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.
Professor Pim Martens has been appointed as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Graduate Program in Sustainability Science – Global Leadership Initiative (GPSS-GLI) of Tokyo University (Japan). The goal is to gather renowned experts from around the world who are involved in sustainability and related education in order to help provide a ‘sustainable’ direction of the program.
The advisory board’s activities will include reviewing program curriculum and educational activities, providing advice and guidance for continual improvement, helping identify perspectives or future directions that GPSS-GLI should pursue and suggesting new ideas concerning pedagogy, curriculum, underlying educational concepts, and other educational issues regarding sustainability science.
[Dutch] Op woensdag 28 januari organiseren KNNV, Hogeschool VHL, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, ICIS-Maastricht University, Alterra, Wageningen UR, Haags Milieucentrum en Entente Florale Nederland in samenwerking met de vijf icoonsteden: Groningen, Leeuwarden, Den Haag, Eindhoven en Amersfoort de landelijke aftrap van Operatie Steenbreek.
Het doel van Operatie Steenbreek is om de burgers te enthousiasmeren om hun tuin en of daken te vergroenen. Zo dragen burgers zelf bij aan de leefbaarheid van hun buurt. Bovendien zorgt groen in de buurt voor verkoeling, waterberging en biedt het een leefgebied voor vogels, vlinders, bijen en andere insecten. Meer informatie en inschrijving: webpagina operatie steenbreek op vitalegroenestad.nl en ICIS webpagina Carijn Beumer (coördinator Operatie Steenbreek).
A group of students who follow the Sustainability Science and Policy master programme at ICIS came to visit the United World College (UWC) Maastricht on December 8. The purpose of their visit was to share a bit of their knowledge with the younger generation of high school students who are also already interested in sustainability-related topics. The students discussed the complex concept of sustainability, ecological footprints of all the 16 represented countries and finally the discussion turned to considering the individual behaviour and habits and how could these become more sustainable. The workshop was fruitful, interesting and entertaining for both sides, so our SSP students are all already looking forward to the next time when SSP will come to meet UWC.
In a joint seminar, ICIS and Maastricht Science College invited Marc Bras from BMW to present the firm’s electric vehicle strategy. There was plenty of opportunity for the students and staff to discuss but also to check out the BMW i3, a full electric vehicle, which filled the court yard of our building.
News article in the Observant.