Waag organises collaborations and discussion surrounding the theme of smart, liveable cities, with the goal of establishing deeper connections between science and society. She does this as the so-called 'drawer' of the Route Smart Liveable Cities within the Nationale Wetenschapsagenda (national agenda of science), connecting relevant organisations, policymakers, citizens and scientists to each other.

Waag started working on this route in 2017. Currently, she is focused on the following:

Connecting science with society

In 2022, Waag organised two editions of the State of Citizen Science. The aim was to exchange knowledge between network partners, citizen science initiatives and society. The event provided an opportunity for presenting research related to Smart Liveable Cities, retrieving information from society and taking steps towards more mission-driven research. Next year, we will further develop and implement this format under the name Stadskenners (city knowers). 

Explore funding opportunities

Last year, Waag and NWO started to explore again the funding opportunities for Smart Liveable Cities. Further meetings with ministries will take place in 2023 to develop a thematic programme in line with the research agenda of this route. In addition, Waag will explore and share other funding opportunities with partners.

Strengthening the network

Waag aims to strengthen the Smart Liveable Cities network and further develop the route. With a newsletter, we will share relevant information and events, and provide space for sharing project results within the route. We will also explore other forms to engage partners and initiatives around the theme Smart Liveable Cities. One example is the Smart citizen walk we developed in 2021.


Nationale Wetenschapsagenda

As drawer of the National Science Agenda (NWA) Route Smart Liveable Cities, Waag actively connects people and organisations concerned with smart cities, and also searches for connections with other Routes on the scientific agenda. Waag is concerned with coordination between applicants for plans, bringing together relevant partners, and knowlegde sharing - both within the network as for NWO. 

The Route Smart Liveable Cities is one out of 25 routes the NWA has drafted. These routes are meant for researching and putting important scientific, societal and economic questions in society on the agenda. NWA, the scientific agenda, is part of NWO, the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Dutch organisation for scientific research).