What connects us all is the functioning of our planet or 'Earth system' and the interaction with human actions.
Faculty of Geosciences
The Faculty of Geosciences of Utrecht University has the ambition to be a global trailblazer in education and research with regard to our Earth system and sustainability, from the local to the global scale. We study the Earth: from the Earth's core to its surface, including man's spatial and material utilisation of the Earth – always with a focus on sustainability and innovation. Our unique combination of expertise in both natural and social sciences in a single faculty will enable us to achieve our ambitions.
Education and research should take place in an open and inspiring environment, with room for creativity, debate and critical reflection. We pursue disciplinary innovation and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration.
Our goal is to continue working toward a diverse and inclusive environment in which all employees and students are challenged to pursue their own professional development.
- Unusual collaborations What happens if you have a developmental biologist, an art historian and an expert in hydrogeology look at a social issue together? Eighteen Utrecht-based researchers are going to discover this: they all received a so-called ‘Unusual Collaborations Grant’.
- Climate change The current climate change has big consequences for humans and environment worldwide. How can we deal with this complex issue, the biggest challenge for mankind?
- Higher Education Bonus The Mixed Classroom, an initiative of the Urban Futures Studio in collaboration with the departments of Social Geography and Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, wins a Higher Education Bonus of 800.000 euros.
- Pathways to Sustainability With its unique combination of strong fundamental and innovation research, governance, and global models, the Faculty of Geosciences is closely involved in the Strategic Theme Pathways to Sustainability.