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

News Archive

New hub in development on all aspects of circular economy The transition to a circular economy will demand changes in many parts of our society and in our relationship to materials. A broad university like Utrecht offers a key opportunity to explore this in depth and width. Utrecht University' strategic theme Pathways to Sustainability is therefore developing a new hub on all relevant aspects of our progress towards a circular economy: 'Towards a Circular Economy and Society'.
Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development and Innovation, UU, Wednesday 20 November 2019
Prof. Arjen Hoekstra - In Memoriam On the 18th of November, Arjen Hoekstra (1967-2019) passed away unexpectedly at the age of 52. He was member of the general board of SENSE. The University of Twente provides a condoleances form that will be handed over to his family. You can leave your message through the following link:
University of Twente, Tuesday 19 November 2019
Plastic nanoparticles make larval zebrafish hyperactive Nanoplastics influence the behaviour of larval zebrafish, says new research by the Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL) and the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML). The researchers observed that a certain type of nanoparticles leads to stress reactions in the sugar balance, resulting in hyperactivity in the fish larvae. The study was published on 18 October in Nature Communications Biology.
Leiden University, CML, Thursday 24 October 2019
Join the NWO Synergy award for PhD candidates We invite PhD candidates from all over the Netherlands from social sciences and humanities to submit their ideas! The Synergy Award 2020 will be awarded during the Synergy 2020 conference to the PhD candidate that has the most exciting idea towards impact on society. A selection of candidates will get the opportunity to improve their idea and ‘pitch’ in interactive sessions during the conference on 6 February. The winner of the SSH Synergy Award 2020 will receive € 2500 to be used for realisation of the idea.
NWO Social Sciences & Humanities Event, Thursday 24 October 2019
These animal species are dear to us, but can we protect them? Animal species that are dear to us in the Netherlands often spend a large part or all of their lifecycle in other parts of the world. But their habitats worldwide are under increasing pressure, are often inadequately protected and much poorer than the global average. ‘If we truly care about these animals, we must pay more attention to East Africa, and Central and South Asia,’ says Alexander van Oudenhoven, who co-authored a recent publication on this topic.
Leiden University, CLM, Friday 11 October 2019
Invitation Expert Review of IPCC Working Group II The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), currently working on the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), has opened the first review of the Working Group II contribution on the assessment of impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation to climate change by experts from 18 October to 13 December 2019.
IPCC Press Office, Friday 11 October 2019
SENSE e-News October 2019 SENSE e-News October edition released with information about the upcoming SENSE conference, PhD symposium, upcoming graduations, events and courses, such as the A1 SENSE Introductory Course on 23-25 October 2019.
SENSE Secretariat, Tuesday 8 October 2019
Young climate researchers in podcast series An 'easy-going’ science podcast with young researchers: scientists from Utrecht University talk about their research (and funny science facts) in the 'Makkelijk Praten' podcast. Drought expert Niko Wanders spoke about climate extremes, energy transition researcher Sanne Akerboom talked about the role of citizens in energy policy, and earth scientist Dr Peter Bijl about the evolution of the Antarctic ice sheet.
Utrecht University, Monday 7 October 2019
New book released: Local Consumption and Global Environmental Impacts The book describes how local consumption in urban areas is increasingly met by global supply chains. These often extend over large distances and have global environmental impact, contributing to pollution, water scarcity and deforestation. This book will be key reading for students in environmental sciences, sustainability sciences, ecological economies and geography. One of the authors is Klaus Hubacek, Professor at the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen (ESRIG), University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
RU Groningen, Friday 27 September 2019
History Database of the Global Environment Human transformation of the earth started much earlier than previously thought. Permanent agriculture and livestock herding led to large-scale changes in natural ecosystems and greenhous gas emissions already thousands of years ago. Based on research at PBL and Utrecht University a paper was published in Science in August.
PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Friday 27 September 2019