Biodiverse fields, nature-friendly banks, verges rich with herbs a fruit orchard in a car-free, energy-generating area with the Botanical Gardens at its heart. A landscape where green spaces are connected to each other and to the natural areas surrounding it. This could just be a picture of the Utrecht Science Park (USP) in 2035.
Utrecht University aims to strengthen biodiversity globally and locally. This ambition is part of the Strategic Plan. How do we make this happen and why is it deemed necessary?
To make optimal use of our own scientific expertise, a Biodiversity Council has been appointed. The council supports policy development from a scientific viewpoint and provides the Executive Board with solicited and unsolicited advice on how the university can strengthen biodiversity. The council members are professors of various disciplines.
- Merel Soons
Professor, focus ecology, biodiversity and nature conservation - Chair
- Edwin Pos
Scientific director Botanical Gardens
- Hens Runhaar
Associate professor of Governance of Nature and Biodiversity, Copernicus Institute
- Marie-Jeanne Schiffelers
Associate professor, senior advisor and manager USBO consultancy
The university has made various dossiers, in order to make (ongoing) research and initiatives related to a certain theme understandable and comprehensible to a general audience. As such, a Biodiversity Dossier has been compiled as well.