Research mission

Towards healthy ecosystems

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.

Four research themes

RIBES defines four overarching themes within the research mission 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

Organisational clusters

RIBES is organised in three research clusters:

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

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