These are the ‘real’ living labs in which Delta Platform provides organizational capacity and substantive expertise with the input of lecturers and researchers.
Living labs belonging to this type conduct research in an area of the delta in a lifelike setting and in collaboration with the quadruple helix in view of social challenges. A living lab is not a traditional project with a start and end point. A consortium of governments, water boards, civil society organizations and other parties in the area is investigating what is needed to make water management and associated business models more sustainable. Ultimately, this will lead to a concrete research agenda for the area, accelerating transitions and making better use of human and human resources
natural capital. The education chain will also be closed in the living labs and the next generation of experts will be trained.
Living labs are:
- Lifelike – Searching for solutions to issues from areas with their own context.
- Jointly – Companies, knowledge institutions, governments (and residents).
- Multidisciplinary – Contribution from all relevant knowledge domains.
- Investigative – Obtaining data and enriching knowledge.
- Contemporary – Using digital knowledge and techniques
Living labs in the Dutch Delta
" Living labs are contemporary initiatives in which governments, residents, knowledge institutions, entrepreneurs and others at a local level jointly seek solutions for social issues, such as climate change and social inequality. Living labs provide a learning environment not only for students and researchers, but for all participating parties: governments, residents, knowledge institutions, entrepreneurs and others. "
Living labs are:
Searching for solutions to issues from areas with their own context.
Multidisciplinary and collaborative:
Contribution from all relevant knowledge domains, companies, governments (and residents).
Obtaining data and enriching knowledge.
Using digital knowledge and techniques.
An overview of areas in the delta and associated living labs
Issues are invested in living labs, which Lecturers Platform Water - as part of Delta Platform - has set up in a number of characteristic landscape types.
Within the Southwest Delta, various parties are working towards one goal: an economically vital, ecologically resilient, safe and climate-proof delta.
Living Lab Schouwen-Duiveland is an initiative in which citizens, administrators, bureaucrats and companies (4B) participate. Together with knowledge institutions, they look for solutions to social issues. By experimenting, the parties put the knowledge acquired in the region into practice. The concrete goal of the Living Lab is to do innovations, test them and make them market-ready, on the way to a circular economy in Schouwen-Duiveland. With this Living Lab, the municipality of Schouwen-Duiveland wants to be an example for other municipalities.
Rotterdam is showing ambition by striving to have its city center delivered emission-free by 2020
Within the Living Lab Maasheggen, scientists and students can conduct practice-oriented research into, among other things, landscape development, cultural history and the economic opportunities of the Maasheggen area.
Landscape types of the delta
Delta Platform is active in all landscape types of the delta and realizes living labs to identify, address and tackle the area-specific challenges. The living labs thus function as an interface between top down policy and regional challenges.