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Ecology and Sustainable Development, University of Antwerp

Pictured: In 2016 the University of Antwerp opened a large new ‘Mesocosm’ research installation to simulate and analyze the impact of climate parameters on nature. In the water tanks and several simulated rivers, the impact of temperature, pollution, oxygen levels and many other parameters on plants and animal life is studied. This Mesocosm is a joint project of the research groups SPHERE (Systemic Physiological and Ecotoxicological Research, https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/rg/sphere/) and ECOBE (Ecosystem Management, https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/rg/ecobe/).

Ecology and Sustainable Development is one of the 9 frontline research domains of the University of Antwerp.

https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/research-and-innovation/

Ecology investigates the relationships and interactions between organisms and their environment. It is closely related to sustainable development which does not only focus on environmental issues but also combines the concern for preservation of natural systems with social and economic challenges. All aspects of this multidisciplinary field are studied in a variety of research groups in the Faculties of Sciences; Pharmaceutical,Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences; Applied Economical Sciences and Political and Social Sciences. 

The expertise and combined research efforts of the teams already resulted in Methusalem financing, an ERC Advanced Grant and participation in the large-scale ecological infrastructure networks of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI).

The University of Antwerp also houses the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development (IMDO), which stimulates and coordinates multi- and interdisciplinary research in a.o. corporate environmental management, spatial planning, integral water management and environmental policy, and provides a number of master’s and postgraduate degrees in these areas.

Our relevant research groups also participate in the Flanders strategic Initiative for Sustainable Chemistry (FISCH), currently representing Belgium in the European Technology Platform SusChem.

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