Digital Sciences for Society
Digitalization is here to stay. It is a driver of innovation and creates challenges as well as opportunities for society and science. As a university with unique expertise on the interface of technology and socially relevant research, Tilburg University gives impetus to further developing and integrating the digital sciences with its Digital Sciences for Society program.
Kick-off with Calls for Proposals for Icon and Growth Projects
The Digital Sciences for Society program kicks off with a Call for Proposals for Icon Projects and a Call for Proposals for Growth Projects for multi-disciplinary research
- on the interface of digital and social sciences and the humanities;
- involving researchers from the various Schools;
- in collaboration with social partners;
- with the ambition and potential to generate social impact.
Tilburg University faculty members can submit a project proposal as a main applicant or act as a co-applicant. Others can have roles within the project as co-applicant, co-funder, or collaboration partner.
Icon Projects are research projects with a duration of 3-5 years in which digital sciences are deployed or developed in innovative ways to realize multi-disciplinary approaches to addressing social issues. Growth Projects are more explorative in nature, last a maximum of two years and have the potential of developing into Icon Projects.
Are you a researcher working at Tilburg University?
For more information, please see the information on the Calls for Proposals on the intranet.
15 projects pitched during matchmaking Digital Sciences for Society24th March 2023
In December of last year, a Call for Proposals for Icon Projects was launched by the Digital Sciences for Society strategic program. Fifteen pre-proposals have been submitted for multi-disciplinary, cross-School, socially relevant research on the interface of digital and social sciences and the humanities. The project teams have until May 29 to submit a full proposal.
The Digital Sciences for Society program has three focus areas: Impactful research, Education, and Organizing collaboration.
Over a period of five years, the university will invest in excess of € 7 million in initiating and facilitating initiatives contributing to:
- university-wide basic and in-depth knowledge on the digital sciences among both instructors and students;
- innovation in the digital sciences: the further development, application, evaluation, and integration of methods and techniques in the field of data science, computer science, and artificial intelligence;
- innovation through digital sciences: enhancing society with applied research on the interface of the digital and social sciences and humanities;
- reflection on the ethical, legal, and social aspects of digital technology and making the insights obtained available to society.
Studying people and society is no longer possible without thorough knowledge of the interaction between digital technology and society
- Boudewijn Haverkort
Contributing to science and society inspired by connection
‘Connection’ is the unifying thread of this program: connecting the digital sciences with the humanities and social sciences, connection through collaborating across School boundaries, connection in the form of co-creation with social partners. The Digital Sciences for Society program uses that connection to conduct research, provide education, and build a community, meeting a need for knowledge, tools, and solutions created by both science and society.
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Boudewijn HaverkortAcademic lead Digital Sciences for Society
Martin van der BroekProgram manager Digital Sciences for Society
Are you interested in digital sciences, research at the intersection of digital sciences and human and social sciences and/or research in collaboration with community partners? Then also check out these initiatives:
Tilburg AI Special Interest Group (TAISIG)
TAISIG connects researchers from different Departments and research groups at Tilburg University with a view to maximizing their contribution to the development of human-centered AI for the benefit of society. TAISIG shares knowledge via the TAISIG Talks, that are also available as podcasts. TAISIG website
AI Forward Forum
Julia Vaitonytė and Judita Rudokaitė, PhD researchers at the Department of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence at Tilburg University, initiated this forum based on the thought that designing and thinking about technology should not be the exclusive domain of technically-minded people, because it is a ‘fundamentally human issue’. With their AI Forward Forum and Talk Series, they offer a platform to various experts from across the world to participate in discussions on AI. AI Forward Forum website
MindLabs is a partnership in which Tilburg University participates, together with two other regional knowledge institutions, authorities and a growing number of business partners, social institutions, and startups. By connecting knowledge and the application of human-centered AI with entrepreneurship, MindLabs wants to enhance people and society, focusing on the interaction between technology and human behavior. MindLabs website
University-wide Academic Collaborative Centers on Broad Prosperity
Within these academic collaborative centers, long-term, interdisciplinary research is conducted in which, based on a shared ambition, businesses, authorities, and other knowledge institutions work together in co-creation. The focus is on research on the sustainability transition, inequality, and health & wellbeing, whereby broad prosperity is the guiding theme. Broad Prosperity website