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

News Archive

Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation in The Netherlands On February 6th the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment signed a Statement of Intent together with global partners of the new project 'Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation in The Netherlands'. UNESCO-IHE is one of the parties involved in the establishment of the Centre, aiming to contribute with its expertise in capacity development.
Thursday 16 March 2017
Professor Joyeeta Gupta meets Pope Francis Joyeeta Gupta, Professor of Law and Policy in Water Resources and Environment represented UNESCO-IHE at a seminar on ´Human Right to Water´ in the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican City. She gave a short talk on the importance of emphasizing the sanitation component in the human right to water. She also met Pope Francis and signed the Papal Declaration.
Wednesday 15 March 2017
Interview with SENSE director Philipp Pattberg about the important role of politics in the Anthropocene in Bureau de Helling (the GroenLinks think tank) Philipp Pattberg, Professor of Transnational Environmental Governance and Policy believes that the Anthropocene needs long-term politics on all levels. Some questions are complex, some solutions are not nice to hear. This is why the discussion about how we want our future to look like is so important. Politicians have the responsibility to involve civilians.
Friday 17 February 2017
Prestigious BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award for prof. Marten Scheffer (WU) The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Ecology and Conservation Biology category goes to the ecologists Marten Scheffer of Wageningen University & Research and to Gene Likens (USA). Both researchers receive the prestigious award for contributing decisively to what the jury describes as ‘one of the major challenges’ of this scientific discipline: to understand and, where possible, anticipate ecosystem responses to human-induced alterations of the natural environment. The award will (in June) consist of €100,000 prize money, a diploma and a commemorative artwork. The announcement took place on February 7th.
Thursday 16 February 2017
SENSE alumnus Alexander van Oudenhoven (WU) Discoverer of the year 2016 of Leiden University Environmental scientist Alexander van Oudenhoven has been chosen as Discoverer of the year of the Faculty of Science of Leiden University. Vice Rector Magnificus Hester Bijl announced this during the faculty’s New Year’s Reception on 10 January.
Tuesday 24 January 2017
Dagelijks klimaatbericht biedt perspectief om te handelen Naast het weerbericht hoort een dagelijks bericht over het klimaat. Met daarin actualiteiten over de toestand van het klimaat, waarschuwingen en praktische informatie over aanpassingen aan klimaatveranderingen of het terugdringen van risico’s. “Het biedt een beter zicht op handelswijzen”, zegt prof. Albert Klein Tank, buitengewoon hoogleraar Klimaatdiensten in zijn inaugurele rede aan Wageningen University & Research op 19 januari.
Wednesday 18 January 2017
Atse Louwen (UU): Solar energy currently cheapest and cleanest alternative to fossil fuels The positive effect of solar energy as a sustainable energy source offsets the negative impact of the production of solar panels. This applies to energy consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions during the production process, according to a comprehensive study by Atse Louwen and Wilfried van Sark (UU), André Faaij and Ruud Schropp (Eindhoven University of Technology). Their research results are published 6 December in the leading journal Nature Communications.
Thursday 15 December 2016
Maryna Strokal (WU): Cum Laude for PhD on river export of nutrients in China On 13 December Maryna Strokal defended her PhD thesis “River export of nutrients to the coastal waters of China: The MARINA model to assess sources, effects and solutions”. She graduated cum laude. Maryna was a PhD student in the Environmental Systems Analysis group, and now a postdoc in the Water Systems and Global Change group. Her promotors are Carolien Kroeze (WSG), Ma Lin (CAS, China) and Luan Shengji (Peking University, China).
Thursday 15 December 2016
NVBM Award for Bert Holtslag Bert Holtslag, full professor in Meteorology at WUR, has been awarded by the Nederlandse Vereniging ter Bevordering van de Metereologie (NVBM) for his impressing contribution to the development of meteorology, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Much of his work is applied in current weather and climate models. He is also first author of the standard work "Clear and Cloudy Boundary Layers".
Wednesday 30 November 2016
Philip Ward (IVM-VU) in the Environmental Science Journal for Teens: How much do we really know about river flooding? After publishing a paper on comparing 6 global flood models in ERL, Philip Ward (IVM-VU) and his co-authors were asked to developed a version for the Environmental Science Journal for Teens. This is a resource for teachers of teenage children. It was a really nice way to present their research in a different way, which may also be nice for some other SENSE research.
Thursday 10 November 2016