Technology and Society in Equilibrium: Design Engineering Sciences


Ena Voûte (ed), TU Delft; Frank van der Hoeven (ed), TU Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment; Paul Hekkert (ed), TU Delft; Martijn Warnier (ed), TU Delft; Hans Suijkerbuijk (ed), TU Delft; LinLin Chen (ed), TU Eindhoven; Berry Eggen (ed), TU Eindhoven; Jacob Voorthuis (ed), TU Eindhoven; Geert Jan van Houtum (ed), TU Eindhoven; Mascha van der Voort (ed), Twente University; Geke Ludden (ed), University of Twente; Erwin Hans (ed), University of Twente; Leentje Volker (ed), University of Twente; Karin Schroen (ed), Wageningen University; Sanda Lenzholzer (ed), Wageningen University; Katrien Termeer (ed), Wageningen University; Wilfred Dolfsma (ed), Wageningen University; Iris Vis (ed), University of Groningen; Cor Wagenaar (ed), University of Groningen; Jos Arts (ed), University of Groningen; Dario Bauso (ed), University of Groningen; Terry van Dijk (ed), University of Groningen; Annet Kempenaar (ed), University of Groningen; Gerald Jonker (ed), University of Groningen
Keywords: design, engineering, sector, portrait


This sector portrait of the design engineering sciences describes the common denominator of the various design disciplines in the Netherlands. In a future sector plan, the above investment areas will be further explored and purposefully developed.

The implementation of technological innovations aligned to societal issues encompasses a design challenge. This increasingly demands science-based design methodologies. The broad Dutch design landscape can fulfil the role of connector well in this regard. In order to optimally strengthen this bridging function, three areas for further investment have been identified:


More research and research funding are needed to meet the design challenges posed by Dutch societal missions, as well as for the further development of Key Enabling Methodologies (KEMs) as the basis for effective design.

Educational Capacity

Expanded teaching capacity and further development of design-driven didactics are needed to meet the growing demand for designers, This demand stems from the emerging need for design approaches in new research programmes within Horizon Europe and the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

Access to Technology

Continuous access to the rapidly evolving technological disciplines must be guaranteed for professionals who can both understand the technology and meet the investigative design challenge.



October 14, 2021

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207mm x 267mm