Sustainable research

Within the Sustainable UM 2030 project, UM researchers focuses both on:

  • sustainable research
    – conducting research in a sustainable way​  
  • sustainability research
    –  conducting research on societal themes such as defined by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Key actions in the near future will address the research labs of FHML, e.g. reducing (contaminated) waste from experiments, and the built environment, making UM’s buildings sustainable and ready for the future.

We aim to broadly integrate sustainability themes in current research programmes, and with the other two Sustainable UM branches, education and operations.

Sustainable reseach at Chemelot

Project organisation sustainable research

Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt

​Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt  
project owner Sustainable Research 

Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt is leader of the research group on Thermophysiology and Metabolism (TherMU). His research boils down to fundamental human metabolic studies and applied indoor climate and comfort studies. Much attention is given on how environmental conditions (indoor climate) relate to thermal comfort, long-term health and prevention of the metabolic syndrome. Within the Sustainable UM 2030 program, he is project owner of the Research branch.


Rick Kramer

Dr. ir. Rick Kramer

Rick Kramer is a post-doctoral researcher in the TherMU research group, which focuses on thermoregulation and energy metabolism, and guest researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of the Built Environment. His research focuses on humans’ thermoregulation and comfort mechanisms in view of building healthier and more energy-efficient buildings in the future. Within the Sustainable UM 2030 program, he is coordinator of the Research branch.


Mathias Weidinger

Mathias Weidinger B.A.

Mathias Weidinger is UM’s contact person for students and staff who are interested in sustainable and sustainability research. He provides students with research questions from external partners like the local municipality, businesses, and NGOs. Mathias also runs UM’s Journal of Sustainability Studies and heads the preparations for the annual Research and Education symposium. Aspiring a career in empirical economics, he currently pursues an MSc at UNU-MERIT.