Research Themes Climate change Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Although a global problem, the causes and solutions of climate change are often local. Wageningen University & Research (WUR) explores the impacts on society and ecosystems, and develop evidence-based, integrated solutions and technology: the Wageningen Climate Solutions. Circular & Biobased Economy The call for a circular, biobased economy is getting louder and louder. An increasing number of citizens, businesses, and politicians are realising that the reuse of products and reclaiming of natural resources is of great importance for ourselves and for the planet on which we live, if we want to move forward towards a sustainable future. Wageningen University & Research is working on solutions to make the circular, biobased economy a reality. Nutrition & Health You are what you eat. It’s a saying with lots of meaning, because to a large extent our nutrition determines our health. From hunger to food security The world population is growing steadily and is projected to reach 9 billion by the year 2050. In less than forty years, 2 billion more people will need housing, jobs and food. Furthermore, wealth is -fortunately- expected to increase, which means that diets will change as well. Biodiversity The human race is directly and indirectly dependent on biodiversity. In addition to our food, the vast majority of our building materials, medicines and industrial raw materials are of biological origin. The economic and social value of biodiversity is enormous. At least 40% of the world economy depends on natural resources, while 80% of the world’s poorest people rely on these resources to meet their basic needs. But global biodiversity is under great pressure. According to some biologists, we are currently in the middle of a sixth wave of extinction, and the first to be caused by man.