PEOPLE project partners meet in Arnhem, the Netherlands


On 11 and 12 May 2017, the second PEOPLE Consortium meeting was organised in the charming city of Arnhem in the eastern part of the Netherlands. The meeting was hosted by our industry partner Alliander at their newly renovated sustainable ‘Bellevue’ headquarters. Representatives of all nine PEOPLE partner organisations gathered to discuss the work accomplished in the project’s first six months, ongoing issues, and tasks still ahead of us.

One of the most important goals of the two-day meeting was to prepare ground for the launch of people-centred learning cycles, commencing this Autumn in all four participating countries. Following the currently running recruitment process, four groups of students and their university and industry mentors will begin to work on PEOPLE case-studies in September or October 2017. They will apply and test people-centred development approaches to real-life projects or business challenges at Alliander (NL), Kemuri (UK), Metronik (SI), and VUPS (CZ). Discussed and developed by PEOPLE partners during a workshop in Arnhem, the evaluation process of the learning cycles and the university-industry collaboration will provide meaningful lessons-learned, both for the learning process itself, as well the partnerships between higher-education and industry organisations. Exciting times ahead!