The urban challenges we face today have a multidisciplinary nature, which makes it important to create a connection between fundamental research and society-wide implementation and to connect the different disciplines and stakeholders needed to solve them. In order to do so, we at the AMS Institute use the approach of Urban Living Labs in which we provide a co-innovative setting in which multiple stakeholders can jointly test, develop and create metropolitan solutions. Twice a year we host an international Summer/Winter School to transfer our knowledge and experience on Urban Living Labs.

The Urban Living Lab Winter School consists of lectures, online co-working sessions, trainings, and real-world interventions. Central to the program is putting learnings directly into practice by working on a pre-defined real-life case. In a team of 4-5 interdisciplinary participants ranging from researchers (Master/PhD) to experienced practitioners, 4-5 teams will work on creating the first contours for a real Living Lab design!

The mix of international and interdisciplinary participants (Academic Researchers, Public Professionals and Company Innovation Managers) generates new insights and perspectives on the challenges by co-creating solutions together.

During the week you will be working on a real case together with your multidisciplinary team. Each team will work on their own real-world case. Your team will have the opportunity to meet and interview stakeholders and finally present your Living Lab design to a real case-owner. This winter school cases are about circular cities, urban farming, resilient neighbourhoods and future proof assets.

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Preparation
Before the week starts you will receive some prepatory work. This prepatory work includes reading literature, watching knowledge clips and preparing some assignments. In total this will add up to approximately one day of work. For this Winter School no additional prior knowledge is required apart from affinity with contemporary urban challenges and solutions.

During the week
In the week of 15 February you can expect a full-time programme. This means that we expect you to be able to attend online from Monday to Friday from 9:00-17:00. Every day you will attend inspirational lectures, participate in workshops, get personal coaching and work with your group on your case. All classes, materials and discussions will be in English.

Learning goals
You will learn to understand what a Living Lab is and when it can be of added value to start one. You’ll also gain hand-on knowledge on what is needed to have a successful start, and how to deal with issues such as stakeholder involvement and citizen empowerment. The winter school will challenge you to work with a new mindset, build a new network of professionals and academia. It gives you the opportunity to be a part of the next steps towards the future of one of Amsterdam’s key projects. During the winter school, we will help you solve the real-world challenge you work on with your team.

Case-based learning
During the week you will be working on a real case together with your multidisciplinary team. Each team will work on their own real-world case. Your team will have the opportunity to meet and interview stakeholders and finally present your Living Lab designt to a real case-owner. For the winter school we are currently still developing the cases, based on the AMS Institute research themes, which you can find here.

What you will get
You will learn to understand what a Living Lab is and when it can be of added value to start one. You’ll also gain hand-on knowledge on what is needed to have a successful start, and how to deal with issues such as stakeholder involvement and citizen empowerment.

This winter school will challenge you to work with a new mindset, build a new network of professionals and academia. It gives you the opportunity to be a part of the next steps towards the future of one of Amsterdam’s key projects.

During this winter school, we will help you solve the real-world challenge you bring with your team.

Requirements for participation
As a participant,

  • you are a professional with minimal five years of experience in the field of urban challenges;
  • or you are involved as a PhD or Postdoc in urban challenged research projects
  • you identify with themes like urban circularity, mobility, energy, food systems, climate resilience and digitization;
  • you strive for sustainable, innovative and just solutions;
  • you are looking for different ways to tackle urban challenges;
  • you are inclined to learn, collaborate and co-create from different perspectives

Register now!
You can register via the following link>>

Interested in submitting a real life case? See here for more information on how and what acting as a case-owner means.