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Climate Centre financiert negen nieuwe projecten met impact op klimaatverandering

In de tweede editie van haar jaarlijkse seed funding call heeft het Climate Centre van de Universiteit Twente negen klimaatgerelateerde projecten in totaal  €126.000 financiering toegekend. De projecten variëren van het in kaart brengen van de temperatuur in steden en het onderzoeken van zoönotische infecties tot het vergroten van inzicht in biodiversiteit en het verminderen van het energieverbruik van educatieve labs op de UT-campus zelf.

De winnende projecten van dit jaar - geselecteerd uit 28 ingediende proposals- zijn gericht op het aanpakken van klimaatgerelateerde uitdagingen door het opbouwen van netwerken zowel binnen als buiten de UT, en het creëren van bewustzijn en effectievere betrokkenheid en communicatie. “Deze projecten sluiten heel goed aan bij onze visie dat samenwerking met externe stakeholders en het opbouwen van communities essentieel is voor het aanpakken van de klimaatcrisis”, zegt Cheryl de Boer, coordinating lead van het Climate Centre. “Deze projecten passen goed bij de GeoTechnoSocial-aanpak die we ontwikkelen voor het navigeren door klimaatuitdagingen. Het is prachtig om weer zoveel relevante en interessante projecten te zien, en ik hoop dat de steun van de fondsen zal leiden tot meer samenwerking, sterkere partnerschappen en meer succesvolle projecten in de toekomst.”

De projecten


De projectomschrijvingen zijn in het Engels.

  • GeoSocioTechMed Solutions: Developing a collaborative network to fight undiagnosed emerging vector-borne and zoonotic infections locally, regionally and globally

    Our project aims to explore how our GeoSocioTechMed approach can contribute to planetary health, specifically targeting zoonotic infections. Building on initial findings from our Seed Fund project, we aim to further foster collaboration among different stakeholders. Given the complexity of the health challenges, interdisciplinary cooperation is essential from idea to intervention. Through two workshops, we will bring together diverse experts including microbiologists, policymakers, epidemiologists and climate scientists, to shape a research and education agenda for a GeoSocioTechMed approach to planetary health. By fostering partnerships, our goal is to build a strong interdisciplinary, intersectoral and cross-border consortium for future collaborations.

    Team members: Nienke Beerlage - de Jonge, Justine Blanford

    Grant type: Consolidator grant

    Funding amount: €10.000,-

  • Change the climate - change the dialogue

    The acceptance and adoption of new geo-technological advances for cleaner energy production and mitigation of increased risk from climate extremes, relies on effective engagement, communication and relationship building between diverse stakeholders. In this project we will run a one-day, hybrid symposium at the University of Twente that aims to bring together media professionals, scientists, communication specialists, engineers, social scientists, students, policy makers, artists, industry, community groups and citizen scientists to share knowledge and ideas. The project aims to build new cross-sector and cross-discipline relationships to develop effective communication and engagement strategies and practices, formulating holistic geo-techno-social approaches for climate solutions.

    Team members: Heather Handley, Anne Dijkstra, Janneke Ettema, Iain Stewart

    Grant type: Consolidator grant

    Funding amount: €10.000,-

  • COOLISH: Carbonation Of OLIvine WorkSHop

    Enhanced weathering of olivine and other silicate minerals is widely seen as one of the most promising mechanisms for global CO2 removal for the atmosphere. At the UT we study carbonation of olivine, also at elevated temperatures and pressures in an innovative microreactor. Now we have identified a need to build a network that includes academia, knowledge institutes, industry, and experts on social aspects of technologies. Our proposal aims to strengthen the enhanced mineral weathering community by organizing a 2-day workshop, inviting a broad audience including experts from both academia and industry with a background in geo, technical, social science and governance.

    Team members: Arjan Dijkstra, Mathieu Odijk, Loes Kleinsmit, Pol Knops

    Grant type: Consolidator grant

    Funding amount: €10.000,-

  • Biodiversity Insights

    Campus biodiversity and natural values are not broadly known to or shared amongst people that live, work and study on campus. We hope to spur interest in the many life forms that our campus hosts, and that can be witnessed while people are at work, in study or are just making a lunch walk.

    This project will build awareness and make information on the campus’ natural values available online (TECHNO). Maps with area designations of observations of flora and fauna will be shared (GEO). The availability of this information will enable us to increase awareness on biodiversity and involve the UT community in its management (SOCIAL).

    The output of this project is an elaborate website with maps, seasonal short stories that elicit interest and other information on biodiversity at the UT campus and immediate surrounding areas.

    Team members: Brechje Marechal, Ray Klumpert, Rolf de By

    Grant type: New Opportunities grant

    Funding amount: €3.200,-

  • Innovating urban climate resilience through high-resolution thermal imaging

    The SenseHeat: Urban Temperature Mapping project aims to pilot a co-creation approach to combat the challenges of rising urban temperatures in cities due to climate change. By capturing detailed temperature data from urban infrastructures, the project seeks to understand the relationship between building facades and microclimates. This data will inform sustainable heat mitigation strategies, improving urban resilience and public health together with the municipality of Apeldoorn. Within the project, we will analyse existing thermal imagery, conduct workshops, and explore the development of a compact data collection unit. The ultimate goal is to provide scalable, context-sensitive solutions for cities.

    Team members: Monica Pena Acosta, Fariddaddin Vahdatikhaki, Yanqiu Huang, Rosa Aguilar Bolivar

    Grant type: New Opportunities grant

    Funding amount: €16.000,-

  • Unlocking Nutritional Potential of Staple Crops: Monitoring Nutrient and Anti-Nutrient Levels in Grains for Healthier Diets

    Measuring nutrient and anti-nutrient levels in staple crops is crucial to addressing the global malnutrition challenge of micronutrient deficiencies aka hidden hunger. Traditional methods like wet chemical analysis are costly and inefficient for consistent (anti-)nutrient measuring across time and space. We propose using UAV hyperspectral sensors to indirectly estimate nutrient and anti-nutrient content in staple crops like rice. This project aims to enhance sustainable agriculture and improve food security by providing timely data for better farming practices. It involves field data collection, laboratory analysis, and stakeholder engagement, with the ultimate goal of fostering climate-smart agricultural practices and better nutrition worldwide.

    Team members: Mariana Belgiu, Michael Marshall, Francesco Nex

    Grant type: New Opportunities grant

    Funding amount: €18.885,-

  • Geo-techno-social solutions for climate change: understanding affordances and constraints in impact-oriented funding

    The UT Climate Centre aims for geo-techno-social solutions with real-world impact. The search for impactful solutions, however, does not take place in a political and economic vacuum. Research on climate solutions is often (a) funded by governments that themselves fail(ed) to act adequately and (b) developed in cooperation with incumbent industries with strong stakes in the status quo. This could lead to biases in the kinds of solutions that are (not) well-researched. Our research project aims to quantitatively map the Dutch and European research funding landscape to better understand balance and bias in funding solutions to climate change.

    Team members: Guus Dix, Rosalie Arendt, Jurriaan Schmitz,  Frieder Mugele, Pol Knops, Linda Knoester, Aaron Pereira, Jeroen van der Honk

    Grant type: New Opportunities grant

    Funding amount: €23.000,-

  • COLLAGE 2.0 – Co-designing a Collaboration Platform for Integrating Geo-Techno-Social Knowledge regarding the Local Impacts of the Energy Transition

    Geo-techno-social approaches using collaborative planning support tools can enhance communication and deliberation between stakeholders over renewable energy solutions. The project goal is to co-design and develop a contextualised collaboration platform for wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy sources (COLLAGE 2.0) with a mixed group of energy transition stakeholders from Twente. Our vision is to make COLLAGE 2.0 an open and flexible platform for communication over energy transition pathways as societal challenges within the UT community and beyond. The project is a collaboration of researchers from ITC, ET, and BMS faculty at the Design and Interactive Space for Co-creating (The DISC).

    Team members: Johannes Flacke, Pirouz Nourian, Cheryl de Boer, Léon olde Scholtenhuis, Sikke Jansma, Anne Dijkstra

    Grant type: New Opportunities

    Funding amount: €30.000,-

  • Reduce the CLimAte IMpact (ReCLAIM) of Educational labs

    Educational labs are an essential part of teaching our student scientific and experimental skills. Unfortunately, labs require a large amount of energy to operate safely. In part this is unavoidable. Laboratories have more stringent safety requirements that require electricity to function. For example; chemical labs need increased ventilation compared to offices and ventilation requires energy. But not all lab functionality needs to be at 100% all the time. For this project, we aim to map the energy consumption of the education labs in Carré and to find optimisations where possible.

    Team members: Sissi de Beer, Pieter Boerman, Noah van Dijk, John Kooiker, Leonie Krab, Jéré van Lente, Annemarie Montanaro, Arnoud Onnink, Cora Salm, Rolf Slaats, Jet Stegge

    Grant type: New Opportunities grant

    Funding amount: €5.000,-


Het Climate Centre heeft als doel de ambities van de UT op het gebied van onderwijs, onderzoek en valorisatie van klimaatvraagstukken te coördineren en een impuls te geven.De belangrijkste doelstellingen zijn om studenten in staat te stellen een effectieve bijdrage te leveren aan de klimaatcrisis, strategische onderwijsopties met klimaatthema's te organiseren en gezamenlijk uitdagingen op het gebied van klimaatmitigatie en -adaptatie aan te pakken door middel van een Geo-Techno-Social benadering in zowel onderzoek als onderwijs. Meer informatie is te vinden op de website van het Climate Centre.

Onze visie is om een levendige community te creëren die de overgang naar een veerkrachtige, koolstofarme samenleving faciliteert door het bevorderen van transdisciplinaire oplossingen voor klimaatverandering. Wil je deel uitmaken van deze community? Schrijf je dan in voor de nieuwsbrief en blijf op de hoogte van nieuws en evenementen.