We all depend on nature for food, air, water, energy, and raw materials. The resources will become scarce and access expensive. The global forces of demographics, market demands, globalization, and climate change shape our future in ways we must better understand. We must respect planetary boundaries and create values, policies, and technologies for the sustainable use of resources that are fundamental to economy and life quality. Understanding the links between the environment and public health has evolved from perceiving isolated issues to recognizing the interdependencies between complex systems. To anticipate further changes, the EREC Cluster will address pressing challenges as a local and global player.
Our Cluster will transfer knowledge to society, train the leaders of tomorrow, and become the interface between academia, the public and private sectors, and civil society. We believe that the meeting point of several disciplines is the best venue for innovation because collaboration between disciplines results in the production of new knowledge, advanced innovation, deeper insights, and the cross-fertilization of ideas. EREC is therefore a multi- and inter-disciplinary cluster designed for the merging of ideas between the natural sciences, life sciences and humanities.