Erik van Sebille, an expert in the area of plastic soup and ocean currents, and Niko Wanders, a drought expert, have both won the UU Publi Prize. Never before has the UU Publi Prize been awarded to two winners at once. Two team achievements, in the form of Utrecht researchers' contributions to the NRC's climate blog and Europe column, were honoured as well. All winners received their prizes and honourable mentions from Henk Kummeling, Rector Magnificus of Utrecht University, during the New Year's reception.
Thinking in terms of solutions
Niko Wanders' research focuses on extreme hydrological conditions and how they impact society. He was a fixture in the press during last year's unusually dry summer, making him the 'face' of scientific explanations for the drought.