Aalt Dijkhuizen appointed jury chairperson for 2014 GreenTech innovation awards

Posted On 14 Mar 2014
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20120912 Wageningen: Aalt Dijkhuizen (foto Harmen de Jong).AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands: GreenTech, the new horticultural trade exhibition for all professionals involved in horticulture technology (June 10-12 at RAI Amsterdam), has appointed  Mr. Aalt Dijkhuizen, former president and chairman of Wageningen University, as a Jury chairperson for their inaugural innovation awards.

Upon retiring as President and Chairman of Wageningen University & Research Centre (UR) last month, Dijkhuizen was appointed by the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs as figurehead of the Top Sector Agri & Food in the Netherlands. On that occasion, he was especially praised for the ‘Golden Triangle’ approach, in which entrepreneurs and researchers work together on innovations with support of the government, a successful formula in the Dutch food and agri sector for many years.

“The Green Tech Innovation Award is an excellent opportunity to make the strong innovative character of the sector visible”, said Dijkhuizen, “Something that does not happen automatically, due to the down-to-earth attitude of most of the entrepreneurs in the horticulture field.”

“We are extremely proud that Mr. Dijkhuizen agreed to chair the jury of the Innovation Award, said Mariska Dreschler, Exhibition Manager of GreenTech, “His drive, knowledge and capacity to forge alliances has been crucial to development of the industry. Under his leadership and with his vision on innovation he fortifies the significance of the GreenTech Innovation Award.”

GreenTech Amsterdam issues a call for entries for its 2014 Innovation Awards, honoring the most innovative concepts, products and technologies in horticulture technology to be judged by an independent, international jury. Exhibitors wishing to submit products should complete the online application by April 2, 2014.

To win the GreenTech Overall Winner is the ultimate accolade for companies and innovators, and all the nominations for the award will be seen as trendsetters for the next generation of product development.

Water is becoming scarcer and more polluted every day. Innovations are crucial for sustainability, which is why GreenTech supports AMREF Flying Doctors by donating the registration fees of  the Innovation Award. This year’s funding will contribute to the project “Sustainable Water Access for the Masai in Kajiado, Kenya”. This project aims at providing the local community with better access to clean (drinking) water and aims to decrease water sanitation and hygiene related diseases.

 

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