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.


11 June 2018
PhD candidate Sierk de Jong argues that we can limit a large part of this growth by using biojet fuels, if we produce the fuel sustainably.
29 May 2018
The Amazon rainforest stabilises itself, especially during dry periods, reports a new study by Wageningen University & Research, and Utrecht University.
2 May 2018
Discussions about energy are usually on the subject of electricity, even though more than half of our final energy consumption concerns heat.


22 June 2018 15:00 - 17:00
By Dr. Jerry van Dijk (UU) and Geert van der Veer (initiator of the Herenboeren nature-inclusive farming concept)
30 - 31
30 August 2018 09:00 - 31 August 2018 17:00
The conference is part of the many activities that are being organized during the 100 year anniversary of Wageningen University & Research (WUR).
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.