5 major challenges, 5 research programmes
Climate change, food security, the scarcity of raw materials, a sustainable energy supply, an ageing population … VITO’s research agenda focuses on the major societal challenges of today and tomorrow. The common thread: sustainability and transition.
Sustainable chemistry, energy, health, materials and land use: these are the five themes VITO will be focusing on in the next decade. These themes have been set out in five research programmes. They perfectly fit the mission and expertise of VITO as technological research organisation, and offer an answer to the challenges mankind and society are confronted with today and in the future. Each programme will build up a strong base of knowledge and skill, withadded value for industry and society. The result is new and innovative research, and a comprehensive range of scientific services.
In VITO's five areas of expertise, a societal transition is taking place or is urgently needed. Smart grids, the intensive reuse of materials, a bio-based economy … All these developments demand new and more sustainable technologies, but also a change in mindset. That's why VITO is working hard on sustainability and transition thinking as binding factors between the five research programmes.