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Education and sustainability

Several Faculty of Science degree programmes organise sustainability-related projects.

Future Planet Studies

The Future Planet Studies Bachelor's programme is all about the future. What will life on earth look like in both the short and longer term? Can the human race continue to carry on the same way and to organise and use the planet as we do now? Does it make sense to spend a lot of money on preventing climate change? How can we turn sea water into fresh water? How do we encourage the production and use of sustainable energy? These and other complex issues are explored in the programme.

Tesla minor

The Tesla minor is a 30-credit interdisciplinary minor for Master's students at the UvA and VU science faculties. The minor has students work in small groups to tackle complex issues presented by external clients from the business community and civil society organisations. Students will have to overcome traditional boundaries between disciplines and working environments.

One of the initiatives to come out of the Tesla minor is Anna's Tuin & Ruigte, a community biodiversity project. Located at Amsterdam Science Park, the project will enable the community to promote biodiversity and actively generate and share knowledge on nature and alternative agriculture methods. Anna’s Tuin en Ruigte is based on permaculture and will be integrated into the surrounding polder landscape.