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Get an impression of different types of projects WE contribute(d) to - and how you can work with us.

multidisciplinary projects

CONNECTING science & Society

In our projects, we collaborate with researchers, students, educational staff, businesses, governments and societal organisations. We use our Science2Design4Society-method - combining scientific insights with design thinking principles - to connect the needs and skills of different partners. The teams in our projects are multidisciplinary, and bound together by a drive to build a better tomorrow today. 

Below is a brief impression of what we can do.
Feel free to contact us for more project cases.

Projects by DesignLab
NWO Project: Responsible Smart City Design

The growing municipality of Amersfoort stands on the brink of major change. Its main issues revolve around sustainability, smart technology and democratic participation. How can you give substance to these developments and ensure that the interests of various groups in the “smart” city are all represented? >> Find out more about this project

Citizen Science - Measuring Groundwater levels (Grondwater peilen)

A new approach to groundwater issues has started in Enschede: its residents are monitoring the groundwater level themselves. This will be done within the framework of the Citizen Science pilot called Monitoring Groundwater, coordinated by DesignLab University of Twente. >> Find out more about this pilot

Sheltersuit: Urban Safety Kit

Sheltersuit – a water repellent and windproof suit with removable sleeping bag for refugees and the homeless – will receive an update. With the help of electronics, DesignLab, the Saxion lectorate Smart Functional Materials and the Sheltersuit Foundation are transforming the suit into an 'Urban Safety Kit'.

>> Find out more about Sheltersuit: Urban Safety Kit

Transforming With Policy: a Vital Ecosystem of Knowledge

The Province of Overijssel and University of Twente – with DesignLab as its project driver – collaborate for a vital ecosystem of knowledge in the province. This is done in the context of challenges we face at a regional and worldwide level.

>> Find out more about this project


Mixed student teams from ROC of Twente, AKI ArtEZ, Saxion and the University of Twente work on social issues to make Enschede more sustainable and self-sufficient.

>> Find out more about EnschedeLab 

Keeping Talent in Twente

A group consisting of the University Innovation Fellows, Gemeente Enschede and Novel-T work together on a more attractive and welcoming Twente, so it becomes more worthwhile for talents to live and work in the region.
>> Find out more about Keeping Talent in Twente 

Collaborate with us

Got a societal challenge that involves technology, and would benefit from research insights and creative disruption? Whether you're a researcher, student, business or societal partner: contact us for the possibilties.