Introducing a new Knowledge Agenda Sport and Exercise

In 2016, the first Dutch Knowledge Agenda Sport and Exercise was published. The agenda aimed to develop sustainable partnerships between universities, universities of applied sciences, sports, local and national government, and industry. Now, Dutch experts are developing a new Knowledge Agenda with a longer time perspective and more scientific and innovative activities.

The Knowledge Agenda Sport and Exercise was a unique collection of all research relevant for sports and physical exercise. It expressed a clear vision and strategy, had strong content, and was future proof. It emphasized a broad multidisciplinary approach: from individual psycho­logical processes to physiological measurements, smart materials, and virtual reality.

A new aspect was the vital role of big data and data science as a connecting and cross-disciplinary link between the three main themes of this agenda:

  1. Improving performance
  2. Exercising a lifetime
  3. The values of sport

The Knowledge Agenda also served international ambitions. It closely followed developments in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Data science at the top

Based on these developments, the Netherlands developed into a major player in this field over the last five years. Universities, universities of applied sciences and other research institutes together formed an infrastructure for internationally renowned research. Furthermore, Dutch data science entered the international top.

Because of these developments and positions, we want to develop state-of-the-art knowledge and innovations, especially with the countries that organise the Olympic Games. The aim was and is to start a long-term programme and an international network based on the Olympic cycle.

New Knowledge and Innovation Agenda 2040

In 2020, at the end of the agenda, we want to build further on what has been achieved. At this moment, we are developing a mission-driven knowledge and innovation agenda for sport and exercise. A group of experts is currently working on a new agenda with a time perspective of 20 years or more.

These experts are supported by NOC*NSF, the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, and the federation of sporting cities. If we succeed in defining this new Knowledge and Innovation agenda 2040 for sport and exercise, the Netherlands will have a very strong, competitive, and durable research programme on a national level, leading to even more knowledge and state-of-the-art innovations in the field.

The main principle of the new agenda remains the same: investing and performing together, based on a multidisciplinary collaboration with a vital role of big data and data science as a connecting and cross-disciplinary link between the three main themes.


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