New Research Agenda online

Published: 11 July 2018

The new Deltares Research Agenda for 2018-2021, which is drawn up every four years, is online. It allows you to see at a glance the focus of our research activities in the next few years. Our research concentrates primarily on the medium and long terms and it is important for the knowledge base of Deltares and the Netherlands. It responds to issues facing society that also determine national and international agendas such as the Knowledge and Innovation Agendas of the Dutch Ministries and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN.

The research planned for the next four years breaks down into six important themes: flood risk management, ecosystems and environmental quality, water and raw materials, building in the delta, adaptive delta planning and ‘enabling technologies’. The last theme is primarily intended to allow new technological developments to be used in research and solutions, examples being the use of big data and artificial intelligence. There is a strong emphasis in the research themes on current issues such as accelerating sea level rise, the energy transition, extreme weather events and flooding, water scarcity and desiccation, the circular economy and the large-scale replacement of infrastructure. Read our new online Research Agenda 2018-2021.

Overview map research agenda 2018-2021 Deltares

Deltares conducts the research in collaboration with knowledge partners such as governments and research institutes. There is explicit consideration for developments in the market and at private companies, strengthening the research content and making the acquired knowledge more rapidly accessible and usable for others. The results are monitored and, where necessary, changes will be made to the research programme during the period under consideration.

The 2018-2021 Research Agenda was drawn up in collaboration with De Argumentenfabriek.