The main aims of the basic 8-week Dutch language course are to:
We are proud to announce that Frank Weits has been appointed as the new honorary consul for the Kingdom of The Netherlands for South Australia and The Northern Territory.
To focus on his new role Frank will step down as the president of DutchSA. His role as president of DutchSA will be taken over by Erik van Zanten, who in turn will be succeeded as vice president by Edwin Roman. Frank will remain closely involved with DutchSA via the advisory board, in which he will be joined by DutchSA founder Roland Lever and the retiring honorary consul Willem Ouwens.
DutchSA organised a conference call with the development directors of Tonsley and Brainport to initiate a process of knowledge sharing. Brainport was represented by Joep Brouwers (development director), Tonsley by Philipp Dautel (development director) and Terry Burgess (Tonsley project chair, and member of the economic development board for South Australia). The call was also attended by the University of Adelaide (Anton Middelberg, Executive Dean of the science and technology faculty) and facilitated by DutchSA (Frank Weits and Edwin Roman).
Joep answered questions and talked us through some inspiring history. After the close down of traditional manufacturing industries, government, municipalities, companies and universities in the Eindhoven region (with the Philips High Tech Campus) worked closely together in a 'triple helix' approach to turn around the region. An approach so successful that Brainport is now the #1 European region for innovation strategy and one of the 3 European regions attracting most foreign investments and companies in the whole of Europe.
The biggest problem for Brainport is now attracting enough international knowledge workers to fill the many research and development jobs in the region. Eindhoven registers more patents per capita than the 3 runners up together (San Francisco, San Diego and Malmo) and has been named the smartest city in the world.
In conclusion this shows that Tonsley could be in the early stages of a very similar path, and that continued focus of government, industry and knowledge institutions over a long period can result in a world class innovation district. It is great to share insights and opportunities with one of the development leaders of the smartest region in the world and we intend to keep doing that.
Jan Bijlsma retiring from the DutchSA Board
Jan Bijlsma will ‘retire' as Treasurer from the Board after 8 years active and successful involvement in DutchSA Events, taking care of IT and Finance and many other social events and board activities. Jan, we thank you and will seriously miss your energy, wisdom & expertise, stakeholder management, and of course your Friese ‘nuchterheid'!
New DutchSA Board members Nancy Spork and Anton Scholte
We welcome Nancy Spork and Anton Scholte as our new Board members. Anton will take over the position of Treasurer from Jan Bijlsma.
DutchSA Advisory Board
The DutchSA Advisory Board with DutchSA founders Willem Ouwens and Roland Lever will be extended with Jan Bijlsma. We plan to extend the Advisory Board with more expertise and access to various industries.
New DutchSA Committees for Business and Member Engagement
We have set up two new Committees Business Engagement and Member Engagement, to involve more of our members in organising business events & trade missions, and effectively manage member related activities. We are welcoming expressions of interest to grow the team. Email email@example.com, or talk to us at the First Thursday networking drinks to let us know you are interested.
Today Willem Ouwens retires from his position as The Netherlands Honorary Consul to South Australia. DutchSA joins the Dutch Embassy in Australia in thanking Willem for his long time service and dedication to the Dutch community in South Australia!
We had less cars on the road, less cyclists in hospital, cleaner air to breath and healthier lives to live...
We already had a closed Facebook group for our members.
As of now we also have a Public Page on Facebook:
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We will use the public page for public announcements and events (which is not possible with the (closed) Facebook group.
Our innovation event was a big hit, it was sold out and our LinkedIn post after the event got over 3800 views and 44 likes!
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The Netherlands has become an agricultural giant by showing what the future of farming could look like.
In a potato field near the Netherlands’ border with Belgium, Dutch farmer Jacob van den Borne is seated in the cabin of an immense harvester before an instrument panel worthy of the starship Enterprise.
From his perch 10 feet above the ground, he’s monitoring two drones—a driverless tractor roaming the fields and a quadcopter in the air—that provide detailed readings on soil chemistry, water content, nutrients, and growth, measuring the progress of every plant down to the individual potato. Van den Borne’s production numbers testify to the power of this “precision farming,” as it’s known. The global average yield of potatoes per acre is about nine tons. Van den Borne’s fields reliably produce more than 20.
That copious output is made all the more remarkable by the other side of the balance sheet: inputs. Almost two decades ago, the Dutch made a national commitment to sustainable agriculture under the rallying cry “Twice as much food using half as many resources.” Since 2000, van den Borne and many of his fellow farmers have reduced dependence on water for key crops by as much as 90 percent. They’ve almost completely eliminated the use of chemical pesticides on plants in greenhouses, and since 2009 Dutch poultry and livestock producers have cut their use of antibiotics by as much as 60 percent.
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