Are you looking for science-based solutions for your sustainability challenges? Participate in a Sustainability Challenge, where students work on improving or solving real-life challenges that organizations are facing.

The Sustainability Challenges are focused on improving or solving a specific challenge that your organization is facing. Students provide substantial knowledge and practical solutions. Any member of an organization interested in commissioning a problem about environmental sustainability can apply.  

Students work either full-time or part-time in groups of 4-6 on a challenge defined by an organization. For students, the sustainability challenges offer a learning journey of self-leadership in combination with teamwork that requires out of the box thinking and sustainability driven approaches. For organizations, the sustainability challenges provide an opportunity to introduce a challenge that you encounter in your organization, that will be tackled by bachelor or master students. 

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What the Challenges can offer

  • To experience working with a sustainability focused mix of disciplines and nationalities. 

  • To work in a team with bachelor or master students with a sustainable mindset and problem-solving skills. 

  • To connect with the academic staff of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus universities 

  • To add value to the development of your company by sustainable and ‘out of the box’ thinking. 

  • To bridge the current gap between the professional environment and the academic world. 

Practical information

Each student team will be mentored by a case holder and an academic supervisor. The case holder is expected to: 

  • Be available to regularly meet with the students (face-to-face or by video-conference). 

  • Be present at the kick-off and the final presentations of the challenges. 

  • Be available for a consult with the university supervisor for the final grading. 


We collaborate with a wide variety of study programs, such as natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, business studies, law, philosophy and humanities.   Your project may end up becoming part of one of the following education programs. 

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