In the beginning of March 2022, the AMS Academy for professional education is organizing the Urban Living Lab Winter school. The week is filled with inspiring lectures, a lot of teamwork, rapid exercises and a toolbox filled with practical tools to work with in your own practice.

“This is an intense but fun week where professionals and researchers collectively learn about Urban Living Labs and set up a plan of approach for real-life case. The participants work in teams on real-life cases and explore all the essential steps to set up an Urban Living Lab.”

Femke Haccou

Program Developer Professional Education

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 hands-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 design 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. The cases where we will work on in March will be announced beginning of December 2021.

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 hands-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.

“You will be challenged to step out of your comfort zone and step into the world of innovation processes, co creation, multi-stakeholder visioning and feel empowered by this experience to implement in your own practice.”

Leendert Verhoef

Program Lead Living Labs

Preparation
Before the week starts you will receive some preparatory work. This 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 March 7 - 11 you can expect a full-time program. This means that we expect you to be able to attend online from Monday to Friday from 9:30-17:00. 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.

Although the training is online with participants from all the world, not all exercises will be behind your screen. By participating you will be connected to the alumni network and a community of Living Lab practitioners.

For partners: Call for cases
As partner we would like to invite you to introduce your own case. Do you start a multi stakeholder innovation process and want to have some fresh eyes help you with a setup? As a case-owner you will experience what a living lab can do for your case. And learn along the way. If you have a case or are interested what it entails to be a case-owner, please contact Femke Haccou (femke.haccou@ams-institute.org) to see for the opportunities.

Requirements for participation
As a participant,

  • you are a professional/researcher 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

Costs
PhD student: € 500,-
Senior researcher € 900,-
Professional € 2000,-

AMS Partners or teams over 5 persons please contact Femke Haccou (femke.haccou@ams-institute.org) for a special offer.

Pre-registration
Are you interested in participating in this edition of the Winter School? Subscribe to our contact list to receive more information about the cases, selection process, and registration via this link>>