Globally the powers are shifting, the population is ageing, resources are becoming scarce, more and more people are living in (mega) cities, new media are emerging, new forms of mobility become available. What do we need to influence and/or adapt to all these changes?

We believe it is YOU that we need!

The solutions to such questions come from multidisciplinary approaches to design. In this project you will thus engage yourself in such an approach. This includes: thinking outside the box, exploring the limits of your own expertise, finding the expertise of others, designing solutions, et cetera.


For this module (lasting two quartiles), you work alone or in small groups (max. 4), choose a topic from within or outside of your regular study that catches your interest, and design a product related to it. These designs can thus range from more technical to more social, but should ALWAYS take into account both aspects. You will be inspired in this process by lectures from designers, entrepreneurs, innovators. You will be guided in this process by the teachers of this module and a range of experts (including you!), that you can consult with on matters such as user-analysis, economic calculations, technical aspects, market analysis, etc.

The end result will be an application to a design award (we will use the format of the “iF public value student award” and a short justification report in which you explain and justify why the design is as it is.


The meetings during these two quartiles are used to exchange ideas and to present your most recent ideas, findings, designs, and overall progress. Another important aspect of these meetings is that you help each other by being the expert on your own area. 

This course will take place in the second and third quartile of your second year (thus taking two quartiles). It will be given by Gertjan Koster, Hedwig te Molder, Jasper Homminga and Wytske Versteeg.


Gertjan Koster

Gertjan Koster is an associate professor (Adjunct Hoogleraar) in Physics of Complex Inorganic nano-materials. His research focuses on the structure-property relation of atomically engineered complex (nano)materials, especially thin film ceramic oxides. Current research includes the growth and study of artificial materials, the physics of reduced scale (nanoscale) materials, metal-insulator transitions and in situ photoelectron spectroscopy. This research includes (multi)ferroic, piezoelectric, magnetic and correlated electron complex oxide materials. Koster graduated in Applied Physics (MsC and PhD) and has worked at Stanford University and the University of British Colombia and currently teaches materials science courses for AT, TN, ST, ChE, TG.



Hedwig te Molder

Hedwig te Molder is full professor Science Communication at the University of Twente where she is based at the Philosophy Department. She also has a personal chair at the Strategic Communication group (Section Communication, Philosophy and Technology) at Wageningen University. Her work focuses on how people communicate issues of science and technology in their everyday lives, using discursive psychology and conversation analysis. She published more than 80 scientific articles and book chapters. In 2007 she received the Distinguished Book Award from the American Sociological Association for Conversation and Cognition (Cambridge University Press, 2005, with Jonathan Potter). In the same year she received an award from Wageningen University for excellent teaching. She was Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2009) and Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna (2015).




Jasper Homminga

Jasper Homminga studied Biomechanical Engineering, and got his PhD on the mechanics of osteoporotic bone. He currently works at the Biomechanical Engineering group at the University of Twente, where he specializes in the mechanics of the spine. Current research topics include the ageing spine (disc degeneration, osteoporosis), and the younger spine (scoliosis).

He teaches several mechanics courses in Biomedical Engineering, Technical Medicine, and ATLAS. Apart from these direct teaching activities, he was and is heavily involved in the design of both the Biomedical Engineering curriculum and the ATLAS curriculum.





Wytske Versteeg

Wytske Versteeg is a PhD-student with Hedwig te Molder. Her research focuses on negotiations about knowledge rights as seen in controversies such as those surrounding vaccination, food and ADHD. She is particularly interested in the everyday moralities that are often implicitly present in such discussions, or in other words: how debates about what is right influence discussions about what is (not) true. Versteeg conducted research for several Dutch knowledge institutions such as WRR, PBL and RIVM, graduated cum laude in political science and is also a successful novelist.



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