Collaboration with industry and research organisations

Utrecht is the national focal point of Earth Sciences in The Netherlands. At Utrecht University research groups from the Faculty of Geosciences and the Faculty of Sciences study a large spectrum of topics concerning the solid Earth, its hydrosphere, its biosphere and its atmosphere. Key national applied research institutes are located on campus or in the nearby area, which stimulates collaboration and strengthens the quality of research and education. We collaborate with companies of all sizes, as well as with research organisations in the (semi-)public sector. In these collaborations, we value our scientific independence and we are always looking to engage the scientific questions behind commercial and societal challenges.

Amongst our partner institutes in the Netherlands are: TNO, Royal NIOZ, Naturalis, KNMI , Deltares, RIVM, PBL, and KWR.

Larger research programmes

The Department is involved in many international and national collaborations. On the national level, we specifically highlight NESSC, the Netherlands Earth System Science Centre; the NWO DeepNL programme; the Darcy Center for Porous Media Science & Technology; the national Origins Center; and EPOS-NL, the national contribution to the European Plate Observatory System.
In the context of the alliance between Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Wageningen University & Research Centre (WUR), and Utrecht University & Medical Centre (UU/UMC), we are also participating in the Centre for Unusual Collaborations (CUCo), in particular in the project Structures of Strength. National co-ordination of policies for research and education is further strengthened via the Sector Portrait Earth and Environmental Sciences.

On the international level, we participate in a number of EU-funded projects and programmes (overview on separate page). We are a member of the Geo.8 - European Alliance for Earth Sciences.