Sustainability in research

Sustainability in research

What are highlights in sustainability research at Utrecht University in 2019? We would like to share these with you in the chapter on sustainability and research. On this page, we take a different approach.

The fact that UU researchers are making the news is not news. As a university, our knowledge is for sharing. In this overview, we’ve collected the sustainability research that has been highlighted by the media this year.

Where does all the plastic go?

Plastic waste is a major environmental problem, both in size and complexity. In the Utrecht Plastic Sources, Sinks and Solutions (UPlasticS3) network, researchers from various backgrounds are working on interdisciplinary solutions to this problem.

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We know more about the moon than about our oceans

The NICO expedition (Netherlands Initiative Changing Oceans) was a scientific cruise where more than 100 scientists from 20 organisations explored the changing oceans.

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The Netherlands after the sea-level rise

Maarten Hajer, the Scientific Director of the strategic theme Pathways to Sustainability appeared this year in the VPRO programme Buitenhof where he discussed future scenarios of climate change and sea level rise.

Radical change needed to achieve climate goals

The Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) found that, in order to achieve the internationally agreed environmental goals laid down in the Paris Agreement, a drastic change in society is needed. Paul Lucas of the PBL and Prof. Detlef van Vuuren coordinated the scenario analyses.

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Research influence age on health

A new consortium led by Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Exposome Analysis, Roel Vermeulen, will investigate which factors in our daily lives are important for our health. The consortium was awarded 17.4 million euros from NWO's prestigious Gravity Programme.

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UU builds first house made of mould

New building materials based on mould. That is the idea behind the Fungar project. This project received 2.85 million euros from the European Horizon 2020 programme, of which 720,000 euros will go to microbiologist Han Wösten and chemist Marc Baldus of Utrecht University.

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Scientists join strikes for climate change

In September 2019, the Utrecht Young Academy (UYA) - a select group of enthusiastic and ambitious young academics at Utrecht University - declared a climate emergency. The UYA thus joined thousands of scientists worldwide in the consensus that the concerns of the climate strikers are justified.

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Sustainable behaviour feels like doing chores

Developmental psychologist Sander Thomaes will use a grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to investigate how secondary school students can behave in a more eco-friendly way, aligning their ideals with their behaviour.

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Drought demands different mindset

Physical geographer Niko Wanders has been awarded a KNAW Early Career Award for his research into weather extremes. Niko investigates the interaction between extreme drought, precipitation, climate change and human water use.
 

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