Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam cooperate in the strategic alliance Leiden-Delft-Erasmus (LDE). This knowledge alliance according to Space Campus Noordwijk can offer open doors in the field of space-related knowledge exchange and education. The new collaboration between LDE and Space Campus is set up to obtain more (external) funding for education and research programs to bridge the gap between knowledge and the application of knowledge. LDE and Space Campus will appoint a Liaison Officer SPACE to achieve a formulated ambition.
The same ambition spurred the joint opening of The Groundstation by the province of South Holland and dotSPACE foundation. The Groundstation as center of expertise on Space Campus Noordwijk is creating new markets for Earth observation by bridging the gap between knowledge and innovation to create applications in new markets.
The Groundstation already gained recognition as center of expertise through projects with its national and international network partners and is joining forces with various universities on national and international valorisation programs. The organisation is active in various Copernicus projects e.g. the “Copernicus digital skills initiatives support action” and “Water scenarios For Copernicus Exploitation”. Cooperation has started with the IT Faculty of Leiden University of Applied Science to promote the use of satellite data in education and research. The University of Leiden, Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) and the dotSPACE foundation – with partners in Poland, Germany, Italy and South Africa – have recently been awarded the Horizon 2020 project to develop entrepreneurship skill training for Astronomy PhD researchers.
The newly established tender desk on the Space Campus is therefore looking forward and will anticipate on this collaboration with great interest.