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Examples of student projects

Students of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) can contribute to solving your problem in various ways. For example, they develop visions for the future, conduct interviews, organize workshops, give presentations, design calculation models and write feasibility studies.

The assignments that students can solve are different in nature. This depends on the subject in which students work on the assignment. For example, it may be a (reletively) short literature study, a multidisciplinary consultancy assignment, an extensive study (literature and data collection) or a short practical study.

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To get an impression of possible assignments, examples of different student projects are shown below. The assignments are divided into 10 labels.

A first impression:

Sustainable Food Systems

Examples student projects

  • Developing scenario's for circular agriculture in the Food Valley region
    The Food Valley, an agricultural region located in the middle of the Netherlands, has the ambition to become a leading example of sustainable food production, by implementing circular innovations. However, it remains uncertain how this future circular food systems should look like. The ACT student team was asked to develop various scenario's by using the multi-stakeholder participatory approach. As final future vision the team proposed the 'multi-scale circular' scenario, in which as well production oriented areas as decentralized agro-ecological systems co-exist in the same region.

    Commissioner: Living Lab Regio Foodvalley Circulair
    Period: November - December 2019

Nutrition and health

Examples student projects

  • Developing design principles for a 'healthy' canteen for the Dutch Marine Corps
    The Marine Corps Training Centre (MOC) provides 117 military courses ranging from the initial training of recruits to highly specialized mountain and jungle programs. The students were asked to investigate what changes can be made in the canteen, taking into account the interest of stakeholders, in order to improve the nutritional intake of trainees. The ACT student team used a mix of methods: literature study, observations, interviews with stakeholders and nutritional experts. The students structured their final advice in four pillars: targeted nutrition, environment, timing and education. They have also made a proposed planning to implement their recommendations.

    Commissioner: Marine Corps Training Centre (MOC)
    Period: Mei - Juni 2019

Plant

Examples student projects

  • Lighting the way: A report on the possiblities of dynamic lightening for vertical farming
    The commissioner, LuxBalance Lighting, a start-up based in Hong-Kong, has a focus on life-centric lightening. Students were asked if dynamic light is influencing the growth and quality of fruit and/or vegetables. The ACT student team provided LuxBalance Lighting with a scientific perspective on how their dynamic lighting product could be used in the vertical farming of lettuce. They showed several possibilities with dynamic lighting for vertical farming with inspiration on what is possible today as well as where the latest science could be leading to.

    Commissioner: LuxBalance Lighting
    Period: November - December 2019

  • In a nut shell - Pest and disease problems in walnt and hazelnut orchards and the control methods
    The commissioner, CropEye, wants to introduce hazel- and walnut cultivation in a sustainable and economically viable way. The students were asked to investigate the present and possible biotic threats affecting these two crops in the Netherlands, and particularly to specify how to identify, monitor and manage them. The ACT student team has performed a quick-scan, herewith identifying present and future pest and disease problems for the Netherlands. The students consulted scientific and professional literature, and Dutch farmers and professionals from outside the Netherlands were interviewed. Furthermore, the students designed factsheets to provide the farmers with the most essential information of pest and diseases in their orchards.

    Commissioner: CropEye
    Period: November - December 2018

  • Development of a molecular farming platform: using the nicotine-free SL632 tobacco variety as protein production platform
    The commissioner, Sunchrem, wants to explore the possibility of creating a general molecular farming platform based on a nicotine-free SL632 tobacco variety. The ACT student team has developed an overview of different possibilities for using SL632. They investigated edible vaccines and the possibility to produce non-germinating seeds, the use of SL632 seeds in animal nutrition and possible effects of nicotine on edible applications. Furthermore, they addressed the potential market applications of cyanophycin and production of collagen in SL632.

    Commissioner: Sunchrem
    Period: November - December 2018

Animal

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Aquaculture and fisheries

Examples student projects

  • REEFolution: Global Location Assessment Framework from a People, Planet & Profit Perspective
    REEFolution, founded in the Netherlands in 2015, aims to recover coral reef ecosystems through ecosystem restoration and at the same time to secure local traditional livelihoods. It established protected areas and is running a successful community-based conservation (CBC) project in Kenya. Students were asked to design an assessment framework that can be used by REEFolution to assess if other locations do have the potential to run inclusive and fair projects for conservation and for local people. The ACT student team developed based on expert knowledge and literature a Global Location Assessment Framework tool that deeply intertwines the three main categories: People, Planet and Profit. They double checked their outcomes with locals in Kenya during three different interviews.

    Commissioner: REEFoltuion
    Period: Maart - April 2018

Nature and landscape

Coming soon.

Agro-technology & Robotica

Coming soon.

Circular Fashion

Examples student projects

  • Local Linen
    The feasibility of local linen was researched in this project by exploring the economic and environmental conditions for locally cultivated flax. This assignment ties in with 'The Linen Project' a long term multi-disciplinary research project within the Ecosystems research area of studies within 'Fashion Held in Common', the new curriculum of the ArtEZ MA Fashion Design that started in September 2018. The ACT student team gave advice on how sustainable farming practices of fiber flax production could be introduced in the region of Gelderland. This advice included the mapping of suitable areas for flax cultivation and a choice for suitable fiber flax varieties.

    Commissioner: ArtEZ University of the Arts
    Period: January - March 2019

  • Bring Hop into fashion: Feasibility study of using left-overs to create hop textile fibers
    Currently, hop stems are considered a by-product after harvesting the flowers for beer production. Fashion designer Eduarda de Azevedo Bastian wonders whether these left-overs could be used in a different way. The ACT student team was commissioned to research the feasibility of using hop stems to produce fibers for the textile industry. As end product the team came up with a theoretical protocol to soften the hop stem fibers in a eco-friendly way without harming of weakening the fibers itself.

    Commissioner: Centre of Expertise Future Makers, Eduarda de Azevedo Bastian
    Period: March - May 2020

Climate change & Energy transition

Examples student projects

  • Mapping concepts for multiple land-use solar parks in Wageningen
    In Wageningen, the big question remains: how can solar fields be combined with the improvement of landscape and biodiversity, and/or other functions such as agriculture? The ACT student team was commissioned to research concepts for multifunctional and nature-inclusive solar parks and to map the financial packages. As end product, the student team has proposed various set-ups for multiple land-use solar parks in Wageningen. Next to this, the team has adviced the municipality to introduce additional ecological demands to the master plan of solar parks. The findings of the ACT study were incorporated in the Vision for the rural area of Wageningen - Visie Buitengebied. Additional information: news article in Dutch.

    Commissioner: Municipality of Wageningen
    Period: January - March 2020

Circular economy

Coming soon.