Social Innovation


  • 19 Mar 2018News

    Save the Date: Impact Conference Tilburg University 14 June 2018
    Tilburg University warmly invites researchers, policy makers, entrepreneurs and other professionals to explore new ways to face societal challenges together. Read more

  • 08 Mar 2018News

    Tilburg University contributes to 'District of the Future' in Helmond
    The Helmond city council unanimously approved plans, at the end of February, preparing for the construction of Brainport Smart District. Tilburg University will be involved in the development of this District of the Future in Helmond. Read more

  • 05 Mar 2018News

    48 proposals submitted for Impact PhD program
    An impressive total of 48 proposals have been submitted for PhD research that bridges various sciences as well as science and society -- the main goals of Tilburg University’s IMPACT Program. In 2018, 9 PhD-positions will be made available by the Tilburg University Schools to strengthen the PhD research within the themes “Empowering the Resilient Society” and “Enhancing Health and Wellbeing” of the IMPACT Program. For the third theme “Creating Value from Data” there has already been an investment through JADS and DSC/t. Read more

  • 19 Feb 2018Direct link

    Nice to read: The university of the future will be interdisciplinary

  • 15 Jan 2018Video

    Investigating urban refugees in Greece
    How can humanitarian aid to urban refugees be deployed more effectively and more sustainably? During the past decade, the number of people in the world who live in a crisis situation has almost doubled. Students and scientists of Tilburg University are working alongside aid organization Care to improve aid to urban refugees. Read more

  • 27 Nov 2017News

    Impact essay presented: Connecting to advance society
    Scientists have a special responsibility to take on the endeavors of our time. “We are in need of good questions, not of hasty answers.” With these words the King’s Commissioner for the province of North Brabant Wim van de Donk accepted two essays about the university’s educational vision and its vision on societal responsibility respectively at the celebration of Tilburg University’s 90th anniversary. Read more

  • 24 Oct 2017News

    Science with a Soul: Tilburg University Impact Program enters into dialog
    Tilburg University’s Impact Team has seized the occasion of the Dear Future Festival on social innovation to enter into dialog with parties in civil society. What parts of the program can be tackled together to reinforce resilience, care and wellbeing in society and to stimulate the use of (big) data? Read more

  • 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’. Read more

  • 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. Read more

  • 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. Read more

  • 06 Jun 2017News

    Digital Society: the Netherlands as a testing ground
    All Dutch universities wish to give the Netherlands a new and appealing international profile: that of a leading nation in the field of digital technology oriented towards people and societies. Read more

  • 12 Jan 2017News

    Funding for research on Smart Urban Intermediaries in ‘living labs’
    An international consortium led by Merlijn van Hulst (Tilburg School of Governance) will receive funding from Urban Europe (ERA-NET, funded by the European Commission) to research Smart Urban Intermediaries. The research grant amounts to 1.1 million euros. The research will start in the spring of 2017 and last until October 2019. Read more

  • 05 Dec 2016Background

    Data Analytics for a Better World
    Algorithms that make the World Food Program more effective. Flood protection for the Netherlands using ‘business analytics’. Tilburg University wants to use data analytics to achieve a better and safer world. The Data Science Center Tilburg (DSC/t) participates in the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, which was recently opened by Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. Read more

  • 04 Jul 2016Press release

    Social robot helps teaching toddlers a second language
    - press release July 4th 2016 - In cooperation with a consortium of European universities and companies, researchers at the Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC) at Tilburg University are developing a social robot that is designed to interact naturally with young children to help them learn English or Dutch. The experiment that was launched in Tilburg is the first in the world in which a social robot offers a language program for toddlers from various cultural and language backgrounds. The ultimate aim of the project is to develop a series of language programs in various domains, for instance, numbers and spatial concepts.
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  • 17 Aug 2015Publication

    Pilot project into new role local government in participation society
    In the participation society of the future, not only the role of citizens and market players will change but also that of the government. How and when can the government ‘let go in confidence’ or refrain from intervening in autonomous social processes? How and when can the government be credible in claiming public functions and responsibilities? On a local level, the Tilburg municipality and the Tilburg School of Politics and Public Administration of Tilburg University have conducted joint interaction research into these issues and proposed solutions. The pilot was led by public administration scholars Frank Hendriks and Tamara Metze. Read more