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New website with overview of ties between Dutch universities and Israel 

Joint press release by European Legal Support Center (ELSC), Stop Arms Trade, Solid Sustainability Research and The Rights Forum – Amsterdam, 7 June 2024 Relations with Israel’s military-industrial complex and Israeli human rights violations underline demands from actions at universities Today, civil society organisations Stop Arms Trade, European Legal Support Center (ELSC) and Solid Sustainability Research published the new website www.academiccomplicity.nl,… Read More »New website with overview of ties between Dutch universities and Israel 

Webinar on Greenwashing: How the fossil fuel industry impedes climate action

Aaron gave a webinar to the Bromsgrove Justice and Peace Group of the Archdiocese of Birmingham on greenwashing and how the fossil fuel industry impedes climate action. What is greenwashing? How can we spot it and how can we call it out? Aaron talked about the ways in which fossil fuel companies have misled the general public in the past… Read More »Webinar on Greenwashing: How the fossil fuel industry impedes climate action

How do cooperations with fossil fuel companies influence the direction of research at universities?

In a freedom of information request to Maastricht University, we received an exchange of letters between the university and aramco. We wrote about it here in ScienceGuide. A representative of the university offers Aramco the choice of 4 proposals to fund (of which 3 were proposals for externally funded professorships). One of them was about urban de-growth (specifically relevant to… Read More »How do cooperations with fossil fuel companies influence the direction of research at universities?

Recent fossil fuel projects at TU Delft sponsored by oil & gas companies

Emma van Bergeijk (journalist at nu.nl) revealed that the Technical University Delft received money from fossil fuel industry for research into oil and gas in recent years. Information provided in response to Emma’s freedom of information (FOI) request showed that Shell, Equinor and Wintershall Dea contracted the Civil Engineering and Geosciences faculty of TU Delft for oil & gas research… Read More »Recent fossil fuel projects at TU Delft sponsored by oil & gas companies

‘University does have a moral compass and it rejects collaboration with ‘fossil”

Translated with Deepl, apologies for any mistakes Opinion in the Volkskrant by Mark Boode (co-founder Teachers for Climate), Linda Knoester (co-founder Solid Sustainability), Maien Sachisthal (postdoc in Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam), Arjen Markus (water quality expert at Deltares), Dirk Hilbers (biologist/ethicist and teaches at the University of Amsterdam) and Klaas Landsman (professor of Mathematical Physics at Radboud… Read More »‘University does have a moral compass and it rejects collaboration with ‘fossil”

Report on the Multilingual “Climate and Energy Transition for All” Evenings

Report by Rayan Younis (Leids Steunloket Migranten) on the First Evening of the Multilingual Evenings “Climate and Energy Transition for All”: A Collaboration between Leids Steunloket Migranten and Solid Sustainability Research. Yesterday marked the start of the “Climate and Energy Transition for All” series of evenings, an initiative that came about through the fruitful collaboration between the Leids Steunloket Migranten… Read More »Report on the Multilingual “Climate and Energy Transition for All” Evenings

Energy transition for everyone

متن فارسی زیر / النص العربي أدناه The Leiden Support Desk for Migrants and Solid Sustainability invite you to come talk about the climate crisis and energy transition! We want to share knowledge, hear your perspective, and show how you can get involved. We have 6 evenings planned in Dutch, Arabic, Persian and English, with talks and discussion, but also… Read More »Energy transition for everyone

‘Universities, develop policy for ethical collaboration’

Opinion | by Mark Akkerman & Linda Knoester 6 December 2023 | Dutch universities conduct research that contributes to the climate crisis, war, oppression and violence against refugees. They do so on behalf of and with funding from interested industries or governments, write Mark Akkerman and Linda Knoester. They argue that universities should develop clear policies for collaborations. A broadening of… Read More »‘Universities, develop policy for ethical collaboration’

Paris-alignment of Dutch academia – inspiration from the financial sector

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and Utrecht University have announced that they will only collaborate with fossil companies that demonstrably commit, in the short term, to the objectives of the Paris Agreement. The Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) also decided on stricter conditions for collaboration with external parties, but looks to NWO (Dutch Research Council), their parent organisation, to define a national policy or guidelines. … Read More »Paris-alignment of Dutch academia – inspiration from the financial sector

Workshops and conversation circles around university-fossil ties

In August and September, we gave several workshops and facilitated conversation circles around universities’ relationships with the fossil industry (“fossil ties”). Our workshops centered around how to map fossil ties at one’s university effectively and efficiently. Our conversation circles begin with a discussion about the role of a university in society, and why working with universities is interesting to fossil… Read More »Workshops and conversation circles around university-fossil ties