Category Archives: Utrecht University

European ban on fuel made from palm oil: “It’s not being grown in the right way”

From 2021, palm oil will no longer be permitted as a biofuel in the EU. This was decreed by the European Parliament yesterday. This is good news, according to Birka Wicke, whose research focuses strongly on biofuels. “Palm oil in itself is not a bad thing; the problem stems from the way in which it is cultivated.” Biofuels… Read More »

Approach to animal abuse one step closer with founding of Veterinary Forensic Expert Centre

In the Netherlands, research indicates that there is a relationship between animal abuse and domestic violence. Research in America and England has actually proven a link between the two. Unfortunately, recognising signs of animal abuse is a relatively new field, and is often difficult to accomplish. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University has therefore launched the Veterinary Forensic… Read More »

Large research project on refugees, human rights and European values receives funding

The European Commission has recently funded a large new research project in which Utrecht University’s Ethics Institute participates. REFUGEE CRISIS An interdisciplinary research team will investigate how the recent so-called ‘refugee crisis’ has influenced the self-understanding of the EU and its member states. The project also aims to develop an ethically justified view regarding refugees, and to clarify… Read More »

Warm ocean currents make Antarctic ice more vulnerable to melting

The kilometres-thick ice sheets in Antarctica could melt much sooner than was thought. New findings from Utrecht University climate researchers show that between 17 and 15 million years ago, the coast of Antarctica was completely free of ice because of the warm ocean currents that were able to reach the South Pole. It was even warm enough for… Read More »

Collaboration Utrecht University and municipality of Utrecht improves integration of refugees

Today, Utrecht University President Anton Pijpers and Alderman Kees Diepeveen sign a collaboration agreement. The goal: to improve the integration of refugees in Utrecht. With this, the municipality of Utrecht joins InclUUsion. Through this programme, refugees can enrol in university courses free of charge. They don’t just gain theoretical knowledge, they also internalise typically Dutch study skills. It… Read More »

Higher quality of public governance by more intensive collaboration of policy and science

On Wednesday 17 January 2018, the , of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (Dutch name: Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties, BZK) and Utrecht University signed an agreement. With this agreement, they strive for more synergy between policy development and research in the field of institutions and society. In concrete terms, this means that both parties will collaborate… Read More »

European ban on fuel made from palm oil: “It’s not being grown in the right way”

From 2021, palm oil will no longer be permitted as a biofuel in the EU. This was decreed by the European Parliament yesterday. This is good news, according to Birka Wicke, whose research focuses strongly on biofuels. “Palm oil in itself is not a bad thing; the problem stems from the way in which it is cultivated.” Biofuels… Read More »