Research Workshop on smArt Cities & Waste in Maastricht, on 9 December

A cross-disciplinary workshop with speakers, art installations, participatory activities and interactive discussion around the theme of ‘Techno-scientific innovation and waste’ will take place at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, on Friday 9 December. For further details on the project, please contact Graeme Evans​. To reserve a place in the free Maastricht workshop, please email:

Speakers include Prof. dr. Marco Scoponi (University of Ferrara, Italy), Dr. Nora Vaage (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University), and Dr. Yvonne van der Meer (Chemelot, Maastricht University). Furthermore, artists Paul Koenen, Tilmann Mayer-Faje, Maria Louise Vandenput and Marike Schuurman will give presentations.

The workshop is part of a 2 year UK-Dutch research network ‘SmART Cities and Waste’ funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. The aim of the network is to develop a forum for knowledge exchange and debate across art & humanities and science disciplines, with a common focus on waste treatment and innovation. This will seek to develop responses to the questions: how can arts based approaches inform waste management innovation techniques and processes; and how does place – local context, identity, culture, governance – make a difference to waste generation, waste innovation and uptake?

The first workshop of the SmArt Cities and Waste network was held on the theme of Waste, Innovation and Buildings, Places and Spaces on 28 April 2016 at the Free University Amsterdam. Presentations from artists engaging with waste, recycling and found art, included Netty Gelijsteen, Irene Janze, Tilmann Meyer-Faje, and Irene Stengs. A report on the Amsterdam workshop is available here with videos of the presentations.

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