Sustainable Development Goals

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 (SDGs) as set by the United Nations in 2015. However, we are especially strong in knowledge development related to the eight goals listed below.


Een lege Tweede Kamer
15 May 2019
Five Utrecht University researchers have taken part in the Dutch House of Representatives’ round-table discussions about among others energy transition.
Verticaal bos
26 April 2019
In residents’ initiatives that aim to boost a city’s climate resilience, municipalities aim to focus more on facilitating, according to UU scientists.
25 April 2019
A new study co-authored by Utrecht University researchers provides insights in how we can manage savannas and grasslands under a changing climate.


23 May 2019 13:00 - 18:00
Join this unique symposium on the SDGs organized together with Gemeente Utrecht and SDG Coordinator for the Netherlands, Hugo von Meijenfeldt.
3 - 5
3 June 2019 09:24 - 5 June 2019 23:00
Online Conference about Nutrition-sentitive Agriculture organised by the the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) of the United Nations
27 - 29
27 June 2019 18:00 - 29 June 2019 17:00
The 6th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy (ISWE) will be held on 28-29 June, 2019.