The Impact Program of Tilburg University connects researchers from various fields to partners outside academia to bring society forward. In cooperation we develop new insights and solutions for the complex challenges of the 21st century.
We address questions from society itself: how to improve resilience, care and wellbeing of people and how to create value from data are topics we believe are essential. Our expertise from social, economic, legal and cultural sciences helps to advance society in the digital age.
To create more impact on both science and society in this regard, we focus on three major issues: Empowering the Resilient Society, Enhancing Health and Wellbeing, and Creating Value from Data.
Within these issues we take into account the Digital Society: a major development everyone has to address in the 21st century and which the Dutch universities are addressing together. Our aim is to turn the Netherlands into a 'living lab' of human oriented digital technology. The digital society will create challenges as well as opportunities to improve the lives of individuals and society as a whole.
Essay: Building TrusTee: The World's Most Trusted Robot
In the essay ‘Building TrusTee: The World’s Most Trusted Robot’, prof.dr. Ton Wilthagen and Program Manager Marieke Schoots argue that social sciences and humanities are indispensable for the development and construction of the most reliable and social technology and they further discuss the future-oriented research and impact agenda.
Meet TrusTee – Tilburg University is developing the world’s most reliable robot14th November 2019
Tilburg University is developing the most reliable robot and the most reliable artificial intelligence. We are working on a robot in which technology is employed that is as closely in line as possible with human values. A robot that takes into account what is good for the individual, for society, and for our planet as a whole. During the ‘Man-Machine & Values’ seminar that is to be held this afternoon, Ton Wilthagen will go into Tilburg University’s future-oriented research- and impact agenda.
Grant for Data Science for Zero Hunger Lab02nd September 2019
The aim of building the Zero Hunger Lab to deliver innovative data science to achieve zero hunger by 2030, fits in the research vision of Tilburg Science with a Soul.
NWO grant for research project "Data-inspired creativity" in collaboration with Talpa media19th August 2019
In the changing media landscape, ever-increasing amounts of digital data are being created that are being used to reach an increasingly fragmented audience. Under the leadership of Joris Ebbers, affiliated with the University of Amsterdam, 12 researchers - including the Tilburg University researcher Franceso Lelli (TiSEM) - received an NWO grant of € 630,000 for the research project "Data-inspired creativity: The use of big data in cross-media creative innovation processes".
Visit to Minister van Engelshoven as part of the NWA Start Impulse13th June 2019
On Monday, June 3, Ton Wilthagen visited Minister van Engelshoven (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science) together with a delegation from JOIN (young people in a resilient society) and soceital partners.
Interview on chatbots: “I li-ke y-ou t-oo”09th May 2019
Can we strike up a friendship with a chatting robot? So researchers Marjolijn Antheunis and Emmelyn Croes wondered. The answer is ‘no’, or at any rate: not just yet.
00:00 - 12:00
Digital Society Conference
Fourteen Dutch universities, united in the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), join forces in the research program Digital Society and are working together to find solutions to the societal challenges of digitalization. The Dutch universities are organizing the second edition of the Digital Society Conference on Tuesday 26 November at Mediaplaza Utrecht to build closer ties with knowledge organizations, the corporate sector and government, and invest in innovative research for a better digital society. The theme of this year is ‘Digital Participation and Inclusion’.
16:00 - 17:30
Organizing Impact in Society with Research
With its education and research, Tilburg University wants to contribute to social issues. Hence the mission statement "Advancing Society". This ambition requires certain skills and knowledge from researchers.
17:00 - 21:00
We Care work conference
We Care is the scientific collaboration program of Tilburg University and Elisabeth-TweeSteden Hospital (ETZ). On the agenda of the work conference are the priority themes (Shared decision-making and Data Science / A.I.), the eight projects awarded in the 2019 call, and information on the upcoming 2020 call (including the opportunity to find research partners).