The Netherlands Consortium on Climate Change Adaptation will be a dynamic structure. Seven members came together to found it, but over the coming years new members may join.
Climate-KIC is the European Union’s largest public-private innovation partnership dedicated to addressing climate change challenges. It is one of six ‘knowledge and innovation communities’ of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), an independent body set up by the EU in 2008 to spur innovation and entrepreneurship in order to overcome European challenges.
In the Netherlands, core academic partners of Climate-KIC are TU Delft, Wageningen University and Utrecht University.
Over the next five years, Climate-KIC will expand its efforts into catalysing and facilitating climate adaptation-related innovation. It will use an outcome-oriented approach that helps tackle key adaptation challenges, aligned with other international initiatives and policy frameworks. Climate-KIC’s aims to lead innovation in a way that brings jobs, economic growth and more resilience to impacts of climate change, both in Europe and globally.
KWR – Watercycle Research Institute
KWR is an independent research institute owned by the Dutch and Belgian water industry. The institute has built a solid reputation as a top-level innovation accelerator and international network builder, coordinating a growing list of national and international collaborations related to management of the water cycle. KWR researchers work at the interface of science, business and society. They know how to translate scientific knowledge into applicable, practical solutions for end-users in the Dutch and international water sector.
KNMI – Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
KNMI is a government institute that resides under the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. It is the national research and information centre for meteorology, climate, air quality, and seismology. It monitors all risks with atmospheric or seismic origins.
KNMI is a key knowledge partner of the Dutch government in the area of climate change. Internationally, it works with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the European Commission, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), among others, and with various global research collaboration programmes.
RIVM – National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
RIVM is a government institute that resides under the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. RIVM’s work relates to climate change adaptation through its knowledge of public health, infectious diseases and environmental quality. Direct and indirect climate change effects such as flooding, distribution of water- and vector-borne illnesses and heat stress will have all sorts of impacts on people, health systems and society at large. RIVM’s work includes research into health systems, sources of drinking water, air, water and soil quality, and sustainable and healthy living environments.
NIOZ – Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal NIOZ is a research institute of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. NIOZ closely collaborates with Utrecht University and other universities and marine institutes both within and outside of the Netherlands.
NIOZ carries out fundamental and applied marine research that addresses important scientific and societal questions around deltas and estuaries, seas and oceans and contributes to responsible policy decisions. It also manages the National Marine Facilities, including a fleet of research vessels.
University of Twente (UT-ITC)
The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the University of Twente (UT) provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation. UT-ITC promotes international knowledge exchange through capacity building and institutional development in developing and emerging economies, addressing issues with local, national and global dimensions such as the effects of climate change. Since 1950, UT-ITC has trained more than 19,000 students from over 170 countries on subjects such as urban and regional planning, agriculture and food security, environmental assessment, land administration and land management, natural hazards and disaster risk management, geo-health, and new and renewable energy.
Utrecht University (Consortium co-ordinator)
Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is the Netherlands’ largest and most centrally located research university with a wide range of disciplines and close to 1,000 PhD students. On the 2016 Shanghai ranking of world universities, Utrecht University ranked as the country’s best. It has long played leading roles in collaborative climate adaptation research programs such as EIT Climate-KIC and Knowledge for Climate.
Utrecht University’s wide research portfolio focuses on strategic research themes, one of which is ‘sustainability’. Its research encompasses areas such as climate, health and governance. The university aspires to use academic excellence and multidisciplinary research to develop integrated approaches to scientific and key societal challenges and UN sustainable development goals.