Impact Program

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.

Tilburg University joins forces

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.

Vision Impact Program

In order to advance our complex society we need knowledge and innovation, both social and technological, and a concerted effort by all stakeholders. These include knowledge institutions as well as societal ones and citizens themselves. It is Tilburg University's goal to contribute to this effort. The Impact Program is designed to do just that. We want to serve society and make it a better place for all.

Essay: Advancing Society in a Digital Era

In the essay 'Advancing Society in a Digital Era. Science with a Soul' Impact Program founders Ton Wilthagen, Johan Denollet and Dick den Hertog set forth the vision that shapes the Impact Program.

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Essay: A Time for Interdisciplinarity

In 'A Time for Interdisciplinarity, an essay on the added value of collaboration for science, university, and society' Prof. Ton Wilthagen, rector Emile Aarts and Prof. Peggy Valcke make the case for growing towards more interdisciplinary collaboration and education which will enable us to innovate and make an impact on society.

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Youngsters in times of corona

Young people experience the effects of the coronacrisis too.

  • Dropping out of school
  • Psychological problems
  • Preventing long-term unemployment
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Team Impact Program

The Impact Team