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Sustainability in research

Products, technology and human actions impact the natural world. Research into these effects and how we should adapt is essential in sustaining a habitable planet.

News about sustainability research

Zebravissen in een aquarium

An easy way of making aquaculture more sustainable

Changing the way that carp are fed can substantially reduce the amount of ammonia they excrete compared to when they eat the same amount of food all at once. This finding is one of the outcomes of Wouter Mes’s PhD research at Radboud University.

Muskusrat in het water

Invasive species are animals, too: considering a humane approach

Invasive alien species are animals that may pose a threat to biodiversity, but it's time to deal with that in a more ethical way. ‘We need to take a humane, long-term view and learn to co-exist’ argues Cebuan Bliss, an environmental researcher.


Floating plants best at purifying wastewater and there’s a bonus: they can recover phosphorus

According to research by Lisanne Hendriks, an ecologist at Radboud University, azolla and duckweed are the best floating aquatic plants for purifying wastewater. The plants absorb nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater and so render it much cleaner.


Researchers from various faculties and research institutes are working on interdisciplinary projects relating to Sustainability.

Prof. Visseren-Hamakers, I.J. (Ingrid)
Dr Schipper, A.M. (Aafke)
Prof. Davidson, M.D. (Marc)
Prof. Huijbregts, M.A.J. (Mark)
Prof. Kroon, J.C.J.M. de (Hans)
Prof. Kosten, S. (Sarian)
Meurs, B.R. van (Boris)
Dr Haarbosch, S.W. (Simone)
Prof. Meijerink, S.V. (Sander)
Dr Müller, B.C.N. (Barbara)
Dr Teijlingen, K.M. van (Karolien)
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Groene parochie with allotment in Nijmegen

Green Parishes and Monasteries in the Netherlands

Parishes and monasteries are also following the social trend of sustainability. The Green Parishes in the Netherlands research project aims to examine and analyse the Catholic Netherlands’ approach to environmental friendliness and sustainability.

Living Lab Ooijpolder

Living Lab Ooijpolder

In recent years, scientists have experimented with innovative forms of biodiversity restoration in the Ooijpolder in Gelderland. The Living Lab looks at how the existing pilot schemes and initiatives have improved biodiversity in this region.

Een meting van medicijnresten in het Nijmeegse riool in 2019.

Prioritisation and Risk Evaluation of Medicines in the EnviRonment (PREMIER)

Pharmaceutical residue can cause environmental damage. Much of the medicines that we use are released into the sewer via excretion. That is why a European research consortium is developing a system that analyses the environmental risks of medicines.

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