During its second Climate Café on July 4, the University of Twente Climate Centre awarded a total of €190.000 in seed funding to nine climate-related research- and education projects. The projects vary from developing a smart water management system for a farm in Enschede, exploring the possibility of a pilot for a low-cost geothermal well on campus, to combating climate misinformation through the use of virtual reality.
The nine winning projects were among over 40 ideas that the Climate Centre received in response to its first call for proposals. “Many of these projects are truly transdisciplinary, crossing the boundaries of faculties within UT and bringing in outside partners.” says Cheryl de Boer, Assistant Professor at ITC and member of the quartermaster team of the Climate Centre. “They fit well within the Geo-Techno-Social approach that we advocate. It is truly impressive to see the breadth of climate-related issues that we as UT can contribute to, from healthcare to agriculture and from new, sustainable energy sources to climate justice. I believe that these projects are great examples of ideas that empower staff and students to contribute towards solutions for the climate crisis, which is exactly what we want to achieve.”
“We are proud that we received so many great proposals in response to our first call.” says Miriam Luizink, member of the quartermaster team. “We see this as a confirmation of the enthusiasm of the UT community to work on climate-related issues. Unfortunately we could not award all good ideas with funding, but we aim to make more opportunities available in the future.”
The Climate Centre is a bottom-up initiative that was launched in May 2023 to boost UT’s ambitions in education, research and valorisation for climate issues. The main objectives are to empower students to contribute effectively towards the climate crisis, organize climate-themed strategic education options, and collectively address climate mitigation and adaptation challenges through a GeoTechnoSocial approach in both research and education. You can learn more at the Climate Centre website.
Our vision is to create a vibrant community that facilitates a transition to a resilient, low-carbon society by advancing transdisciplinary solutions to climate change. Do you have questions or would you like to be part of this community? Feel free to contact us, or sign up for the next Climate Café on Friday 22 september.