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 activities are shaped by the theme of Responsible Futuring – a unique approach towards science-based innovation to design ethically for society. We put Responsible Futuring into practise by fostering transdisciplinary innovation and Citizen Science. The societal domains we are currently focusing on include Health Innovation, Digital Society and Climate Change.
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.
projects we're proud of
ways to work with designlab
This is only an mpression 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.
Responsible Futuring 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!
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.
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. DesignLab will function as a central point for the externally financed PhD, PDEng or postdoc researcher shaped by the Responsible Futuring approach
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.
Visit our events for business
Many of our events are open to public.
They're a great way to get acquinted with DesignLab, and get inspired.
Check out Event Calendar!