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.
Energy of the futureThe climate urges us to revolutionize our energy supply. How do we generate and use new forms of energy? And how do we ensure that everyone has enough energy? That is what we are working on now, for the future.
Climate changeThe current climate change has big consequences for humans and environment worldwide. How can we deal with this complex issue, the biggest challenge for mankind?
AI & Sustainability LabWhat is the optimal way to irrigate agricultural crops? How can we best store the sustainable energy carrier hydrogen? In the AI & Sustainability Lab, computer scientists and geoscientists work together with public and private partners to find solutions to sustainability issues.
Responsibilities in circular economyThe Dutch government must set much stricter requirements for the reuse of products, otherwise, it will never achieve its circular economy targets for 2030. This is what the Circular Economy and Society Hub advices. Who is responsible, the consumer or producer?