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DesignLab Lecture | Vanessa in Singapore Sharing ambitions

What if you had the chance to realise your ambitions on the other side of the world? And in your new position, how do you succeed in bringing your vision and experiences to the table in a different culture? Or will you start all over? In the upcoming edition of DesignLab's online lectures, UT Professor and DesignLab’s co-founder Vanessa Evers will share her story: why she moved to Singapore, how she has become the director of the NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH) and what she believes is important for the future of DesignLab.

Ambitions and DesignLab

Six years after its launch, DesignLab has evolved into a collaborative platform for creative changemakers, firmly rooted across the University of Twente ecosystem. DesignLab connects scientific, technological and creative insights, and works on impactful solutions for societal challenges by bringing together researchers, government, students, entrepreneurs and citizens.

Being one of the founders of DesignLab, Vanessa’s ambition is to secure and carry out large-scale global research projects. In last year’s interview, she stated: “One way for me to set up a useful international network for the DesignLab is to do so from the outside - from the inside, it’s very difficult. I hope that the DesignLab has found, in NTU, a partner for global issues with international partners and a global impact.”

The international advisory committee was unanimous in approving the nomination of Evers for the position of director at the recently established institute of NTU. When she was about to start, she aimed to link her personal ambitions to those of DesignLab. “A unique opportunity to use science for the benefit of humanity”, she said. And that’s when Vanessa decided to start a new life in Singapore, together with her family.

DesignLab lunch lectures

DesignLab regularly organises lunch lectures, free of charge and open to everyone that is interested. 28 April, the first edition was successfully realised: more than 150 people got inspired by UT alumnus Jonathan Bennink, who talked about his journey becoming LEGO Super Mario lead designer of LEGO. For this next edition, grab a cup of coffee and listen to Vanessa Evers, talking about her adventure in Singapore. Afterwards, you will get the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A session.

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Sign up for this online lecture by filling out the form. You will receive an email with a link to access the lecture. We hope to see you there for an hour of inspiration! If you have any questions, please let us know by sending DesignLab an email