Holland Science Network 2019

This April Dutch & Chinese academics gathered during the annual meet-up of the Holland Science Network (HSN).
The participants exchanged their views on strategies to enhance Sino-Dutch knowledge sharing, intercountry exchange of researchers and professors, and collaborative research. The goal of the HSN is to stimulate progress in technological innovation for both countries.
If you’re interested you can reach out to us through our contact page.
We look forward to seeing you next year!

SEMINAR: Balancing regulation & innovation: transit of EMA to Amsterdam

Seminar on the occasion of the transit of the European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam (EMA), 27th & 29th of May

The seminar brings you a view from regulators, academia and industry on the necessity of maintaining the balance between regulation and innovation and will give you an update on the latest information on the transit of the EMA from the UK to The Netherlands. In addition you will be provided an overview of the excellent infrastructure for research and innovation in The Netherlands, and how the stakeholders are collaborating in the fields of regulations and innovation, with the goal of bringing new medicines and treatments to patients in Europe.

Speakers from the Netherlands include a chairman of the Dutch Clinical Trials Authority, a chairman of the Medicines Evaluation Board and a member of the Regulatory Affairs Working Group of the Dutch Pharmaceutical Medicine Association. Furthermore there will be two Chinese speakers from the regulatory science community and from the industry.


  • Monday 27th of May, Embassy of The Netherlands in Beijing
  • Wednesday 29th of May, Consulate of The Netherlands in Shanghai

There is a limited number of seats available and pre-registration is required.

Pre-registration can be done by sending an e-mail to this address:

Please indicate company name, your name and title, number of attendees, and preferred location (Beijing or Shanghai)

Seminar organized by the Embassy and Consulate of The Netherlands in China, The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency and 3EACON Inc.

China Shanghai International Technology Fair (CSITF)

About the  CSITF

The China Shanghai International Technology Fair (CSITF), which will take place from April 20 to 22, is the most important national technology fair in China. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), the Ministry of Science & Technology (MOST), and Shanghai Municipality jointly organise this fair. Last year, Minister Wan Gang from MOST, Vice-Minister Fang Aiqing from MOFCOM, and Mayor Yang Xiong of Shanghai visited the fair. Around 900 companies and knowledge institutes will exhibit during the fair, which will attract over 50,000 visitors – with 50% management, R&D or Technology trade professionals (and 20% sales/marketing).

The Netherlands as Guest Country of Honor

The Netherlands is invited to be this year’s Guest Country of Honor for the CSITF from 20 to 22 April 2017. As Guest Country of Honor, the Netherlands has the opportunity to promote itself as knowledge partner for China. Dutch companies and knowledge institutes present themselves at the Holland Innovation Pavilion, which will be visited by Chinese and Dutch officials, press, and technology experts. At the Holland Innovation Pavilion, we will showcase the Netherlands as an innovative, technology-driven and cooperation-minded country.

As Guest Country of Honor, the Netherlands will organise seminars and workshop in the field of IP Management & Open Innovation, High Tech Systems and Materials, Chemistry, Agricultural Technologies, Green Technologies and start-ups.

Innovation missions with Martijn van Dam, Minister for Agriculture

This year, four different innovation missions will be organised around the CSITF. Martijn van Dam, Dutch Minister for Agriculture will lead the innovation missions for the special occasion of the CSITF.  The four themes of the innovation missions are:

  1. Agricultural Technologies
  2. Green Technologies
  3. High Tech Systems and Materials
  4. Chemistry

As Guest Country of Honor, the Netherlands will organise seminars and symposia on the topics mentioned above. We offer Dutch companies and institutes the opportunity to position themselves as innovative partners and knowledge providers in the Chinese market.

Opportunities in China

The credo of CSITF is “Innovation-driven development, intellectual property protection, and technology trade promotion”. This is in line with the national strategy of China, in which innovative technologies lead the way towards a competitive and sustainable economy. CSITF attracts organisations that underscore this direction. By participating, Dutch companies, institutes and start-ups distinguish themselves as innovative collaboration partners and knowledge providers in the Chinese market. They thereby position the Netherlands as a high-tech, innovative and cooperation driven country.

More information

For more information about innovation missions, visit the website of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency or the official website of the CSITF.

You can also follow the Holland Innovation Network on LinkedIn and twitter or send an e-mail to


Innovation Mission: Agricultural Technologies


The Netherlands is the second-largest exporter of agricultural food products in the world. In 2050, there will be nine billion mouths to feed in the world. This is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Dutch entrepreneurs and researchers are eager to address and solve global challenges. In order to achieve this aim, the Netherlands is making considerable investments in high-quality research to develop new, functional, agricultural food products and upgrade standard foodstuffs to high-value ones, with the aim to become a global leader in terms of innovation.

On the special occasion of the 5th China Shanghai International Technology Fair (CSITF) and the Netherlands as Guest Country of Honor, an agricultural innovation mission to Beijing and Shanghai will take place from April 22 until April 27. The Dutch Minister for Agriculture Martijn van Dam will lead this innovation mission.

China’s strategy

China will have to make great steps in the coming years to ensure the food supply for the future. Large population, a limited area suitable for agriculture and climate changes (drought, natural disasters, water scarcity) make it necessary for more efficient use of the available resources.  Following these challenges, the Ministry for Agriculture pushes forward a strategic policy promoting technological development, quality improvement and increasing the comprehensive benefits and competitiveness of the agricultural sector.

The Netherlands and China do work a lot together in the agricultural sector. Traditionally this collaboration focussed mainly on the direct export of agricultural products (pork meat, milk powder etc)). Recently, an increasing interest has been noticed from Chinese counterparts in the field of agricultural optimisation and automation technologies. Agricultural research and development is an absolute strength of the Netherlands and therefore we see many opportunities for Sino-Dutch collaboration; both academically and commercially.

Focus of the Innovation Mission

Under the lead of Dutch Minister for Agriculture Martijn van Dam, the agricultural innovation mission will focus on sustainable agricultural food technologies. This mission aims to promote business opportunities in the field of agricultural technologies between China and the Netherlands and enhance the collaboration in the field of agricultural technologies among governments, knowledge institutions and industries.

A special seminar on “Sustainable Agro-food Technologies: Experiences in the Netherlands and China” will be organised by the Holland Innovation Network China on April 21 from 9:30-11:30 at the CSITF venue.

Companies attending

The following companies and organisations will participate in the “Agricultural Technologies Innovation Mission” and/or will be present at the CSITF:

* Wageningen University & Research
* Protix Biosystems B.V.
* Dorset Green Machines B.V.
* Noldus Information Technology B.V.
* InnovationQuarter
* Priva

More Information

For more information about the Dutch Agricultural Sector, please see the links below.



Cystic fibrosis links to diabetes

Researchers from Hong Kong, Chengdu, Beijing and Tokyo recently reported a functional link between diabetes and cystic fibrosis.

Cystic fibrosis occurs when mutations in the CFTR gene hamper the function of the Cystic Fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator. This leads to a “tough mucus” secretion in the lungs, and its most acute symptoms are therefore shortness of breath. Indigestion is also a serious symptom, as organs in and around the gastrointestinal tract are affected as well. Without proper management, the respiratory and metabolic consequences of this disease are fatal at young age.

Despite the high frequency of diabetes in adult cystic fibrosis patients, the relationship between the two diseases is still hardly understood. Now, a consortium of Chinese/Japanese institutes has shown that the conductance regulator also regulates glucose-dependent electrical signaling in insulin-producing Beta cells. In other words, defects in the gene that lead to problems in mucus secretion also affect insulin secretion. As most Cystic Fibrosis patients develop insulin deficiency (belonging to the Type I Diabetes category), this finding indeed resolved an important missing link.

Whether the new insights also lead to new treatment options is not clear yet. The investigators have been able to focus at one specific gene mutant. Extrapolating their findings to known >1900 mutations in the Cystic Fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene in humans is a daunting task. Nevertheless, in their mice model, they have not witnessed a destruction of pancreatic islets, where the Beta cells are located that produce insulin. If in patients, insulin secretion would also be decreased before islet are destroyed, timely anticipation could potentially provide leads to effective non-invasive treatment options.

A summary of the paper has been published here.

Cystic Fibrosis organs - from Wikipedia


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