Transition to a sustainable society

The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development is the scientific institute for sustainability research and teaching of Utrecht University. We contribute to the transition to a sustainable society through scientific excellence in a multi-disciplinary environment. 

Our research contributes to improved knowledge related to all Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) as set by the United Nations in 2015. However, we are especially strong in knowledge development related to the eight goals listed alongside.


19 September 2018
Utrecht University Professor Ernst Worrell explains how a more circular economy is key to reaching zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
BIjendag botanische tuinen
18 September 2018
Utrecht University Associate Professor Jeroen van der Sluijs advises the EU Parliament PEST Committee hearing on EU pesticide authorisation procedure.
7 September 2018
Having led the Faculty of Geosciences for over eight years, Piet Hoekstra intends to step down as dean from 1 March 2019.


28 September 2018 12:45 - 13:30
PhD Defence of Marnix Brinkman
8 October 2018 13:00 - 15:00
Contribute to local sustainability policy and make a difference in the city of Utrecht at this event in the Climate Planet.
31 - 4
Oct Nov
31 October 2018 09:00 - 4 November 2018 17:00
The Winter School will combine a series of highly stimulating lectures and dialogues with interactive ‘writeshops’ focusing on participants’ work-in-progress.