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


Five years of the climate agreement: “We can keep the earth habitable” Exactly five years ago, 196 countries signed the UN Paris Climate Agreement. The ambitious agreements have not been collecting dust over the past five years, to the great delight of Rik Leemans, professor of Environmental Systems Analysis at WUR. He feels that global warming is being taken seriously at last. And with the proposed measures it looks like we will manage to significantly curb the increase in temperature over the next 80 years.
Tuesday 15 December 2020
Prestigious Green Talent Award for SENSE PhD candidate Glory Edwards (WUR-ESA) Every year, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) hosts the prestigious Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development to promote the international exchange of innovative green ideas from various fields of research. The award, under the patronage of Minister Anja Karliczek, honours young researchers each year. The winners come from numerous countries and scientific disciplines and are recognised for their outstanding achievements in making our societies more sustainable. Selected by a jury of German experts, the award winners are granted unique access to the country’s research elite.

Glory Ikponmwosa EDWARDS (Nigeria), PhD Student in Environmental Systems Analysis, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, works on developing scenarios for pathways to a sustainable rice system in Nigeria. She develops these pathways from a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods including stakeholder participation leading to the development of a fuzzy cognitive map; scenario development linking with the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways; and land use modelling.
Wednesday 28 October 2020
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