Priority Topics
Peace and Justice | Agriculture and Food | Circular Economy | Designing the Future
Make law, not war!
Peace and Justice
In 1899, the last Russian Tsar Nicolas II took the initiative for the first Hague Peace Conference. Hosted by the Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, the conference led to the foundation of the Permanent Court of Arbitration to handle disputes between nations.

Today, The Hague plays a key role in promoting global peace and justice. The city is home to numerous national and international courts and tribunals that resolve conflicts, mediate disputes and punish those that violate the standards of international law and human rights. More than 130 institutions and organisations here seek to prevent and prosecute violations of basic human rights, help strengthen legal systems in countries where they are weak and establish a more peaceful and stable world through international cooperation.

Within this priority area we invite Dutch researchers that are experts in law, peace and justice studies and human rights to participate.
Good food for a better world
Agriculture and Food
According to the United Nations, food security describes a situation when people have physical, social, and economic access to adequate safe, and nutritious food supplies that meet the dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy lifestyle at all times. In recent decades climate change, global population growth, and industrial developments have had significant and often adverse impacts on food security. The World Health Organisation reports that general undernutrition and crucial mineral deficiency are a reality for the majority of the world's population.

The agri-food sector is one of the most productive and innovative sectors in the Netherlands. There are a number of diverse parties working together on sustainable food systems. What's more is that this sector offers numerous opportunities for education, employment, business development, and investment.

Within this priority area, we invite Dutch researchers that are working to ensure the availability of safe and healthy food for the world's population to participate.
Reduce, recycle and reuse for a better tomorrow
The Circle of Life
For centuries, the global economy has been based on a principle of "take" and "waste": resources have been extracted from the ground to make products that end up back in the ground as refuse. This is a one-sided, linear system and given the current state of knowledge about resource scarcity and energy, this system is finite. We cannot depend on raw materials forever and need to handle resources more efficiently to create a more sustainable future.

An alternative to this way of thinking is the concept of a circular economy that involves conventional recycling, but also refurbishment, repair, reuse, and remanufacturing. It involves strong collaboration between creative and industrial sectors, governments and civil societies, research, and business.

Within this priority area, we invite Dutch researchers that are working to ensure sustainable development and the efficient use of resources in close collaboration with various stakeholders to participate.
The world as a better place
Designing the Future
Design is not only about objects. It is more about thinking towards the future and reframing the present in order to get to a solution. And the end goal is of course making life better, be it through upgrading cities, renovating buildings, creating physical or virtual public spaces, or new apps.

The Dutch approach to design is most versatile.
The Dutch studios working around the world are always ready with smart and fun ideas addressing the key global challenges through lighting, algae and 3D printing, flowers, and innovative fabrics.

Whatever they invent, they are always intent on making the world around cleaner, safer, gentler, and altogether a better place, jointly with their clients and their general audience.

Within this priority area, we invite Dutch designers and researchers and architects that are working to make the world a better place through design to participate.