The Master Environment and Resource Management (ERM) is designed to train the next generation of environmental decision-makers to work on the sustainability challenges of our time. Students learn to work towards finding solutions for societal problems related to natural resource depletion and environmental change. The programme is highly international in character and is open for students from all disciplinary backgrounds.
Is overweight among young people best prevented by targeted TV commercials, by serving healthier food in school canteens, or by giving pupils three hours of extra PE lessons a week? While overweight can be solved by developing an anti-fat pill, health scientists are also looking to other possible solutions. These include higher taxes on fatty foods or modifying the residential environment to include more play facilities for children.
How do contaminants enter our bodies and the environment? How might they affect current and future generations? Products such as pesticides, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and flame retardants have become indispensable, but their use is not without risk. The Institute of Environmental Studies addresses these questions.
How does the Earth ‘work’? Is there any chance of an earthquake in the Netherlands? How long will there be clean drinking water for everybody? Earth scientists study mountains, fossils, minerals, icecaps, rivers and oceans in order to understand how the earth fits together as a system. Whether you are delving into geological history or examining present-day consequences, understanding System Earth is the key.
Genomics pioneer Craig Venter declared in 1998: "We are now starting the century of biology". Thanks to the genomics revolution, we now know a great deal more about the evolutionary connection between humans, animals and plants. And this evolution is still in progress everywhere around us! Which discoveries are still to be expected? Evolution is one of the main research themes at the department of Ecology.
- Urbanization increasingly constrains global food production
- Microplastic contamination widespread throughout Dutch marine and freshwater systems
- Diamond’s 2-billion-year growth charts tectonic shift in early Earth’s carbon cycle
- Humans caused Australia’s megafaunal extinction
- TOP grant for VU and VUmc: “Towards better phenotyping and cellular models for sensory sensitivity in Autism Spectrum Disorder”