Laura Kurth, a PhD Researcher at ICIS, was interviewed for a documentary on Halal food that was broadcasted by Dutch TV on the 28th of June 2015. The European market for halal food is growing, but complex and globalized production chains make it difficult for Muslims to determine whether their food is halal-worthy. Certification bodies create standards and try to govern the production processes.
The documentary questioned ‘hoe halal is halal?’ (only in Dutch).
The studium Generale presentation: Building a Better World - A Choice of Sustainability Projects at ICIS, will give a taste of the research done in the field of sustainability at ICIS of Maastricht University.
Tuesday 14 April, 8 pm, Auditorium Minderbroedersberg 4-6
Sustanimalism: The (Un)Sustainability of Human-Animal Interactions – Prof. dr. Pim Martens
Our well-being is closely connected with that of animals. In this presentation, human-animal relationships will be linked to tools from sustainability science and some examples will be discussed (biodiversity, zoos).
City Labs and (Sustainable) Urban Development – Tim van Wanrooij
Cities face economic, social and environmental challenges. New forms of governance are called for, like urban labs. This presentation explains how guidelines are being developed to organize urban labs.
The comeback of the Electric Vehicle? – Dr. Marc Dijk
Already in the late 19th century electric automobiles were built. This presentation compares the introduction of EV’s in the late 19thcentury with today and discusses the chances for a successful revenge.
Do Indonesian Smallholders Benefit from Coffee Certification? – Dr. Astrid Offermans
A joint research program between the University of Lampung and Maastricht analyzes social and economic effects of global certifying partnerships. Is it still advisable to purchase certified coffee or not?
Free entrance. For more information on the presentations, see the Facebook page or Studium Generale website.
From 11-13 March 2015, René Kemp, Ron Cörvers, Joop de Kraker en Christian Scholl from the ICIS Institute participated in the second project meeting of the European Urb@Exp research project. Urb@Exp is funded by the Joint Programme Initiative Urban Europe and brings together four academic institutes, one consultancy and five city partners to learn from the governance experiments of urban labs in Maastricht, Malmö, Graz, Leoben and Antwerp.
As part of this project metting, 25 representatives of the different partners visited several experimental projects in Malmö, inlcuding STPLN, a vibrant makers-space in the former port area. The city exchange day was followed by an interactive day of workshops structuring the coming action research in the five cities. First results of the research on the experiences of existing urban labs will soon be made available on the website of Urb@Exp.
Together with DuurzaamDoor, ICIS organised and facilitated a participatory workshop to forge new coalitions for the public promotion of green and sustainable domestic gardens.
The participants to the workshop were CNME, IVN, Staatsbosbeheer and Intratuin Maastricht. The aim of the workshop has been to identify common ground and specific projects for cooperation of nature education organisations and a commercial organization like Intratuin. Both parties express a common aim: motivating people to green their domestic gardens to enhance urban sustainability. The different perspectives, approaches and operating contexts of both parties may be fruitful to reach a larger audience with well-developed educational content about sustainability and the role of gardens to improve the quality of life in urban areas.
The workshop was held on 17 March 2015 at Intratuin Maastricht.
The report (in Dutch) gives an impression of the workshop and its outcomes.
Intratuin Maastricht en natuureducatie organisaties samen aan de slag voor natuurvriendelijke tuinen
On Monday 23th March, The International Network for Programs in Transformational Sustainability (NEPS) has been officially launched. NEPS is dedicated to transformational impacts from sustainability education and research. Acknowledging the global dimension of sustainability issues as well as the emerging state of transformational sustainability science, all NEPS activities aspire to contribute to solutions to real-world sustainability problems. Going beyond the practices of existing networks, NEPS offers specific capacity building training, social learning opportunities, and joint intervention research projects leading to evidence supported sustainability solutions. Such solutions include the wide range from changed behavior and sustainable business practices to sustainable technology and infrastructure.
Partners in the network are Universities that offer a master and/or PhD program on Sustainability Science: Maastricht University, Arizona State University, Leuphana University, Lund University, Stellenbosch University, the University of Tokyo, Technical University of Catalonia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico.
For more information, contact Pim Martens
This 1-day symposium is open to students, university staff and others and will be held on Thursday 9th April, 2015 in Maastricht.
For the program, registration and detailed information on speakers and lectures, see the PhD courses section.
Brochure Master SSP 2015
The one-year MSc programme in Sustainability Science and Policy has a unique character. It has an integrative and interdisciplinary approach which is embedded in an international context. It focuses on methods and tools for integrated knowledge production and sustainability assessment for policy making. The Master SSP is an intensive programme where students acquire knowledge and skills to deal with one of the world’s most relevant and complex questions: how can we balance ecological, economic, and social developments for our present and future well-being? The ambition of this Master programme is that students learn to cope with sustainability challenges from an integrated perspective.
An external review committee qualifies the assessment system and the achievement of learning outcomes of the Master programme Sustainability Science and Policy (Master SSP) as ‘good’ (on NVAO’s four-point scale of unsatisfactory, satisfactory, good, and excellent). The committee focussed on the question: “Is the programme achieving its objectives?”, and the corresponding NVAO standard: “The programme has an adequate assessment system in place and demonstrates that the intended learning outcomes are achieved”. The review committee concluded that the assessment system of the final projects of the students is adequate, valid, reliable, and transparent. As to the quality of the final student projects as shown by the Master Theses and SAP Reports, the review committee concluded that the intended learning outcomes of the Master SSP programme are achieved as demonstrated by the academic level of the final projects of the students. Therefore, the overall judgement of the external review committee with respect to the assessment system and the achievement of learning outcomes of the Master SSP programme, is: ‘good’.
The midterm review of the Master SSP programme was conducted by Prof. dr. Rietje van Dam (chair), Prof. dr. Gerd Michelsen and Prof. dr. Bert de Vries.