19 March 2019

1.4 million euros in support of young climate researchers NESSC

The climate change research programme Netherlands Earth System Science Centre (NESSC), a Gravitation Programme, has been awarded an additional 1.4 million euros for research of climate change in the past. The contribution, awarded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND programme of the European Union co-finances thirteen talented, international PhD students. Utrecht University is the coordinator of the research programme.

The multidisciplinary research of NESSC aims to provide answers to the most important unsolved climate questions of our time. The contribution of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND will enable NESSC to further excel in research in the coming years. It will contribute to the education of a new generation of young, talented scientists.

Within NESSC, internationally recognized scientists with backgrounds in physics, earth sciences, ecology and mathematics join forces to collectively tackle climate related questions. The multidisciplinary, co-operative approach of NESSC research successfully advances the understanding of processes driving climate change, furthers reconstructions of the earth’s climate in the geological past, and improves on the projections and predictions of the climate of the future.

Marie Curie
Marie Skłodowska-Curie

Top five

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND programme of the European Research Council stimulates excellence in the training, mobility and career development of young researchers. The NESSC-proposal was ranked fourth out of the 43 submitted proposals. The programme will start in April 2019.

Climate questions

How hot will the Earth’s climate be in a hundred years? How much sea level rise is associated with our warming Earth? Will temperatures steadily rise or can we expect sudden accelerations? These are important climate questions, which our society currently faces. To find answers to these questions the Gravitation Programme NESSC was started in 2013, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. NESSC scientists work in five different Dutch research institutes: NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Radboud University Nijmegen, Utrecht University, VU University Amsterdam and Wageningen University.

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