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ISI-MIP is a community-driven modelling effort with the goal of providing cross-sectoral global impact assessments, based on the newly developed climate [Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs)] and socio-economic [Shared Socio-Economic Pathways (SSPs)] scenarios. Based on common background scenarios (climate and socio-economic), a quantitative estimate of impacts and uncertainties for different sectors and from multiple impact models will be derived. (…)

NESO-Brazil (Nuffic-Capes)

The overall objective of this three-years project is to establish a network of excellence in integrated sustainability assessment (ISA) among higher education institutions and research centers in the Netherlands (Wageningen University and Research Centre and Maastricht University) and Brazil (University of Sao Paulo, Embrapa, e.o.).

NPT Strengthening Teaching and Research Capacity of Preventive Medicine in Vietnam

The project aims to enhance the quality of teaching and research for those institutions in Vietnam producing the staff for the preventive medicine system. The objectives are to improve both technical and training capacity of the university level teachers and training conditions in preventive medicine in Vietnam. (…)


Adaptation Pathways

The Adaptation Pathways project, also known as the Perspectives Project, finished in autumn 2012. In this interdisciplinary and participatory project, ICIS, Utrecht University, Twente University, Deltares, KNMI, Pantopicon and Carthago Consultancy, have developed and applied a novel scenario method to identify sustainable water management strategies for lowland rivers. (…)


The general aim of the ORGANEXT project is to research and develop nano-materials and innovative deposition techniques for next-generation opto-electronic applications and thin-film solar cells. It is a collaborative project of research institutes in the Meuse-Rhine region. ICIS is involved the analysis of the market and sustainability of nano-based products.

Perspectives in Integrated Water Resource Management in River Deltas

Water management faces major challenges to cope with potential global change impacts, fundamental uncertainties surrounding future developments, and a diversity of societal perspectives. This project – funded by Deltares – aims to integrate insights from the social and water sciences to develop integrated scenarios for water management in the Netherlands.


The SUN (Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods) project is part of the Interreg IVA Euregio Meuse-Rhine programme. Academic partners, the main cities of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine and people from the five urban neighbourhoods are involved in the project in order to improve the quality of live of these neighbourhoods, reinforce participation to sustainable development and increase exchanges and synergies between these cities.


The main objective of the project ‘Producing a shared vision on how to harness Research & Development for Sustainable Development (VISION RD4SD) is to ensure that Europe is able to contribute to a Sustainable Development of the world by formulating policies and decisions based on robust, up to date knowledge of highest scientific quality. (…)



The ENHanCE Project aimed to assess the effects of future climate change on the spread of infectious diseases in Europe and its impacts on human health and wellbeing. The project will generate a short list of (climate sensitive) pathogens that occur in proximity to the UK, France and the Netherlands or that could threaten these countries under future climate change. (…)


Climate Change and Tourism in Spain

Weather and climate are closely linked to outdoor recreation activities and tourism in general. So far, coastal regions, and more specifically beach tourism, have received most of the attention regarding the impacts of climate change. This project will, in contrast, focus on other tourism segments: rural, cultural and nature tourism are the target of this study. The project is part of the Second Work Programme of the National Climate Change Adaptation Plan (Spanish State Secretary for Climate Change).

Governance for Sustainable Development: The Case of Limburg, The Netherlands

The project aims at investigating how sustainable development can be attained at the regional level. The Province of Limburg will serve as a case study. Stakeholders will play an important role throughout the project. They will be consulted on improving the workability of the concept of sustainable development, on the identification of driving forces, on the possible ways of implementing sustainable development and on their wishes for monitoring and evaluation. The project is financially supported by the Province of Limburg.


This NWO funded research project examines experiences with knowledge co-production and the use of coproduced knowledge by decision-makers. A typology of knowledge co-production in the science-policy interface will be developed, based on existing classifications, as well as normative criteria to assess the effectiveness of co-production. (…)


INTARESE is a 5-year project, funded by the EU, on developing and applying new, integrated approaches to the assessment of environmental health risks and consequences, in support of European policy on environmental health. It brings together brings together a team of internationally lead scientists in the areas of epidemiology, environmental science and biosciences. ICIS will primarily look at the health effects of climate change (e.g., temperature extremes) and UV-radiation.



The main objective of this project has been to enhance our understanding of climate change impacts on coastal and marine tourism in Europe and to assist in the vulnerability assessment of the sector. A reassessment of the impacts of climate change in Europe that reflects the specific weather requirements of beach tourism was carried out indicating that, in terms of climate comfort, the impacts in the Mediterranean might not be as severe as previously projected. However, more attention should be paid to other impacts such as coastal erosion and water availability, which have been overlooked so far.

Sustainable education in Limburg

ICIS performed an inventory of education on sustainable development in Limburg. The aim of the project was to make a quick scan of educational programmes on sustainable development at schools in Limburg at primary, secondary and tertiary level; to analyse the role of external providers; and to explore the role of the Province. The project is funded by the Province of Limburg.

Sustainable Mobility

The project developed an integrated assessment of the mobility problem. It examined initiatives with alternative mobility in the Netherlands and in other countries. On the basis of the causality analysis and experiences with alternative modes of mobility, sociotechnical scenarios are developed that describe the co-evolution of policy, technology and behaviour. The project undertook a diffusion analysis of two alternative forms of mobility, probably hybrid electric vehicles and urban chain mobility.

Synthesis study programme VAM

The Earth and Life Sciences (ALW) and Social Sciences (MaGW) have launched a new programme ‘Vulnerability, Adaptation, Mitigation and Adaptation-Mitigation’ (VAM). Complementing the earlier NRP programmes that targeted the natural sciences, VAM focuses on research into the social and behavioural aspects of climate change, drawing on disciplines such as public administration, geography, environmental economics, socio-cultural sciences, environmental law, and psychology. The commission VAM has invited ICIS to perform a synthesis study, integrating all projects in the four themes under the VAM umbrella. Furthermore, this study will also provide guidelines for new research as well as policy measures.



ADAM is an integrated research project running from 2006 to 2009, funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the UK. ADAM will lead to a better understanding of the trade-offs and conflicts that exist between adaptation and mitigation policies. ADAM will support EU policy development in the next stage of the development of the Kyoto Protocol and will inform the emergence of new adaptation strategies for Europe.


The ATLANTIS project is an integrated assessment of future trends and impacts of tourism in Antarctica (ATLANTIS = Adventure, Tourism/Leisure in ANtarctica: Towards Integrated Scenarios). The project is funded by the Netherlands Arctic/Antarctic Research Program (NAAP) of NWO and is expected to take four years.


Network of Excellence on Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning. MARBEF is the first FP6 network and aims to integrate marine biodiversity research at a European level.


The central theme of the NeWater project is a transition from currently prevailing regimes of river basin water management into more adaptive regimes in the future. This transition calls for a highly integrated water resources management (IWRM) concept. NeWater identifies key typical elements of the current water management system and focuses its research on processes of transition of these elements to adaptive IWRM.


The objective of the PESETA project (Projection of Economic impacts of climate change in Sectors of the European Union based on boTtom-up Analysis) was to make a multi-sectoral assessment of the impacts of climate change in Europe for the 2011-2040 and 2071-2100 time horizons. PESETA project focused on the impacts of climate change on the following sectors: Coastal systems, Human health, Agriculture, Tourism, and Floods. For each of these sectoral categories, a corresponding sectoral-based study is developed.



The objective of MATISSE is to achieve a step-wise advance in the science and application of Integrated Sustainability Assessment (ISA) of EU policies. In order to reach this objective the core activity of the MATISSE project is to improve the tool kit available for conducting Integrated Sustainability Assessments.

Perspectives in integrated Water management

This pilot project focused on a new method of scenario development for dealing with uncertainty. In these scenarios, there is a focus on various uncertain developments (climate, space, economy etc.), and explicit attention to possible developments of social perspectives. The project was funded through the Dutch BSIK “Living with Water” (“Leven met Water”) programme and was co-financed by RIZA. In the follow up ‘Perspectives in Integrated Water Resource Management in River Deltas’, funded by Deltares (see Current projects), the methodology will be further developed.

Sustainable Tourism in the Antarctic Peninsula

This project aims to contribute to the development of effective management policies to preserve the Antarctic environment, while accommodating tourism. This project – funded by NWO – made these views explicit, and connected them with policy. Special attention was given to the scale aspect: is it necessary, desirable and possible to limi tourism in Antartica?

ZonMW scoping study

This scoping study (funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), in collaboration with Erasmus MC and RIVM), has identified the potential consequences of global environmental change on human. The results are presented in: Huynen, MMTE, De Hollander, AEM, Martens, P. & Mackenbach, J.P. (2008). Global environmental change and health: the state of knowledge. Bilthoven, RIVM.

Before 2008


The main goal of the WOTRO-CAMERA project was to assess how changing environmental and socio-economic factors have an impact on the risk of vector-borne diseases.


This research project, funded by the European Commission (2001-2003) answered questions regarding how communities and individuals could adapt to health impacts of climate change.


The “Cohesie model” provides insights in the behaviour of stakeholders involved in the building processes of urban restructuring programs. The model identifies possible pitfalls in an early stage and therefore stimulates a more progressive building process.

Dealing with uncertainty project

In 1998 ICIS together with RIVM started an ongoing learning process on dealing with uncertainties in a systematic way.

EPN (European Phenology Network)

EPN aimed to improve monitoring, assessment and prediction of climate induced phenological changes and their effects in Europe.


The FIRMA project aimed to improve water resource planning by developing and applying agent-based modelling to integrate physical, hydrological, social and economic aspects of water resource management.

Globalisation, Environmental Change and Public Health

‘Globalisation, Environmental Change and Public Health’ was a collaborative project with the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (MNP). This project studied the health changes in a globalising world.


Goliath was an in-depth study of global tourism (GOLIATH = Global tO Local Integrated Assessment of Tourism and Hospitality).


The HarmoniCOP project (2002 -2005) aims to increase the understanding of participatory river basin management planning (RBMP) in Europe.


Hot4 assesses the risks of climate change in the Netherlands. The project builds on previous projects results and aims to revisit and improve the quality and robustness of the assessment.


The INSURE project is an EU-funded project aimed at devising a flexible framework for indicators for sustainability in regions using system dynamics modelling. INSURE Dutch papers INSURE guidelines INSURE case studies INSURE other


This project analysed flood reduction and mitigation strategies in water management of the Rhine an Meuse.


MEDACTION was a multidisciplinary research project focussing on finding solutions to the problem of desertification in the Mediterranean region.

New methods for sustainable urban and neighbourhood planning project

In the context of the National Initiative for Sustainable Development (in Dutch: NIDO) ICIS has explored new integrative methods for sustainable urban development and neighbourhood revitalisation.


From January 2000 ICIS has been involved as advisor in the developing process of the National Environmental Policy Plan 4 (NMP4).

OCCUR (Ozone and Climate Change interaction effects for Ultraviolet radiation and Risks)

This project summarizes the present knowledge on the climate-ozone interaction, the past and present UV-climate in Europe and dose-effect relationships for health and aquatic effects.


Commissioned by the Dutch Ministry for Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Fisheries (LNV), the OEEI-evaluation project was aimed at evaluating and discussing the new OEEI guideline for assessing the economic impacts of projects concerning the infrastructure.

Parkstad Limburg region 2030 project

In this project a vision for the Parkstad Limburg region (situated in the south of the Netherlands) for the year 2030 was developed.


This project assisted the Province of Limburg to develop an integrated long-term vision on the future of Limburg.

Sustainability A-Test

This project reviewed existing tool and methods that are needed to support strategy development, ex-ante sustainability impact assessments as well as policy reviews.

The river Meuse and uncertainty management

In this project uncertainties were identified with regard to future developments in the area of the river Meuse.


With other GEO collaborating centres, ICIS was involved in the development of the scenarios of the third Global Environmental Outlook.


VISIONS is an Integrated Assessment project, developing scenarios for the European region.

And many other projects

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