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Helias Andriessen, Master’s student in Chemistry at the Faculty of Science, received the Amsterdam Sustainable Research Award during a ceremony held on Wednesday, 26 June 2013.

Andriessen was given the award for his research into a new bioplastic, which was invented at the Heterogeneous Catalysis & Sustainable Chemistry group, and for which he is now researching several possible applications. The award was presented by Prof. Jacob de Boer, director of the VU-IVM Institute for Environmental Studies. 

The ceremony also saw Kasper Lange, researcher at the CleanTech lab of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS/HvA), receive the Public Award from UvA/HvA vice president Paul Doop. Lange showed the different possible contributions of vertical farming to a sustainable urban metabolism.

The key note was presented by Prof. Wim Sinke, programme manager Solar Energy at ECN. The presentations of the students and of Sinke were all aimed at bringing together researchers from different disciplines and from different institutions in Amsterdam. 

The seminar was organised by the UvA’s Sustainability platform, in close cooperation with the Amsterdam Global Change Institute, the VU University Amsterdam’s Institute for Environmental Studies and the Technology Transfer Office of the UvA.