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.


18 September 2019
What do you do when an invasive but very pretty plant with pink flowers takes over? For her PhD at Utrecht University Jetske Vaas investigated.
Foto: hroe via iStock
11 September 2019
Utrecht University researchers Julian Kirchherr and Ralf van Santen have identified five barriers in putting circular economy research into practice.
Business Incubation
10 September 2019
Chris Eveleens focused his PhD research on the structural contribution of business incubation to the performance of startups.


19 September 2019 16:00 - 17:30
Prof. Peter Bridgewater (University of Canberra) provides his insights on IPBES: key conclusions, their likelihood of adoption, and the future of IPBES.
25 September 2019 09:30 - 13:00
Sign up for the workshop on biofuels use in the marine sector to evaluate and discuss promising marine biofuels.
26 September 2019 13:15 - 18:30
Utrecht University organizes an Expert Dialogue to engage in the discussion on the EU’s attempts to enhance the goal of sustainability.