildings. This is where tenants meet, knowledge is exchanged and collaborations form. Kadans wants to realize this in the Rotterdam Science Tower too. The building is internationally known as a strong centre of innovation and entrepreneurship. The strong mix of tenants in the building means there are plenty of knowledge, innovation and R&D opportunities. This is in line with Kadans’ mission to create one strong ecosystem of science parks throughout Europe in which collaboration is sought between industry, universities, science parks and government. The addition of the Rotterdam Science Tower is a great step in this direction.

Rotterdam Science Tower
01-06-2021 Grizzly Oss: where mutliple talents meet at Pivot Park

Pivot Park in Oss, The Netherlands, is an inspiring campus for open innovation in the life sciences. For starters and existing companies. Pivot Park was created in February 2012 from an initiative of the pharmaceutical company MSD in close collaboration with five partners: the province of Noord-Brabant, the municipality of Oss, the Dutch ministries of Economic Affairs and of Health, Welfare and Sport, and the Brabant Development Company. (BOM). The Province of Noord-Brabant is the shareholder of Pivot Park. Proof of the sum takes care of the architectural design and interior design.

With Grizzly, a more than 10,000 m2 new multi-tenant building is being realized. The building will provide office and laboratory space for scale-ups and growing companies in the pharmaceutical sector. In addition to the research areas, Grizzly provides shared meeting facilities, co-working zones, roof terraces and a range of meeting places. The central atrium is accessible to all users. The shared functions are spread over the atrium. By carefully designing transparency, walking lines, (sight) distances and the strategic positioning of the various shared facilities, knowledge sharing is promoted without losing sight of the privacy of individual tenants. The atrium will be the beating heart of Grizzly. It cannot be read in one go, but unfolds in a different way on each floor.

The basic floor plan is divided into 4 quadrants. Each quadrant forms a rentable space of approximately 250m. These can easily be switched so that a tenant can eventually also lease an entire building layer. However, the atrium will always be accessible. The chemical and biological laboratories are flexible and can be used modularly to meet the diverse requirements in the development of new medicines or related pharmaceutical research.

Pivot Park pursues a high sustainability ambition. Grizzly is already being developed in accordance with future NZEB legislation. The construction of Grizzly is scheduled to start in the second half of 2021.

Copyright Proof of the sum
18-05-2021 IADP partner Karres en Brands opens office in Hamburg, Germany

The opening of Karres en Brands, Hilversum, Hamburg second office in Germany is the result of many years of collaborations and assignments. Their new office is located on the ground floor of the “Branthshof” building in a vibrant district in Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city. Both the city and region have unique economic opportunities and spatial challenges that match the expertise of Karres en Brands.

Read the full statement here:

27-04-2021 Ecosystem insights sharing real-life experience

Although the interest in innovation ecosystems has increased significantly in recent years, there is still a great deal of ambiguity surrounding the nature of innovation ecosystems and how best use can be made of them. 
Ecosystem Navigators, the international partnership established last year by among others Food Mountain, therefore decided to launch Ecosystem Insights ( Here, leaders in the field who actually work in and with innovation ecosystems on a daily basis are interviewed. The lessons and approaches they share with us represent a wealth of insights, relevant in many ways: 
– offering practical guidance to companies on how to get engaged in innovation ecosystems;
– discussing principles for designing an ecosystem policy;
– bringing forward ways how to organize the interface between knowledge institutions and companies.

Examples from various innovation hotspots in the world, cases from different sectors and actors with different backgrounds offer a truly unique insight into the fascinating world of innovation ecosystems.

More information:

26-04-2021 Randwick Health Precinct, Sidney

The first milestone in the master plan for the Randwick health precinct in Sydney! The Randwick health precinct is beginning to take shape as the highest point is reached in the construction of the new Prince of Wales Hospital Integrated Acute Services Building. The milestone is part of an unprecedented $1.5 billion investment in health at Randwick to deliver new models of care, ground-breaking health, education and research partnerships, and economic growth to directly benefit South East Sydney and the NSW community.

In the past years, in collaboration with Architecture BVN and TERROIR, our partner Karres en Brands, Hilversum, Hamburg designed a master plan for the redevelopment and expansion of the Randwick Health Project, a prominent complex of academic hospitals and research institutes in Sydney. The master plan responds to changing demand in healthcare environments. Rather than a traditional, large-scale hospital for the treatment of illnesses, Randwick health precinct will shift to a holistic healthcare environment that focuses on prevention, education and self-reliance – a care environment in which humans, and the human scale, are central.

21-04-2021 More information about the built environment, interaction and innovation

Thanks to everyone who attended the IASP – International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation / IADP webinar this afternoon. Thanks especially to Harriet Edwards and Francesca Antoniazzi for the organisation.
During this webinar, Tom MinderhoudFrank WernerRoy PypePaul Jansen and Jacques van Dinteren talked about how the built environment (in the broad sense of the word) can foster interaction and thus innovation. The new office in Amsterdam and the central innovation district of Eindhoven were described as examples. Unfortunately, there was not enough time to show more examples, but this was solved by bringing them together on the IADP website. See:

Illustration by INStudio

19-04-2021 Poonawalla Science Park BV joins IADP

After welcoming several new partners earlier this year, now Utrecht Science Park Bilthoven has joined us as well. Poonawalla Science Park BV is the owner and manager of this park since 2016. Knowledge institutions, research institutes and companies on both the Utrecht Science Park and Utrecht Science Park Bilthoven work intensively together to find new solutions for longer and healthier life. Jef de Clercq, CEO Poonawalla Science Park B.V.: “A wide variety of life sciences companies are located at both locations. For further development, we see great added value in the cooperation of both locations.”

By combining knowledge, network and facilities, fundamental research finds a direct route to the production of the final medicine or vaccine. This will enable major steps to be taken towards developing more and better vaccines and medicines and making health accessible to everyone. The relocation of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) to the Utrecht Science Park will also create space to attract new companies to Bilthoven that will further strengthen the value chain. This will lead to a large-scale transformation of the park. This will offer plenty of room for new developments and a rearrangement of the current users of the park.

Utrecht Science Park Bilthoven, managed by Poonawalla Science Park BV (© Proof of the Sum)

08-04-2021 Webinar: How the built environment stimulates interaction in Areas of Innovation

Explore how the built environment can stimulate innovation and interaction in AOIs, in this webinar of IASP – International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation in cooperation with IADP.

Date: from 3-4pm CEST on April 20th.

The strength of AOIs lies in their opportunities for interaction. Intentional and accidental encounters between the ‘residents’ of an AOI contribute to a climate of innovation and knowledge-sharing, and the layout of buildings, their mutual placement and the creation of meeting spaces all have an important role to play. Join Jacques van Dinteren, president IADP, with expert panellists Roy Pype, director Proof of the Sum, Frank Werner, director KCAP Architects & Planners, Teun Bimbergen, Business Developer UNStudio, Darius Reznek, Partner / Designer at Karres en Brands, and Paul Jansen, vice president of IADP, as they discuss this key topic.


15.00 h Harriet Edwards, Media & Community Manager IASP
– Welcome
– The concept of Tuesday’s with IASP
– Webinars coming up
15.05 h Jacques van Dinteren, president IADP
– Welcome / What is IADP?
– Interaction and the built environment through the decades
15.15 h Roy Pype, director Proof of the sum
– Designing for knowledge sharing
15.25 h Frank Werner, director KCAP Architects&Planners
– Creating the Eindhoven Innovation District
15.35 h Tom Minderhoud, senior architect / associate at UNStudio
– A look inside the new building
15.45 h Discussion led by Paul Jansen, vice president IADP. Participants are the previously mentioned speakers, Darius Reznek (Partner / Designer at Karres en Brands) and of course the participants of this webinar.
16.05 h Jacques van Dinteren, president IADP
– Some brief conclusions
16.10 h Closure of the session by Harriet Edwards

© UNStudio

07-04-2021 HMO new partner within IADP

We are pleased to inform you that HMO has joined the IADP. HMO works together with municipalities and entrepreneurs on modern, well-functioning business parks, office locations and inner cities in the Dutch province of Overijssel through research, advice and investment.

Areas of innovation occupy a special place in this. For example, HMO also advises the Polymer Science Park, the industrial breeding ground for plastics technology. A pearl in the innovation landscape of Overijssel is Kennispark Twente, where HMO is involved in further development. Or take building N at High Tech Systems Park (HTSP; see photo) which aims to create an environment where companies can easily meet and where they are encouraged to strengthen their business and operations together. Enjoy business! The layout of the building facilitates meeting and cooperation, through open and inspiring work and meeting spaces.

Given the specific expertise of HMO, the partners within IADP are looking forward to cooperation and knowledge sharing with HMO!

Building N on High Tech Systems Park (Hengelo, The Netherlands)

30-03-2021 Innovation District in the centre of Eindhoven to be developed

The Development Vision Fellenoord/Internationale Knoop XL has been adopted unanimously by the Eindhoven City Council and approved for further development. KCAP Architects&Planners designs and manages for and in cooperation with the municipality of Eindhoven the development vision to transform the mono-functional station area into a future-proof, lively, and mixed urban district.

The Development Vision Fellenoord/Internationale Knoop XL, KCAP’s urban plan for the development of the northern part of Eindhoven’s station precinct, will be the future heart of Brainport Eindhoven. It will strengthen the region’s strategic position on a national and international level. The Dutch government and the Province of Noord-Brabant are therefore closely involved in the development of the plan.

Frank Werner, urban designer and director of KCAP, says: “This major station development will bridge barriers and reconnect all parts of the city to its heart. It will be the motor of 21st century Eindhoven.”

More information:
VR model:

16-03-2021 The City of The Hague joins IADP

In The Hague (The Netherlands) social impact and economic success go hand in hand and innovative solutions are being created to help build a better world. The Hague develops platforms that connect start-ups, governments, international organisations, higher education institutions, knowledge centres and creative entrepreneurs. The city is committed to the development of The Central Innovation District (CID), the area between and around the city’s three railway stations. The CID is the economic heart of The Hague and a national hub where 90.000 people work and over 30.000 people study to create a better, safer and more just world in a digital age. By 2040, the CID will have developed into an attractive international hub with a regional impact. It focuses on creating economic growth, with plenty of opportunities for entrepreneurship, personal growth and sustainable employment for future generations in an attractive, liveable and inclusive environment. “Working, learning and innovating in The Hague” is an approach that integrates living, playing and commuting. Given these ambitions, the municipality of The Hague has decided to join IADP in order to exchange views and knowledge with other IADP partners.

15-03-2021 Success factors of science parks re-examined

Innovation is the keyword in government plans to strengthen the economic climate. Numerous conditions will have to be created for a successful innovation policy. What cannot be overlooked in this process is the specific environment that businesses require to be able to work on new ideas, products and services successfully. Areas of innovation can provide such an environment. We have drawn up a first list of success factors that are crucial for the development of these areas in 2015. More research is now available and sometimes the success factors themselves are also the subject of research. New publications provide the opportunity to refine and expand the list made previously. Once again, we make a distinction between regional factors and factors relating to the development itself. The focus here is limited to science parks.
You will find our blog here:

06-03-2021 Groningen Campus Community Fund

Since the launch of the Campus Community Fund (CCF) in September 2020, this Dutch financing platform has invested more than 60 million euros in the development of Campus Groningen. The investments have been made in real estate, such as the Innovation Center Chemistry & Engineering on Campus Groningen, in facilities such as Innolab Chemistry and Innolab Engineering, in promising startups such as Reperio, QDI Systems and SG Papertronics and in large projects such as Open Diagnostics, Fascinating and 3D Implants.

Rabobank Stad en Midden Groningen, NOM and Campus Groningen committed themselves to be the first implementation partners of the CCF during the launch of the financing platform. The CCF aims to have realized 500 million euros in investments by the end of 2025. By the end of 2021, the counter will have to reach 100 million euros and it will already be 60 million euros by the end of the first quarter of 2021. “A dynamic start, and in the meantime the following projects are already ready for financing,” says platform manager Ronald Hesse.
More information:

Avebe Innolab at Groningen Campus, The Netherlands

05-03-2021 Amsterdam & Innovation districts

Silicon Canals caught up with em. prof. dr. Jacques van Dinteren, President of the Innovation Area Development Partnership (IADP) to better understand the significance of innovation districts and their impact on the city of Amsterdam.
Read the exclusive interview here:

24-02-2021 New book on Innovation Areas

IADP published a new book on innovation areas to mark the fifth anniversary of IADP. Em. prof. dr. Jacques van Dinteren and Paul Jansen MSc provided the texts. In seven chapters the reader gets a good insight into the latest developments in science parks and innovation districts.
– Facilitating knowledge development
– Success factors
– Science parks: stimulating innovation or just iconic for firms?
– Considerations for science parks to remain competitive
– The emergence of innovation districts in the UK
– The university as a catalyst in innovation district development
– Managing the ecosystem
More information can be found here:

09-02-2021 New partner: Royal HaskoningDHV

IADP is delighted to welcome Royal HaskoningDHV, an independent international engineering consultancy which is leading the way in sustainable development and innovation. Operating globally, the organisation is involved in vital activities for the smooth functioning of society across public and private sectors. These range from pharmaceuticals, technology and food companies to universities, hospitals and transport hubs – and much more besides. With its multi-disciplinary expertise, it offers resilient, integrated solutions to highly complex problems, including climate change. The entire market chain is covered from strategy, masterplanning and business case consultancy through design and engineering services to process support and asset management. Digital innovation is a key part of the company’s strategic agenda, seamlessly integrating deep engineering intelligence with the latest digital technologies and software solutions. Key themes for discussions with all partners of IADP include cocreation on campus level, cooperation between public and private organisations and knowledge institutes, sustainability and the energy transition – from regional levels to estate portfolios and individual buildings.

08-02-2021 Master plan for the Acton Campus of the Australian National University

Our partner Arup led the design on the master plan for The Australian National University (ANU) that will transform the Acton Campus into a connected, vibrant precinct, reflecting its status as a world-leading university.

Sitting in Canberra’s centre, the Acton Campus has an outstanding natural landscape setting and a collection of remarkable 20th century buildings. The Acton Campus Master Plan amplifies these attributes while redressing a lack of coherent campus layout. The design is anchored around five hubs, connected by tree-lined avenues, that will become lively meeting points for the University’s community. A new mobility strategy for all modes of transport will foster greater ease of access while creating a more pedestrian friendly green heart. 

Arup’s urban design and master planning team led a multidisciplinary team for the complex project from initial inquiry. We undertook intense stakeholder engagement throughout the project, designed a robust strategy for comprehensive campus renewal and produced the Master Plan and associated design guide. The team also produced an energy management and heritage conservation strategy. The team was ably supported by Urban Enquiry, Lovell Chen Architects (producing the heritage strategy), Mantra Studios, Turnberry Consulting, Karen Wright Planning and John Wardle Architects.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor ANU in Canberra arup
Acton Campus

27-01-2021 Maritime Campus Antwerp; master planning by KCAP

Maritime Campus Antwerp (MCA; Belgium) will bring together maritime and port-based players from start-ups to corporations. This do-campus will be the centre for innovation extending to the broad maritime and port industry. Here companies, public partners, researchers and start-ups will form a community. The ambition is to strengthen the European and global maritime industry and make it sustainable.
The ambition is to start the construction works for the first building phase of about 30.000m² this year. The ambition is to open in 2023.
IADP-partner KCAP is as master planner, architect and landscape architect part of an integral building team, including Atelier Romain, contractor Willemen Construct, engineering company Tractebel and smart building specialist Spacewell.
More information:

21-01-2021 Privatisation of the Automotive Campus

The Automotive Campus is of great importance to the Municipality of Helmond (The Netherlands), the region and the province. A flourishing campus strengthens the position of the Eindhoven / Brainport region and puts the region firmly on the map in terms of spatial, economic and mobility developments. The campus has undergone a strong development in recent years. And now it is time for the next phase. To this end, the Province of North-Brabant and the Municipality of Helmond are taking an important step towards the privatisation of the Automotive Campus. Together with the third owner of the campus, Bouwbedrijf Van de Ven B.V. and new partner Ramphastos Real Estate Investments. The latter two form the Development Combination that may become the new owner. The Province and Municipality of Helmond believe that the sale to a private party will enable the campus to develop further and especially faster and better
“The Automotive Campus in Helmond is one of the most important work locations in Brabant. It contributes to a top business climate and to the innovative strength of Brabant companies in the high-tech automotive and smart mobility sector. It is an environment where cooperation within the triple helix (entrepreneurs, education and government) is truly visible and where promising start-ups, such as Lightyear, can flourish. The move to a private owner is important for the next step of the campus”, underlines Erik Ronnes, responsible for Housing and Spatial Planning in the Province North-Brabant, the importance of the campus.

19-01-2021 Food Mountain new IADP Partner

After recently announcing that engineering consultancy firm Deerns and the Bossche Investerings Maatschappij have become partners of the Innovation Area Development Partnership (IADP), we can now welcome another new partner: the consultancy and management firm Food Mountain. As a result, our organisation now also has specific expertise in various aspects of innovation in the food sector. Food Mountain is specialised in developing innovative partnerships between multiple partners.
Food Mountain is a platform that focuses on initiating, thinking along and participating in initiatives that contribute to a more sustainable, more inclusive and healthier food system. The role of the Food Mountain platform depends on what the initiative needs. On their website, you will find initiatives that illustrate how Food Mountain can support you:

13-01-2021 IADP Network welcomes Deerns 

IADP is delighted to welcome another IADP member at the beginning of this year! Bossche Investeringsmaatschappij recently joined our community, and now we are pleased to welcome Deerns as a new partner. Deerns, an independent engineering firm operating worldwide, is committed to creating future-proof client-oriented solutions that make buildings ever more safe, pleasant to use, healthy, resource-efficient, resilient and smart. Moreover, they have committed to achieving zero operational carbon emissions in their own offices by 2025.

Deerns can assist clients with their entire project – from concept to implementation and aftercare. Their major markets are Airports, Cleanroom Technology, Data Centres, Health Care, and Real Estate (see: . Relating to IADP’s activities, Deerns’ expertise in the field of Clean Tech and Health Care should certainly be highlighted. In Clean Tech, their experts have decades of expertise and experience in developing, designing and putting into practice contamination controlled research and manufacturing facilities. This has resulted in long-lasting relationships with universities, research centres, science parks, campuses and high-tech manufacturing. In Health Care alone, Deerns has been involved in designing over 50% of all Dutch hospitals, including university hospitals. With 15 offices and ~500 specialists worldwide, Deerns’ activities in the Clean Tech and Health Care Sectors have now expanded well beyond the Netherlands. Eric Stuiver, Clean Tech Sector Director: “We look forward to sharing and developing knowledge with the IADP partners to create and improve future-ready sustainable facilities for science and technologies.” 

Nieuwbouw SRON, Ector Hoogstad architecten
06-01-2021 New partner: Bossche Investerings Maatschappij (BIM)

Gradually, the number of partners within IADP continues to increase. Recently we can count the Bossche Investerings Maatschappij (BIM) among our members. BIM is an important player in the economy of the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands) and its region. This organisation is committed to stimulating the economy and making entrepreneurship possible. Since 2015, BIM has been doing this more and more in the form of communities and programmes in which the strength of their four pillars – housing, participating, connecting and supporting – is shown to full advantage in dynamic, innovative ecosystems in which businesses, educational institutions and governments work together around an economic theme. With various locations BIM provides suitable accommodation for both the starting, growing and established entrepreneur. De Gruyter Fabriek (see picture) is the creative hotspot, Grasso is the place where education, government and entrepreneurs work together in the field of ICT, and Jamfabriek is the Food Community par excellence. Attention is certainly not only focused on business accommodation. In various themed locations, BIM takes care of setting up and developing communities.

07-12-2020 Premiere Introduction Film Plus Ultra II

Our partner Kadans proudly present the introduction film of Plus Ultra II and would like to invite you to watch the premiere!

After the success of Plus Ultra on Wageningen Campus, there continued to be demand for business space on the campus. Kadans Science Partner has therefore developed a new building: Plus Ultra II. Today we celebrate this milestone with the premiere of a digital look into the new building. The first keys were handed over earlier this year and several organizations and companies have already moved into Plus Ultra II. Normally this would be the occasion for a grand opening party, but due to the current circumstances, this is of course not possible.

To celebrate this milestone anyway, an official first look at Plus Ultra II is presented in a 10-minute film. In the video you will hear the first tenants of Plus Ultra II: Corporate Value Creation (WUR), OnePlanet, StartLife, StartHub, Foodvalley NL, Kubota, Witteveen + Bos, HZPC and KWS. You will also hear from the architects of Proof of the Sum and of course Kadans Science Partner.

Plus Ultra II, like its predecessor, offers space for offices, laboratories, other research areas and meet & greet facilities, especially for organizations and companies involved in food, agriculture, sustainability and health.

You can watch the video here:

26-11-2020 AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets to enter European Life Science sector with the acquisition of Kadans Science Partner platform

AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets (“AXA IM – Real Assets”), a global leader in real asset investments and the leading(1) real estate portfolio and asset manager in Europe, has announced that it has agreed to acquire IADP_partner Kadans Science Partner. Kadans is a fully integrated developer, owner and operator of science parks and lab offices which has a market-leading position in Europe.

The acquisition provides AXA IM – Real Assets with a unique opportunity to enter and build immediate scale in the life science and lab offices sector which, while already established in the U.S., is an emerging but high growth asset class in Europe. The sector is supported by a number of economic, demographic and technological changes, notably as it relates to healthcare and is benefitting from significant growth in available public and private funding. Companies in the sector are not just demanding additional space to accommodate their growth but are fundamentally considering how they organise themselves and recognising the value of being part of a relevant ecosystem.

Kadans is almost unique in its focus and scale within the European Life Sciences sector. It owns a portfolio which spans key research locations in the Netherlands, UK and Germany and comprises 150,000 sqm of operating space across 20 assets and a further seven developments which will deliver c.70,000 sqm over the next three years. 65% of the portfolio has an ESG rating of Grade A, with a plan for the remaining assets to undergo renovation to reach that grade.

Originally founded in the late 1990s, Kadans evolved its focus on developing and operating specialised or purpose-built commercial life science buildings. Kadans’ assets combine offices and incubator space alongside a range of specialist spaces including laboratories and cleanrooms and tech halls, as well as research and development facilities such as climate-controlled environments and pilot plants. Kadans’ tenant base comprises a mix of, global corporate, SME and start-up businesses, as well as academic and government institutions in highly innovative growth sectors such as Life Sciences, Food, Health, Living Environment, Biotechnology, Bio based and High Tech Semiconductors.

A key element of Kadans’ success has been the creation of innovation ecosystems not just within the individual building and campuses it operates but across its whole network of tenants and relationships across Europe. By promoting networking, connectivity and events management for tenants, public bodies and academic institutions, Kadans is able to help enhance information flow and knowledge sharing.

The acquisition is conditional upon German merger commission approval.

1 Source: INREV Fund Manager Survey, June 2020. #1 Real estate manager headquartered in Europe based on total assets under management
2 Source: AXA IM – Real Assets’ unaudited data as of 30 September 2020

23-11-2020 Worldwide network of Food Innovation Hubs

Marjolein A.J. Brasz, Managing Director Foodvalley NL, is proud to announce that Foodvalley NL will be the leading European Hub in a new, worldwide network of Food Innovation Hubs, catalyzed and supported in Africa, Latin America and Asia by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and partners.

Transforming food systems requires fundamental changes in the way food is produced and consumed. Technology innovations present a significant opportunity to enable and accelerate this transformation so we can meet the network’s aspirational goals: that food systems be sustainable, inclusive, efficient, nutritious and healthy. Connecting multiple diverse ecosystem players will be essential to scaling innovation programs across the value chain.

This is the shared vision behind a multi-year partnership between Foodvalley NL and the Food Innovation Hubs: a multi-stakeholder partnership platform catalyzed and supported by the World Economic Forum and several global and regional partners.

Foodvalley is partner of Innovation Area Development Partnership (IADP).

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27-10-2020 Utrecht Science Park Bilthoven is entering the future

The departure of RIVM to Utrecht Science Park (expected in 2022) will free up space at Utrecht Science Park Bilthoven (USPB). With Bilthoven Biologicals and Intravacc as anchor tenants, this offers opportunities to further develop and profile this area with a main focus on the development, testing and production of vaccines and related products or services.

The management of USPB has commissioned a team of experts to draw up a development vision for this science park. Proof of the sum, Karres and Brands, Arup and Zjak Consult (all partners in the Innovation Area Development Partnership) have started the work. Roy Pype (Proof of the sum): “This is a great opportunity to redevelop the area into a state of the art science park. The departure of RIVM and a further concentration of the buildings of Bilthoven Biologicals creates space for new buildings and combinations of old and new so that the history of the area as a world player in the field of vaccines remains visible. We will be devoting a great deal of attention to creating an attractive work climate. The layout of the site and the buildings will be aimed at stimulating interaction between the companies and institutions at the science park. The fact that we are now tackling this with a multidisciplinary team will undoubtedly lead to a well-thought-out plan that will interest current and future tenants, investors and the direct surrounding area.” The development vision will be delivered by the end of this year.

13-10-2020 Vaccinopolis Antwerp

The first European CHIM center

Because the climate is changing and people are living closer together, are getting older, travel more… viruses are spreading. Faster than ever. That is why vaccine development is one of the major global challenges of today.

On behalf of the University of Antwerp and Université Libre de Bruxelles, professors Pierre van Damme and Arnoud Marchant, therefore, take the lead: “Within the vaccine centre Vaccinopolis, we bring together top talent from various disciplines – with financial support from the federal government and private partners. The complex will consist of a clinical test room, laboratories, offices, consultation rooms and accommodation and relaxation facilities. This allows us to test vaccines on up to 30 people at the same time. The technique used is called Controlled Human Infection Models (CHIM). In this human challenge study, bright minds challenge healthy subjects by exposing them to an attenuated version of a pathogen.”

The IMM/Unity consortium is commissioned to design, build and maintain Vaccinopolis for a period of 15 years.  Proof of the sum, Exilab, Abstract Architects, burO Groen and Establis are responsible for the integrated design. The realization is in the hands of Jansen Building Group, Jansen Cleanrooms and Cordeel. And Imtech Belgium, together with Jansen Cleanrooms, will be responsible for the maintenance.

Exceptional circumstances require exceptional measures. Because viruses are on the rise quickly, the project partners are shortening the usual turnaround time (normally 4 to 5 years) to 1.5 years: Vaccinopolis will open its doors on 1 March 2022.

29-09-2020 Mobility at Utrecht Science Park

An innovative look at mobility and collaboration with the city & region keep Utrecht Science Park accessible and safe as students and companies begin to return to the site after six months of COVID imposed remote working – read more:

29-09-2020 The innovation multipliers of international collaboration for cities and subnational governments

This research report by NESTA reviews the innovation benefits for cities and subnational governments of international collaboration. It explores how cities and subnational governments (SNGs) can improve their capabilities and capacity for innovation by expanding their networks internationally. Based on a literature review, case studies from across the globe and interviews with experts in the field, this research presents an overview of the history of international collaboration between cities and SNGs, the current picture and the potential for these partnerships as a source of innovation. It provides insights, models and recommendations both for UK cities and SNGs, and those around the world.

  • Findings:
  • There are considerable opportunities for boosting innovation through more effective international collaboration at an SNG level – particularly in the COVID-19 era.
  • In recent decades, subnational international collaboration networks have become more widespread, more complex and have utilised a wider range of collaboration mechanisms.
  • For cities and SNGs seeking to maximise innovation from an international collaboration, the landscape is very complicated, and there has been little guidance on process or benefits.
  • Picking the right international collaboration opportunity to ensure the maximum benefit to an SNG’s innovation capability requires a clear understanding of the fast-moving landscape, as well as the choices and opportunity costs, and the future value proposition.
  • The opportunity for international collaboration isn’t just for major cities, there are effective ways of participating for second and third tier cities as well as regions and devolved nations too.
24-09-2020 Proof of the sum contributes to the future of Pivot Park

Pivot Park (Oss, The Netherlands) is a life sciences campus with a strong focus on pharmaceutical innovation. The campus is a breeding ground that connects knowledge and experience between established companies, start-ups and spin-outs. Proof of the sum gives shape to the rapid development of Pivot Park. Both as one of the authors of the master plan and in the role of architect for the first two new-build projects.

Together with VKZ BV and MTD Landschapsarchitecten the master plan for Pivot Park has been developed. The plan makes room for a large number of new-build projects on the campus in the Municipality of Oss. The design themes are ‘connection’, ‘sharing’ and ‘excellence’.

Within this new master plan, two new building projects are currently being worked on: Grizzly and Panther. With Grizzly, an over 10,000m2 new collection building is being realised. The building will provide office and laboratory space for scale-ups and growing companies in the pharmaceutical sector. Panther will be a new building project for a single basic user. The 3,500 m2 building will house cleanrooms, laboratories and offices.

17-09-2020 How to successfully share your lab facilities?

After a summer break of a few weeks, Kadans Connected is back! During the webinar on how to successfully share your lab facilities, our partner Clustermarket elaborated on the challenges researchers and scientist are facing while sharing their lab facilities. The Kadans Connected webinars and providing access to shared lab facilities are two of the many ecosystem services Kadans is offering to its tenants in order to make them as innovative and successful as possible. You are invited to watch the replay and to get insights of the barriers that knowledge and research institutions have around resource sharing. Click here to watch the replay:

15-09-2020 Utrecht Science Park: a flourishing & innovative ecosystem

Friso Smit, New Business Development Manager of Utrecht Science Park, emphasizes Utrecht Science Park’s important role in the region and The Netherlands where knowledge and high-end technology can accelerate. Would you like to know more about the innovative ecosystem at Utrecht Science Park? Read the deep-dive Q&A via

Friso Smit
02-09-2020 Global Innovation Index 2020

These are the World’s Most Innovative Countries – Global Innovation Index 2020. An overview of the key findings of the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2020. Published on September 2, 2020, the GII 2020 ranks the innovation performance of 131 countries.
Quick overview:

01-09-2020 Campus Community Fund invests 500 million euros in Campus Groningen (The Netherlands)

Investing together in one ecosystem to achieve more impact. “That’s why a Campus Community Fund is important”, as confirmed by Wiebe Draijer, chairman of the Managing Board Rabobank and Koen Schuiling, mayor of Groningen. Together they have launched the Campus Community Fund on Tuesday September 1st. This financial platform acts as an instrument to transform the available knowledge and skills on Campus Groningen, and in the region, more effectively into important innovations.
“The ambitions of and for Campus Groningen are big. The five-year strategic plan of the Campus aims at significant developments. With the Campus Community Fund we will structure ‘tomorrow’s capital’ jointly”, says Henk Snapper (Executive Board, UMCG).
“I am proud of our collective wish to let our fast-growing Campus shine and develop it further. The development of Campus Groningen is teamwork and an interplay of all kinds of components. We don’t look at the separate elements; we look at the whole ecosystem ”, says Edward van der Meer, director Campus Groningen.
More information can be found here:

31-08-2020 – Atlas of innovation districts (USA)

Aretian has developed a first-of-its-kind systematic study of 50 notable Innovation Districts in the United States: their specialization, economic impact, as well as the characteristics of the urban ecosystems that welcome and enhance them. More information:

26-08-2020 – Foodvalley Summit

Do you already have a ticket for the Foodvalley Summits special edition on 13 & 14 October 2020? Breaking news, talk shows, top stories, and excellent networking and exposure opportunities on Protein Shift, Food & Health and Circular Agrifood. Buy your ticket now:

24-08-2020 – IADP is now followed by more than 1000 members of LinkedIn

Join the followers via this link: Partners and associate partners of IADP are continuously involved and guiding the development of areas of innovations, such as science parks, campuses and Innovation districts. Together we have built an impressive knowledge base by exchanging research and experiences with each other. We also share our knowledge with a larger audience by engaging them to all kind of activities, giving lectures and writing articles. Moreover, the IADP partnership offers the combined expertise to support developers, investors, companies and knowledge institutes and governments that are working on the (re)development of these different types of innovation areas. IADP is a member of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP).

17-08-2020 – What does a campus of the future look like?

Take a peek at our competition design for the University College Dublin’s Future Campus: a ‘Marketplace of Innovation’ where students, faculty staff and local Dubliners can learn, collaborate and co-create. Designed to be a destination for learning, culture and commerce, it’s intended to be a green space of engagement where ideas can flow and flourish. For more information on the design, follow the link:

15-08-2020 – Sharing your lab facilities

Are you interested in sharing your lab facilities and make them available for other researchers, scientists and organizations? But are you also facing some challenges in doing so? Join the next Kadans Connected webinar, organized in cooperation with Kadans Science Partner partner’s Clustermarket and learn how to share your lab facilities in a successful way.
For more information and registration, please check the website:

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