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. In our publication Impact in Beeld we are happy to let our researchers and partners have their say. They are best suited to explain what they get out of the various partnerships and how they make an impact. We selected nine fine examples of research with impact to provide a good, varied and inspiring impression.
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.
Tilburg University involved in large multidisciplinary research into energy transition13th December 2019
The European Commission recently presented the European Green Deal, which sets ambitious goals and measures to achieve the Paris climate goals. The switch to a sustainable CO2-neutral energy supply is an important spearhead. The Tilburg professors Martijn Groenleer and Saskia Lavrijssen are both co-applicants for two large-scale multidisciplinary research projects that aim to accelerate the energy transition, supported by NWO with a grant of more than 10 million euros per project.
EYES project: Showcase for projects with impact29th November 2019
Thanks to its Impact Program, Tilburg University is a partner in a European project to develop coaching for young people who do not have a job and are not in any form of education or training. The project is called EYES: Empowering Youth through Entrepreneurial Skills. Read more about this project.
Youngsters under the radar made visible19th November 2019
Figures presented by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) show that as many as 134,430 of the youngsters between 15 and 27 years of age are not going to school or otherwise take part in education, do not have a job, are not receiving welfare or benefits, and are not registered as job seekers. Half of this group were completely under the radar. Initiator of the ‘Alle Jongeren in Beeld’ (All youngsters Made Visible) project, Professor Ton Wilthagen of Tilburg University, is trying to help these youngsters with programs that increase their employability and thereby their participation in society. ‘Alle Jongeren In Beeld’ is a recently finalized program carried out within the framework of the National Science Agenda (Nationale Wetenschapsagenda).
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.
17:30 - 20:00
Brabant Robot Challenge Kick Off*
The Brabant Robot Challenge is a yearly event aimed at robotization in healthcare. Over the course of ten weeks, aside from practical assignments for student teams from all disciplines, there will be four inspiring public lectures. (language: English)
17:30 - 19:00
BRC Lecture: Technology Behind Care*
The Brabant Robot Challenge is a yearly event aimed at robotization in healthcare. This week, in the second of four inspiring public lectures, we will discuss the challenges of designing technology for healthcare purposes. (language: English)