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Holst Centre is an independent R&D center that develops technologies for wireless autonomous sensor technologies and flexible electronics, in an open innovation setting and in dedicated research trajectories. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia based around roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs.


Holst Centre's fundamentals are to contribute to answering global societal challenges in healthcare, lifestyle, sustainability and the Internet of Things. This is visible through the motivation of its researchers,  its different collaboration models and the choice of its research topics.


Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by imec (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) and is supported by local, regional and national governments. It is named after Gilles Holst, a Dutch pioneer in Research and Development and first director of Philips Research.

Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from, and contributes to, the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 200 employees from some 28 nations and a commitment from more than 40 industrial partners.



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Posted on Jul 4, 2018

Hightech sensortechnologie in kassen biedt grote kansen voor glastuinbouwsector

De glastuinbouwsector in de grensregio Vlaanderen - Nederland heeft een zeer hoge productiviteit, is innovatief en neemt de tweede plaats in als exporterende regio ter wereld. Slimme crossovers tussen glastuinbouw met hightech systemen en materialen kunnen zorgen voor een versterkte en toekomstgerichte positie. De specifieke cross-over tussen sensortechnologie en tuinbouw biedt grote kansen maar wordt tot op heden onvoldoende benut. GROW! brengt daarin verandering. 

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 (2)

What next for healthcare monitoring?

The world is aging. There were 600 million people aged over 60 in 2000, and predictions suggest there will be more than 2 billion by 2050. As we get older, we typically get more health problems. Long-term illnesses like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's are rising and are set to accelerate. ...

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 (0)

Putting our energy into novel storage solutions

Holst Centre exists to help the transfer to industrialization of new technologies that could address societal issues and trends. Climate change is perhaps the most pressing issue facing the world today. And it is driving big changes in how we generate and use energy.   A stable renewable...

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 (0)

My end of year thoughts

Looking back at 2016 Where 2016 has been a small disaster for the entertainment and sports industries (just think about the deaths of David Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali and others), the technology industry has been pushing forward full steam ahead. Will 2016 be the year where re-usable rock...

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 (3)

One week into my new challenge at Holst Centre ...

The digital transformation It took us over 100 years to evolve from the first telephone to the first website. But just 16 years to bring the first smartphone in our daily life. The rate of innovation acceleration will only increase in the coming years and it's clear that the digital tr...

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