Advanced materials and Design Driven Innovation

Advanced Materials

Novel materials continue to drive innovation in all product categories. We combine deep knowledge on advanced materials with novel insights on using design-driven Innovation methods as a means to translate new materials and their processing / manufacturing technologies into new and meaningful products / services.

Electric vehicles and future


To help leverage innovation in electric and autonomous vehicles towards deployment in sustainable mobility solutions, we are connecting this longstanding industry practice with our extensive network in innovative cities and regions.


Many sectors are depending on effective and secure data sharing. While distributed ledger technologies are mainly known from their application in the financial sector (e.g. bitcoin), other sectors like energy, health, logistics and agro-food can benefit as well when improving their data transactions with these technologies.

Circular economy

Circular economy unlocks growth and development without turning our limited resources into waste. In each value chain, multiple actors should work together to define new material loops, design new products and circular business models, while setting boundary conditions.

Climate adaptation, infrastructure and urbanism

Climate adaptation

Climate change resilience can result in complex urban challenges with multiple stakeholders. We are experts in turning these challenges into feasible and bankable investment and implementation programmes for infrastructure and urban development.

Data and Smart Cities

Cities seek to leverage new open data and ICT-based solutions to improve the efficiency and quality of public service delivery, stimulate sustainable economic development and achieve a greater quality of life for citizens. We help cities bring together technology, tools, and processes to develop and execute cross-sector Smart Cities strategies.

Liveable cities

Rapid urbanisation is creating negative impacts on the environment, human health and well-being, especially in deprived neighbourhoods, due to air pollution, noise, climate risks, lack of social cohesion, lack of physical activity and disconnection from nature. Cities have a pivotal role in facilitating improved health and well-being.

Smart Industry

Smart Industry

Digitalisation is changing the face of society and industry, resolving challenges  and creating new synergies and opportunities. With our expertise knowledge of the key drivers of change in industry (Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things and 3D printing) we help our clients to lead change rather than be overtaken by it.

Urban energy

Urban Energy

Together with cities, building owners, real estate and construction industry actors we develop energy efficiency interventions in large portfolios or real estate. Our added value ranges from introducing novel technology solutions, to creating financial policies that promote, facilitate and scale-up the implementation by institutional as well as private actors.