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Engineering for a resilient world

We are living in a world that is becoming increasingly complex. Both societal changes and changes in the world around us have an increasing impact on our well-being. Simple solutions are not always available, and the complexity makes it difficult – if not impossible – to always anticipate changes adequately.

As a society, we are required to increase our resilience. Technology plays an essential part in this respect. Increasing the resilience of our society, through the development and smart deployment of technology, is one of the focal points of research, education, and valorisation at the University of Twente.

OUR SCIENTISTS AND THEIR RESEARCH 

‘Extreme weather does not have to result in extreme losses’

Governments and companies are investing hundreds of billions of euros in devising and implementing measures to protect us from the effects of climate change – or better yet, to curb or reverse climate change. Climate scientist Maarten van Aalst’s job is to figure out how and where we should invest all that money.

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In the Vecht Valley, Resilience Means More than Raising the Dykes

According to the latest norms laid down in the Dutch Flood Protection Programme, the dykes along the River Vecht constitute a safety hazard. Researchers from the UT team up with public partners for the best and most effective water safety solutions for the Vecht valley.

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UT and Nasa Join Forces in Using Satelite Data to Help Small-Holder Farmers

In countries like the Netherlands, we make daily use of so-called earth observation data and geo information. From checking a weather app to developing government policy on climate change. Or from searching online for the quality of local natural bathing water, to monitoring greenhouse gas emissions. 

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Making Europe and its Migrants more Resilient

Migrants who enter Europe submit data in various places and ways. The questionnaires and registration systems used by national, European and international organizations differ widely. These information systems have a major influence on our perception of the newcomers – and on the development of Europe as whole, says UT researcher Annalisa Pelizza.

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At the intersection of urban and rural areas

Engineering for a resilient world is a broad concept. Within this theme, UT scientists focus on so-called rurban areas; areas that are originally rural in nature, with an increasing level of urbanisation. These areas are characterised by the presence of one or more urban centres, such as villages and cities.

The Resilience@UT programme, which has been implemented throughout the university, has three focus areas:

  • Fight against drought
  • Safer society
  • Healthcare

New connections

As engineers of resilience, we use research, education and valorisation to develop and provide global and local capacity and, in this way, contribute to attaining the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. We regard resilience as both a design prerequisite and a result. Because of our dynamic, worldwide network, we are able to establish strong public-private partnerships, if necessary, and equip them in order to effectively implement practical, resilient solutions. This way, we prepare cities, communities and individuals properly for an unpredictable and inconstant future.

Many scientists from various faculties and institutes are working on the issue. They have joined forces in the Resilience@UT programme and are working on a joint research agenda for the topic of resilience. The programme is in line with the long-term research strategy of ECIU University (Smart Regions - Resilient Communities). Do you want to know more or contribute? Please contact one of the following members of the programme management team.

The following researchers are part of the Resilience@UT programme: 

BMS Faculty

ET Faculty

ITC Faculty

EEMCS Faculty

TNW Faculty

Once every month, the working group “Resilience Meetings & Drinks” organises a meeting where students, researchers and practitioners share their vision on education, research or putting resilience into practice. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Want to join? Send an email to 4ture-secretariat@utwente.nl for an invitation.

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