Neth-ER, TNO and KNAW cordially invite you to join the forthcoming on-site event ‘Knowledge Security in Research: threats, intervention modes and the way forward’ on Tuesday the 28th of March from 15:00-17:30.

Invitation for on-site event ‘Knowledge Security in Research’

Knowledge security in research

Carrying out state-of-the art research is not possible without international cooperation. This provides both opportunities and risks for knowledge institutions, due to their inherently open character. Knowledge security in research revolves around the balancing act between these opportunities and risks.

This event aims to explore how knowledge institutions, policymakers and other stakeholders address the security aspects of international research collaboration by exchanging information and best practices.

Topics that will be addressed include:

•             The importance of knowledge security in research for knowledge institutions
•             Common threats and possible intervention modes
•             Policy responses at EU and national level


•             Introductory statement by moderator Sabine van Gastel, Export Control Officer, TNO

•             European policy context – Mirko van Muijen & Slaven Misljencevic, Policy Officers RTD.F.2 and
              RTD.A.3, Directorate-General Research & Innovation, European Commission

•             Threats and risks of international research collaboration – Dutch Ministry of
               the Interior and Kingdom Relations

•             Policy considerations for knowledge security in research – Eppo Bruins, chairman Dutch
              Advisory council for science, technology and innovation (AWTI)

•             Panel discussion: The point of view of knowledge institutions
       -      Linda Krom, Corporate Security Officer, TNO
       -      Sebastiaan den Bak, Interim Director and Head of International Policy, NWO
       -      Peter Gill,  Senior Policy Advisor, TU Delft

•             Conclusions by Sabine van Gastel & Jurgen Rienks, director Neth-ER

Practical information and registration form

Date & time: Tuesday the 28th of March from 15:00 to 17:30, with networking drinks afterwards. Welcome from 14:30 onwards.
Location: Neth-ER, Rue d’Arlon 22, 1050 Brussels
Format: On-site attendance only. Chatham House rules apply. A valid personal identification document is needed to gain entry to the event.
Language: English
Registration: Registration takes place via this link and is possible until the 6th of March. In case the interest of attending will surpass available seats, we will select the participants wishing to attend, to ensure diversity of representation. Your registration is not definitive until you receive a registration confirmation after the registration deadline.

A recap of the event will appear on the Neth-ER website, taking into account the Chatham House rules that apply.

For further questions about the registration and the programme, please contact

This event is jointly organised by Neth-ER, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).