Prof. Scheffer's suggestion of a symposium in the classical sense - a meeting area to exchange ideas - is being implemented. It will be a 'showpiece for the campus', a place for unexpected ideas.
'It will be a meeting point for scientists, the private sector and the government', says Ab Groen, who is involved in the implementation. 'A showpiece for the campus and Food Valley that will enable us to show the market what we have to offer. And it should bring soul to the campus.'
Marten Scheffer is enthusiastic. 'It sounds great. It is an advantage if the private sector and the government want to get involved as well. Only this must not mean we end up with chic interior decoration, loads of glass and designer furniture. If the business people and civil servants are prepared to sit in a hammock next to a wood fire or on second-hand furniture, that'll be fine.'
Lounge fans will have to wait a year though: delivery is planned for 1 January 2011.