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Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year with a 'Next Ten' series of events starting on Tuesday, May 10.
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With DSM, Maastricht University and the Province of Limburg as the founding fathers, Brightlands Chemelot Campus was “built” in 2012 on the pillars of science/education, entrepreneurship and government. In these ten years, the campus has evolved to become a leading innovative ecosystem for sustainable chemistry, circular materials and biomedical solutions.

This campus ecosystem now consists of 107 companies and organizations that employ more than 3,000 people and more than 1,000 students. The number of university, college, and vocational students at the campus has grown 244% compared with the first 300 students who made their initial appearance at the campus ten years ago. The growth of companies, jobs and students also meant that more space was needed. The Center Court building and two Brighthouses were built and the total surface area more than doubled to 114,000 m2

Red carpet

The opening event on May 10 will focus on the introduction of new campus businesses and new talent. The participating organizations will give their pitches from the red carpet about the most recent innovations they’ve been working on. Companies and talent will also be able to meet and network during the event. Students from the Europaschule in Herzogenrath, Germany, and from the Porta Mosana College in Maastricht will present their designs made from recycled textiles. This is part of CHILL (Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs)’s Focus on Talent project, and Wanderful.Stream, supervised by designer Maria Voth Velasco.

“Next Ten” symbolizes this anniversary year during which we celebrate ten years at the campus, and challenge and inspire each other through special events to help build a circular and healthy society”, says Bert Kip, CEO of Brightlands Chemelot Campus. “We are far from finished, however. To be relevant tomorrow, you must invest in talent today. Together, we will make Limburg the new European leader in circularity and health.”

For more information see the Brightlands website.

Image: Brightlands Chemelot Campus