Digital Bastards for a Climate Resilient Delta - Succesful Lorentz Workshop

News - 07 January 2024

Digital twins are digital representations of complex human-environment-technology interactions for decision support. Digital twins of the Earth are a means for scientists, policymakers, and the industry to engage with society and extract the best value from existing data and models to understand and interact with system Earth. We look back at a successful workshop, the outcome of which will be a position paper - to be published later - about modular digital twins of the earth. 

The workshop brought the designer perspective and the more comprehensive ‘user-perspective’ together. In doing so, this workshop aimed at transitioning the design of digital twins from the re-creation of human-environment-technology interactions to the co-creation of applicable decision-support tools. Such latter tools are known as digital bastards.


Femke Vossepoel, part of the executive board of our institute, led the scientific organisation team. Other scientific organisers were Stef Lhermitte (KU Leuven/TUDelft), Rolf Hut (TU Delft), Xiaoxiang Zhu (TU Munich), and Albrecht Weerts (Deltares/WUR). This workshop was organized with support from TU Delft Safety & Security Institute.

Lorentz program

This workshop was part of the NLeSC-Lorentz program, stimulating multi-disciplinary and data-intensive research in the Netherlands by developing and applying eScience. The Lorentz Center organizes international workshops for researchers in all scientific disciplines. Its aim is to create an atmosphere that fosters collaborative work, discussions and interactions.