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Our Mission - What do we do?

SENSE aims to function as a school for PhD education and training in environmental and sustainability sciences, a national academic research network in this field and a bridge to society for sustainable solutions.


  • determining the minimum requirements for the education and training programme (TSP) of SENSE PhD candidates and the SENSE certificate for advanced PhD training
  • offering an introductory course to new SENSE PhDs
  • coordinating environmental impact assignments of SENSE PhDs
  • stimulating the development of joint PhD courses
  • creating an overview of all PhD courses offered by the SENSE partners open to all PhD candidates of the SENSE institutes


  • organising an internal SENSE symposium almost every year
  • supporting the development of research networks of staff and PhDs on topical issues


  • organising SENSE symposia and workshops to exchange information and research results with stakeholders on topical issues.
  • SENSE researchers are closely involved in advisory boards and committees on national and international environmental issues.
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We provide a disciplinary and multidisciplinary research programme aimed at advanced understanding of environmental problems and advanced training of PhD candidates in this field.
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