Potential of digital & nanotechnology in data driven nutrition & health and digital technology to empower citizens.
OnePlanet Research Center is the innovation center for digital technology an nano technology in agri, food, health and environment. It is a multidisciplinary collaboration between imec, Radboud University, Radboudumc and Wageningen University & Research. It’s mission is, together with industry, to create innovative solutions that will tackle the major sustainability challenges faced by the world: climate change, population growth, mal- and overnutrition and the overconsumption of nature.
In OnePlanet Research Center we work on themes like precision agriculture, precision food supply chain, data driven nutrition & health and digital technology to empower citizens. In this presentation we will explore the potential of digital and nanotechnology in these domains and envision how digital innovations will contribute towards a more sustainable agri and food system. This potential impact will be illustrated by a tangible example: in 2025 half of the world population will be living in water-stressed areas which will affect yield and live-stock. Real-time insights in water quality are needed for optimal water management. We integrated fluidic sensor technology on silicon and these extremely powerful but very small sensor platforms can be applied in high volume, densely spaced networks for real-time water monitoring. Detecting heavy metals, pollutants or even bacteria is part of our long-term roadmap, and nanometer-sized silicon structures provide the tools for future generations of sensors.
Biography Marcel Zevenbergen
Marcel Zevenbergen obtained his MSc from Delft University of Technology in 2005 and a PhD from the same university in 2009. Afterwards, he joined imec the Netherlands where he developed novel sensor platforms for various applications, in close collaboration with industrial partners. Current position is program manager both at imec and OnePlanet leading the advanced sensor development for applications ranging from precision agriculture, water quality and bioreactor monitoring.