Expert Coalition for Experimental Environment Development
Innovation cannot happen without experimentation. Therefore, environments in which new solution directions are developed, tested, substantiated, refined and made ripe for application are indispensable.
To increase knowledge and realise the grand societal missions, countless field labs, living labs, living labs, living labs, learning communities and more are deployed in the Netherlands. These experimental environments are rightfully innovation accelerators that have impact in the form of economic effects, such as new products or activity, and social effects, such as acceptance of new technology and new forms of collaboration.
In the Netherlands' mission-driven top sectors and innovation policy, experimentation environments occupy a prominent place as key methodologies. There is a task to deploy them as effectively as possible as innovation accelerators, for the benefit of societal missions. This requires environments that match the complex and long-term nature of the intended transitions. Bringing together and deepening knowledge about, and experience with, experimental environments as methods, is therefore the overarching goal of the multi-year cooperation within the Exceed programme.
The multi-year programme Exceed focuses on addressing four challenges:
- Knowledge exchange and building with good connection to practice, partly to avoid parties having to keep reinventing the wheel;
- Leveraging synergy and cooperation;
- Support for multi-year experimental environments, to encourage sustainable survival, and better alignment with long-term innovation policy missions;
- Strengthening the connection of, especially, SMEs to experimental environments.Creating overview of existing initiatives, the expertise present there and the relevant focus and application areas.