Impact Award 2021: the nominees
The Tilburg University Impact Award will be presented for the second time this year. The Impact Award is an initiative of the Impact Program, which connects researchers from different fields to each other and to partners from outside the university. The Impact Program wishes to express its appreciation for research projects that have made a societal and scientific impact. From the 21 projects submitted, a jury chose three nominees. The scientists have a chance to win the title, 10,000 euros and a trophy. Scientists from Tilburg University were able to submit a proposal until May 21, 2021.
A total of 21 impressive projects were submitted, from many different disciplines and on diverse themes, which showed the wide range of research at Tilburg University.
The projects were assessed on societal and scientific impact. Societal impact includes demonstrable effects in society. Scientific impact is measured by the number of publications and innovative properties of the research. A jury, consisting of Paulina Snijders (Vice-President and member of the Executive Board Tilburg University), Esmah Lahlah (alderman Gemeente Tilburg) and Chantal Vergouw (chairman of the board of Interpolis), has assessed the studies on the basis of these criteria. Three studies came out best.
There are three nominees for the Impact Award 2021:
- The Longa Via Team (Saskia Lavrijssen, Martijn Groenleer, Henk Akkermans, Wendy van der Valk, Tom Aben and Brenda Espinosa) with the ‘Longa Via project’ on research on the implementation of data-driven innovations in infrastructure sectors.
- Max Louwerse, Marie Postma and Anna van Limpt-Broers with ‘Spacebuzz – Creating ambassadors of planet earth’ on the possibilities of Virtual Reality in education.
- Netspar with ‘New pension design for all Dutch citizens’ (Newsitem only available in Dutch)
The winner will be announced on August 30 2021, during the Opening Academic Year.