Maastricht University is one of the founders of Brightlands, where 30,000 entrepreneurs, researchers and students work every day on the global challenges in the fields of food, health, circular chemistry and materials, data science and smart digital services. They do this on four campuses in Limburg: Venlo, Sittard-Geleen, Maastricht and Heerlen.
At Brightlands, innovation develops through the combination of entrepreneurship and science. Knowledge from science leads to new products at companies and startups, and researchers and students convert the know-how these companies gain to create new applications, stimulated by close partnerships between government, knowledge institutes and business.
Brightlands provides access to the knowledge network of companies and top academic knowledge at universities. Besides Maastricht University, these include MUMC+, TU Eindhoven, RWTH Aachen University, University of Hasselt, Fraunhofer, the Open University and TNO. These partnerships have given rise to new public-private institutes such as AMIBM, Brightlands Materials Center, BISCI, BISS, Food Claims Centre, M4I and MERLN. Educational programs are also offered at higher education institutes at the campuses.
De 4 Brightlands campussen
- Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus
Regenerative medicine, precision medicine, innovative diagnostics
117 companies / 10,969 jobs / 10,724 students (April 2022)
- Brightlands Chemelot Campus (Sittard-Geleen)
Circular materials, sustainable chemistry processes, biomedical innovations
107 companies / 3,000 jobs / 1,024 students
Brightlands Smart Services Campus (Heerlen)
Data science and smart services
74 companies / 787 jobs / 450 students
Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo
Safe and healthy nutrition, future farming and bio-circular economy
74 companies / 846 jobs / 1,200 students