Pathways to Sustainability Conference 2018

Pathways to Sustainability is one of Utrecht University’s four strategic research themes. This sustainability theme combines the expertise of more than 1,200 Utrecht academics from various faculties at the University. They work together in cross-disciplinary teams, researching complex subjects and facilitating sustainable transitions.  

In order to demonstrate how this collaboration can work in practice, Canadian professor John Robinson (University of Toronto) spoke during the first Pathways to Sustainability annual conference in February 2018. The renowned scientist in the field of problem-driven interdisciplinary research talked about the role that a university can play in sustainable transitions and advised Utrecht University to transform the campus into a large living laboratory.

Living Lab
He shared his vision of a campus where employees, researchers and students, together with companies and non-profits, maximise their cooperation in the field of sustainability. The physical space of the university will become a large Living Lab for testing, studying and applying new technologies and policies.