Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz (MIWB) has received funding from Horizon for the Smart EUropean Shipbuilding (SEUS) project. SEUS seeks to create an integrated platform for smart and efficient solutions in engineering, assembly and construction at European shipyards through efficient integration and use of software tools.

It is the first time that MIWB, which is part of NHL Stenden, reveives financial support for a project from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme.

SEUS is a major European shipbuilding project on which MIWB is working with seven other international partners over the next four years. Researchers, teachers and students from NHL Stenden are and will be involved in the project.

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Partners from across Europe

Apart from MIWB, several partners have joined the project. They come from all over Europe. Companies in the field of maritime industry (Ulstein Group from Norway and Astilleros Gondán from Spain) and software (CONTACT Software from Germany, Cadmatic Oy from Finland and SARC from the Netherlands). Two other universities are also participating: the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and University of Turku (Finland).

The project participants work closely together, but also have their own areas of focus. MIWB, for instance, will deal with data design and cyber security, among other things, hence the affiliation of the professorships Maritime Innovative Techniques, Maritime Law and Maritime IT Security.

So the project group – led by Frederik Maats – is working together multidisciplinary within NHL Stenden, where not only researchers, but also lecturers and students can play a role. What is new is that within SEUS, a professional doctorate (PD) will be conducted at MIWB.

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Horizon Europe

The SEUS project falls under the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme. With this programme, the European Commission aims to increase Europe’s competitiveness by stimulating science and innovation. In addition, the commission wants to challenge industry and academia to work together to come up with solutions to societal issues across Europe.

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