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In the Netherlands, the economically and societally highly relevant Built Environment sector is academically represented by faculties from Delft Univeristy of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, Wageningen University and Research Centre and University of Twente. Once a year, academics from these institutions meet each other, and collectively connect to the relevant industry and society at large. To share inspiration, experiences and ideas, and to jointly formulate approaches towards the challenges ahead.

Therefore, building on past successes like the yearly meetings of ‘Onderzoeksschool Bouw’, the conference Research to Reality will be organised on Wednesday 30 November 2016, under auspices of 4TU.Bouw. 

The first part of the day is exclusively for researchers from the four Technical Universities, while they jointly outreach to industrial, governmental and other stakeholders in the afternoon.

Prior to Research to Reality, a selected group of Lighthouse Projects 2017 ‘candidates’ and researchers with entrepreneurial ambitions will participate in a ‘Pre-Conference Bootcamp’ that prepares them ‘in a pressure cooker’-like way for the public sessions at Research to Reality, working on ‘pitching & presenting’ as well as on funding and business.

At the end of the conference a number of ‘Lighthouse Project proposals’ will be granted, both by industry and 4TU.Bouw.

After the conference a book will be published, containing an overview of all participating academic research projects and developments.


If you like to participate in the afternoon session of our conference on November 30, please send an email to:

November 30

08.30 – 09.00

arrival and registration



Setting the Scene

09.00 – 09.20

inspirational keynote


09.20 – 09.40

introduction – Ulrich Knaack


Sharing & Relating

based on presented projects, debates will be organised with the expert researchers on future research strategies and ambitions  


10.00 – 11.15

session 1:

Scientific Theme: Smart & Livable Cities

Scientific Theme: Circular Economy


11.30 – 12.45

session 2:

Scientific Theme: Energy Transition

Scientific Theme: Resilience



 Meet & Lunch

12.45 – 14.00 


Setting the Scene

14.00 – 14.30

inspirational keynote – t.b.a.


Meet & Matchmaking

 14.45 – 16.45

Lighthouse Projects 2017 pitching


16.45 – 17.15



17.15 –  18.30

'start-up' pitching


18.30 – 19.15



19.30 – 22.00



just before dessert

announcements Lighthouse Projects 2017 selection



Het Nieuwe Instituut

museumpark 25, Rotterdam

lunch, dinner and drinks are included for all participants

The pre-conference bootcamp is a series of workshops to prepare the participants of the Lighthouse Projects 2017 pitches and the 'start-up' pitches for the conference on the 30th of November.

November 1

10.00 – 10.30


Setting the Scene

10.30 – 11.00

start / introductions


11.00 – 13.00

5 minute project introductions


13.00 – 14.00



14.00 – 16.00

kick-off lectures (finance, communication, industry perspective)


16.00 – 16.30



16.30 – 18.30

workshop 1 (finance and industry perspective)


18.30 – 19.00



19.30 – 21.00


November 2

08.00 – 09.00




09.00 – 13.00

workshop 2 (concept, context & content; bases for infographics & ppt)



13.00 – 14.00



14.00 – 15.30

workshop 3 (pitching)


15.30 – 17.00

wrap-up & drinks


Landgoed De Horst

De Horst 1, Driebergen

detailed information on route and parking will be sent to each participant


 hotel accommodation, breakfast, lunches and dinner are included for participants

A book will be published containing all projects presented at Research to Reality. This book will be available in Feburary 2017. 

Participant's posters

The material for the poster and book is to be submitted, on the latest on:

November 7, 2016: general information and poster material

December 9, 2016: book material.

Please email all material to (wetransfer, dropbox, etc.).

For all relevant details on what material to submit please download the following document:

 download pdf


for more information please email: