Climate-KIC Membership

The Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) and the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute (ASI) are proud to announce that as of January 2019, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an official member of Climate-KIC.

02/01/2019 | 1:38 PM

Climate-KIC is a European knowledge and innovation community, working towards a prosperous, inclusive, climate-resilient society founded on a circular, zero-carbon economy. The backbone of the Climate-KIC community consists of about 300 different companies, research institutes, NGOs and start-ups across Europe with a common goal: bringing successful climate innovation to the market. 

Climate change related challenges – both on the mitigation and the adaptation front – require strong collaborations between academic and non-academic partners. “We are currently setting up new projects with partners in the financial industry to assess risks associated climate change”, says Dim Coumou, who leads a research group on climate change and extreme weather at the IVM. Climate-KIC membership will facilitate such climate projects that heavily rely on collaboration between academic partners, research institutes like KNMI or DELTARES and companies in the insurance or agricultural sector. 

Practically, Climate-KIC membership will offer new opportunities for VU scientists including funding possibilities, education projects and a start-up incubator. Moreover, Climate-KIC will liaison between their members and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam to create student internships and thesis projects allowing VU students to obtain hands-on experience in the context of climate related topics. This is a novel project that has been initiated by VU Amsterdam. “This Climate-KIC membership grants us and our students an excellent opportunity to link their course and research work with real-world applications”, says Marleen de Ruiter, researcher at the IVM, who initiated the Climate-KIC membership.

There are two proposal rounds each year and the next chance to submit new ideas and projects will be 30 April. Interested scientists are encouraged visit this webpage for detailed information and you can contact Paul Bijlsma (p.j.bijlsma@vu.nl) and Marleen de Ruiter (m.c.de.ruiter@vu.nl) for more details.