Should students be allowed to take a subject on the 'natural science aspects of conservation'? A committee of the College of Agriculture considered that question in early 1963. The committee stated that nature conservation aims 'to preserve biological resources...also called the natural capital, the biological potential present on earth'. On 29 October 1963, the committee adopted the proposal for starting a course on 'nature conservation and nature management'. That nature is valuable and enjoys protection is now deeply integrated into WUR's DNA. WUR's research and education focuses on topics such as climate change and biodiversity.