Student Challenge Panorama New Netherlands

Design a physical and virtual research and education facility for climate adaptation

Climate change calls for drastic social and engineering interventions in the coming century in the Netherlands. Our physical living environment, our cities, rural areas, coasts and rivers, the panorama of the Netherlands will change drastically. New insights and ideas are developed rapidly. There is a need for new ways to gain insight into their feasibility and desirability, ways that promote interdisciplinary collaboration and interaction with a broad audience. We seek proposals for a facility with a mix of virtual reality and physical scale models that allows testing of interventions for climate adaptation in the Netherlands. The winning team will win a budget of 20.000 euros to develop this facility further in collaboration with professional exhibition designers.

This facility should help students and scientific staff to investigate the spatial implications of interventions, stakeholder perceptions, connections/overlap/synergies/conflicts in intervention strategies and inspire new intervention ideas. It could combine e.g. 3D visualizations of interventions such as mega nourishments, islands in front of the coast, North European Enclosure Dam, together with dynamic visualizations of impacts on e.g. water levels, tides, sediment flows, ecology, recreation etc. It should be complementary to the computational and experimental fluid mechanics facilities present at e.g. TUDelft and Deltares in that the results of experiments in these facilities can be confronted with a wide set of factors that influence the living environment.

The facility will form a living spatial library of different intervention proposals as well as a physical and virtual science communication facility embedded in the new Science Centre at TUDelft. The facility will allow users (students and scientific staff) and visitors to experience the effect of an intervention on different scales from person to basin and be inspired to develop new ideas that contribute to a safe and attractive living environment. These ideas can be tested again in the facility. In this sense, the facility will act as a citizen science laboratory as well.




In summary, the facility should be a physical and virtual experimental environment with a combination of scale models projection and simulation that can be hosted in a room in the new TUDelft Science Centre and be virtual accessible and may have satellite locations (e.g. cameras/projections at the coast) that:


The challenge is organised in two stages:

The recording of the launch of the challenge can be found at the end of this page.

For stage 1 we seek Expressions of Interest (EoI) from interdisciplinary groups of students. The expression of interest should include:


The page limit is 4 pages A4 with a minimum font size of 10.  Selection criteria are:


For questions, you can email The Expressions of Interest can be sent to

Preselection is done by the jury. This jury will consist of Henk Nieboer, Michael van de Meer and Martine Rutten. Based on the expressions of interest a maximum of 5 teams is selected to participate in Stage 2. Each team will receive a budget of 500 euros for Stage 2.


From February onward, 5 teams will continue working on the challenge towards the pitches for the jury. This jury will consist of Henk Nieboer, Michael van de Meer and Martine Rutten.

The winning proposal will then be further developed by the team in collaboration with professional exhibition designers. The exhibition in the new Science Centre will then be realised and opened in the academic year 2022-2023.









Launch student challenge (November 12)

This challenge is a collaboration between Adealta, Science Centre Delft and Delta Futures lab.