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

SENSE Research in Society

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23 January 2017
Rémon Saaltink: Poster pitch of key-results presented at the EcoSummit in Montpellier, 2016
> Watch the poster clip I recorded during the EcoSummit of 2016 in Montpellier about "Smart ecosystems: using the concept of eco-engineering for large-scale wetland construction in the Netherlands"

29 December 2016
Jetske Vaas (UU): Upon leaving Saba
Two months on Saba have flown by: interviewing people, being toured around gardens, getting a peek of local politics and becoming more and more attached to the quirks of Saba's nature and people. Since it will take a long time before our research will really have an impact on Saba, I didn’t want to leave the island without leaving something behind. Therefore Elizabeth and I made a flyer on Coralita, explaining the phenomenon and what our research aims to do.
> Read the blogpost

6 December 2016
Ineke Roeling (UU): Plant diversity in grasslands: the role of the N:P ratio
It is a strong image. Search online for 'Dutch grasslands' and you will find pictures of green grass, black-and-white cows, a ditch and a mill. These are agricultural grasslands. However, when I think of grasslands, I think of semi-natural grasslands, basically nature reserves. These are grasslands filled with grasses and herbs, many of them also endangered plant species. These semi-natural grasslands have been protected for years, but are still threatened. For the past years I have been studying the effect of eutrophication on the species richness in these grasslands.
> Read the blogpost

28 November 2016
Jetske Vaas (UU): When Utrecht models meet Saban reality
One of the main ingredients of PhD research is experiments that provide answers to your research questions. In natural sciences this might typically involve work in a lab, while in social sciences data is often gathered through fieldwork. The “field” in fieldwork refers to a location you go where the phenomenon you are interested in occurs. This could be a peanut butter factory if you’re interested in the work ethos of Calvé, or the Caribbean, if you’re as lucky as I am. I’ve been on Saba for a month now gathering data for my research on the management of invasive alien plant species.
> Read the blogpost

10 November 2016
Daniel Engström-Stenson and Oscar Widerberg (VU): Linking state, non-state and subnational climate action: The case of Sweden
Successful international climate policy depends on domestic actors’ acceptance and actions. Cities, regions, investors, companies and civil society organizations are crucial for implementing the Paris Agreement. The proliferation of non-state climate actions is therefore a positive development, symbolizing the commitments of players outside of the UNFCCC in contributing to halting dangerous global warming at well below 2 degrees Celsius.
> Read the blogpost

10 November 2016
Jetske Vaas and Elizabeth Haber (UU): Outreach in the Caribbean
Despite scientists’ strong commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, the public has shown changing trust in the scientific community since the mid 1970’s. This erosion of trust is often blamed on scientists’ difficulty with communicating their research to the public. It is up to scientists, then, to find effective ways to communicate their research without compromising the truth. This call to action is beautifully illustrated by a quote from a Scientific American blog post about communicating science: “We need to learn to engage without sensationalizing, enchant without deceiving, compel while staying true to the underlying science.”
> Read the blogpost

30 September 2016
Rémon Saaltink & Iris Pit (UU): Conference in downtown Montpellier: a work-related holiday?
As a PhD student you get the opportunity to go to conferences to showcase your research (and also to get a breather from your daily worries in the office; a necessity!). Finally getting out of the lab or office, go abroad, talk to people who inspire you and all will transform in new energy to continue your research. The goal of a conference is to show ongoing or finished research and to network, which may be of great help when finding a new research position like a post-doc.
> Read the blogpost

30 August 2016
Supriatin (WU): Low selenium in Dutch soils. What are the consequences?
It is common for Dutch people to drink milk every day, either during breakfast or lunch. Up to now, they probably do not realize that their milk does not only contain protein and vitamins, but also essential nutrients, such as iron, zinc, etc., including selenium. Any other foods such as cereals, meat, seafood, nuts, and other dairy products also contain selenium.
> Read the blogpost

29 July 2016
Jetske Vaas (UU): The Most Painful Question to Ask a PhD Candidate
As a good scientist, without having conducted any sort of survey or poll and instead reasoning solely from my own stereotypes and prejudices, I’m convinced that the single most dreaded question by every PhD candidate out there is “So, how’s your research going?”. Nice people are most often the villains asking these questions, and in fact, the nicest of them who really care about the answer are the worst you can come across.
> Read Jetske's blogpost

2015
Bregje van der Bolt (WU) in documentary about Tipping Points
SENSE PhD candidate Bregje van der Bolt (WU) took part in a documentary for Dutch school children, explaining climate change and tipping points. Bregje also takes part in an outreach programme for high school pupils and therefore has her own page on the website www.tippingpointahead.nl, where children can ask her questions.
> Watch the documentary

27 May 2015
Hugo de Boer (UU) on YouTube about "Transpiring plants in a changing climate"
Climate researcher Hugo de Boer studies how photosynthesis and the transpiration of plants can change under the influence of an ongoing rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration. As changes can take a long time to be visible, they are difficult to investigate. In the video portrait below De Boer explains how he deals with this problem.
> Watch the video

9 January 2015
Anastasia Georgantzopoulou explains "Silver nanoparticles, effects on environment and health" with animations on YouTube
> Watch the video

21 July 2014
Blog on cruise tourism on the North pole by SENSE researcher Linde van Bets
Researchers on expedition to the North pole report their findings in a blog. Linde van Bets, SENSE PhD researcher at the Environmental Policy Group of Wageningen University, is at Spitsbergen to investigate how expedition cruise tourism adapts to ecosystem changes.
> Blog Arctic Research Expeditions

March 2014
SENSE alumna Marjolein Helder speaks at TEDxBinnenhof
> Watch the video on YouTube

30 January 2014
Six SENSE PhD candidates' pitches on Water
View the playlist of the pitches or make your own selection:

29 March 2013
Marjolein Helder : Plant-e Elevator Pitch for lifesciences@work
The Elevator Pitch of SENSE alumna Marjolein Helder of Plant-e (http://plant-e.com/) for lifesciences@work. Plant-e is a company that develops and produces products in which living plants generate electricity. The company was founded on September 14, 2009 as a spin-off from the sub-department of Environmental Technology of Wageningen University by David Strik and Marjolein Helder. Both David Strik and Marjolein Helder work part-time as researcher and part-time as entrepreneur to develop fundamental technology and products based on the technology at the same time.
> Watch the video on YouTube

30 January 2013
Alexey Pristupa : Stagnating liquid biofuel developments in Russia
SENSE PhD candidate Alexey Pristupa presents the major findings from the article "Stagnating liquid biofuel developments in Russia: Present status and future perspectives", that was written by him in collaboration with Arthur Mol and Peter Oosterveer.
> Watch the video on YouTube