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!! This course is an Honours Class and therefore only available for students of an honours college !!

Important note: In order to participate in this class, it’s necessary that you are able to speak and write in English as well as in Dutch


Create a vision and idea for the happy city of the future. That will be the brief of the InnovationLab for 24 honours students from Leiden University, TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam. The InnovationLab is set up as a weekly open studio session in workshop-setting in which researchers, students and famous thinkers come together, and thus bridge the gap between students, PhD’s, professors and start-ups. The Lab co-operates with the Delft Institute for Positive Design (

To meet the basic human needs such as shelter, medical care and safety, contemporary cities are looking for collective solutions. Higher, more abstract needs like appreciation, meaning and creativity, however, are merely seen as ones own responsibility, for which you can seek help from a psychologist or coach if desired. In the InnovationLab we experiment with collective ways to facilitate happiness in the city of the future, whereby we rely on research in sociology, economy, psychology, philosophy of technology, urbanism, industrial design (positive design) and socio-economic transitions.

In the InnovationLab you collaborate in 12 plenary evening session in a multidisciplinary group of 3 or 4 students and listen to lectures from PhD’s and professors with diverse scientific backgrounds in, amongst others, happiness studies. In the project you will work with the newest technological applications within (user) research and eventually create an idea, event, activity, technical design or program that facilitates collective happiness in the city. During and after the InnovationLab there will be meetings with the Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam municipality to collectively share knowledge and explore the opportunities for possible realisation of the ideas.

Are you ready for this multidisciplinary challenge? Do you master the Dutch and English language? Do you look across borders and do you want to meet students, innovative start-ups, professors and PhD’s from other universities and work together on a feasible idea for the happy city of the future?

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Wednesday 18, 25 November, 2, 9, 16 December, 6, 13, 20, 27 January, 10, 17, 24 February, 2, 16, 20 March; 18:00 – 22:00 hrs (diner not included)


Centre for Innovation, Campus The Hague, Schouwburgstraat 2 (a 3 minute walk from The Hague CS – total travel time from Leiden Central: 14 minutes)

Skills and capacities

Discussing, presenting, networking, collaborating, creativity, entrepreneurship, critical thinking, analytical thinking, reflecting.

Maximum number of students

24: 8 Leiden University, 8 TUDelft, 8 Erasmus University Rotterdam




Enrolling in this course is possible from 20 August until 10 September via this link .


Ir. R.J. van der Veen