Pictured: Kryss Facun
On August 1, 2019, the Sustainable Island Options by way of Science, Know-how, Engineering and Arithmetic (SISSTEM) mission kicked off on the College of Aruba, an formidable program aimed on the improvement of vital capability for Sustainable Island Options, the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) introduced.
SISSTEM advances sustainability insurance policies at an instructional stage, supporting resilience in small island states whereas educating a brand new technology of lecturers which have the talents and capability to make these insurance policies a actuality.
SISSTEM affords a 3-year, 180 EC bachelor program in STEM with specializations in bio-environmental sciences, know-how and engineering, and informatics and information sciences; a 1.5-year, 90 EC multidisciplinary grasp program, PhD tasks for sustainable improvement in small island states and a analysis and improvement centre.
The SISSTEM mission is the results of a collaboration between the College of Aruba and KU Leuven, and the preliminary section is funded by the EU as a part of the EDF-11 fund.
Listed here are two lately began SISSTEM PhD tasks.
Vertical Farming on Aruba: alternatives for Small Island States
By Kryss Facun PhD pupil of the College of Aruba and KU Leuven, Belgium (Sandwich PhD), Promotor: Bram Van de Poel
Vertical farming is a rising development and is being carried out primarily in city areas to spice up native and sustainable meals manufacturing. Small Island States, akin to Aruba, are missing land for large agricultural improvement, so rising vertically and indoors is a good alternative to turn into extra self-sufficient, and partly impartial on agri-crop import.
This mission is a collaboration between the College of Aruba and the College of Leuven. They may examine the chances of indoor vertical farming on the small island of Aruba. They may optimize the best situations with respect to local weather and light-weight amount and high quality to develop crops in a managed indoor farm.
They may develop beneficial specialty crops (akin to strawberries) with a brief storage life, to scale back the dependency of import. Additionally they have the ambition to translate information on plant physiology and photobiology, to agricultural and revolutionary vertical farming purposes for real-life conditions.
Finally, they’ve the ambition to offer domestically produced fruit and veggies making Aruba’s meals manufacturing economic system extra sustainable.
Improvement of an optimized sustainable waste administration system for Aruba
By Colleen Weekes (PhD pupil of the College of Aruba), Jo Van Caneghem, Wim Dewulf and Karel Van Acker (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Quickly growing waste technology is posing vital challenges to Small Island Growing States (SIDS) the place geographic isolation, excessive inhabitants densities, restricted regulatory frameworks and competing land makes use of compound points associated to municipal stable waste (MSW) administration. That is significantly the case in Aruba the place the vast majority of waste has been deposited with out pre-treatment at landfill.
The primary intention of this PhD analysis is to enhance MSW administration by maximizing native reuse and recycling in addition to using vitality and useful resource restoration applied sciences, making an allowance for the precise socio-economic context of Aruba.
Investigated applied sciences could embrace the fermentation of natural fractions, small-scale waste incineration with vitality restoration or element remanufacturing applied sciences. The event of those waste administration methods will likely be based mostly on life cycle and materials movement evaluation.
Analysis is incipient with focus being positioned on information assortment and identification of knowledge gaps because it pertains to waste mass flows and composition in addition to the waste assortment and remedy methods presently being employed on the island.