Realizing high-tech innovations featuring industrial potential

The OnePlanet Research Center builds on a multidisciplinary collaboration agreement between the imec R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, Radboud University, Radboudumc and Wageningen University & Research. At the crossroads of the food, health, agriculture, environmental and high-tech industries, we work with a range of industrial partners to realize high-tech solutions with industrial potential. Our aim: to improve people’s quality of life as well as our environment, all while providing the Dutch region of Gelderland with a competitive advantage.

We focus on four themes:

  1. Data-controlled food and health – In the area of food and health, we develop new sensor technologies and models that gather personal health data. We then translate this information into personalized nutritional advice that contributes to a healthier lifestyle, or that is adapted to specific situations (e.g. hospital admittance or pregnancy)
  2. Health and behavior – Our day-to-day habits have a large influence on our health and wellbeing. Increasingly, technology is making it easier for both individuals and groups (such as families) to fully understand their situation, to help them achieve their goals and to increase social cohesion. In this innovation program, we are developing solutions and analytics that:
    • help people realize their goals in areas such as (mental) health, fitness, sport, body weight and productivity,
    • assist and guide patients in the way they function on a day-to-day basis,
    • support care professionals and in-home caregivers.
  3. Precision production and processing – To make sustainable food supply a reality, we will need to develop affordable and scalable sensor technologies. This will enable us to conduct large-scale, yet distributed, measurements in domains such as (livestock) farming, food processing and environment (soil, air and water quality). These sensor technologies can also be applied to areas such as robotics and smart systems.
  4. Customized supply chain – Ongoing digitalization will enable us to shorten the food chain, reverse it and make it more sustainable. We do so by:
    • controlling production, based on personal demand,
    • introducing new packaging methods that have smart built-in functionalities (ingredients, origin, freshness, etc.),
    • striking a balance between local and global production so that residual flows disappear, and environmental impact is reduced,
    • making the food chain, food quality and food origins more transparent.

And all that while maintaining – and even reinforcing – our economic clout.

Launch event

On 10 May 2019, we celebrated the opening of the OnePlanet Research Center in the company of 120 guests. Here is an impression of the events of that morning.

Major challenges, gigantic opportunities

The 21st century brings significant global challenges:

  • The world’s population is growing, while our planet’s resources are steadily being depleted.

  • We are facing rapid climate change.

  • People worldwide are suffering either from malnutrition or overnutrition.

  • Our healthcare systems are by no means future-proof, due to a constantly aging population and a lack of qualified personnel. Moreover, healthcare services have proven to be more effective when geared to people’s individual needs.

How will we feed 10 billion people in a sustainable, healthy and secure way by 2050? How can we guarantee the quality of our healthcare services in the longer term?

Most of all, how can we come up with solutions that meet these challenges? Solutions that are sustainable and economically achievable – and that boost our economic clout and (re-) vitalize our region?

Using digital technologies such as sensors, data analytics and artificial intelligence, we can solve the world’s problems, while making a difference from a competitive perspective. The OnePlanet Research Center is working on groundbreaking high-tech innovations that will lead to:

  • less waste

  • more efficient production

  • disease prevention

  • help for caretakers

  • personalized nutritional advice and healthcare

  • etc.

Our aim is to involve regional companies, the general public and knowledge centers in these new developments. That way, we can make a real difference: healthier people, more opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses and a clear-cut training package across all levels of education – so that the labor market is ready for the future.

The OnePlanet Research Center for large and small companies, knowledge centers and the general public

The OnePlanet Research Center is a research and innovation center that keeps an open mind and reaches out to local, national and international stakeholders. We create groundbreaking academic innovations and then take them to the next level (ready for manufacturing).

What does the OnePlanet Research Center offer you?

  • If you are a small to medium-sized enterprise, the Center introduces you to digital technologies that will help you develop new products or improve existing products and services. There are various ways for you to participate in our research programs and knowledge sessions, or you can apply for tailored support to develop digital innovations.
  • If you are a large corporation, you can become involved in long-term and short-term research programs. As such, you will work together with our researchers to develop digital innovations in agriculture and food, healthcare and environment.
  • If you are a secondary school or institute for higher education, your students and teaching staff have the opportunity to experiment with new digital technologies for agriculture, food and health – such as sensors and nanoelectronics, data analytics and artificial intelligence. The OnePlanet Research Center also features a hub for exchanging knowledge with other educational institutes.
  • If you are a care facility in Gelderland, you can take part in research programs that aim at (jointly) developing, testing and implementing digital innovations in the healthcare sector.
  • As a citizen of Gelderland, you will be amongst the first to experience innovations that have been designed to make the lives of today’s and tomorrow’s generations considerably easier. By taking part in various living lab projects that test new solutions, you can help co-create these new developments – and help them move in the right direction.


You can find our OnePlanet vacancies on the imec website. Also, Radboud University offers a job opportunity at OnePlanet Research Center.


Imec has been a leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technology for the past 35 years. It also has more than 15 years of experience in the domains of wearables and IoT solutions.

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is a world-leading agricultural university, combining natural and social science disciplines to find solutions for the major challenges facing food production and our living environment.

As research institutes, Radboud University and Radboudumc are helping to shape the future of healthcare. To this end, they do not only focus on medical and information technologies, but also on behavior modification and supporting patients in caring for themselves.

The OnePlanet Research Center was established using start-up financing provided by the province of Gelderland. Using this funding, totaling 65 million euro, a research turnover of 145 million euro will be generated over a period of 8 years


Date Event Location What?
16/09/2019 I3B event, Food&Cognition Gelderland General presentation OnePlanet
02/10/2019 Inter Provinciaal Overleg (IPO) Workshop provincial decision-making OnePlanet
03/10/2019 Presentatie Economic Board Arnhem General presentation OnePlanet
16/10/2019 Food Valley Regiotour Wageningen General presentation OnePlanet
21/10/2019 TWIN Catalyst event, Nourishing the World General presentation OnePlanet
05/11/2019 Future Farming Summit Wageningen General presentation OnePlanet
06/11/2019 Dag van Gelderland Workshop business climate
11/12/2019 MicroNanoConference Utrecht General presentation OnePlanet


The OnePlanet Research Center is located at campuses in Wageningen and Nijmegen, providing a forum for researchers, companies and students in the field of food and food production, environment and health.

WUR, Wageningen

Impulse (building 115)
Stippeneng 2
6708 WE Wageningen

OnePlanet rooms: 1042, 1043 and 1057

Radboud, Nijmegen

Mercator II
Toernooiveld 300
6525 EC Nijmegen

OnePlanet rooms: 5th floor, rooms 502, 521 and 524


Looking for ways to speed up your innovation roadmap as a business or organization in the farming, food or health sectors? Are you a researcher who would like to contribute to our project? Or do you have a different question? We would like to hear from you!