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Symposium: Making Sense of Sensor-environments

How do sensors impact the environment and society? On Saturday April 22nd, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Waag Futurelab organise a symposium as part of the event Making Sense of Sensor-environments.

Making Sense of Sensor-environments 

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Waag Futurelab organise the two day living lab: Making Sense of Sensor-environments. The living lab will serve as an interactive platform for exchange, experimentation, dialog and learning. We will meet at the VU Amsterdam and combine scholarly reflection with hands-on, embodied sense-making practices. Using our bodies and sensing technology as a foundation, we will consider the air quality around us and discuss what sensor data and sensing practices can mean for governance, public health and policy. This is a unique opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds and learn more about the world of sensors and how they impact our daily lives. We will explore small-scale local solutions to global challenges in an informal, friendly and active environment.

Academic symposium

During the symposium, international researchers will present their on-going projects on sensor technology, and embed the workshop in larger debates about sensor cultures and justice. We'll be talking about how sensors impact the environment and society, and how we can use them to build a more equitable future. We'll also be exploring how to use sensors in ways that are sustainable, and how to develop new tools to make them more accessible. This is a chance for us to come together and discuss what we've learned and how we can use it to shape the future


09:30 - 10:00 hrs: Welcome + opening words

10:00 - 10:45 hrs: Roundtable discussion

11:00 - 12:30 hrs: Panel 1

12:30 - 13:30 hrs: Lunch

13:30 - 15:00 hrs: Panel 2

15:15 - 16:45 hrs: Panel 3

17:00 - 18:00 hrs: Panel 4

18:00 - 18:30 hrs: Closing words

This event will be in English.

Making Sense of Sensor-environments is organised by Dr. Sebastian Scholz, Dr. Marek Jancovic and Dr. Jolanda Veldhuis (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) in collaboration with Waag Futurelab.







Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam


Thermo-staat is financed by NWO, TAUW Foundation and NPO Innovation.