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Symposium on Learning and Innovations in Resilient Systems 2019
The Faculty of Management Science & Technology of the Open University of the Netherlands is delighted to announce that the 2nd edition of the Learning and Innovation in Resilient Systems (LIRS) symposium will be held from 24-25 October 2019 in Heerlen, the Netherlands. The LIRS symposium integrates diverse perspectives from multiple disciplines, such as management, environmental science, psychology, and computer science to address some of today’s modern global challenges.

Invitation LIRS symposium, 2nd edition

We invite scientists and practitioners from all disciplines to join us in a lively transdisciplinary debate on how and to what extent innovations and learning processes contribute to the transition towards (more) resilient systems on multiple levels, be it individuals, organisations, cities, or society at large. We welcome empirical, conceptual, and methodological abstracts that contribute to our understanding of innovation and learning for resilience from various angles.

We have prepared a rich and varied program for you. View the preliminary list of thematic sessions. Among others, confirmed key note speakers include:

  • Roman Beck, Full Professor at IT University of Copenhagen and Head of the European Blockchain Center.
  • Jan Jonker, Full Professor of Sustainable Entrepreneurship at the Nijmegen School of Management at the Radboud University Nijmegen.
  • Mark Reed, Full Professor at the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at the Newcastle University.
  • Wil van Aalst, Full professor and head of the Process and Data Science (PADS) group at RWTH Aachen University.

A small participation fee of 150 Euro (students get a 50% discount) is used to cover costs for catering and social events.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Heerlen!

About the Open University

The Open University has a high-quality educational offer for those who can not (or do not want to) study at another Dutch or Flemish university. There are no prior education requirements for the bachelor's program and the education is geared towards studying part-time. The educational model stands for personal and activating online education, with a lot of flexibility for students. The academic programs receive a lot of appreciation from students and experts, for example in the annual national student survey.

Key points in research

The Open University has the statutory task of contributing to the innovation of Dutch higher education through educational research. She has therefore developed into the expert in the field of learning and teaching in a technology enriched environment. In addition, research is being carried out in various other scientific fields. Within the Dutch National Research Agenda, the Open University focuses on three themes: 'digital learning', 'criminal law' and 'learning, resilience and innovation'.

About Heerlen

The largest indoor ski village in the world, the highest 'walking staircase' in the Netherlands, the largest residential boulevard in Europe, the most innovative and modern zoo in Europe, one of the largest castles in the Netherlands, one of the 13 World Heritage monuments of the Netherlands, the oldest and largest abbey in the Netherlands, the largest world gardens object of the Netherlands, the largest Roman excavations in the Netherlands and so on ... Parkstad Limburg has many unique museums, is full of special monuments, a piece of Dutch mining history is revived and is annually a host for long series of cultural and sporting events. Parkstad Limburg is also sometimes called the green oasis of South Limburg. Slope forests, brook valleys and plateaus alternate with sloping arable land and imposing nature parks, where you can walk and cycle to your heart's content. And it is also closely situated near the city of Aachen.

Source: VVV Heerlen