18 Nov 2022

ITEM Annual Conference 2022


The future of border regions in Europe “Impact on safety, health and energy supply for border residents”


Moderators: Ms. Simone van Trier and Mr. Sander Kleikers  Side-kick: Mr. Pim Mertens

09.00-09.30                      Arrival and registration

Mr. René Paas, Kings’s commissioner in the Province of Groningen
Prof. dr. Anouk Bollen-Vandenboorn, Director ITEM
Video message:
Experiences Nordic Council in video message from Vibeke Hammer Madsen, chair of the Freedom of Movement Council, Nordic Council
Panel discussion:
Mr. René Paas, King’s commissioner in the Province of Groningen
Mr. Han Polman, King’s commissioner in the Province of Zeeland
Mr. Andries Heidema, King’s commissioner in the Province of Overijssel


Importance of good cooperation across borders: accelerating European energy transition?
Mr. Arthur van Dijk, King’s commissioner in the Province of Noord-Holland, Chairman House of Dutch Provinces in Brussels
Mr. Ronald van Roeden, Dutch Ambassador to Germany
Dr. Cyrill Jean Nunn, German Ambassador to the Netherlands
Mr. Petri Suopanki, Senior advisor at the Nordic Council of Ministers


Energy transition in balance with living environment
Video message:
Ms. Stientje van Veldhoven, Vice President of Europe of the World Resources Institute
Panel discussion:
Mr. Martin Unfried, Senior researcher ITEM
Dr. Lea Diestelmeier, University of Groningen / INTERREG SEREH
Dr. Elles Bulder, Lecturer Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen

11.15-11.45 Break

Learning and growing together: the inhabitants of the border region in the picture
Mr. Peter Schuurman, Consul general in Germany
Prof. Dr. Joachim Beck, Rector Hochschule Kehl
Mr. Karel Groen, Director Ems Dollard Region
Dr. Math Noortmann, Senior researcher ITEM


“Outside in” Caroline de Gruyter, Journalist NRC Handelsblad

12.45-14.00 Lunch

“In picture” ITEM pitches on ITEM Cross-Border Impact Assessment 2022
An overview this years’ dossiers in video messages by ITEM researchers


Cross-quality border effects methodology in importance of cross-border cooperation
Mr. Martin Unfried, Senior researcher ITEM


ITEM Cross-border Impact Assessment dossier highlighted: European Health Data Space (EHDS) – What does this mean for collaboration in border areas?
Ms. Susanne Sivonen, Researcher ITEM
Prof. Dr. Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen, University of Twente
Dr. Adriana Perez Fortis, University of Groningen
Prof. Dr. Jochen Mierau, Professor of Economics of Public Health & Scientific Director UGBS


Closing with Melissa van Hoorn, Deputy Province Groningen, and Prof. dr. Anouk Bollen-Vandenboorn, ITEM director
Followed by networking drinks for physical attendees