Social Innovation

Social Innovation

Social innovation is a collective term for contemporary initiatives by people and organizations aimed at achieving innovative solutions to problems in society.


It starts with people and organizations who identify a social problem and who come up with a plan to do something about it. This can develop into a broader initiative involving various different players, including citizens, entrepreneurs and academics. Examples include local and regional activities or complex collaborative alliances at national or international level.
Tilburg University places great emphasis on social innovation as the logical conclusion of existing projects, initiatives and plans developed by its schools, institutes or departments.

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  • Workshop Science with a Soul for interested parties 01 Sep 2017News Workshop Science with a Soul for interested parties
    The Tilburg University Impact program is getting ready for a workshop with social parties and companies based on the theme of ‘Science with a Soul’. On September 28, during the Dear Future festival in the Tilburg Spoorzone, we will enter into a debate with interested organizations on topics that we can address jointly with research and ‘living labs’.

  • NWO funding for six Impact Program projects to improve youth resilience 25 Jul 2017Press release NWO funding for six Impact Program projects to improve youth resilience
    Six projects, coordinated by the Tilburg University Impact Program and aimed to improve youth resilience, have been granted incentive funding (Startimpuls) in the first round of applications for the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA). The projects come under the ‘Towards Resilient Societies’ Route and are part of the ‘JOIN’ program – ‘youngsters in a resilient society’. The program is carried out by scientific and societal partners.

  • Save the Date: Workshop Science with a Soul 14 Jul 2017News Save the Date: Workshop Science with a Soul
    During the 'Dear Future,' week in September in the center of Tilburg, Tilburg University invites partners and stakeholders from government institutions, the business community and civil society to address three big societal issues with the help of knowledge and innovation: Empowering the Resilient Society, Enhancing Health & Wellbeing, and Creating Value from Data.

  • Workshop Science with a Soul 28 Sep 2017Event Workshop Science with a Soul
    During the 'Dear Future,' week in September Tilburg University invites partners and stakeholders from government institutions, the business community and civil society to address three big societal issues with the help of knowledge and innovation: Empowering the Resilient Society, Enhancing Health & Wellbeing, and Creating Value from Data.

  • Opening Conference Tilburg University Impact Program 26 Jun 2017Event Opening Conference Tilburg University Impact Program
    On June 26th, 2017 the opening conference of the Tilburg University Impact Program will take place. The aim of the Impact Program is to increase both the scientific and societal impact of Tilburg University and to create a clearer research profile to the outside world. All academic staff are invited to share their expertise and ideas on what issues could be addressed.

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