Interdisciplinary Thesis Labs 2021/2022

Apply now for the Interdisciplinary Thesis Labs! We have a couple of spots left for the Labs on: Sustainable Horticulture (deadline January 9, 2022) and Circular Building Materials and (re)Manufacturing Hub (deadline 11 AM on December 17, 2021). You can’t apply anymore for the labs on Sustainable Hospitals and Circular Aviation. These labs are full.  

What are Interdisciplinary Thesis Labs? 

Together with a team of 9 Leiden-Delft-Erasmus universities students you work on a sustainability challenge set by an external organization. You work on your individual thesis and follow a half year lab program between February and July 2022. In 12 bi-weekly sessions you gain insight into the interdisciplinary context of the challenge and how you can contribute to this challenge as a young leader. You meet commissioner(s), guest speakers and relevant experts, follow workshops, join a thesis group and create an interdisciplinary result together.The lab is supervised by an LDE-researcher. After participating in the lab you will receive a certificate of participation.

 In academic year 2021-2022 the following labs will be starting: 

Circular Aviation Lab

Circular Building Hub









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Requirements for participation 

  • We only admit students from Leiden University, Delft University of Technology or Erasmus University Rotterdam. 
  • We look for all kinds of expertise e.g. natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, design, law, health, economics, management, humanities and philosophy. 
  • You start your master thesis between February and April 2022. The size of your thesis is between 16 to 45 EC. 
  • You will find your own thesis supervisor(s). Supervision of your individual master thesis is not part of the program. 
  • You are motivated to join the half year interdisciplinary program and will attend all 12 bi-weekly sessions. Find the preview of the program attached below. 
  • You agree with the workload of the program: approximately 2 EC (56 hours). You are free to arrange credits for the program yourself (as a capita selecta) or follow the program as an extracurricular activity.