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

News Archive

Open for applications: The VU Fellowship in Ethics of the Anthropocene: Religion, Ethics, and Environmental Change Application deadline: 14 July 2017
Tuesday 13 June 2017
PhD defence Sjors Witjes (Copernicus Institute, UU): More sustainable businesses based on past successes If you really want your business to become more sustainable, you need to look at the total picture of previously successful methods that have resulted in more sustainable processes, concludes PhD candidate Sjors Witjes. He was awarded his PhD in the University Hall of Utrecht University on 4 April.
Tuesday 11 April 2017
Climate Profit for biomass within six years When biomass in the form of wood pellets is burned in coal plants, it produces environmental benefits within about twenty years when compared to electricity produced using regular fossil fuels. If the pellets are made of wood residue or from trees in thinning forests, climate benefits can be achieved within six years. The sort of wood used is very important, according to a recent study by the University of Utrecht, which was published in the CB Bioenergy journal.
Tuesday 11 April 2017
ERC Advanced Grant for Maarten Krol (WU) Maarten Krol (WU, Meteorology and Air Quality) has just received a grant of 2.5 million euros for excellent science from the European Commission for his research proposal on carbonyl sulphide: new ways of observing the climate system. Our understanding of the atmospheric carbonyl sulphide budget is limited. The new research of Maarten Krol and his team from Wageningen University and the universities of Utrecht and Groningen could be a major step forward in our ability to understand atmospheric carbonyl sulphide and thus to diagnose photosynthetic CO2 uptake.
Monday 27 March 2017
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