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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
Climate experts WUR: European Union finally has incisive, green ambitions In a reaction on the European State of the Union, three Wageningen University & Research climate experts praise the EU for making its green ambitions for 2030 even more incisive. In the State of the Union, held by EU-president Ursula von der Leyen, the current state of affairs and ambitions of the EU are laid down. One of the most notable ambitions is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030, 15% more than the current goal.
Thursday 24 September 2020
Mediterranean Sea hotspot of marine microplastic risks Microplastics are found concentrated in seas. By the year 2100, 69% of the water surface of the Mediterranean and 54% of the water surface of the Yellow Sea could even show unfavourable conditions for marine life due to the pollution with microplastics, a new study, conducted by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and the universities of Ghent, Gothenburg, Utrecht and Wageningen reveals.
Thursday 24 September 2020
Nitrogen expert Wim de Vries (WUR) nominated for Huibregtsen award 2020 Professor Wim de Vries has been nominated for the prestigious 2020 Huibregtsen award for his work on “integral analyses of nitrogen effects for an effective policy”. The jury selected six out of a total of 25 submitted research projects. The jury praises De Vries’ ‘outstanding work, through which he positions the Netherlands distinctively on the international stage.’ The Huibregtsen award will be distributed on 5 October during the Science & Society Evening. The event will be live-streamed.
Wednesday 23 September 2020
Potential of achieving climate target with BECCS is limited Large-scale implementation of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is often considered to be an important measure to reach the climate targets set out in the Paris Agreement. A new study from researchers at Utrecht University, Radboud University and the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency shows, however, that over a period of 30 years, BECCS can only play a modest role. Evaluating BECCS over the full 21st century (80 years) does lead to a different picture: the total potential could be as large as current CO2 emissions, but comes at the costs of substantial land requirements.
Tuesday 15 September 2020
Three ERC Starting Grants awarded to UU Geoscientists On 3 September, the European Research Council (ERC) announced that three Geoscientists from Utrecht University have been awarded an ERC Starting Grant. Dr. Rakhyun E. Kim, dr. James Patterson en dr. Yanliu Lin will each receive 1.5 million euros to carry out their research over the next five years.
Tuesday 15 September 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