Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Welcome to SENSE!

SENSE Research School is a joint venture for integrated environmental and sustainability research and multidisciplinary PhD training:

  • School for disciplinary and multidisciplinary PhD training
  • Network for high quality environmental and sustainability research
  • Bridge for sustainable solutions at the science-practice interface

SENSE is a partnership involving nine Dutch universities and two institutes.

Model training for scenario analysis: River export of nutrients from land to sea, 11 May

One day PhD course on the modelling of river export of nutrients from land to sea using the MARINA model and the Global NEWS model. MARINA stands for Model to Assess River Inputs of Nutrients to seAs. Global NEWS stands for global Nutrient Export from WaterSheds. The models aim to better understand how human activities on land contribute to coastal eutrophication at the global and continental scale. The models quantify river export of nutrients by source (Global NEWS and MARINA) and by sub-basin (MARINA) for past and future. Application deadline: 29 April 2018 > Read more

International Conference Water science for impact, 16-18 October

Water Science for Impact will focus on water quality and quantity in the broadest sense. The conference brings together leaders in science, policy, and the public and private sectors to examine water science from a multidisciplinary perspective. Water science is crucial to expanding our understanding of water quality and quantity related issues that humankind encounters. Such understanding is key towards identifying critical water-related challenges, developing novel solutions and implementing steps that contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals. We welcome contributions from both the natural and social sciences, as well as from stakeholders and decision makers and from private and public sectors.
Abstract submission deadline: 30 April 2018. > Read more

Frank Biermann (UU) awarded ERC Advanced Grant for SDG research

Frank Biermann, Professor of Global Sustainability Governance (UU) and former SENSE general director, has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant. He will use this prestigious European grant worth EUR 2.5 million to conduct research into the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2015. The ERC Advanced Grant is the European Research Council's highest research grant and is allocated annually to senior researchers whose groundbreaking work opens up new directions in their field. > Read more

Upcoming Courses

PCDI course Employability Outside Academia 20 April, 25 May, 22 June (all Fridays), Utrecht


Raquel Vargas-López Microbial networks for bioremediation of chlorinated ethenes
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)
Graduation date: 1 May 2018