How do we tackle loneliness in a digitized world? How can we become more sustainable in a just way? Finding fair and effective solutions for such complex issues requires knowledge and experience from many different angles. The Science with Society (SwS) project brings these different perspectives together by connecting local residents, welfare organisations, policy makers, students and scientists. We exchange ideas and acquire new knowledge together, which we then convert into research agendas and practical advice for policy.
This project is a collaboration between VU Athena, VoorUit, OBA en HvA.
We organise two events:
Student & City in Dialogue
This meeting took place in December 2022. Students from the VU and the HvA sat down with local residents to discuss two societal issues:
- Fair energy transition
- Space for mental strength
Based on these discussions, we determined which aspects, according to local residents, should be further investigated. The main outcomes of this meeting can be found at the bottom of this page.
Follow-up research is currently being conducted based on these results. The outcomes will be shared on 20 and 22 June 2023 during the ‘Science with Society Festival'. On 20 June, we will be organising a large event around various societal themes in the theater of OBA Oosterdok. Entertainment, exchange, inspiration and interaction are central here. On 22 June, round table discussions will take place between residents, local organisations and policy makers in various neighbourhoods (including Geuzenveld, Banne Buiksloot and Ganzenhoef), in which we realise the further approach to the issues. Are we implementing a 'fair energy transition' and 'space for mental strength' in the right way? What role can policy makers play in this?
Do you want to come to the SwS Festival? Or do you want to think along in the organisation of the festival? Register here.