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Opinion | Better to transition faster than to ban companies
9 juni 2023 - 09:40
If we want to switch to using new, sustainable energy sources, doing research is necessary. And if the data needed for the research comes from Shell, that doesn’t have to be a problem, argues accounting professor Jan Bouwens. As long as scientists stick to the - existing - requirements of doin...
VU largely halts collaborations with fossil fuel companies
21 april 2023 - 13:00
The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam no longer wishes to cooperate with fossil fuel companies that do not comply with the Climate Agreement. According to the action group Scientist Rebellion, the VU is the second university in the world to make that decision.
Can a scientist be a climate activist? “Whoever exposes a problem becomes the problem”
20 april 2023 - 17:28
Do scientists lose credibility when they speak out about the climate crisis? Five scientists debated this Tuesday night at debate center Spui25. The discussion quickly turned to Shell. “Climate activism at the university is obsessed with companies like Shell.”
Precisely for the sake of the climate, we must ally with the enemy
5 april 2023 - 14:38
What will bring the energy transition forward the fastest, educational planner at the Faculty of Economics and Business Tim Bianchi wonders. Breaking or maintaining collaboration between the UvA and the fossil fuel industry? “Breaking off collaboration is the easiest solution to this issue as ...
Field research in Chile #1 | On to the northern mining town of Calama
10 maart 2023 - 11:51
Students and professors of the UvA research group Mining for the Energy Transition are visiting the Atacama salt flats in Chile this spring, the place with the largest lithium reserves in the world. For Folia, several group members are reporting on their trip. This week: masterstudent Julian Rocke (...
The fossil industry’s real interest is delaying the energy transition
21 februari 2023 - 13:14
Cooperation with Shell continues to occupy the UvA. Four scientists from three different faculties disagree with the thirty advocates who last week spoke in favor of cooperation. “Their argument rests on an inadequate conception of academic freedom.”
UvA moratorium delays energy transition and violates academic freedom
14 februari 2023 - 12:00
Thirty UvA professors and researchers oppose the UvA decision to impose a moratorium on new collaborative projects with the fossil fuel industry in an open letter. “Collaboration with a broad spectrum of private parties is precisely what is badly needed to realize the energy transition and ach...
UvA imposes moratorium on new research with Shell
8 februari 2023 - 18:00
The UvA will not enter into any new research collaboration with Shell or similar companies for the time being. In recent weeks there have been demonstrations at various universities, including the UvA, against ties between universities and the fossil industry. The Executive Board now first wants to ...
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