Studiegidsen 2013-2014
Radboud UniversiteitStudiegidsenFaculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica > Minor Grand Challenges, Science and Entrepreneurship


Coordinator: Heleen de Coninck (email: , phone: 024 365 3254)
Note: The information below applies to FNWI-students in their 3rd bachelor year. For students currently in their 2nd bachelor year, you can do the minor in 18 ec in your third year; for more information see the specific section below.
This new faculty-wide minor is open to all FNWI students and comprises of 24 ec; during your 2nd bachelor year you should have done 18 ec and during your third year you will do another 6 ec.
General information
Science, mathematics and computer science have made it possible for us, human beings to transform our planet and the societies that have evolved on it. But this leads to problems too. Think for example of the challenges we are now facing in areas such as Planetary Boundaries and Climate Change, Energy and Materials, Water Management and Fresh Water, Biodiversity and Ecosystems Management, or, very differently, posed by the Networked Society and Networked Science. From physics to chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science and astronomy, the various disciplines in the Faculty of Science have much to contribute to help resolve these challenges.
However, the natural sciences do not provide all the answers. A systemic nature is one of the characteristics of these global challenges. There will few graduates of our Faculty who will not encounter one or more of these challenges in her or his career, whether this career will develop in business, in research or in applying science, in government or consultancy, in teaching and so on.
You will then notice that it is not enough to be aware of what science brings. Politics and economics will come in, for they provide instruments and boundary conditions. Our societal institutions may help, but may also cause of inertia and limitations. In the end, in addition to scientists researching the solutions of the future, we need entrepreneurial people in small and large companies, in government departments and agencies, to develop innovative and sustainable solutions and approaches that contribute to addressing the challenges. All courses on the grand challenges provide illustrations of the interaction between science, policy, economics and institutions, and also examples of innovative solutions.
In 2013/14 the following courses will be taught:
  1. Duurzaam ondernemen (6 ec) (course with business management students at FMW by Jan Jonker)
  2. Climate Change: Science and Policy * (3 ec)
  3. Energy & sustainability** (3 ec)
  4. Policy, entrepreneurship and sustainable innovation*** (3 ec)
Students who started the 24 ec minor in 2012/13 and are now in their 3rd Bachelor year are invited to complete the minor by doing Duurzaam Ondernemen in Q1 of 2013/14. Students whose programme for the minor diverged from the standard programme and whose courses are not taught in 2013/14 are invited to contact Heleen de Coninck to find a solution. 
Schedule in 2013/14:
9th quarter
10th quarter
Duurzaam ondernemen (6 ec)
Climate Change: Science & Policy* (3 ec)
Energy & Sustainability** (3 ec) 
Policy, entrepreneurship and sustainable innovation*** (3 ec)
*: identical with existing "Klimaatverandering: interactie tussen wetenschap en beleid"; 4 optional 2-hrs tutorials on System Dynamics
**: overlap with Panoramavak "Energy & Sustainability" in science bachelor
***: identical with orientation course for "Innovation, Business & Policy" (IBP) master variant (former MT-variant). This course is a slightly broadened version of the course "Entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainability" that was taught in 2012/2013.
For students entering their 2nd bachelor year in 2013/14:
As from 2014/15, all minors in the Faculty of Sciences will be scheduled during the 5th semester, the next full edition of the GCSE minor will be taught in Q1 and Q2 of 2014/15. The minor will then total 18 EC and will consist of the following courses:
Grand challenges, consisting of 3 modules (3 ec each) from:
·         -  Climate change: science & policy
Bram Bregman
·         - Energy & sustainability
John Schermer
·         -  Value of water
Toine Smits
·         - Biodiversity & ecosystems
Ella de Hullu
·         - Networked society
Theo van der Weide
Policy, entrepreneurship and sustainable innovation
Arjan van Rooij/ Egbert-Jan Sol
Duurzaam ondernemen
Jan Jonker / Heleen de Coninck