Bridging the water

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The OKP Programme ‘Bridging the water’ is hosting a continuation of the Living Lab on Redesigning The Liesbeek River in Cape Town. The Virtual Living Lab is set up by UCT, HR, CEW and TU Delft. This living lab aims to study the dynamics of microplastics in water bodies. Groups of international students will work together in developing solutions for the waste problem in the Liesbeek River in Cape Town, and other rivers.

Participating students will become acquainted with the concept of a ‘living lab” and share an innovative cooperative approach that brings together academics, students, governmental organisations and businesses. This Virtual Living Lab will bridge the gap between theory and practice and aims to contribute to the solution for the river pollution problem.

You will find ways to implement such solutions in real life and learn which role you can play in this. The goal is to continue this work in real living labs in South Africa, in the post-pandemic time.

Participants will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the living lab.



Day 1: Thursday 23 September 2021, 9.30 – 11.30 CET/SAT
Learning goals: introduction into added value of living labs, and into the dynamics of plastics

Day 2: Thursday 7 October 2021, 9.30 – 11.30 CET/SAT
Learning goals: develop observations skills, learn about other research methods and how to apply them to the plastics problem

Day 3: Thursday 28 October 2021, 9.30 – 11.30 CET/SAT
Learning goals: present innovative and creative interventions to the plastics problem to a multidisciplinary panel


Active participation in all three sessions is expected. If you cannot attend one of the sessions, please inform the organisation.

Time investment: 10-15 hours is expected, based on online activities, homework and groupwork.


For more information, please contact: Londiwe Dlamini or Sjoske Tuinstra.

Bridging the Water is part of the Orange Knowledge Programme.