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:

Bridge function

There is need to stronger engage in the relationship between the network and NWA. This results in activities establishing a ‘bridge’ between NWA and the network. Activities include regular conversations and meetings, both with the NWA as well as the network.

Explore funding opportunities

In 2022 new funding opportunities will be explored for the route Smart Liveable Cities. An important opportunity lies with the NWA thematic programmes, on which conversations with ministries will continue in 2022.

Connecting science with society

In 2021, Waag was acknowledged by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as Future Lab for technology and society. Linking to this status, we will organise public programmes surrounding the theme of smart liveable cities. Waag aims for scientific research to be more engaged with ‘the on the ground society’, for more uptake of scientific research by the general public and for citizen empowerment.

Strengthening the network

Waag intends to strengthen the network surrounding smart cities, through activities that support and promote mission driven research relating to the five gamechangers of ‘Smart, liveable cities’. Activities include meetings to exchange knowledge between initiatives that match the domain of Smart Liveable Cities. Here, we will share best practices of (1) citizen participation, (2) technology developed from public values, and (3) share insights on new forms of governance and policymaking. The aim is to build a strong research network, to provide coordination between different applicants and to validate the research agenda of the route.

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).