October, 27th

Innovation Challenge

In this second challenge, from a series of three, we will have a dialogue on what innovation looks like in the future. The innovation of innovation, let’s challenge each other on that! 

In this challenge, three keynote speakers, experts in leading innovative companies, will highlight the scientific, the human (talent) and the facility aspects of creating innovation.



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Innovation: we work with it in our jobs and it’s on our curious minds every day. We also wonder about the future of innovation. What will innovation look like ten or twenty years from now? What is the dot on the horizon from a research point of view? What kind of infrastructure will be necessary at that time? And what will be the impact on the human aspects of science and how it’s organized, for example?

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, we looked at what innovation will look like in the future. At Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Paul Iske (Maastricht University and Institute of Brilliant Failures), Marcus Remmers (DSM), Willem Dullaers (Lonza)& Valentina Litovchenko (Sitech Services) discussed how the best innovations are created by working closely together.

Have a look at these pictures, video's and our stories and experience the chemistry we create when we think, work and celebrate together towards a greener world.

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How does innovation look like in the future?

Firstly, Marcus Remmers, CTO of DSM will explain how he manages innovation. Secondly, Sitech’s Business Manager Valentina Litovchenko will emphasize the human aspects of transforming the chemical industry. Lastly, Willlem Dullaers, Manager Strategy, Innovation and Systems at Lonza will share his vision on medical labs and cleanrooms of the future. Afterwards, the panel will challenge them on how to combine it all, on how to go about when it comes to collaboration and on how the campus can support them best.

Date: 27 October

Time: 12:00-13:30h

Location: Center Court, Brightlands Chemelot Campus


12.00 - 12.05h

Welcome by Paul Iske  

CFO Institute of Brilliant Failures

12.05 - 12.20h

Marcus Remmers

CTO DSM on “The DSM Journey, spurring purpose led-innovation"

12.20 - 12.25h

Audience poll


2.25 - 12.40h

Willem Dullaers

Manager Strategy at Lonza on “Medical labs and cleanrooms of the future”

12.40 – 12.45h

Audience poll


12.45 - 13.00h

Valentina Litovchenko

Business Unit Manager Asset Health Center on “Human Aspects of transforming the chemical industry"

13.00 - 13.05h

Audience poll


13.05 - 13.30h

Panel discussion



Closing ceremony                                                                 





Paul Iske, CFO Institute of Brilliant Failures


  • Marcus Remmers, CTO DSM
  • Willlem Dullaers Manager Strategy, Innovation and Systems at Lonza
  • Valentina Litovchenko, Business Unit Manager Asset Health Center, Sitech


  • Professor Jol Stoffers, ZUYD University
  • Theo Verweerden, CEO Lamoral

Trilogy Challenge

In the Challenge Trilogy we challenge the keynote speakers and the audience to share their vision of: 

  • How the world will look like in 20 years
  • How their companies contribute to a sustainable living
  • How to boost innovation together: what is needed?

In the Trilogy Challenge three events will take place. The campus community and its stakeholders are invited and challenged by an expert panel to contribute in an interactive way to think about the future of science and innovation and its role, in solving societal challenges, such as food safety, a healthy population, dealing with the effects of climate change and resource scarcity.

Each challenge has its own theme:

1. Sustainability, beyond the buzzword

2. What does innovation look like in the future?

3. Materials for future health

The three talks, including the panel discussion will be supported by high tech AV: the audience can ask questions, which will be projected on a screen, so the keynotes and panel discussion will be in a dialogue with the audience. During this event, the online audience can participate in polls and the results will be shared and discussed.