Workshop descriptions

On this page you can find the descriptions of every workshop per company.

Workshop descriptions:

Workshop 1 Nationaal Woningbouwtraineeship/Gemeente Midden-Drenthe:

Ga aan de slag met een actueel vraagstuk uit de Gemeente Midden-Drenthe en kom erachter wat het betekent om voor een gemeente te werken! In deze workshop ga je je richten op het maken van een gebiedsvisie voor één van de kernen in Midden-Drenthe. Denk met ons mee waar en onder welke condities, functies als wonen, verkeer en een multifunctionele accommodatie een plek op de kaart kunnen krijgen.


Workshop 2 Nationaal Woningbouwtraineeship/Gemeente Borger-Odoorn:

Ga aan de slag met een actueel vraagstuk uit de Gemeente Borger-Odoorn. In deze workshop ga je aan de slag met de onderwerpen Tiny Housing, flexwonen of hergebruik van bestaande vastgoed als oplossing voor het woningtekort. Denk actief met ons mee en leer uit de praktijk wat er allemaal bij komt kijken.

Antea Group: Improving future spaces for all generations

Can spatial planning connect generations? Is a very interesting question. Because what would an multigenerational space look like? Which stakeholders need to participate in its design? What smart technological solutions need to be implemented? And how do we make those choices? At Antea Group our motto is ‘understanding today, improving tomorrow’. In our wide field of work, ranging from engineering to consulting, we strive to create an understanding, by answering these kind of questions and improve the world around us. Will you join us in our workshop to understand and improve future spaces for all generations? See you there!

“In 2023 Rijkswaterstaat exists 225 years. In 225 years we worked to protect the Dutch citizens from flooding and made sure that they are able to travel quickly and safely from A to B. Now the Rijkswaterstaat networks (main road network, waterway network and main water systems) face new challenges. The sea level rises and climate change requires us to work more sustainably and adapted to shifting conditions. On top of that Rijkswaterstaat has to ensure future proof infrastructure as most engineering structures date back from the 1950s and 1960s and will expire. This renovation and replacement programme will guarantee rapid and safe traffic flows, for now and in the future.

In this workshop we will introduce you to the work of Rijkswaterstaat the past 225 years, but especially our work now and in the future. In groups you will work on one of three cases. You can choose between cases on circular economy, energy transition and strategic assessment of long-term programmes.”

During our workshop we would like to work with you on different area development cases. We will shortly introduce the topic of area development at Dura Vermeer Bouw Hengelo, especially with a focus on sustainability and nature inclusiveness. We will then hand out cases on which you will work in a team to come up with inspiring solutions for how to develop the area in a workable way. That all by bearing the overall topic of “doing good” in mind.

Why layers matter

GIS is so much more than just mapping on a computer. It is a powerful tool to add and combine different layers of data in ways that provide a fresh perspective on future planning of the inner city. However, it is also a layering problem because it can result in layers after layers of data. Every aspect of GIS involves a wide range of variables: physical locations, infrastructure networks, environmental aspects, the people associated with it, and more. Alone, each of these layers provide insight, but if the proximity of these layers is visualised and analysed through GIS, it provides new information that cannot be found in any spreadsheet.

In this workshop you will experience that GIS is more than the sum of its parts. Working together in teams, you will play an offline game regarding liveability in the inner-city. By collecting the layers of different data sources and applying them in the right order undetected spatial trends and relationships will emerge. You will learn that this combination of ‘layered’ data sources gives new insight in spatial dilemmas, such as inner-city challenges. 

Metafoor- Balancing spatial needs and financial feasibility with a calculation model

In our interactive workshop you will play the role of financial advisor for a municipality. In our calculation model you will play with numbers, concerning different factors in spatial development to achieve the highest possible financial feasibility. You will have to manage all the wishes and requirements of three stakeholders: the future residents, the municipality itself and the developer of the project. On the one hand, the municipality aims to build as many houses as possible, in order to combat the housing shortage. On the other hand the residents want to live in a nice, green environment without a lot of high-rise buildings. The developer however, wants to keep the price of the site as low as possible, in his aim for a profit. You will experience how difficult it is to combine all these interests, in your target for a feasible project.

Procap- Citizen participation for neighbourhood renewal in Selwerd 


In Selwerd, a neighbourhood in Groningen, Procap is presently engaged in a project of neighbourhood renewal. As the neighbourhood is renewed for the current and future residents, their interests are of utmost importance. Therefore, Procap wishes to provide the residents with a chance to have their say and share their ideas, thoughts or concerns. During the workshop, we will ask you to think along with us about a suitable form of citizen participation. The inhabitants of Selwerd are in different stages of their lives, and have different personalities and capabilities. Some people have little time, others are not mobile, and others do not speak the Dutch language. During the workshop, you will think about a form of participation that fits all people. All participants will represent a different inhabitant, and make sure the form of participation allows and motivates this inhabitant to participate. After all, the neighbourhood must become pleasant and livable for everyone!

Intro rijksvastgoedbedrijf:

The Central Government Real Estate Agency is unique in terms of the size and variety of its assets. Our core business is to maintain and manage the buildings and land used by the state. Apart from providing an optimal working environment for central government employees, we also want to manage our properties and land effectively. On top of that, we aim to create value for society. This means we incorporate many points of view in our projects. We’re constantly asking ourselves ‘Can we work more sustainably, more smartly, more flexibly and more innovatively? And if so, does it benefit society?’

Workshop: Managing properties and land effectively, smart and innovative

Together with our municipalities, Rijkswaterstaat and other local and governmental partners we work on renewable energy projects. In the workshop we will introduce our way of working on these projects and you will meet the difficulties we come across. Join us and help manage our properties and land effectively in the most smart and innovative way.

SITE- Creating a spatial strategy for kop van Feijenoord Rotterdam

In this workshop you will work with Wouter (RUG spatial sciences alumnus) and Jasmijn (TU Delft) on a strategy for a vulnerable neighborhood in Rotterdam-South. We’ll look at the Kop van Feijenoord through the eyes of its residents and ask ourselves how we can improve the neighborhood and create space for a diverse range of groups, without driving out the current residents. 

The industrial waterfront of the neighborhood is changing fast, with industry moving away, and shiny new residential buildings replacing them. A stark contrast to the traditionally vulnerable neighborhood with a concentration of social and poverty issues. How can we make this a neighborhood for all ages and backgrounds to grow up and to grow old in? 

We’ll use a range of creative techniques to come up with ingredients for the future of the neighborhood. We’ll ask your help to identify these and translate them into a spatial-programmatic concept and a development strategy, using our triangles of strategy and emotion.

Sweco- Vision for south side of Groningen station area

The Station area in Groningen is going through a shake-up. The development of the Station area concerns a major development for the city. On both the north and south sides, developable space will become available for a combination of working, living and multiple facilities. The developments will lead to the north and south sides becoming a coherent whole in the future and the Station area becoming a valuable addition to the city of Groningen. In this workshop it is your task to develop a vision for the south side of the area in a multidisciplinary team, in which you advise on a promising programme mix for the Station area and translate this into a spatial plan. The creation of synergy between the various functions and facilities is tailor-made and should take place in mutual coordination with all stakeholders involved. Sweco is eager to hear your advice!

Noorderzijlvest: Experience the challenges of water management

Are you interested in water management? Register for our interactive game. Imagine you have been chosen as a political representative in the board of the water authority (Waterschap). Together with your team you will decide on living safely with water. Would you strengthen dykes? Is it still safe to build houses in certain areas? How do you temporarily store surplus water? It is up to you and your team. In the meantime you have to deal with different stakeholders, parties and interests. Just as the water authority does in real life. The team that wins the game will be invited to the Water Authority in Groningen for a special tour.

Our dijkgraaf Roeland van der Schaaf, the chair of our water authority, will introduce the game. Students spatial science Menke Ubbens and Daphne Dontje will guide you through the session. They will also tell you more about study and job opportunities Noorderzijlvest is offering. 

Join our water ambitions.

Witteveen+Bos; Neighbourhood revitalisation Selwerd

Witteveen+Bos is a Dutch-based international engineering and consultancy firm. With offices in Groningen and Heerenveen, the three northern provinces an important home market. Most of the project we obtain is via a tender process. In this workship, you will make a bid for the neighborhood revitalization of the east part of Selwerd (part of ‘Sunny Selwerd’). Selwerd is characterized by several underlying problems, such as low levels of well-being, low quality of housing, and a lack of climate change adaptation measurements. You are asked to come up with an integral strategy for urban design, energy transition and climate heat to tackle these issues together with the residents of the Selwerd. Will you shape the best approach and win this tender? 

YER- Job interview skills

Having a hard time at job interviews? After this workshop, you can take the matter into your own hands! You will see that good preparation is more than half the work. You will learn the conversation structure of a job interview, how to start off with a good introduction and how to deal with difficult questions. The result? Rocking your job interview with confidence and certainty!