NUSDeltares: an open network
About cross-disciplinary integration and knowledge portfolios
Bridging science and society requires integration across at least two dimensions:
- across disciplines, since societal challenges require holistic approaches
- across knowledge stages, since results from fundamental research must be made applicable, disseminated, and applied in order to have societal impact
Therefore, the Alliance NUSDeltares operates as an integrator: a networked organization in which numerous (fundamental and applied) research groups across our campuses in Singapore and the Netherlands cooperate. The Alliance connects the results of these groups, and facilitates and stimulates further developments towards integrated and innovative solutions, primarily for the societal challenges Adaptation to Climate Change, High Density Living and Urban Water Management (our primary topics).
For these topics, the Alliance develops ‘knowledge portfolios’, consisting of knowledge-intensive activities, covering fundamental and applied research, knowledge transfer and specialist consultancy. By interconnecting these activities they all contribute – be it on different time scales – to the innovations that society is looking for.
The knowledge cycle
Within the Alliance, NUS and Deltares cooperate on the basis of their complementary position in the knowledge cycle. In this cycle, mono-disciplinary research results are combined and integrated to generate cross-disciplinary innovative solutions for societal questions, and societal questions are differentiated back into mono-disciplinary fundamental research questions. NUS is mainly focused on fundamental research, whereas Deltares acts more on the applied side.
Jointly, we cover the complete cycle, and realize both scientific and societal impact.
Primary topics and more
The cooperation within the Alliance is primarily focused on the three challenges mentioned above. The development of the portfolios for these primary topics is directed by our Knowledge Strategy.
But the Alliance also enables the cooperation between NUS and Deltares in other areas of expertise, ranging from port development to environmental issues. Some of these activities are shown in our total portfolio.
The structure of the Alliance
The participating research groups form the core of the Alliance. They cooperate in the open network structure that the Alliance offers, and work in flexible partnerships as needed for the issues at hand.
The Office of NUSDeltares facilitates the functioning of the Alliance. The Office helps in identifying stakeholder needs, acts as a knowledge broker, connects the research groups, and enables the knowledge cycle to work.
Our Governing Board warrants high-level support for the alliance ensuring a smooth cooperation between the parent organizations NUS and Deltares.
NUSDeltares Research Track Leaders
This research cluster currently comprises six distinguished faculty members and senior researchers from NUS. The expertise of the NUSDeltares Research Track Leaders spans across a diversity of disciplines under our primary topics. Through their knowledge and expertise, the research track leaders will help to strengthen NUSDeltares ‘s capacity of addressing the most pressing societal challenges with high impact cross-disciplinary research.
Societal challenges are complex. There are many perspectives of societal needs: perspectives of multi-national companies, perspectives of people, perspectives of governments, and perspectives of NGOs. Our Advisory Panel provide all these different perspectives to make sure they are properly addressed by our Knowledge Strategy.
Legal status and modus operandi
NUS and Deltares, either alone or jointly, contribute with their activities to the development of the Alliance’ portfolios . In case of fundamental research, NUS is often the only party involved. Specialist consultancy will mostly be done by Deltares alone. Joint activities usually relate to applied research, development of innovations and knowledge transfer. In that case one of the parties will act as lead partner.
The Alliance NUSDeltares is not a legal entity by itself. This implies that for each assignment either NUS or Deltares will be the contracting party. The Alliance offers various ways to contract NUS and/or Deltares. The choice will be based on the nature of the assignment, the distribution of work between NUS and Deltares, and the preference of the Client. The Office of NUSDeltares is available to identify the most effective contracting procedure and to facilitate its implementation.
The core group that enables the Alliance to function consists of the following people:
Lydia Lim Sin Hwei
Associate Director NUSDeltares ClimateChange / Coastal EngineeringRead more
Director Singapore Operations and Deltares liaison (Singapore based) Specialist Water Resources Planning and EnvironmentalRead more
Deltares liaison (Singapore based) Specialist Coastal systems and applied geologyRead more
Deltares liaison (based in the Netherlands) Specialist Adaptation to Climate ChangeRead more
In our Alliance, participating specialists from various groups within NUS and Deltares jointly cover a wide range of disciplines and expertise: