14 Apr 2016


View the highlights of the Innovation Expo and Marije Hulshof’s view on ‘Unlocking the future of cities’ video:

The Innovation Expo 2016 in Amsterdam brought together 5,500 innovators to share their inspiring ideas in the area of the ‘Sustainable Urban Delta’. Royal HaskoningDHV shared experiences, ideas and past successes throughout segments of the event.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte opened the event at the Dutch EYE film museum and during the Kick-Off made it clear, The Netherlands is the prime example of the sustainable urban delta. We are the example and together we should strive to put the Netherlands on the map as ‘Sustainable Urban Delta’. Together we already do this by being the number 1 cycling country, by being a nation where healthy and water-resistant agriculture is matched with green logistics and where livable cities have the creativity of megacities.

‘Making cities future proof’

Marije Hulshof, Business Line Director at Royal HaskoningDHV, outlined her vision of future cities during the “Making cities future proof’ session together with Sokwoo Rhee - National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) - Associate Director of Cyber-Physical Systems Program and Maarten Hajer – Utrecht University - Professor Urban Futures. Jan de Wit, Director Advisory Group Smart Environment moderated the event.

Next to the ‘Making cities future proof’ session, Royal HaskoningDHV was also involved in several other projects that were presented at the expo.  Royal HaskoningDHV presented ‘Nereda Alginate’, the first biopolymer that Water Authorities are going to produce on a large scale.

Together with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, Royal HaskoningDHV is a contributor and supporter of The Dutch Circular Economy Hotspot. The mission and vision of the project were presented to Prime Minister Rutte in the form of a magazine. Chairman Erik van Oostwegel talks about Royal HaskoningDHV’s contribution to the Dutch Circular Economy in the magazine. Available to read here.

Europe, let’s go cycling! The Innovation Expo was simultaneously the kick-off for the European Cycling Festival. During the EU presidency Dutch Embassies are organising all kinds of events to support the growing cycling culture in Europe.

Read our blog by Jan de Wit:

"Perspectives: Making cities future proof"