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Thematic Interdisciplinary Challenge (TIC)

Thematic partners and stakeholders

The thematic partner is the societal problem owner that presents a challenge to the participants in the TIC course and is involved during the start, middle and end of the course. In addition to the involvement of the thematic partner, students and professionals consult other stakeholders in order to analyze the problem and come up with a solution.

A stakeholder refers to any party who can affect or is affected by the societal problem presented by the thematic partner.

We collaborate with the following thematic partners:

Drowning Deltas

Agenda IJsselmeergebied 2050

The national and regional government have many ideas for different plans and projects In the IJsselmeer Region. Recently, a regional agenda for the IJsselmeer was drafted up to the year 2050. This regional agenda focuses on the alignment of measures and investments, to create a guiding perspective for the area and a joint knowledge, innovation and implementation plan. The agenda was formulated by the consortium AIJ2050 which consists of several different actors including national and local governmental bodies, interest groups, citizens, NGO’s, Universities and the business community.


The consortium AIJ2050 formulated an agenda for the IJsselmeer region to achieve three overarching goals by 2050:

  1. Make a world-class landscape of the Ijsselmeer region
  2. Develop strategies to get to future-proof water management and ecosystem management
  3. Develop the Ijsselmeer region into an area of vital economic importance


Waternet is the water company for approximately 1,3 million people in Amsterdam and the surrounding area. We are the only water company in the Netherlands that covers the whole water cycle. We treat wastewater, produce ready-to-drink tap water and keep the lakes and watercourses clean and at the right levels. In addition, as our management area lies below sea water level, we must ensure that the maintenance of our dykes is up to standard.

Waternet is very committed to sustainability. In fact, it is one of our three corporate core values (as well as effectiveness and a service-oriented mindset). For instance, in the short term, we aim to avoid and/or reduce greenhouse gas emissions, contribute to the restorations of biodiversity and minimize soil subsidence. In the long term, we hope these efforts result in a resilient management area that can provide services for many generations to come. This long-term goal might require that we must change our management style, somewhere along the pathway towards 2200. Especially in our peatlands areas, which are part of the Green Heart area. That is why this challenge is so important to us.

Contesting Governance

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is a human rights organization that began with fighting to ensure the rights of political prisoners. Over the past 50 years, the work Amnesty does has broadened significantly: from the elimination of the death penalty, to defending the freedom of expression, from protecting refugee rights to fighting against political violence and persecution. For more information about the themes on which the Dutch Secretariat of Amnesty works, click here (text in Dutch).

Green Teens


Eco-Schools is a worldwide movement for over 19 million pupils in 68 countries that aims to stimulate sustainable goals at school. Characteristic for the Eco-Schools programme is ‘student-led change’, i.e., the students develop their own plans for making their school environment more sustainable. Eco-schools provides them with a 7-step procedure and 10 possible themes to help them obtain the international quality mark of eco-schools: the Green Flag. There is also a coach available for each school, to support this process.

Green Office Utrecht University 

Green Office Utrecht University is the central hub where fresh minds and hands from all corners of the university come together to support Utrecht University’s sustainable development. Many activities already take place at the UU within the field of sustainability. However, the clock is ticking and there is always more that can be done. And who can better do this than students and staff members of the UU themselves? With cool projects, activities and campaigns and by creating space for people with good ideas, the Green Office stimulates the community of the UU to think about and act on sustainability issues. Circularity, mobility and food are some of the themes we work on. In 2021 the Green Office will zoom in on biodiversity.


Oxfam-Novib is a world-wide development organisation that mobilizes the power of people against poverty. Around the globe, they work to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. They defeat poverty! Poverty is caused by people, so it should be solved by people. In 93 countries they try to reduce the causes of poverty: hunger, unsafety, injustice, and lack of perspective. Together with local parties they offer means and knowledge to enable people to take care of themselves.