MISSION AND STRATEGY
TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the competitive strength of industry and the well-being of society in a sustainable way. This is our mission and it is what drives us, the 3,000 professionals at TNO, in our work every day. We work in collaboration with partners and focus on five transitions that we have identified together with our stakeholders.
TNO is an independent research organisation that employs some 3,000 specialists. We believe in the joint creation of economic and social value. We focus on transitions or changes in five social themes: Industry; Healthy Living; Defence, Safety & Security; Urbanisation and Energy.
Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. We develop knowledge not for its own sake, but for practical application.
TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the competitive strength of industry and the well-being of society in a sustainable way.
Every four years, in close collaboration with our stakeholders, we draw up a strategic plan that describes how we will pursue our mission. This plan is our proposal to society. You can download our strategic plan at the bottom of the page.
Our strategy is a reflection of the trends we observe in society and technology. In close coordination with our stakeholders we have defined five transitions on which we will focus. These are in line with the challenges and ambitions of the Top Sector policy and social themes in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe. The transitions can be summarised as follows:
Industry: from economic stagnation to growth in high-technology industry
Healthy Living: from illness and treatment to health and behaviour
Defence, Safety & Security: from a wide range of threats to controllable risks
Urbanisation: from urbanisation bottlenecks to urban vitality
Energy: from conventional sources to sustainable energy systems.
If you would like further information about a transition or a specific subject, select a relevant focus area, then select a subject and you will receive information about which a TNO researcher can tell you more about it.
If your area of interest cannot be easily delineated, then look under areas current subjects or use the search engine on our homepage.
The Mission Statement reflects the chief outline of our activities. It defines how we perceive the fundamental purpose of our work and our responsibilities toward our staff and society. From this statement, we have derived a four-part definition of our Values and Principal Objectives. Together, they form the Guiding Principles of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft promotes and conducts applied research in an international context to benefit private and public enterprise and is an asset to society as a whole.
By developing technological innovations and novel systems solutions for their customers, the Fraunhofer Institutes help to reinforce the competitive strength of the economy in their region, throughout Germany and in Europe. Their research activities are aimed at promoting the economic development of our industrial society, with particular regard for social welfare and environmental compatibility.
As an employer, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft offers a platform that enables its staff to develop the necessary professional and personal skills that will enable them to assume positions of responsibility within their institute, in industry and in other scientific domains.
The Federal Government funded ACES through the Australian Research Council in 2014 to turn our knowledge of materials into the next generation of ‘smart devices’ for the benefit of the community.
We think of a smart device as one that uses the advanced materials we make in our laboratories to create new health and energy solutions that improve people’s lives.
ACES, led by the University of Wollongong, incorporates six Australian collaborators and five international partner organisations known for their expertise in materials and device fabrication.
ACES Theme Lead and Expertise
University of Wollongong
3D Electromaterials Theme Lead
Soft Robotics for Prosthetic Devices Theme Lead
Expertise: electromaterials, electrofluidics and diagnostics, synthetic energy systems, synthetic biosystems, soft robotics, additive fabrication and biofabrication.
ACES Associate Director
Expertise: materials research, synthetic energy systems, soft robotics and ethics.
Synthetic Energy Systems Theme Lead
University of Tasmania
Ethics, Policy and Public Engagement Theme Lead
Electrofluidics and Diagnostics Theme Lead
Australian National University
Expertise: molecular modelling.
University of Melbourne
Synthetic Biosystems Theme Lead
Expertise: synthetic biosystems and biofabrication.
Dublin City University
Expertise: smart materials, stimuli responsive materials, sensors, health, and the environment.
University of Warwick
Friedrich Alexander University
Expertise: molecular materials and nanotechnology.
Expertise: soft robotics and biomedical engineering.
Expertise: ionic liquids and their electrochemical and materials applications.
These partnerships, which include financial and in-kind contributions, build on established relationships we have with associate investigators based at:
The University of Ulm, Germany
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne, France
Vascularization is one of the most important and highly challenging issues in the development of soft tissue. It is necessary to supply cells with nutrition within a multilayer tissue, for example in artificial skin.
Our research on artificial skin is driven by an increasing demand for two main applications: for the field of regenerative medicine, victims must be provided with soft tissue implants, as well as soft tissue is necessary after traumatic injuries and tumour treatment. Secondly, to substitute the expensive and ethically disputed pharmaceutical tests on animals by artificial vascularized test beds to simulate the uptake of the pharmaceuticals into the blood.
The multidisciplinary ArtiVasc 3D team - consisting of engineers, physicists, chemists, biologists and physicians - is working on developing standardized processes for scaffold production and to cultivate vascularized skin rapidly and inexpensively. In this way, the project is contributing to improving and accelerating patient treatment in emergencies and to reducing animal testing to an absolute minimum.
ACTLAB is a research unit founded in 2014 that explores the intersection node of architectural practice with computation-based tools, emergent technologies and material science. Working across different scales we redefine the concept of designing space, technology and fabrication within construction process. Our goal is to operate in the playground of contemporaneity exploring future scenarios and emerging design areas
MERLN aims to maintain a leading position in the field of biomedical engineering by combining creative research with training of a generation of interdisciplinary scientists. MERLN’s activities operate at the interface of biology and engineering and we aim to maximize outreach at the level of public involvement, development and commercialization of research. MERLN’s vision is based on sharing of knowledge, infrastructure and ambition.
Research at MERLN is focused on developing novel and breakthough technologies to advance the field of repair and regeneration of both tissues and functional organs. The strategy includes, amongst others, the development of “smart” biomaterials which can trigger intrinsic tissue repair mechanisms mediated by the patient’s own cells.
MERLN’s scientists will be involved in educational activities within different undergraduate and graduate programmes. Our expertise lies in biology, chemistry, materials science and engineering, with a distinct emphasis on biomedical applications, including regenerative medicine.
Scientists at MERLN have an extensive network of collaborators within research institutions in and outside the Netherlands as well as with a number of biomedical companies, including their own spin-off companies. Newly situated in a hospital setting, close collaboration with medical experts will expedite the testing and use of our technoligies in a clinically relevant setting.
The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia – IAAC is an international centre for Education, Fabrication and Research dedicated to the development of architecture capable of meeting the worldwide challenges in constructing 21st century habitability.
Based in the 22@ district of Barcelona, one of the world’s capitals of architecture and urbanism, not to mention the European Capital for Innovation (2014), IAAC is a platform for the exchange of knowledge with researchers, faculty and students from over 60 countries around the world.
Kidesign is an educational startup specialising in designing creative curriculum materials for CAD and 3D printing projects to encourage student engagement in Design and STEM subjects. Kidesign enables learning through making and uses technology as a creative tool to reconnect the digital and physical worlds by teaching practical 21st century skills. Since 2010 Kidesign pioneered creative 3D printing workshops for children through which we have gathered invaluable research and experience. Thousands of boys and girls around the world who participated in Kidesign activities helped us develop a formula for an educational process that is collaborative, cross-disciplinary and fun. In 2015, we launched the first product for schools - Kideville, a city design project for children, with an innovative term-long 3D design curriculum developed for teachers and educators. Much like a game, each kid is assigned a creative mission, based on their interests, that takes them through a full design and project management process. The teacher curates this journey that includes research, ideation, sketching, CAD modelling, 3D printing and presenting. Kidesign inspires students to obtain the skills and knowledge in STEM and pursue careers in design, technology and engineering.
The Learning Shelter is a model for building new lives where old ones have fallen apart. A prototype shelter where maker skills and entrepreneurship are taught, TLS is about to get some wind in its sails.
Welcome to the home of the Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology research group housed within the Departments of Materials Science & Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering. We are interested in exploring the way solar energy can be used to provide clean sustainable electricity through photovoltaic devices and how the sharing of open source hardware and software can create sustainable and equitable means of production
Areas of Interest
Photovoltaic Materials and Electronic Device Physics of Solar Photovoltaic Cells: Gallium nitride (GaN) and indium gallium nitride (InGaN), Hydrogenated amorphous and nanocrystalline silicon (a-Si:H, nc-Si:H)
Applied Sustainability and Green Engineering: Solar energy, Sustainable development, Open Source Appropriate Technology, and Energy Policy
The Artificial Vision and Real-Time Systems (AViReS) Lab is an advanced research unit within theDepartment of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Udine (Italy).
AViReS research is mainly focused on the areas of Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition and Real-Time Systems, with particular attention to:
· Smart Security and Ambient Intelligence
· Multimedia and Mobile Applications
· Sensor Networks
Key AViReS initiatives currently underway include exploring the challenges of big data and cloud computing, analysing the impacts of social media platforms and investigating the potential applications ofsmart technologies to people security, health monitoring, learning environment and emergency and disaster context.
The group has close links with national and international industries and research laboratories. The main sources of its research funding include the European Defence Agency (EDA), the European Union, the Italian Ministry for the University and Research (MIUR), the Italian Ministry for Defence (MoD) and national and international industries.
"MakerClub is made up of teachers and industry professionals that all passionately believe technology is the key to unlocking a wealth of talent in young people. Whether it’s physics through Minecraft or maths through robotics, hands-on courses and workshops can bring context and relevance to a range of curricular subjects and at MakerClub, it has to be fun too!
By using 3D printers, electronics, virtual reality or simple cardboard and glue, we think anyone can make cool stuff with tech. We cater for ages 6 to 16, providing a safe environment, with DBS checked staff and all the equipment they need to flourish.
The Human Media Lab is one of Canada's premier media laboratories. Its mandate is to develop disruptive technologies and new ways of working with computers that are viable 10 to 20 years from now. We are currently working on the design of Organic User Interfaces (OUI), an exciting new paradigm that allows computers to have any shape or form through flexible displays and other non-flat display technologies.
Digital Media Academy (DMA) is a nationally-recognized education and enrichment organization delivering hands-on learning experiences with a broad range of digital media. DMA offers exciting summer camps for kids, teens and “Pro-Series” courses for adult-learners. DMA's 70+ innovative courses include 3D printing, iOS app development, Minecraft, digital filmmaking, game programming, rocket science and more. Our dynamic instructional staff includes industry experts, master teachers and award-winning creative professionals. DMA’s teen and adult courses are accredited by Stanford University Continuing Studies and offered for optional Stanford Continuing Studies credit.
"CeDInt is an Advanced Specialized Research Center of the Technical University of Madrid. The Specialization areas include: Energy Efficiency, Building and Home Automation, Virtual Reality, Advanced Optics and Biometric Security.
The main mission of CeDInt is to be a referent on all necessary technologies related to the above specialization areas, creating multidisciplinary teams with specialists from the industry and the university to provide innovative solutions to real life projects and problems.
CeDInt also provides services to private and public companies for 3D printing, Immersive CAVE visualizations, Optics prototyping, etc. "
"Our breakthrough online learning platform provides kids — between the ages of 8 and 14 — a comprehensive learning experience that is amazingly fun, highly interactive and extremely effective. Students watch videos, respond to questions, earn badges, complete quizzes, and attempt challenging assignments as they step toward mastering critical technology skills and professional-level software.
Current courses include:
+ Mod Design 1
+ 3D Printing & Modeling 1
+ 3D Game Design 1
+ 3D Game Design 2
+ App Design 1
+ Game Design 1
+ Game Design 2
+ 3D Animation 1
+ Fashion Design 1 "
"Future. European Innovation Academy is a non-profit educational institution recognized for excellence in tech entrepreneurship education. Our mission is to educate future entrepreneurs in an extremely accelerated mode.
Experiential. The courses are taught through a real-life customer development context where students acquire the skills and know-how to develop their business idea all the way from the conceptual stage to the market place.
Multi. EIA is a multidisciplinary and multinational space for education, research and innovation. EIA is hosting participants from 75 different nationalities every year, being one of the most international training programs in the World. EIA offers high-quality educational programs for students as well as executive trainings for professionals"
"The Columbus Idea Foundry is a community workshop, learning center, and creative space located in Columbus, Ohio.
We are a collection of students, professionals, artists, engineers, and general creative enthusiasts who wish to bring imagination to reality.
Introductory, hands on classes in woodworking, welding, CAD/CAM/CNC machining, smithing, metals casting, jewelry making, screen printing, electronics, 3D printing and more are offered regularly.
Once trained on our resources, members may rent time in our workshop to hone their skills or work on personal projects."