The Institute gradually developed into a forum where environmental experts reflecting a wide range of insights and approaches with regard to current environmental challenges, meet and set up common initiatives, such as educational programmes and interdisciplinary research projects. The ‘Integrated Water Resources Management’ Chair was created in 1995 at the Institute. In 1996, the Institute was one of the first to organize a company-oriented educational program for environmental coordinators.
The education provided by the Institute is grounded in the environmental & sustainanbility research performed by scientists in a wide range of disciplines. The interdisciplinary approach of environmental challenges –one of the ‘key research domains’ of the University of Antwerp – led to the initiation of interdisciplinary research projects. The Institute coordinated innovative policy-supporting research in intergrated water resources management, strategic environmental assessment, environmental education and sustainability in higher education.
Experts from various backgrounds, including practitioners outside the University, were involved in the educational programs. This collaboration has always been a key element in the Institute’s approach, and has allowed to translate scientific findings into clear recommendations for public and private decision-makers.