Build your knowledge & skills on the Living Lab approach during the online AMS Summer School 2021.
The challenges facing cities around the globe are complex and multidisciplinary by nature. Attempting to solve them in conventional linear ways is insufficient for addressing these manifold human-environment relationships that are at the heart of these challenges. Alternative approaches are necessary; ones that acknowledge the need for distributed problem-solving capacity and infrastructures for multi-stakeholder collaboration that incorporate local knowledge and practices.

AMS Institute is leading the way to develop, test, use, and train on Living Lab approaches. One of the forms in which we transfer our knowledge and experience is in our ULL Summer School.

Apply here for the Urban Living Lab Summer School 2021

“I enjoyed learning about the complexities of the different stages of the roadmap and how to eventually coalesce different ideas into a clear understanding. I really enjoyed working with my team mates, they were all fantastic!”

Senior researcher TU-Delft, participant, Winterschool ’21

What are Urban Living Labs
Urban Living Labs are real-life environments in which different stakeholders together explore and experiment with solutions for complex urban challenges. The goal within Living Labs is to make impact by developing new products on a small scale – be it an object, a service, a technology, an application, or a system – and to find solutions that can be implemented on a larger scale. This is done in a real-life and co-creating setting in which different stakeholders give shape to the innovation process. The actors are users, private and public actors, as well as knowledge institutes. In essence, it is a learning by doing methodology to help the collaboration and the structuring the content of an explorative process.

What you will get
You will learn to understand what a Living Lab is and when it can be of 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 summer 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 summer school, we will help you solve the real-world challenge you bring with your team.

What we will do
During the week you will work in a team of 5 participants on a pre-defined real-life case. The Urban Living Lab Summer School consists of lectures, online co-working sessions, trainings, and real-world interventions. It will tap into theoretical frameworks of Living Lab methodology, process tools to help deliver a plan of approach and deploy teamwork on a real-life case. It will focus on your own learning goals for reinventing cities of tomorrow. The mix of participants - academic researchers, public professionals, and company innovation managers, with at least 5 years of experience - generates new insights and perspectives on the challenges by co-creating solutions together,

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 16 August you can expect a full-time online program running from Monday to Friday from 9:00-17:00. We expect you to be present to get the most out of it, also be there for your team. 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.

AMS Summer school 2020

The online class of 2020

AMS Summer school 2019

Discussion group during the LL Summer School in 2019

AMS Summer School 2018

Participants joining the Urban Living Lab Summer School

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.

Challenges: During the week you will be working on a real-life case together with your multidisciplinary team. There will be a maximum of three to four teams, 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 final Living Lab design to your case-owner. For the summer school we are currently still developing the cases. Interested in what a case could look like? Check out last year’s cases for inspiration.

Target Group: Academic Researchers, Public Professionals, and Company Innovation Managers

Form: lectures, interactive online sessions with personal learning goals and team challenges.

Language: English

PhD student: € 500
Senior researcher € 900
Professional € 2000

AMS Partners or teams over 5 persons please contact Dylhan Groenendijk for a special offer.

The application deadline is July 16, 2021.
Apply here for the Urban Living Lab Summer School 2021