Innovator in the Spotlight

Ayda Golahmadi EngD trainee Smart Cities and Buildings

Improving indoor air quality in schools in the Netherlands

My research is focused on improving indoor air quality (IAQ) in schools in the Netherlands as part of the ECOS-IAQ project.

NEON EE project: addressing societal challenges

The NEON research program (35 FTE and funded by NWO and 20 co-financers) addresses the societal challenges of climate change, clean energy and smart mobility and “lights the way to zero-emission energy and mobility.”


NEON develops integral agent-based models (AKA digital twins) of the energy and mobility transition. These models can take knowledge from many disciplines and use this to design realistic and cost-effective pathways towards a low-carbon future.

Making the leap

Through this Eindhoven Engine project called NEON EE, these models will make the leap from technology readiness level 4 to 7 and from societal readiness level 3 to 6. Policy makers, businesses, and other societal stakeholders will find that it’s possible to quickly apply the open-source NEON tooling to their own region and business case. NEON EE will also organize a series of workshops and serious games at the Eindhoven Engine with policy makers and business leaders. NEON EE adds interaction design specialists and student teams from Fontys to the NEON consortium.

The tooling will become even more interactive and engaging with a format to apply it in multi-stakeholder workshops that increase system thinking and mutual understanding. In this way NEON EE will accelerate the transition to a sustainable future for the Brainport region and beyond.

OpenCall 2021 project

On 29 June 2021, the NEON EE project joined Eindhoven Engine as one of the four OpenCall 2021 projects. Soon, NEON EE had moved into the co-location (Disruptor building) of Eindhoven Engine and started to accelerate its research together with the other Engine projects while playing an active role in the Eindhoven Engine Community.

If you would like to stay informed on NEON, you can subscribe to their newsletter by sending an email to Mixel Kiemen ( You can also contact Mixel with any questions.