Climate change and biodiversity loss are major threats to our future. Addressing these challenges requires a shift towards a nature-inclusive society. That's why Wageningen University & Research is inviting students from around the world to develop an innovative, nature-based perspective for one of the most vulnerable regions in the world, the Bangladesh delta region.
In the Nature-based Future Challenge, inspired by the project The Netherlands in 2120, multidisciplinary student teams visualise the potential of nature-based solutions to respond to the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss in Bangladesh delta. By analysing soil, water, and other relevant data, as well as engaging with stakeholders, you will create a nature-positive vision for Bangladesh in the year 2120 and present it in form of spatial planning maps and illustrative renderings.
“We are still overwhelmed how much it changed our lives in such a short time. The chances offered to students all around the world through the competition are unique and truly amazing.”
Fabiola - winner ReThink Protein '1
“Thanks to our participation in this Challenge we believe we can make a difference. We look forward to the future with optimism!”
Haoming - Northwest A&F University Team – finalist Urban Greenhouse Challenge 2
"I learnt about team work and set a very important foundation for my career going forth."
Winnie – finalist ReThink Protein 2
"It's crazy how, starting from my own field of expertise, over time I have naturally adopted a more holistic approach, integrating environmental, social and economic perspectives into any considerations"
Caroline – Team Lettus Design – winner Urban Greenhouse Challenge 3
“Interdisciplinarity makes the designing process more complicated, but in the end, it enriches the quality of the concept.”
Mees - Team AMS Caterpillars – runner-up Urban Greenhouse Challenge 3
What is in it for me?
The Nature-based Future Challenge is more than just a competition. It offers a unique opportunity to create a positive impact and put theory into practice.
By participating in the Challenge, you will receive guidance from experts in both the business world and academia. They will assist you in developing your vision for Bangladesh and may even open doors to potential job opportunities. Throughout the Challenge, you will engage in a series of workshops designed to enhance your skills and expand your knowledge. And, if you make it to the finals, you will get exposure for your solution.
In short, you will learn more about the topics related to nature-based thinking, grow professionally and make friends for life.
This Challenge will boost your career and empower you to create change!
You can only register to join an existing team.
Who can participate?
The Challenge welcomes students from universities and universities of applied sciences worldwide, in all phases of their studies (BSc, MSc, PhD or equivalent). Students with various study backgrounds are encouraged to participate, including but not limited to Landscape Architecture, Spatial Planning, Forestry, (Organic) Agriculture, Nature Conservation, Environmental Sciences, and Land, Water, Urban, and Marine Resources Management.
To participate in the Challenge, it is mandatory to form an interdisciplinary team. The team composition should include members with diverse areas of expertise, ensuring a comprehensive approach to tackling the assignment. It is crucial to have at least one team member with a background in design.
How to enroll
You can't register a new team anymore, please join an existing team.
How does the Challenge work?
These events offer invaluable opportunities for learning, networking, and showcasing your ideas. Attend in person at Wageningen Campus or join online to actively participate in this exciting Challenge.
19 November 2023
29 November 2023
December 2023-February 2024
February- April 2024
11 June 2024