Opening Minor Sustainable Development 2014
On Monday 1 September 2014 the sixth edition of the Minor Sustainable Development started. After an introduction by Arnold Tukker, director of the CML, there was an official opening by Frank de Wit, alderman of education, sustainability and sport at the Municipality of Leiden.
After the opening speech and introduction words the students became acquainted with each other. The acquaintance games showed that the Minor attracts students from many different backgrounds; such as International Studies, Anthropology, Biology, Medicine, Psychology, Industrial Design, Biomedical sciences and Middle-Eastern studies. These different backgrounds, - 19 major degree studies are represented -, show the interdisciplinarity of the Minor.
The minor programme, organized by the Institute of Environmental Sciences, has been started with 35 students. Also 4 international students participate in the programme, as well as some students from other Universities in the Netherlands such as Amsterdam, Wageningen and Delft.
Not only the students come from different academic backgrounds, also the classes will be taught by professors and lecturers from different disciplines. The main contribution, however, will come from the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML). Researchers of both CML’s research programs, Conservation Biology and Industrial Ecology, will introduce the students into the field of Sustainability Sciences and will teach them about their own work.
After the introduction days the students start with an intensive program whereby they learn about specific issues like societies and land use, biodiversity, climate change and industrial sustainability.