ILS is on the move

Education changes. ‘Traditional teaching makes room for guidance and coaching’, says Corrie Vinckers, ad interim dean of Fontys Academy for Creative Industries, where ILS is part of. That requires a new building. Its construction starts this year on the Fontys campus in Tilburg. Recently, the first designs of Paul de Ruiter Architects have been announced. Vinckers: ‘The future accommodation offers a great opportunity to work in teams and projects in a different way.’ The expectation is that ILS will move to the new building in the second half of 2019.

Lectorate Research & Trendwatching ends

After four years, the lectorate Research & Trendwatching of Patrick van der Duin will end in September. During these four years, the emphasis was placed on research into future developments in society and technology. In addition, the focus was on the professionalization of the field of work. This has resulted in various publications, some of which have been written by lecturers of ILS. Later this year, a selection of the results will be published in a book. Then will also be announced who will succeed Van der Duin. Since September 2016, Van der Duin is head of The Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends (STT).

Start English program

The name says it all. International Lifestyle Studies focuses on international development in the field of trend research and concepts. Next to the Dutch program, in September, ILS therefore starts with an English program. It can be followed by both Dutch and foreign students. There is great interest in this program. Among others, the students are from Italy, Slovakia, Romania, China, Russia and the United States. During the international four-year bachelor’s program they learn how to research mentality trends on subjects like health, food, work, leisure time, fashion and personal environment. They use this knowledge to develop new lifestyle concepts that enhance the quality of people’s live

The future of food

This November, Fontys International Lifestyle Studies and HAS University of Applied Sciences will join forces to design concepts for more sustainable food systems in the Masterclass Future Food Systems. This unique collaboration of the creative industry and agricultural science and businesses will dive into the future to find innovative solutions towards valuable food systems. In six classes participants get insight from the most innovative thinkers of the current global and local food system. HAS professor, Frederike Praasterink, teaches the basics of food system thinking. Linda Hofman and Christianne Heselmans of ILS will give workshops in the method of Sustainable Futures. In multidiscipl

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