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zonnepanelen op dak
5 November 2018
First long-term study of all the factors that influence the installation of solar panels on city rooftops
Duurzaam ondernemen
2 November 2018
The social behavioural skills of key figures within an organisation are crucial for effectively embedding sustainability ambitions, says Angela van der Heijden.
29 October 2018
Utrecht University students and researchers invited to engage with Utrecht City Council policymakers about local sustainability policy in the Climate Planet.
22 October 2018
Restoring populations of large mammals can help in mitigating climate change. This is concluded by ecologists from several universities, including Utrecht.
17 October 2018
How should the Chinese commons be governed? Utrecht University’s Frank van Laerhoven was a keynote at the Tsinghua University Conference on Chinese Commons.
11 October 2018
Four researchers from the Geosciences Faculty of Utrecht University have been named in the Sustainable (Duurzame) 100, published by Dutch newspaper Trouw.
11 October 2018
Researchers and students from the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development came together to discuss their research and get to know each other better.
Foto: Roemer Overdiep
9 October 2018
Climate scientist Detlef van Vuuren of Utrecht University wins the prestigious Huibregtsen Prize for his work developing the IMAGE climate forecasting model.
Windmolens op zee
5 October 2018
The PhD thesis of Jan Huynen at Utrecht University resulted in Blue Battery, a plan for an underground energy buffer in the Dutch province of Limburg.
4 October 2018
The Guardian published a letter signed by 237 academics calling for a radical shift away from economic growth to ensure sustainable futures.
27 September 2018
Utrecht University participates in the project PVP4Grid that studies the framework conditions of the use of locally generated solar power.
Julian Kirchherr
27 September 2018
"Perfectionism is paralysing too many PhD students", says Julian Kirchherr. "A more pragmatic approach to doctoral research is needed."
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.
Shanghai Ranking
5 September 2018
Utrecht University researchers are ranked second best worldwide in the Shanghai Ranking category Geography.
3 September 2018
During the start of the academic year rector Henk Kummeling presented the Student Awards to Elizabeth Dirth and working group 'Gewoon Vega'.
Elektrische auto's bij oplaadpunt
3 September 2018
Utrecht University PhD Candidate Marte Gerritsma has been awarded a €5000 Hofvijverkring Fellowship to study smart solar charging of electric vehicles.
Elektrische auto's bij oplaadpunt
16 August 2018
To achieve a smooth energy transition, more attention needs to be paid to regional differences, write energy researchers from Utrecht and Eindhoven.
31 July 2018
The findings can benefit nature conservation and restoration.
INHale UGlobe
24 July 2018
The INHaLE initiative was launched at the LANDac Annual International Conference.
20 July 2018
Researchers and students from the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, involved in 6th UN Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6).
19 July 2018
Utrecht University researchers spoke to employees of BNP Paribas in Amsterdam and London about the role of the private sector in a climate change world.
16 July 2018
Utrecht University is hiring four PhD candidates through an ERC Advanced Grant for a novel project analysing the steering effects of the Global Goals.
4 July 2018
Utrecht University researcher and solar energy expert Wilfried van Sark interviewed by NOS about why it can be a good idea to clean your solar panels.
28 June 2018
Over 140 Utrecht University students came together to present global pathways to achieving the Global Goals to 40 sustainability practitioners and academics.
27 June 2018
Researchers from the University of Oxford and Utrecht University discuss upscaling sustainable innovations during a one-day workshop in Oxford.
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.
Sol in glas in lood
1 June 2018
This year, five Utrecht-based researchers each receive an NWO-Vidi scholarship of 800,000 euros.
Amazone
29 May 2018
The Amazon rainforest stabilises itself, especially during dry periods, reports a new study by Wageningen University & Research, and Utrecht University.
Verwarming
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.
Aardgas
2 May 2018
Utrecht University energy researcher Dr Robert Harmsen develops smart road maps to find alternatives to natural gas in neighbourhoods.
Alternatieve scenario's
13 April 2018
Researchers from Utrecht University and PBL conclude that the Paris Climate Agreement goals can be attained with less negative emissions than previously shown.
prof. dr. Frank Biermann
6 April 2018
Prof Frank Biermann from Utrecht University has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant for his research into the Sustainable Development Goals.
28 March 2018
The increasing integration of renewable energy sources in the electricity system has resulted in a quest for flexibility.
IJsbeer op ijsschots
6 March 2018
Climate researchers from Utrecht University and PBL show that that there are ways to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C instead of 2.0˚C by 2100.
SEAC Roadmap
2 March 2018
Wilfried van Sark from Utrecht University has participated in creating a new roadmap for PV systems and applications in The Netherlands.
Veel uitstoot
7 February 2018
Ending fossil fuel subsidies would have a relatively small impact on greenhouse gas emissions, researchers from Utrecht University have found.
2 February 2018
Researchers at Utrecht University have set out a framework for modelling the complexities of food and water security under globalisation and urbanisation
Verticaal bos
15 December 2017
The conclusion of a group of researchers including some from Utrecht University is that policy worldwide is insufficiently adapted to climate change.
Logo IRIS H2020
28 November 2017
The H2020 IRIS project revolves around the preservation of energy and mobility at neighbourhood level with ICT and civilian involvement.
Ben Feringa
16 November 2017
Prof. Ben Feringa (2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry) will give the Debye Annual Lecture: The Art of Building Small on Thursday November 16, 2017.
Green Office Experience Circular Economy
6 November 2017
The circular economy is still a niche that is not well known by the wider public, conclude researchers from Utrecht University and Deloitte.
Earth System Governance Project
12 October 2017
Utrecht University will host the International Project Office of the Earth System Governance network from 2019 onwards.
10 October 2017
Klaas van Egmond, Maarten Hajer and Marko Hekkert from Utrecht University are in the annual Trouw Sustainable 100 ranking.
18 September 2017
According to scientists at Utrecht University, hydropower could provide enough electricity to supply almost half of the world.
29 August 2017
Martin Junginger and Gert Jan Kramer argue that solar and wind energy alone are not sufficient. They contemplates a future of clean energy and clean fuels.
Detlef van Vuuren
4 July 2017
In sustainability research we need to join forces even more, says professor Detlef van Vuuren of Utrecht University.
Globe in hand
1 June 2017
NWO has awarded both innovation scientist Andrea Herrmann and Earth scientist Laura Cobden a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros.
Als trump uit het klimaatakkoord stapt
26 May 2017
An interview with Professor Detlef van Vuuren about the G-7 conference that starts today. Will Trump step out of the Paris Agreement?
logo inside out
10 May 2017
Woningcorporatie Bo-Ex onderzoekt in het consortium “Inside Out” hoe haar hoogbouwflats energieleverend gemaakt kunnen worden.
Afbeelding van zonnepaneel
24 April 2017
The new cabinet has to make a big step towards sustainability quickly. Ninety professors write this in an open letter.
Artikel Science: minder papagaaien en andere tropische vogels door jacht
21 April 2017
The research by Ana Benítez-López and Pita Verweij led to international media attention.
Rode Ara in vlucht.
13 April 2017
Research shows that hunting leads to a decline by 83 per cent of tropical mammal abundance, and to 58 per cent fewer birds.
Globe in hand
29 March 2017
If you want your business to become more sustainable, you need to look at the total picture of previously successful methods, concludes Sjors Witjes.
22 February 2017
To structurally reduce CO₂ emissions in the aviation sector, sustainably produced biofuels are essential, say Utrecht University researchers.
16 February 2017
Symposium Ecogames: Game Research meets Sustainability
25 January 2017
Utrecht University scientists found that by burning wood pellets made of wood residue, climate benefits can be achieved within six years.
NS trein
22 December 2016
Multidisciplinary team receives NWO Complexity in Transport and Logistics grant
20 December 2016
A documentary. Utrecht University and the Amazon Conservation Team are collaborating on capacity building of indigenous communities in the interior.
Zonnepanelen
7 December 2016
The positive effect of solar energy as a sustainable energy source offsets the negative impact of the production of solar panels.
1 December 2016
De eucalyptusboom is sterk aangepast aan een grillig klimaat, maar niet zoals men zou verwachten, concluderen Utrechtse en Australische onderzoekers.
25 November 2016
Utrecht University’s sustainability research has the greatest impact worldwide, concludes Times Higher Education.
3 November 2016
Machteld analyseerde het maatschappelijk debat rondom het hoe en waarom van een transitie naar een meer duurzame landbouwsector in Nederland.
1 November 2016
Zonnepanelen presteren beter op het platteland, zegt Wilfried van Sark van de Universiteit Utrecht.
31 October 2016
With amongst others fascinating keynote speakers and impressive posters we can look back on a successful Sustainability Conference 2016 with pride.
De War
13 October 2016
Negen Utrechtse wetenschappers baren in een open brief hun zorgen over de verkoop van de Amersfoortse Warner-Jenkinsonfabriek.
Big data© iStockphoto.com/peterhowell
12 October 2016
All five lectures on scientific integrity are open to all staff and master students.
Mijn
3 October 2016
Ore reserves are drying up at a fast pace. Theo Henckens argues that an international agreement is needed.
Life+ REBus
20 September 2016
Two case studies from the Green Deal on Circular Procurement were analyzed.
12 September 2016
Keynote speakers, call for posters and registration
24 August 2016
Climate and environmental research and energy research score respectively 13th and 24th in the Shanghai ranking.
Global Sustainability Science
26 July 2016
Global Sustainability Science teaches students all about sustainability issues in a range of disciplines and how to view them from an international perspective.
12 July 2016
The major part of solar power systems that took part in the Tel de Zon campaign turns out to perform well to excellently.
Mangrove
7 July 2016
The Future Deltas Seed Money Call of summer 2015 resulted in six new Future Deltas projects.
29 June 2016
Six Game Research seed money grants were awarded to multidisciplinary teams of researchers.
27 June 2016
Brian Dermody from Utrecht University received the prestigious Martinus van Marum Prize last Friday, June 17th for his thesis which he wrote in 2014.
Business incubator
23 June 2016
Startups often have little insight into their own needs: they do not realize that their start-ups lack resources that business incubators can offer them.
Domotica bedieningspaneel
13 June 2016
Advanced technology has not yet been fully mobilised to make homes age-friendly say researchers from Utrecht University among others.
Domotica bedieningspaneel
13 June 2016
Advanced technology has not yet been fully mobilised to make homes age-friendly say researchers from Utrecht University among others.
Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development - photo by Jerry van Dijk
13 June 2016
How to realize a sustainable energy system within a world constrained by climate change and increasingly resource scarcity?
27 May 2016
Dorith Vermunt studied which lessons we can learn from entrepreneurs in the circular economy.
26 May 2016
Recently appointed Professor Rob Raven wrote the book The Experimental City.
Earth
22 April 2016
171 Countries signed the Paris Climate Agreement at the UN headquarters in New York on Earth Day.
19 April 2016
How can urban flood risk be managed? The STAR-FLOOD team created a step-by-step guidebook.
carina van der laan
7 April 2016
Carina van der Laan vertelt in een uitgebreid interview over de palmolieproductie in Kalimantan.
7 April 2016
Promovendus Mart van der Kam schreef een column over het opslaan van zonne-energie in elektrische auto's.
Prof. Marko Hekkert
7 April 2016
Prof. dr. Marko Hekkert has been appointed as Director of the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development
Student in the field
1 April 2016
Two more grants are available for PhD research projects in the area of NCMR. Preperatory workshops will take place on 13 April and 9 May 2016.
29 March 2016
Environmental scientists at Utrecht University have concluded that plants adhere to mathematical rules.
Zonnepanelen
22 March 2016
The Paris Agreement requires a stricter energy savings policy, concludes among others Wim Turkenburg.
18 March 2016
Zonne-energieonderzoeker Wilfried van Sark was in Parijs voor de ondertekening van een vehicle-to-grid-techniek intentieverklaring.
16 March 2016
With ‘Meet the Professor’, Utrecht University makes a connection with Utrecht’s’ primary school children.
15 March 2016
Researchers of Utrecht University studied an alternative financial system with a much smaller chance on financial crises.
11 March 2016
Klimaatverandering is geen argument bij in het debat over CO2-opslag, zegt Kevin Broecks bi BNR Nieuwsradio.
29 February 2016
Arguments about climate change are unpersuasive in the public debate surrounding Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).
S. van Meijeren
16 February 2016
As part of the Graduate Programme on NCMR, the first two PhD research proposals have been awarded with a grant and are currently being rolled out.
5 February 2016
Colette Bos vertelt bij BNR Nieuwsradio over haar promotie: hoe de wetenschappelijke agenda wordt gestuurd door maatschappelijke thema's.
Koen Frenken
4 February 2016
The sharing economy is a credit to consumers because the price of many goods has gone down considerably, says prof. Dr. Koen Frenken in his inaugural lecture.
28 January 2016
Sarah Gerssen-Gondelach werd naar aanleiding van haar promotie uitgebreid geïnterviewd door de Volkskrant.
26 January 2016
PhD student Colette Bos studied the influence of societal goals on the scientific agenda.
20 January 2016
Promovendus Marijn van Weelen is te gast bij RTL Z in een tafelgesprek over de hype, de mythes en the way to go van start-ups.
18 December 2015
Klimaatblog - Wereldwijd deden universiteiten mee aan de Global Sitdown. De Utrechtse wetenschappers maakten een collage.
17 December 2015
Klimaatblog - Pim Croes blikt terug op de klimaattop: "Ik ben nog steeds positief".
16 December 2015
Ecology and economy are not opposed to one another, argues Prof. René Boot, chairman of the Utrecht Academy of Ecosystem Services.
11 December 2015
Klimaatblog - In een videoboodschap legt milieufilosoof Floris van den Berg uit waarom de klimaattop in Parijs symptoombestrijding is.
10 December 2015
Klimaatblog - Energiewetenschapper dr. Wilfried van Sark was aanwezig bij het symposium Sustainable Aviation tijdens de COP21 in Parijs.
Rosalien Jezeer bij het Global Landscapes Forum in Parijs
10 December 2015
Klimaatblog - Rosalien Jezeer laat zien waarom klimaatverandering ook onze dagelijkse kop koffie bedreigt.
8 December 2015
Utrechtse wetenschappers geven in de Volkskrant hun visie op de haalbaarheid van de tweegradengrens.
7 December 2015
Klimaatblog - Dries Hegger van het Copernicus Institute betoogt dat het tegengaan van klimaatverandering klein kan beginnen.
4 December 2015
Utrechtse studente Floor Osseweijer onderzoekt BIPV-systemen, esthetische zonne-energiesystemen, geïntegreerd in de gebouwschil.
Caroline Uittenbroek
1 December 2015
Klimaatblog - Hoe komt het dat het zo moeilijk is om een klimaatovereenkomst te sluiten? Door Caroline Uittenbroek.
1 December 2015
Klimaatblog - Op dit moment is klimaatverandering niet alleen noodzakelijk, maar ook technisch en commercieel haalbaar, zegt Pim Croes.
30 November 2015
Klimaatblog - “We, all the scientists, have done our work. We sit down. It is up to you.”
27 November 2015
In aanloop naar de VN klimaattop rijdt prof. dr. Ernst Worrell vandaag mee met de Groene Top Trein.
Zonnepanelen
19 November 2015
Solar power will provide 2.5 million Dutch households with their entire electricity needs by 2023
UU-sustainability-posterprize-verwijmeren-dehoop
17 November 2015
During the International Sustainability Conference, 45 young scientists presented their research in poster format.
17 November 2015
The Copernicus Institute congratulates three of her professors, one of her students and one of her alumni with their ranking in the TROUW Sustainable 100 2015
Future Energy and Resources
13 November 2015
This seminar series features key topics linked to the research conducted in the Group Energy & Resources.
9 November 2015
Watch the one hour webinar 'Quality Assessment of PV Systems by Analysis of System Performance'
29 October 2015
Approximately 250 scientists met to present, discuss and listen to what sustainability means for Utrecht University.
14 October 2015
Researchers in different countries around the world have participated in intensive research on photovoltaic (PV) systems.
Zonnepanelen
12 October 2015
With the recent awarding of three research projects in the field of solar energy, Utrecht University has received a boost of half a million euros.
12 October 2015
Three scientists from Utrecht University are on Trouw’s 2015 annual list of the 100 most influential Dutch people in the area of sustainability.
prof. dr. Frank Biermann
8 October 2015
The Executive Board of Utrecht University has appointed Professor Dr. Frank Biermann as professor of Global Sustainability Governance.
call for posters
7 October 2015
The sharing economy is a fast-growing phenomenon. People share their home or car on Internet platforms such as Airbnb, Relayrides and BlaBlaCar.
28 September 2015
Author and science philosopher Floris van den Berg has written several books and has recently published his new book Beter Weten (Better Knowledge).
14 September 2015
Many Dutch businesses are not yet ready to meet the two-degree target, but researchers at Utrecht University can offer some tools to assist.
11 September 2015
Recently the European Commission has selected POWER as one of its Horizon 2020 projects.
7 September 2015
Researchers from Utrecht University conclude that the implementation of heat pumps is only really effective when the agreement is fully addressed.
7 September 2015
Research by Utrecht University has found that the roles of installers and SME construction companies in the Netherlands are severely depressed.
Future Energy and Resources
5 August 2015
The presentations of the seminar 'Solar and wind integration into the energy system' are now available online.
Detlef van Vuuren
27 July 2015
According to Detlef van Vuuren a maximal global average temperature increase of 2 degrees is an enormous task, but not impossible.
The coordinators and academic leader of the Academy for Ecosystem Services: Pita Verweij, René Boot and Marijke van Kuijk
8 July 2015
On Wednesday July 8th the Academy of Ecosystem Services was officially launched at Utrecht University
7 July 2015
Solar energy researchers from Utrecht University developed stained-glass panels with solar cells, that can generate electricity.
10 June 2015
More than one hundred and twenty researchers from Utrecht University gathered during the Urban Futures: Climate and Resources Sustainability Symposium.
2 June 2015
PhD student Pim Croes has devised a system to determine the real price of a product.
27 May 2015
Lieke Coppens wint H2O-prijs 2015
© iStockphoto.com/paparazzit
11 May 2015
Almost 1 million euros has been granted to the research project "Grage - Grey and green in Europe: elderly living in urban areas".
Student in the field
1 May 2015
Our Graduate Programme has four grants available to fund PhD research projects in the area of Nature Conservation, Management and Restoration.
30 April 2015
Climate researcher Hugo de Boer studies how plants can change under the influence of an ongoing rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration.
Koen Frenken
10 March 2015
Innovation scientist Koen Frenken awarded a €1.5 million grant for research into the evolution of innovation
In the Amazon, 95% of all deforestation occurs within 5 kilometers of a road (© Google Earth)
6 March 2015
Nine issues that must be considered if there is to be any hope of limiting the environmental impacts of the ongoing expansion of new roads....
Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development - photo by Jerry van Dijk
25 February 2015
Dr. Yuki Fujita wins the second prize in the NERN Best Paper Award 2015.
Koen Frenken
13 February 2015
NWO has awarded innovation scientist Prof. dr. Koen Frenken a Vici grant of up to €1.5 million.
Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development - photo by Jerry van Dijk
4 February 2015
Send in your full paper or extended abstract for the international workshop on sharing economy.
2 February 2015
Powerpoint presentations Seminar 'Key challenges faced by bioenergy: the need for an integrated approach'
Energy & Resources
30 January 2015
Powerpoint presentations Seminar 'Key challenges faced by bioenergy: the need for an integrated approach'
Hands holding Globe
21 January 2015
We are happy to announce that the presentations of the symposium are now available online.
Elektrische auto's bij oplaadpunt
19 January 2015
Large, established car manufacturers influence policy on sustainable cars. PhD candidate Joeri Wesseling explains how to deal with this.
16 January 2015
Biomass production may indirectly cause changes such as deforestation and higher greenhouse gas emission. Research indicates this can be avoided.
Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development - photo by Jerry van Dijk
20 November 2014
A recent visitation ranked Utrecht University’s Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development as the best in the Netherlands.
Energy & Resources
1 October 2014
The Copernicus PhotoVoltaic group submitted an abstract based on the very successful campaign “Tel de Zon” and won one of the nine prizes.
Hands holding Globe
18 June 2014
We are extremely proud that our project entitled “Controllable photovoltaic solar power facade elements” has been selected to receive funding by Climate-KIC.
Phosphorus threatens existence of endangered plants
18 November 2013
Plant species that persist in areas with low availability of phosphorus invest little in sexual reproduction.
Super insecticide imidacloprid has dramatic impact on insect richness in and around water
2 May 2013
Research by UU has found a link between the super insecticide imidacloprid and a decline in abundance of insects and other invertebrates in surface-water
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