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

News Archive

PhD Symposium Innovations for sustainability: Tackling water and climate change-related challenges (10-11 October 2019) The theme for the 2019 PhD symposium is “Innovations for Sustainability”. SDGs cannot be achieved without new ways to respond to the interrelated environmental, societal, and economic challenges we are facing today. Overcoming these challenges requires us to think of innovative and smarter solutions that can have positive impact on sustainable development.
SENSE, Monday 2 September 2019
Lieke Melsen and Annette Janssen VENI laureates at WUR WUR SENSE fellows Annette Janssen and Lieke Melsen were awarded a NWO Veni grant worth 250,000 euros for their research on respectively the future of lakes in a changing world, and the human side of environmental modelling.
Wednesday 17 July 2019
4 million euro for training programme new experts in wildfires (WUR) The past two years were characterized by deadly wildfires in Southern Europe and an increasing number of wildfires in northern regions. This is a glimpse of what is expected in the future. The European Union assigns a 4 million euro grant to PyroLife, a project in which a new generation of experts will be trained in integrated wildfire management. Wageningen University & Research (WUR) will coordinate the project.
Monday 8 July 2019
SENSE conferentie Ons Toekomstige Energielandschap - cartoons
Thursday 4 July 2019
Spin-off Paul O'Callaghan (WUR): Combininga business and a PhD: a win-win situation BlueTech Research is a company specialized in providing clients with crucial water technology information. Founder and CEO Paul O’Callaghan successfully combines his business with a PhD on water technology at the Environmental Technology group of WUR. ‘Both jobs are intertwined. They complement and reinforce each other, thus improving the quality of both.’
Thursday 27 June 2019
Joost Vervoort (UU) awarded Vidi grant to unlock the potential of games for sustainable societies Dr Joost Vervoort (UU) has been awarded an NWO Vidi grant to research how simulation gaming can be used to experiment with new ways of organising sustainable future societies. State and non-state actors around the world are urgently seeking new ways to reach global goals such as the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But where do governments and other actors start when exploring the complex interdisciplinary challenges associated with achieving these goals?
Thursday 6 June 2019
Annemiek ter Heijne and Chiel van Heerwaarden (WUR) receive Vidi grants The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) will award €800,000 each to Annemiek ter Heijne and Chiel van Heerwaarden (WUR). They will be able to use this money over the next five years to develop innovative research lines and to establish the accompanying research group.
Tuesday 4 June 2019
‘Investment risk is holding back energy transition’ The present market regulations make it extremely risky to invest in green energy, and this is impeding the fight against climate change. This is what Oscar Kraan (LU) writes in his dissertation. The PhD defence was on 25 April.
Thursday 9 May 2019
Large-scale degradation of Caribbean coral reefs in the last 40 years The coral reefs of Curaçao and Bonaire have undergone large-scale ecological degradation since the 1970s. This degradation is mainly caused by population growth on the Caribbean islands and the effects of climate change. These are some of the gloomy conclusions drawn by Didier de Bakker, SENSE PhD candidate at Wageningen Marine Research, in his thesis which he defended on 17 April. But it appears that there is still hope for the coral reefs.
Thursday 9 May 2019
Microplastics widely detected in freshwaters, yet most studies are not fully reliable Microplastics are widely detected in freshwater, wastewater and a limited number of drinking water studies. But the majority of the studies (92% of the reviewed studies) cannot be considered fully complete or reliable on at least one crucial aspect of quality assurance. This is the outcome of a critical review study commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) and performed by the Wageningen Microplastic Research team led by prof. Bart Koelmans at Wageningen University & Research (WUR). The study will inform the forthcoming WHO report on possible human health risks associated with microplastics in drinking water, due in May 2019.
Wednesday 10 April 2019