About Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences

The Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences (RIBES) is one of the research institutes within the Faculty of Science of Radboud University. RIBES performs top quality research with excellent experimental facilities on themes with high societal relevance.

Research mission

The Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences (RIBES) aims to perform world leading research in order to understand the response of the natural environment to human impact.

RIBES investigates stress and adaptation processes in severely affected ecosystems. This curiosity-driven, fundamental research is cross-linked with innovative applications in both industry and society with a focus on mitigating ecosystem degradation and finding solutions to restore the natural environment.

RIBES is (inter)nationally unique, as its research encompasses three major groups of organisms (microorganisms, plants and animals) and spans nearly all levels of biological organisation.

In addition to developing world-class research, the institute is dedicated to first-rate education in its Biology BSc, MSc and international PhD programmes.

Towards Healthy Ecosystems

RIBES defines four overarching focus areas within the research theme Towards Healthy Ecosystems.

  1. Macronutrients and Chemicals of Emerging Concern
  2. Physical Conditions: understanding responses and adaptation mechanism to stressors
  3. Biodiversity decline and recovery of ecological communities
  4. Mitigation of greenhouse gases

RIBES is organised in three research clusters:

  1. Ecology & Physiology
  2. Environmental Science
  3. Microbiology

All clusters participate in the cross-cutting research theme Towards Healthy Ecosystems, leveraging their complementary expertise in close collaboration with their large network of partners in academia, and public and private organisations.

Sustainable Development Goals

With the research theme Towards Healthy Ecosystems, RIBES aims to have a significant impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Life on land, Life below water, Climate action, Zero hunger, and Clean water and sanitation, and address important challenges of our future society.

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