To what climaterelated question would you like the answer?

En aantal mensen in een bos die bomen aan het planten zijn

By how much will I reduce my CO2 emissions if I turn the heating down a bit? What’s the difference between the environment and climate? Anyone who puts a climate-related question to the Climate Help Desk of the Utrecht Young Academy and Scientists4Future NL receives an answer from a scientist — fully peer-reviewed, as is customary in academia. Within the space of a few months they had already received 150 questions. The researchers associated with the Climate Help Desk put all the answers online, thereby building a database of scientifically substantiated answers that align precisely with questions that people have.

The Climate Help Desk (in Dutch)

How powerful is the International Criminal Court?

Een muur met daarop een rode knop, met de omschrijving: 'press for peace'

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has issued a warrant for Putin’s arrest. Thanks to a huge quantity of evidence, such as videos recorded in secret by the public, the court was able to act more quickly than ever. But the chances of him coming before the court are small. What is the point of trying autocratic leaders like Putin? Do war crimes trials help a country move forward or do they just frustrate efforts to achieve peace? Historian Dr Iva Vukušić (UU) talks about the power of courts and tribunals in tackling international injustice. Political anthropologist Dr Ewa Strzelecka (VU) takes us to Yemen. The UN has called the war that has been raging there for the past eight years the greatest humanitarian disaster of our time. Why has nobody been convicted for it yet? How do you get justice in a ‘forgotten war’?

This talk will take place on Monday 4 December, from 8 pm to 9.30 pm, in Utrecht University’s University Hall. Admission is free. You can also attend online. You can watch all Studium Generale talks at a later date at

War and peace talk

Utrecht University and colonial knowledge

Boek over de UU en koloniale kennis, op de voorkant staat een kist, een kaart en een groep academici

In October anthropologist and historian Henk van Rinsum presented his book Universiteit Utrecht en koloniale kennis (Utrecht University and colonial knowledge). From as early as 1636 scientists from Utrecht University contributed through their work to the idea of Western superiority over the (as yet) undeveloped South. Utrecht University became involved in slavery and also in its abolition. This fact is the common theme that runs through the book of former member of staff of Utrecht University Henk Van Rinsum. A number of faculties are researching their colonial past; this book provides a framework for this.

Article 1 in art form

Giel Heeringa (links) en Marc Hanna (rechts)

“It’s impressively large and so beautiful. We are extremely proud and happy.” On one of the busiest intersections in Utrecht, close to Central Station and the Ulu mosque, Marc Hanna and Giel Heeringa have created a mural several metres high which highlights the importance of the Constitution and Article 1 in particular. As law students, Giel and Marc embarked on this initiative as part of an assignment during their degree. The idea was to bring this amazing article, that of equal treatment for all and the Constitution as a whole, to life for young people. Constitution celebrated its 175th anniversary on 3 November.

About the mural

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