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Symposium: A Positive Outlook on Negative Emissions Negative Emission Technology at the UT

Climate change is one of the great societal challenges of our time. To help prevent dramatic consequences of climate change and global warming, sustainability, emission reduction and resilience are high on the UT research agenda. However, we need to do more than only reducing current emissions: it is becoming more and more clear that CO2 needs to be removed from the atmosphere at a large scale. 

Because of this, the MESA+ institute is now starting a new research programme to develop such Negative Emission Technologies (NET). A symposium is organised on June 24 from 11:00-17:00 hr to kickoff this initiative. UT-researchers and representatives from companies and other research institutes are kindly invited to join this event to see what research initiatives will be initiated soon at the University of Twente for a positive outlook on negative emissions, and to share your own ideas on this issue.  

The day will include two inspiring keynotes from Gert-Jan Reichart from Utrecht University and NIOZ and Andre Faaij from the University of Groningen and Director of Science at ECN – part of TNO.

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Welcome with coffee/tea


Opening by Albert van den Berg (chairman of the day) and

Welcome by prof.dr. Thom Palstra (rector magnificus University of Twente)  


Interactive poll  (Hans David Wendt)  


Keynote 1: prof.dr. Gert-Jan Reichart

Head of Ocean Systems Department NIOZ, professor Marine Geology at Utrecht University


Keynote 2: prof.dr. André Faaij

Director of Science ECN, Distinguished Professor Energy System Analysis at University of Groningen


Lunch and Poster Session


Student Association Sustain – Oscar Bradley – NET and the SDG’s of the UN


Campus & Innovation – drs. Mariëlle Winkler – NET and Sustainability from a UT policy point of view


NET activities at the UT - pitches from different faculties on NET related research:

  • Introduction and Direct Air Capture ( Wim Brilman)
  • Bioenergy and NET ( Gerrit Brem)
  • Clays and NET (Prof.dr. Frieder Mugele)
  • CO2 elimination by reduction (Prof.dr. Guido Mul)
  • Coccolitophores as a NET ( Albert van den Berg)
  • NET in context (Dr. Cheryl de Boer)


Coffee break


Workshops on different themes:

  • NET - biomass routes ( Wim Brilman) - Kleine Zaal
  • CO2 elimination by reduction (Prof.dr. Guido Mul/Dr. Bastian Mei) - Amphitheater
  • NET - clays and mineralisation (Prof.dr. Frieder Mugele/Dr. Igor Sîretanu) – Audiozaal


Wrap up of workshops by chairs of the workshop sessions


Interactive poll (Hans David Wendt)  


Closure and drinks

What: symposium to kick-off NET research 

When: June 24, 11-17 hr

Where: Amphitheater, Vrijhof, University of Twente

Symposium: A Positive Outlook on Negative Emissions Negative Emission Technology at the UT