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.


Gekleurde laarzen in ondergelopen gebied
21 May 2019
Different types of residential areas will get extra money to adapt to hotter summers and heavier showers. Utrecht University is monitoring these projects.
20 May 2019
Utrecht University PhD Chris Eveleens has studied if and why incubation improves performance of startups providing innovative sustainability solutions.
Europese wolf in Polen
20 May 2019
As wolves re-establish themselves in the Netherlands, researchers put forward recommendations for protecting wolves and preventing them from attacking livestock


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