DesignLab | University of Twente

Collab with DesignLab

If you mean business

DesignLab University of Twente helps businesses, governments and non-profit organisations find innovative solutions to societal challenges.

We mobilise and match talented students, researchers and design thinking moderators to engage in various ways with you and your employees. This leads to a better understanding of the underlying problems, out-of-the box ideas and concepts, advanced prototypes, new ways of working and - in some cases - new products.


themes we love to work on

Our projects fall within the 'High Tech Human Touch' profile of the University of Twente. A couple of examples:

Does the theme of your proposal not fit DesignLab’s scope specifically? We will happily explore whether other departments within the University of Twente / our network can help you out instead.

ways to work with designlab

An impression of what we can work on with you. If you have a radical proposal for a completely different way to work with us, feel free to contact us for tailor-made solutions.

Ideation sessions

So-called “pressure cooker” ideas are developed with a group of students around a concrete question, that requires cooperation between science through design and for society. 

Science2Design4Society workshops

With a multidisciplinary team of scientists and students, a concrete problem is tackled, by bringing together technical and social-scientific knowledge in creative solutions.

These workshops are usually held in IDEATE or INFORM, but can be extended to the whole DesignLab. See our facilities to see what room is the right one for you!

Student projects

Graduation projects or assignments within an educational module, assigned by a company or an organisation.

These projects can last for an extended period of time and students will be offered a place to set up their projects for a longer period of time to enhance research efficiency. Student-driven projects are also welcome in the Designlab. Examples of this kind of projects are the Solar Team, and the RoboTeam

The projects have to be in the mind set of Science2Design4Society. As long as this mind set is met, the DesignLab is very flexible, and a lot is possible.

Public-Private collaboration

Externally financed promotion trails or postdoc projects and joint research requests.

Collaboration between de UT and external partners for financed PhD- or postdoc projects and joint research questions (EU and national) is possible. The DesignLab will function as a central point for the externally financed PhD, PDEng or postdoc researcher on the theme of Science2Design4Society design research.

The DesignLab strives for structural research collaborations. These are long term tracks which have to be coordinated on UT-level, but in which the DesignLab can have an added value on top of the infrastructure and knowledge of the faculties and institutes (S2D4S method with focus on reframing and disruptive innovation).


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