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


Research calculates: human consumes less than a grain of salt of microplastics per week Microplastics are tiny plastic particles that can end up in the environment and the human body. It is not yet clear how harmful microplastic particles are to human health, but researchers from Wageningen University & Research calculated that we ingest about 0.0041 mg microplastics particles a week (less than a grain of salt) and 12.3 mg in a lifetime. Their new calculation method means a big step forward in predicting the health risks of microplastics and the corresponding uncertainties.
Tuesday 23 March 2021
Research on reuse of wastewater receives 6 million euros The AquaConnect programme is to receive 4 million euros from the NWO Perspective programme and 2 million euros from companies and societal organisations. AquaConnect focuses on reusing wastewater and brackish water to build up a supply of water for use during periods of drought in the Netherlands. The NWO Perspective programme funds six overarching consortia for a total of 22 million euros.
Wageningen University & Research, Wednesday 10 March 2021
SENSE PhD member receives Research Award for new CO2 capturing method The 2021 University Fund Wageningen (UFW) Research Award was granted to SENSE member dr Irene Sánchez-Andrea on the 103rd Dies Natalis. Dr Sánchez-Andrea is an assistant professor at the Wageningen University & Research (WUR) Laboratory for Microbiology. She won the prize for her research on a new CO2 capturing pathway in microbes. She published her findings in the leading journal Nature Communications in 2020.
Wageningen University & Research, Tuesday 9 March 2021
How to better observe sudden changes in Europe’s climate It can be crucial to monitor tipping points in climate, whereas a tiny change can push a system into a completely new state. Researchers from the Hedley Centre have identified certain metrics that can be used to detect abrupt variations in the system of sea currents in the Northern Atlantic Ocean.
European Commission, Wednesday 12 August 2020
SENSE PhD blog about super cyclone Amphan Uthpal is a Bangladeshi SENSE PhD candidate who currently stays in Khulna, Bangladesh. His research in the WaterApps project is on weather and climate information services, which helped local farmers prepare before the cyclone hit. All of the farmers involved in the project harvested in time and have minimal damages.
WaterApps, Tuesday 26 May 2020
Investment of 14 million for better use of micro-organisms Together with SENSE partner Wageningen University & Research and the Delft University of Technology, the Dutch Research Council (NWO) will invest almost 25 million euros in research facility UNLOCK to study mixed microbial communities and their application. The research facility was approved and consists of equipment and human resources that will be used to gather knowledge on micro-organisms effectively.
Wageningen University & Research, Wednesday 6 May 2020
Doing a Phd in times of Corona (in Dutch) ScienceGuide asked promovendi about their experiences over the past few weeks. It is not possible to collect data anymore, it is difficult to work from home and there are worries about delays and the consequences for the career. The head of department waits for a central measure, whereas the VSNU and NWO point back to local departments. How to move on?
ScienceGuide, Wednesday 15 April 2020
Art performance Marten Scheffer (WUR) inspired by Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene Artist Tone Bjordam and scientist and musician Marten Scheffer performing live on stage on May 28th, 2019. The performance was the opening act at ECCA, European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2019 at CCB in Lisbon, Portugal, in front of 1200 people in the audience.
Monday 8 July 2019